What’s Going on Week of 1/27-2/1/2014

Class this week is on a normal schedule Mon, Thurs, Fri, and Sat. Wed is our visit to Fudo Yama in Stanwood (located kitty corner from the old Resilience Fitness). There WILL be 4 pm class at the Mason Hall, but NO 5 pm class. Joint class is from 5:30-6:30, and adults may stay for the adult class, 6:30-8.

Fri is also PIZZA NIGHT! Join us for $5/person, all-you-can-eat pizza & pop. Family members are welcome to partake!

Listening to Sensei at the end of class.

Future black belts listen to Sensei at the end of class.

Please check out the post on our new “Absence from Training” policy. We value communication with our students. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, we’d love to hear from you.

Click “More” for reminders & the weekly challenge!

Continue reading

“Karate is Like Boiling Water:” Reasons for NWSMA’s Absence from Training Policy

demo team

Sempai Jasmine doing form at a demo.

One of Gichin Funakoshi’s 20 precepts of karate is,

Karate is like boiling water.

I think this has a lot to do with absences from training. Which has a lot to do with our new policy!

I promised everyone a fuller explanation. If you want to read what was going through our heads when we created it, please click “more.”

Continue reading


NO CLASS TONIGHT due to weather. Enjoy~! :) We haven’t yet decided if there will be class tonight. Please check Facebook around noon for our final decision!



If (BIG IF) we do decide to stay open, remember that you are not obligated to come! If you’re concerned about conditions, it’s always better to err on the safe side. In exchange, we promise not to teach ALL the super secret martial arts moves in one night. :P

NWSMA & Fudo Yama Students Make Donation!


Students, parents, and Senseis from NWSMA & Fudo Yama after making their donation.

Students, parents, and Senseis from NWSMA & Fudo Yama after making their donation.

Students from Stanwood’s Northwest School of Martial Arts and Fudo Yama Karate-Jutsu made a donation to the Stanwood Food Bank on Monday, December 16, 2013. The donation ended a month-long competition between the two schools to see who could collect the most food.

We’d like to shout out a big “THANK YOU” to our parents for helping our kids collect the food!

And to everyone in the Stanwood-Camano area, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and warm season wishes from all of us at NWSMA!

Black Belt Halloween Safety Tips by NW School of Martial Arts

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday, so I wanted to write up my top 10 Halloween safety tips to share with everyone!

Halloween safety tips

Do not mess with these pumpkins…

Halloween is a holiday that makes a lot of moms anxious: gobs of candy to check, gobs of candy ruining appetites, strangers interacting with your kids, and the possibility for teenage mischief-makers.

Don’t let yourself stress. Create a set of ground rules with your kids, using my top 10 as a starting place. Click “more” for my top 10 Halloween safety tips for adults and kiddos.

Continue reading

Character Contract Update: 2, 3, & 4

Items 2, 3, & 4 of the “Character Contract” go together, so I’m posting today’s blog to update parents on them all.

This activity really relies on parents to help students think critically about their own behavior. Help them ask themselves, “Do I do these things already, or do I need to break some bad habits?”

2,3,4 of the Character Contract

2,3,4 of the Character Contract

It’s not a terribly long post, so click “more” for details!!

Continue reading

Back to School Safety Tips from NWSMA

In a couple of weeks, your kids are headed back to school. Back to school safety is probably farthest from their minds.

Even if they're taller than you, it's okay to give safety reminders. :)

Even if they’re taller than you, it’s okay to give safety reminders. :)

It’s a busy time, full of shopping, sports practices, and open houses. No matter their ages, it’s also the perfect time to go over safety routines and reminders.

I organized safety into a few basic categories. Then I gave some general advice for talking to your children about back to school safety. Click more to read on!

Continue reading

NWSMA Campers Make Donation

nw school of martial arts

NWSMA campers with their donation at The Caring Place.

NW School of Martial Arts collected school supplies during its annual week-long summer camp. Summer campers walked the items over to The Caring Place in downtown Stanwood to make the donation. Students got a mini tour and talked to volunteers about what The Caring Place does for the local community.

As martial artists, we strive to reach our personal best AND to help others. Donating school supplies to those in need is a great way to make a difference! Thanks, everyone!

Sweating the Details, AKA Why Your Instructor is So Picky

Anyone who’s said, “Don’t sweat the details,” has probably never met any martial arts instructors.

martial arts instructors

Sensei checks a student’s posture in class.

Perfectionist martial arts instructors are common, especially in karate styles. (Don’t we know it!) They seem to love watching you sweat as you try again and again to get each little thing right. All at the same time.

If you’ve ever thought, “WHY are the details so important?” or “Does it really matter if I do it this way or that way?” then this article is for you. Continue reading