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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2013 Sparring Tourney Team!

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NWSMA Sparring Animals

Congrats to the sparring tournament team on last week’s sparring extravaganza! Pictured are six of the nine students who participated. Look at all that bling! It takes a lot of guts to get out there in the ring, so excellent work. Thanks also to TMA – Pine Lake and TMA – Overlake for putting on a great event!

2013 “Karate Summer Camp” Open to the Public – August 12-16, 2013

We have exciting news for you! For the very first time, NW School of Martial Arts’ 2013 Karate Summer Camp is open to anyone ages 6-17!! That means you don’t have to be an NWSMA student to take part in the summer martial arts fun!!

NWSMA students, you know what that means? Bring a friend with you to camp!

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A group of NW School of Martial Arts students think hard during a mental challenge.

Camp will take place over the course of 5 days, and each day has a theme. Focusing on one skill a day, such as kicking and grab releases, children will learn the basics of how to defend themselves. Benefits of summer camp include:

  • Gaining self-confidence;
  • Learning some basic self-defense skills;
  • Working with a small group to create a short skit about how to peacefully resolve a bullying situation;
  • Making new friends, learning to share & helping others;
  • Being active and exercising in a safe, friendly environment;
  • Getting creative with crafts and games!

Here’s the what/when/where:

  • Karate Summer Camp takes place August 12-16, 2013, Mon-Fri 10:30am-3:00 pm
  • The cost is $100/child/week OR $25/child/day
  • *Bring-your-own lunch except Friday* (We’ll serve pizza on Friday)
  • Located @ Stanwood Mason Hall in downtown Stanwood. We will donate a part of our proceeds to Bikes for Books.
  • Camp t-shirts with NWSMA logo will be available for an optional $20.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT ASAP! Contact us at nwschoolofmartialarts@gmail.com, and we’ll email you the registration form and camp program.

Payment will be due in full, cash or check to NWSMA, on the 1st day of camp (August 12). Children will not be allowed to take part if their parent/guardian has not completed & returned the registration form with payment.

Grinning with their trophies after a tournament.

These two love summer camp (and winning trophies at tournaments!!)

NW School of Martial Arts, owned by Sensei Doris Eastbury, has been serving Stanwood since 1988 with martial arts & self-defense classes for all ages. Assisting her with camp are certified black belts who regularly instruct & help in our year-round programs.

Hope to see you at 2013 Summer Camp!

Why Being a Multi-Stylist is Awesome: Shito-ryu Karate History

Karate vs. TKD: Each of these pairs contain one Karate and one TKD student. They are doing sticking or splashing hands--originally a kung fu drill! Credit: Bec Thomas Photography (facebook.com/BecThomasPhotography)

Multi-stylists: Each of these pairs contain one Karate and one TKD student. They are doing sticky hands, originally a Kung Fu drill! Credit: Bec Thomas Photography (facebook.com/BecThomasPhotography)

There’s a lot of debate in the martial arts world about which style of martial arts is best. With the surging popularity of UFC and MMA, it’s not surprising that we have these debates.

There are some who demand that you stick to one style, one art, one school. There are also those of us who cross train and learn to find value in different styles.

Reading this article recently about the history of Shito-ryu Karate (NWSMA’s style) taught me something really cool.

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Tournament Forms: It’s All in the Details

Tournament forms are all about the details. Check out this video of Rika Usami (a world tournament forms champion). She’s doing Kosokun Dai. She does a few of the moves slightly differently than in our Seito Shito-ryu Karate version, but that’s not important for now.

What is important is to watch her presence in the ring and sense of timing. This is a form that is performed at a very high level, with 100% attention to detail. Nothing is out of place and there is no wasted motion. She is totally focused on her imaginary opponents, and you can tell that she’s winning the imaginary fight. Continue reading

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

Weekly Update: 1/14-1/19

All classes are on a normal schedule this week, including Saturday. The Arnis Seminar will take place this Saturday. You can sign up anytime. There will still be regular class from 10-11am Saturday! We hope to see you there for class.

Uniform Reminder: Please wear your belt, uniform pants and jacket. You may wear a plain, school logo, or other martial arts t-shirt. T-shirts must be tucked in. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all of these items are clean and packed. We know the dojo is sometimes chilly in the winter, so students are welcome to wear appropriate footwear (sneakers) and a lightweight jacket until the building warms up.

Weekly Challenge: Practice side kicks every day this week, focusing on good foot position. Keep those toes down and pulled back!

Sensei has declared two New Year’s goals for all NWSMA students: improving chamber hand and pull back hands, and consistently keeping knees over toes in front stances. Keep this in mind when you practice at home.

Finally, a shout out to our Karate blue and purple belts for their great effort in class this week! You guys are looking better and better every day, keep up the hard work!

Weekly Update: 1/7-1/12

Class on Wed the 9th is cancelled for a Mason event, but all other classes are on a normal schedule this week.

Weekly Challenge: Think about the phrase, “Everything you do is a choice.” Share your thoughts here or in class.

Sensei has declared two New Year’s goals for all NWSMA students: improving chamber hand and pull back hands, and consistently keeping knees over toes in front stances. Keep this in mind when you practice at home.

Two more weeks until the Arnis Seminar on January 19th. Please make sure to sign up with Sensei. There will still be regular class from 10-11am that day.

The Read-a-thon ends January 31st. Keep reading! Bring in your mid-year report cards for a grade check, and you might get a patch for your uniform.