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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Arnis/Sai Seminar Success Jan. 18, 2014

Here are a few photos from the recent seminar! I couldn’t make it for the Arnis portion, but I got some good shots from the sai part.

Big thanks as usual to Sabumnim Cory for spending his Saturday up at NWSMA! :D

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Save the Date: Arnis Seminar October 12, 2013

Please save the date & sign up ASAP! We are pleased to announce that on October 12, 2013, SBN Cory from True Martial Arts – Pine Lake will be teaching an Arnis seminar at NWSMA. ***As a special bonus, SBN Doris will follow the Arnis seminar with a sai seminar.

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Students working with bo staff at the last Arnis seminar.

Seminars are open to 12 year-olds & above. Younger students will be considered individually, please ask SBN Doris. The first half of the Arnis seminar is for everyone. In the second half, green belts and above will work on long sword technique.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 10-11 am All Ages Regular Class
  • 11:15-12:15 All Ranks Arnis
  • 12:15-1:15 Green Belts & above
  • 1:30-2:30 Sai Seminar

Seminar pricing (if this is confusing, just talk to us!):

  • $10 for first hour (Arnis) only
  • $20 for full two hour seminar (Arnis green belts & above eligible)
  • $5 for the Sai Seminar

Come play with sticks! And swords! And sai! :)

What is Open Floor?

We’re trying something new this month; you may have seen it on March’s calendar, “Arnis/Open Floor.” We’d like to do 1-2 of these classes every month if the first few work out.

Open floor sessions will take place during normal class hours on Saturdays, 10-11am, and everyone is welcome at them! Continue reading

Arnis Seminar

Thanks to Sabumnim for teaching the Arnis seminar!

We spent a lot of time on empty hand drills in both the beginner and advanced seminars, so the photos mostly show our students practicing joint locks and control holds. Arnis is a self-defense oriented art, and anything you do with a stick also holds empty hand application, hence the focus on empty hand defense.

A few important points from the seminar:

-“It’s all the same.” If it works, it works. Wise words from the Professor (Master Remy Presas).

-There are good and bad martial artists, not good and bad martial arts. Different styles just have different things they focus on or prefer. Continue reading

Tuesday Thought: Translating Goals into Action

New Year’s is coming, and so are the resolutions. We at NWSMA prefer to use “goals” instead of the word “resolutions,” because we believe that “resolutions” are easily broken the first time your priorities change.

We like the idea that goals are things to be achieved and worked towards. I’d like to invite all our students to start thinking about their 2013 goals.

But just setting a goal isn’t always good enough.

You have to know how to get there.

In martial arts, this is pretty easy. Your goal is to make it to black belt. First you test for yellow belt, then orange or green, and so on until black. (Well, maybe not easy, but you have the steps laid out for you).

For other goals, such as “getting in shape” or “saving money,” you might need to make a more concrete plan.

As you set your goals, Continue reading

Weekly Update 12/10-12/15

This week’s schedule is normal on Mon, Thurs, Fri, and Sat. Wednesday is cancelled; all Wednesday classes are cancelled for the rest of December due to holidays and the Masons’ schedule. Our schedule is also available on Facebook; click the top right “Calendar” link.

Weekly Challenge: Go through your Arnis requirements, practice them, and bring your questions to class to prepare for the upcoming Arnis seminar. Stay tuned for more announcements about this event!

Weather Policy Reminder: If school is cancelled for the Stanwood-Camano public schools due to inclement weather, class will also be cancelled. If you’re not sure, you are welcome to call Sensei.

December cancellations: 12, 19, 22, 26. Only 1 class, 4-5 pm, December 31st.

Toy and food drives are still running. Thanks to those who have already donated! If you haven’t donated yet, think about bringing an extra item from your pantry. All donations stay in the Stanwood area, so your gift will reach a neighbor in need. Every little bit counts.

December 30th is breakfast at the Mason Hall from 9-11am.

Weekly Update: 12/3-12/8

Prospective students: Crab Cracker special is running for new students who sign up in December 2012 or January 2013. Check out our About Us and FAQ post. New Year’s is a great time to start a new exercise program! Welcome to NWSMA!

Current students: This week’s schedule is normal, Mon-Sat. Pizza Night is normally the last Friday of the month, but due to the holidays, we’re going to have Pizza Night this Friday. $5/person.

Good job to everyone who participated in Sensei Louis’ class Friday night!

December cancellations: 12, 19, 22, 26. Only 1 class, 4-5 pm, December 31st.

The holidays always complicate our schedule, so please check your calendar carefully. The calendar is now available on the NWSMA Facebook page (top right “Calendar” link).

Coming up in January: Arnis Seminar with guest instructor from TMA! The seminar is not covered by regular tuition, so there will be a small seminar fee. More details and a sign-up sheet will be available soon.

Toy and food drives are still running. Thank you so much for your donations! Help support the Masons by attending their monthly breakfast on December 30th (always the last Sunday of the month). $7/person, all-you-can-eat, 9-11 am.

Happy December!

See Our Ad in the Crab Cracker?

If you saw our ad in the Crab Cracker, click “Read More” for new student information and FAQs. Also, check out our About Us section.

For the holidays, we’re running an introductory special for new students. 2 months + 1/2 off the 3rd month, and free uniform for new students who sign up in December 2012 or January 2013. Offer expired.

Weekly Update: 11/05-11/10 2012

Normal class M-F. Saturday class is cancelled for the tournament at TMA Overlake. We will be meeting at the dojo to caravan down. Talk to Sensei or Sempai Yudajanim for directions, time, etc, and read over the rules this week in preparation.

Cancellations for the month of November: 14, 21, 22. Saturday the 17th is normal, but the afternoon Arnis seminar has been cancelled.