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!

nwsma entrance

What’s Going on Week of 8/22-8/27 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat.

SUMMER Donations: We will extend the drive through September 10! Please continue bringing personal hygiene items to donate, and THANKS a BUNCH to those who have already contributed. :)

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Dashing through a warm-up obstacle course in kids’ class!

Important Dates:

  • FINAL Day Camp 8/25
  • FREE Women’s Self Defense class, 8/27 2:30-4:30 pm
  • First Day of School/Stanwood-Camano: September 1!

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What’s Going On Week of 8/8-8/13 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Fri. NO CLASS THURS, SAT. If you are planning to attend Friendship Camp this Saturday, August 13, please get your permission slips in! We have lots of carpool opportunities, so please let us know if you or your child will need a ride.

SUMMER Donations: Please continue bringing personal hygiene items to donate! The drive will run through the end of August.

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Girls at summer camp work together!

 

Important Dates:

  • No classes 8/11, 8/13, 8/20
  • FRIENDSHIP CAMP 8/13
  • Sunday class 8/21
  • FINAL Day Camp 8/25
  • FREE Women’s Self Defense class, 8/27 2:30-4:30 pm
  • First Day of School/Stanwood-Camano: September 1!

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What’s Going On Week of 8/1-8/6 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat. NO CLASS WED. Calendars available in class this week.

This week, we’ll be working on sparring, kicks, and Arnis. Please bring sticks if you own some!

SUMMER Donations: Please continue bringing personal hygiene items to donate! The drive will run through the end of August.

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Important Dates:

  • No classes 8/3, 8/11, 8/13, 8/20
  • Sunday class 8/21
  • FINAL Day Camp 8/25
  • FREE Women’s Self Defense class, 8/27 2:30-4:30 pm
  • First Day of School/Stanwood-Camano: September 1!

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What’s Going on Week of 6/20-6/26 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri. NO CLASS SAT, but there IS class Sun 6/26 from 4-5:30. We have our first NINJA DAY CAMP this Thursday, activities start at 9 am. Regular classes WILL take place in the afternoon, as we found an instructor for the advanced class.

This week, we’ll be working on partner drills and Arnis. Please bring sticks if you own some!

SUMMER Donations: See the list below for items that should be brought for our summer donation drive! We found out that other community organizations have school supplies covered this year, so we’re working on hygiene supplies. Good time to clean out your UNUSED travel size/hotel samples for a good cause.

NWSMA SummerDonation Drive

 

Important Dates:

  • No classes 6/25
  • Sunday classes 6/26
  • Day Camp 6/23 9-3
  • Pizza Night 6/24

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What’s Going on Week of 6/13-6/18 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat. Thurs-Sat classes will be in the Secret Room!

This week, we’ll be working on kicks, moving basics, and sparring! Students who own sparring gear should ALWAYS have it packed and brought to class–this week is no exception.

SUMMER Donations: See the list below for items that should be brought for our summer donation drive! We found out that other community organizations have school supplies covered this year, so we’re working on hygiene supplies. Good time to clean out your UNUSED travel size/hotel samples for a good cause.

NWSMA SummerDonation Drive

 

Important Dates:

  • No classes 6/25
  • Sunday classes 6/12, 6/26
  • Day Camp 6/23 9-3
  • Pizza Night 6/24

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2016 Book Recommendations!

Book Selfie

NWSMA’s summer reading contest kicked off on June 1, so I figured I’d throw out a few recommendations to get y’all started. Obviously, my recommendations will be colored by my own interests (fantasy, Middle East, SE Asia, Japan, history, comics), and I also tried to pick things I’ve read more recently, things with universal appeal, and also things that are pretty squeaky clean in terms of content.

Speaking of content! Parents, if you haven’t heard of it, Common Sense Media is a wonderful site to add to your favorites. It allows you to check out what your kids are reading, watching, and, playing. Each entry rates the piece of media in several categories, including violence, positive messages, role models, and drugs/drinking/smoking.

Another note for our readers: if you’re having trouble finding a book, try the following 6 ideas:

  • Read a book that was made into a movie or tv series
  • Re-read an old favorite
  • Ask a friend (or your kids) for a recommendation
  • Read a book that is part of a series
  • Browse AT the library (novel concept I know!)
  • For adults: read a YA or teen novel

Recs after the jump! Continue reading

7 Benefits of Summer Martial Arts Training (or, why you should continue to train over the summer)

All ages class stands in ready stance, waiting for the next instruction.

All ages class stands in ready stance, waiting for the next instruction.

I’m going to keep this simple: MOST students who train during the summer advance to their next belt before or close to September. (Obviously, this isn’t a guarantee–the only thing that guarantees a test is effort, focus, consistency, and skill growth!)

So, what is it about training during the summer that is so beneficial?

  1. Students who train over the summer do not forget their requirements. Students who take the summer off forget things. (It’s amazing how quickly the memory goes!) Martial arts is cumulative: basic skills lead to more advanced skills. Students who come back in September after a few months’ break have to go through a period of “re-learning” and re-practicing a lot of basics. We also often see old habits make a comeback after a break. All of this impacts progress. On the other hand, students who do train over the summer see a lot of benefits from staying consistent in their practice.
  2. Students who train over the summer have only one thing to focus on. Well, maybe they have Boy Scouts or other summer activities. But the point is that they’re not in school, trying to keep a handle on a wide variety of subjects, homework, activities, etc. When students are able to focus in on 1-2 things, they make faster progress in skills. They’re able to give full attention to martial arts, without worrying about getting their homework done later.
  3. Students who train over the summer maintain their level of fitness. All those pushups and situps are great, but when the body isn’t asked to do them, your fitness will suffer. This is not as much of a problem for lower ranks, but can hugely impact students who are at higher ranks, where the expectations for fitness are high.
  4. Students who train over the summer learn about having a routine and sticking to it–an important Life Skill for success. Consistency is a key Life Skill: you go to school regularly, you do your homework, [in college] you plan your study time, you show up to work, you stick with something you’ve started: GET IT DONE. Why? Because when you quit, you don’t reach your goals! One of the most important lessons you can teach your children is to have a routine and stick to it. Allowing children to choose when they go to class can be problematic, as it teaches them they can do whatever they want, whenever they “feel like it.” Not a recipe for life success. Now, we’re not saying you shouldn’t take a break from time to time, go on vacation, etc. But we are saying that training over the summer is a BIG part of experiencing what it’s like to stick with something.
  5. Students who train over the summer stay in a “learning mindset.” When these students return to school in the fall, their brain is already primed to continue learning. The brain, like the muscles, can get lazy, and martial arts is a great opportunity to keep your mindset open for learning and growing.
  6. Students who train over the summer grow their brains bigger. Repeating any skill you’ve learned causes the connections in your brain to grow, widen, and thicken. Bigger pathways mean better transmission of electrical signals. Repetition makes brain connections stronger! What’s the big deal here? Well, in addition to strengthening brain function (which may work against degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s), the bigger and stronger a brain connection is, the more likely it is that a student will actually be able to perform their martial arts in a real life situation. The summer is a huge opportunity to get in repetition, strengthen the brain, and increase your chances of success in a real-life self-defense situation.
  7. Students who train over the summer have NUF in class! Summer classes can be really NUF for students! We have summer camps, we play BINGO, we have competitions in reading, we bring in cold treats on hot days, we train with various weapons, we play games, we go outside to train…there are so many AWESOME things about NWSMA in the summer. Summer is the best time for students to develop strong social connections to other students through fun activities.

You wouldn’t want to miss out, would you?

What’s Going on Week of 5/30-6/4 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat. NO CLASS Thurs 6/2!

This week, we’ll be working on moving basics, kicks, and sparring! Every class you attend this week should contain at least one drill covering at least one of those topics.

SUMMER NUF: Pick up reading and BINGO sheets in class this week! Reading and BINGO start June 1, and yes, we’d like everyone to participate.

June 2016

Important Dates:

  • No classes 6/2, 6/8, 6/11, 6/25
  • Sunday classes 6/12, 6/26
  • Day Camp 6/23 9-3
  • Pizza Night 6/24

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Ninja Day Camps – Summer 2016

Camp Advert

Has your child always wanted to become a ninja?

Come have fun learning at NWSMA’s Summer Ninja Camps! All Ninja Camps are one day long, and are open to youth ages 8+ with no previous experience! June 23, July 7, July 28!

Reserve a spot soon! Call (360) 629-4341, email nwschoolofmartialarts@gmail.com, or fill out the form below and stop by the Mason Hall while we are open for regular class (schedule available on Facebook).

Each of our ONE DAY camps will include:

  • Basic martial arts, anti-bully, and self-defense moves (gross motor skills & confidence)
  • Group projects, such as creating a skit or routine (teamwork & leadership, confidence & performance skills)
  • Games, scavenger hunts (social skills & fun)
  • Crafts, writing, drawing (fine motor skills & thinking
Sensei Doris discusses bullying with students.

Sensei Doris discusses bullying with students at 2013 camp.

Camp Counselor Sensei Caitlin says, “The best thing about camp is that the kids don’t even realize how much they’re learning—they’re too busy having fun! We keep things active and interesting. Yes, the kids learn/practice martial arts, but they also socialize, collaborate, and get opportunities to act as leaders.”

The Who, What, When, Where

  • Who: Students with no experience ages 8+, current NWSMA students
  • Dates: June 23, July 7, July 28 (each date is a separate camp with a separate cost)
  • Time: 9 am—3 pm
  • Location: Stanwood Masonic Lodge, 27205 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood, WA 98282
  • Cost: $27.20 per child per day (tax incl.) PLUS a few school supplies for our school supply drive

NWSMA Summer Camp 2014