Beyond Self-Defense

Northwest School of Martial Arts

Welcome to Northwest School of Martial Arts, a Stanwood, WA family martial arts school. Northwest School of Martial Arts has been serving the local community since 1988.

“Beyond Self-Defense. Mind-Body Discipline for a Better You!” Located downtown at the Stanwood Mason Hall, we teach Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Arnis to people of all ages. From youth who want to fly high and kick, to teens who need a confidence boost, women who need vital self-defense skills, and adults who want fitness, discipline, and a mental challenge: whoever you are, we can be a part of your journey towards a better, healthier, more confident you!

Browse the tabs to learn more about our programsblack belts, and the arts we teach. Or, send us an email to find out more. Scroll down to check out Northwest School of Martial Arts blog!

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What’s Going On Week of 12/5-12/11 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun. No class Thurs, Sat.

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Adults and kids work together during an Arnis seminar.

 

Important Dates:

  • No classes 12/8, 12/10, 12/14, 12/24, 12/25
  • Sunday classes 12/4, 12/11
  • No pizza night this month
  • Game Night 12/21
  • Sparring Class 12/31

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What’s Going On Week of 11/28-12/4 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat. NO CLASS WED, makeup classes will be held on Tuesday. Sunday class will also be held on 12/4.

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Important Dates:

  • No classes 12/8, 12/10, 12/14, 12/24, 12/25
  • Sunday classes 12/4, 12/11
  • No pizza night this month
  • Game Night 12/21
  • Sparring Class 12/31

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Black Belt Essay: What It Is and What It Takes by Tyler

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Tyler receiving his advanced brown belt in 2015.

Here is a black belt essay from Tyler! Tyler is an adult provisional black belt candidate for 1st degree in taekwondo. In this essay, he talks about how different martial arts training was from his childhood ideals. He also talks about the importance of persevering in the face of his own limitations, and looking for the deeper meaning in his martial arts training–love it!

Check out Tyler’s black belt essay after the jump to find out what he really thinks it’s all about!

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What’s Going On Week of 11/21-11/27 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! The NWSMA leadership is SO grateful for our wonderful community of martial artists and their families. THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts, for all of your support this year!

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Sun. TURKEY WORKOUT Thurs morning from 9-10 am, no uniform necessary, please bring shoes and a sweatshirt. FRIDAY: classes from 4-5 and 5-6 pm ONLY. No classes Saturday.

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In-circle Arnis drills.

Important Dates:

  • No classes: Nov. 26, 30
  • No late classes (6-7, 7-8 pm) Nov. 25 (due to historically low student turnout on the day after Thanksgiving)
  • Sunday classes: Nov. 27
  • TUESDAY class, Nov. 29
  • Turkey Workout: Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day! 9-10 am

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What’s Going On Week of 11/14-11/20 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, and SUN. No class Sat. Wednesday night is also Family Game Night! Contact information for the organizer is located on the bulletin board at the dojo if you have any questions.

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Working on espada y daga (sword and dagger) techniques.

Important Dates:

  • No classes: Nov. 19, 26, 30
  • No late classes (6-7, 7-8 pm) Nov. 25 (due to historically low student turnout on the day after Thanksgiving)
  • Sunday classes: Nov. 20, 27
  • TUESDAY class, Nov. 29
  • Game Night: Nov. 16
  • Turkey Workout: Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day! 9-10 am

Whew! November is a busy month for the Masons, and there are holidays! We’ve tried our best to keep to as normal of a schedule as possible. We’ll be offering 3 Sundays, a Tuesday, and the Thanksgiving Day workout as options for training.

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What’s Going On Week of 11/7-11/13 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Fri, Sat. NO CLASS Wed or Thurs, due to regularly scheduled meetings at the hall.

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Practicing partner drills to learn timing and distance for blocking.

 

Important Dates:

  • No classes: Nov. 5, 9, 10, 19, 26, 30
  • No late classes (6-7, 7-8 pm) Nov. 25 (due to historically low student turnout on the day after Thanksgiving)
  • Sunday classes: Nov. 6, 20, 27
  • TUESDAY class, Nov. 29
  • Game Night: Nov. 16
  • Turkey Workout: Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day! 9-10 am

Whew! November is a busy month for the Masons, and there are holidays! We’ve tried our best to keep to as normal of a schedule as possible. We’ll be offering 3 Sundays, a Tuesday, and the Thanksgiving Day workout as options for training.

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What’s Going On Week of 10/31-11/5 2016

Normal class this week, Wed-Fri. Monday is Halloween, and we’ll only have ONE class from 5-6 pm. Saturday the 5th, no class, but we will have class on Sunday the 6th.

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Important Dates:

  • Halloween: class 5-6 pm/no costumes
  • No classes: Nov. 5, 9, 10, 19, 26, 30
  • No late classes (6-7, 7-8 pm) Nov. 25 (due to historically low student turnout on the day after Thanksgiving)
  • Sunday classes: Nov. 6, 20, 27
  • TUESDAY class, Nov. 29
  • Game Night: Nov. 16
  • Turkey Workout: Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day! 9-10 am

Whew! November is a busy month for the Masons, and there are holidays! We’ve tried our best to keep to as normal of a schedule as possible. We’ll be offering 3 Sundays, a Tuesday, and the Thanksgiving Day workout as options for training.

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What’s Going On Week of 10/24-10/29 2016

Normal class this week, Mon-Sat. Friday night is Pizza Night from 5-6 pm! $5/person, family and friends welcome to partake.

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Students helping each other target & focus while punching!

Important Dates:

  • Sunday class: 10/23
  • Pizza Night 10/28
  • Halloween: class 5-6 pm/no costumes

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What’s Going On Week of 10/16-10/21 2016

Normal class this week, Mon-Fri. No class Sat/YES class Sun! Wednesday night is also Family Game Night. Run by an NWSMA parent after normal classes finish for the evening, students and family members are invited to come together for tabletop gaming fun!

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More balancing skills!

Important Dates:

  • No class: 10/22
  • Sunday class: 10/23
  • Pizza Night 10/28
  • Halloween: class 5-6 pm/no costumes

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NWSMA Weather Update 10/14/16

NWSMA weather alert: YES classes tonight 10/14***, NO classes Saturday 10/15 (sorry, sparring animals)! If the power goes out at the building and does not come back on, we will cancel any remaining classes this evening. ***Please do not feel like you have to make it in! Be safe, and do not take risks to get to class.