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  • I Can...

    I Can...

    I have had my own up and down battles with mindset and believing that I am capable of doing certain things. I have often held myself back and believed negative self-talk. Thinking I am unable when the opposite is totally true. The truth is that I am capable and that I am able to accomplish my goals. It has been interesting to watch what happens when my mindset changes. My goals are within reach! After months and years of thinking that they were so far away and allowing myself to stagnate in fear and worry. The things I hoped for and even once accomplished are back in reach. I used to dread putting new students in my contacts and on the roster. I should not have but I dreaded looking at ....

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  • What We Teach...Believe

    What We Teach...Believe

    When it comes to self-defense we believe: 1) Avoidance is best. If at all possible it is important to recognize the fight has begun sooner than later. What we mean by that is that fights always start long before the first push, punch, or grab happen. For example, in a road rage situation, the fight starts the moment someone is cut off and become angry. Recognizing that makes it possible to begin de-escalation before the other driver becomes totally inflamed and starts following you, attempts to cut you off to get you stopped, or actually gets you pulled out of your vehicle and the physical altercation begins. Being able to see trouble coming can help us avoid and de-escalate. 2) ....

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  • Getting Started

    Getting Started

    Are you looking for a sport that can save your life? Kempo is the answer! Do you want your kids to have more focus, discipline, treat you and others with respect? Kempo is the answer! Are you looking for something to help you get in shape? Kempo is the answer! Are you looking for a way to relieve stress? Kempo is the answer! Are you looking for a place that it doesn't matter if you are rich, poor, black, white? Kempo!! Check out North Valley Martial Arts! First Month $47.00 https://kempostrong.com/blog/117481/1-Month-Trial ....

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  • Voice

    Voice

    Most of us have one. Sometimes we use it and sometimes we don't. I always ask my students to practice using their voices. I believe this is an important thing to practice since it is our second-best weapon in any self-defense encounter. Learning to use your voice effectively can save your life, it can de-escalate conflict, and potentially keep an attacker at bay. When I am working with kids I always try to get them to advocate for themselves. As parents, we are not able to be there for our children throughout their day. As a former teacher and veteran playground/recess monitor, I know that kids have conflicts. Conflicts can be large or small. My first question was always "well did you ....

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  • Parents

    Parents

    I will preface this blurb by saying that I am no all-star, know it all guru, magnificent parent. I screw up, make mistakes, and blow it. I do, however, strive to be better. I work hard at what I do. For some time now, five years to be exact, I have been on a mission to influence culture and society. My eyes opened when I was hired as a martial arts teacher at a local charter school. The students were great and I enjoyed working with all of them more than they know. Early on in my tenure as an instructor, I recognized a couple of problems. One, we don't teach basic interaction. I think we teach the opposite and stifle good interaction in students. We no longer teach students to use ....

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  • Mistakes

    Mistakes

    We all make them, we cringe when we notice them, we strive hard to avoid them but, mistakes are our greatest teacher. I am often keenly aware when I do something wrong or when I misspeak or make a mistake. I do my best avoid them and put them off to the side hoping to forget them. But, they never just go away. They always linger waiting to be acknowledged, admitted, and remedied. Sometimes the lessons that come with them are difficult, cost money or cause problems in relationships. I think the aforementioned quote makes a lot of sense. Our mistakes are forgivable if we have the courage and resolve to admit them. Sometimes when students or parents walk into the studio and I forget to ....

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  • Everyone Has a Plan

    Everyone Has a Plan

    I have heard this said and was reminded of it one-day last week. "Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth." If 2020 has taught us anything it is that this statement has a lot of truth to it. I started the year with a plan to grow my business and continue with my day job as a martial arts instructor at a local charter school. Then came Covid-19 and one of those needed to pivot quickly and the other went away with half of my monthly income. That hurt! I had a plan, I got hit in the mouth and my plan went away. Plan B was to continue growing the dojo and receive unemployment benefits until I could find another day job. I have applied for unemployment benefits, been ....

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  • Pride and Martial Arts

    Pride and Martial Arts

    In our agreement for service, at the bottom, in a short but concise sentence, there is written "I have the right to dismiss any student for misconduct or behavior that reflects poorly on the studio." I always tell people that I usually do not have that problem with children and only once with a woman. It is usually men in their 30's or 40's that I have had to ask to leave the dojo. The problem is pride and arrogance. The solution is humility and respect. Martial arts requires a healthy respect for the instructor, the dojo, ourselves, and other people. I have found that when we do not have the required respect we become reckless and careless with the things we are learning. Some of the ....

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  • Strong Children, Broken Men

    Strong Children, Broken Men

    I find things all over the internet that I like or identify with regularly. Today I found a couple of quotes. One was from someone I follow on Twitter and the other by this gentleman, Fredrick Douglas. The first quote " I think we can conclude the “time out” generation didn’t produce as good of citizens as the “ass beating” generation" makes a point about discipline or the lack thereof. I would not agree with ass beating or any type of abuse toward my children. I would agree that a spanking is in order in certain situations. I know many disagree. That is ok. Honestly, I have not had to spank either of my children since they were very young. When I did a few ....

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  • Kid's Need This

    Kid's Need This

    Of course whenever I am blurbing about what I do or how I do it. It is with reference to Karate, Martial Arts, Self-Defense, and other related topics. I know the benefits of training in those areas. I know from personal experience how Martial Arts has changed my life. I also am able to look back on my time playing soccer, baseball, and football and I can see how my coaches have influenced my life. I can especially see how my football coaches impacted my work ethic, toughness, and drive to succeed. Those men were hard on me, they said things to me that no one else was saying at the time and they pushed me constantly to improve. I remember being a big kid so I played offensive and ....

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