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4731 E. Greenway Rd. Suite 9, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Phoenix Martial Arts

Master self-defense, boost your physique and fitness, and live a more confident, disciplined, and focused life.

About Our School

The 5 Ways We Change Lives,
For Both Kids & Adults.

Dear Friend,

Our Phoenix Martial Arts school might seem like any other place to get fit and learn self-defense.

Well, we do help people with that, but there are some more "subtle" things that happen when you train here.

Here are just a few of those “subtle” but transformational things people walk away with...

#1 Soaring Self-Confidence

Something amazing happens when you start to move your body and bring physical fitness into your life...it creates a strong foundation. Your child will develop an “I can do this” attitude, determination, and a BIG BOOST in confidence! 

You’ll have a caring group of instructors and classmates right by your side ready to support you as you persevere through challenges and strive to reach your martial arts and fitness goals. 

As you progress through class, you will quickly realize how amazing and capable you really are. Knowing that makes you feel even more confident, less afraid of changes or trying new things and increases your ability to handle other life challenges that come your way.

Both kids and adults experience this and it’s one of the most rewarding things to see as an instructor. Kids – especially shy and quiet ones - blossom as leaders in the classroom, while adults tackle everyday tasks with more energy and an “I got this” attitude. 

#2 Single Pointed Focus

Focus your mind grasshopper... as you listen intently and concentrate on what your instructor tells you, then performing the techniques, you’ll improve your ability to focus and absolutely crush your martial arts and fitness goals. 

The cool thing is that this intense concentration naturally pours into other areas of your life too. 

Studies have shown that just a half hour of physical fitness improves focus, increases problem solving ability, and boosts memory in both kids and adults. 

#3 Immediate & Lasting Fitness

No matter what your starting level is, each one of our students improves from where they were when they took their first class - from total beginner to elite athletes. We strive to make sure every class is filled with fun and challenging exercise that works your whole body.

You’ll be so interested in performing techniques that some of the world’s top martial artists do, and having so much FUN, that before you know it, the class is over, and boom… you not only learned powerful martial arts... 

... but you also got a GREAT workout! Being physically fit boosts energy, mental clarity, and those “feel good” feelings, as well.

#4 Family and Friends

We're a tight-knit group here. And our members and instructors are all about support and friendship.

We provide the kind of environment that fosters friendship, encouragement, and motivation. It's truly a great experience to share and care.

#5 FUN Times & Great Memories!

Sometimes getting fit can be not so fun and downright boring. Not here though because we’re working out like super-star martial artists! Learning to use our entire body to protect ourselves and our families. In our action-packed classes, you’ll tighten up your core, gain lean muscle on your arms and legs, and have an absolute blast. 

No two workouts are ever the same and we DON'T use military style yelling or body shaming. After all, we want you to have a ton of fun here, and keep coming back. Plus, our instructors know they’ll get the best possible performance out of you when you’re in a good mood. That’s when we’re at our best too! 

Both kids and adults work hard… and play hard. Laughing, smiles and fist bumps are part of every class.

Ready to try us out? We’ll make it super easy for you.

Simply scroll up to the top of this page and click on the program that's right for you. When you click on the program, you’ll learn all about our secret web-special too!

If you're more comfortable signing up over the phone, give us a call. We’d love to chat: (602) 896-8721

All of us here look forward to meeting you in person!

John Nottingham

John Nottingham, Founder
USA Martial Arts
(602) 896-8721

Give your kid the most fun (and educational) birthday of their life with our awesome kids birthday package. Kids rave about these things for MONTHS after they happen. They're just that awesome.

So school's out and you're looking for the coolest camp around to send your kid to, right? We've got you covered with our Martial Arts Summer Camp. Every day your child will learn powerful self-defense skills... get a healthy dose of fitness... make friends...

... and learn all about important life lessons like discipline, goal setting, focus & concentration, and more. We give kids the perfect blend of structure and “running free”. Call us now to learn more. But hurry! We sell out fast, and I'd hate for you to miss out.

Our Krav Maga classes are developed from the mid-1930s Jewish / Israeli history. In those years, anti-Semitic thugs dominated Bratislava and terrorized Jewish citizens. But a man named Imi Sde-Or, also Jewish, became their champion by defending them on the streets.

Imi Sde-Or, in his many street fights, realized that boxing and wrestling had no place in the "real world". He was an Olympic contender in both, so no one knew boxing and wrestling better than he did. He took his experience on the street, combined it with what he already knew, and developed Krav Maga; a unique type of self-defense that utilizes natural instincts for self-protection. Get fit and develop self-defense by joining our Phoenix Krav Maga classes.

Our Phoenix Kids Martial Arts classes are not only geared towards excellent self-defense techniques, striking, and kicking - children ages 5 and up are taught self-discipline, focus, and respect. Parents of the students love our classes too because they have seen their kids become better behaved everywhere they go and often perform better in school.

We love to keep the kids engaged and attentive with a little bit of play! It's fun for kids, parents, and the instructors. Classes are packed with fun activities and games as kids improve techniques and have a blast!

Both men and women come to our adult martial arts classes for lots of reasons. Some have been in dangerous situations where they felt hopeless and realized they needed to learn self-defense for safety and protection. Some have come to make new friends and meet like minded people while others have wanted a new way to get fit.

No matter what your reasons are, you're sure to gain life enhancing skills while getting a great workout and having a ton on FUN! Burn fat, tone muscle, and improve stamina while learning dynamic martial arts moves today! Check out the class page for amazingly low web specials and more details on how you can be safe, happy, and fit for life!

You don't have to be a Martial Arts superstar to do Cardio Kickboxing! It's the perfect way to learn some basic self-defense moves, in a non-intimidating environment, while getting an amazing workout!

As you melt away the pounds you'll gain self-confidence, boost your metabolism, and meet new friends. Dynamic body weight exercises will not only help you tone up from head to toe, but, they'll also help you avoid injury from every day activities by strengthening your core.

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Meet Chief Master John D. Nottingham

John Nottingham is the visionary founder, President and Technical Director of USA Martial Arts here in Phoenix, AZ. He is one of the highest-ranking students of his first teacher and was honored with the distinguished title "Master" in 1997. Master Nottingham, a 6th Degree Black Belt, was inducted into the International Hall of Fame on July 23, 2005. He holds multiple advanced degrees of Black Belt and numerous teaching credentials and certifications.

Master Nottingham has dedicated his life to researching, perfecting and teaching the USA Martial Arts method. His goal is to preserve and expand this unique system and enhance people's lives with its powerful life skills and lessons. His passion for inspiring others to unleash their potential has led him to have instructed thousands of men, women and children of all ages.

Master Nottingham began his martial arts training at Song's Martial Arts Institute in Illinois, legendary for being one of the most challenging and demanding schools of its kind. As a young man faced with training in an environment where classes and sparring were feared by many, he forged the perseverance, desire and will to succeed.

After years of rigorous training, research and testing, Master Nottingham became independently in charge of synthesizing a new curriculum, separate from his teacher's style. He devoted himself tirelessly to the development of one of the most effective and comprehensive (MMA) Mixed Martial Arts curricula known today.

Master Nottingham has continued his intense lifetime study of martial arts and healing arts, with hard won experience in Aikido, Kung Fu, Wushu, Hwarang Do, Hapkido, Ninjutsu, Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu and over 20 martial systems. His exceptionally high standards and research have taken him as far as Asia to gain greater insight on martial arts, culture, and history. He is one of the few Western-trained Masters to have had the honor of conducting a Belt Test in Korea.

Master Nottingham led USA Martial Arts to be an industry leader within a few short years. By 2006 he had personally tested and promoted over one hundred and sixty Black Belts.

Today he is certified to teach several systems and continues to learn and grow to keep the USA Martial Arts curriculum on the cutting edge. Master Nottingham orders to develop and teach a hand-to-hand/hand-to-weapon combatives course for Special Forces Units. He is the creator of VIPER, Violence Interdiction Personal Evolutionary Responses with concepts and strategies being used by top operators, soldiers and agents around the world. Master Nottingham is a graduate of Gavin de Beckers Academy for Protectors and Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy and Bodyguard Training International.

Leading by example with vision and passion, his goal is to inspire each student to continue to grow and learn throughout life, break through limitations to discover their unique purpose, gifts and highest potential. His heartfelt belief is that it will create a more peaceful world, one community, one family, one student, one life at a time.

USA Martial Arts in Phoenix, Arizona is one of the country's most innovative Martial Arts Schools. We teach a brand of self-defense that transcends our physical "art" and includes the self-defense skills of kindness, community, and compassion. Our Mission is to Educate, Edify, and Empower our Students to Live Life Fearlessly with Honor, Character and Purpose.

USA Martial Arts in Phoenix Paradise Valley Scottsdale is a unique, family oriented facility dedicated to the mental and physical enhancement of the human spirit. Our commitment is to help people be their best. Our specialized martial arts programs for ages 5 years to adults are dedicated to character development, success and life skills. Our Phoenix Martial Arts Facility offers quality instruction in self-defense, fitness, discipline, focus, confidence, integrity, control, and stress management. USA Martial Arts offers a Mixed Martial Arts curriculum that is deeply rooted in tradition, balanced with progressive and innovative teaching methods and philosophies. USA Martial Arts in Phoenix creates a nurturing environment that is positive and empowering.

"Hard training requires a lot of physical stamina, but it also builds mental and spiritual strength too."

"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training."

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