USA Martial Arts - Bluff Park Dojo

The Bluff Park Dojo is a USA Martial Arts Federation school in Hoover, Alabama. We offer classes for Thank you for visiting.

We're a traditional martial arts school with a strong commitment towards personalized service and individual attention. Whether you are seeking physical fitness, personal development or self-defense training, you've come to the right place. At USA Martial Arts, students of all ages can enjoy learning martial arts while achieving higher levels of confidence, self-control, and discipline along with

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Message of the week

Dojo De Naki, Senjo De Waru - Cry in the Dojo, Laugh on the Battlefied

This is the idea of preparing ourselves and working hard in the present for our success in the future. In doing so, our chances of having the future we want will be greatly increased. Most individuals don't plan to fail in life, but some do fail to plan for their success. We should strive to live our life in a way that will enable us to enjoy and thrive as our future self. Plan for your future and work hard today so you can enjoy tomorrow.


Message of the week

Ji Sei - Self-control

This is one of those things that is much easier said than done. With that in mind, the more we practice self-control, the easier it becomes. Just like a muscle gets stronger when we exercise it, so does our self-control. Immediate satisfaction may feel good in the moment, but can sometimes lead to regret in the long run. It's said that discipline weighs ounces, regret weighs tons. Stay strong, fight temptation and impulsive behavior. It will always be worth it and know that you are strong enough to do it.


Message of the week

Kaizen - Continuous improvement

This is the idea that we should always be on a path of trying to improve our self in all aspects of our life. When our life improves, often the result is that things around us improve. One thing we can do to make our life better is to take time to analyze our self and see how we can live better and be better as a whole. To look inward and be self-critical in this way is not always easy, but will be well worth it in the long run. Try and focus on improving yourself and in doing so, you will inspire others around you and help make the world better in your own way.


Message of the week

Shin Gan - To see with your spirit or heart

There are times in life when we have to make a decision and our logic may tell us one thing, but our hearts another. In these times it can be difficult to make a decision, especially when those two conflict. To cultivate our intuition and to listen to our inner voice is an important part of our development as individuals. Even when that inner voice might not make sense to us or others logically, it can truly benefit us to pay attention and listen to it.


Message of the week

Shiai - Competition; Battle

The biggest competition in life we face is ourselves. We are often harder on ourselves than anyone else is on us. We can defeat ourselves faster than anyone or anything. To battle this, one of the best things we can do is have positive self-talk and self-imagery. Think of yourself being strong and capable. Believe in yourself that you are able to do the right thing. Believe you can succeed and accomplish what you want. In doing so, you are much more likely to achieve your goals and live a happier life.


Message of the week

Ken O Fumu - To step on the sword

There are things in life that can be hard for us to accomplish due to the nature of the situation. It may be because the task will be hard work, the task may cause conflict with another individual, or it is a new, intimidating endeavor. Whatever the case, we should tackle the situation head on. To put if off because it may be uncomfortable or challenging can actually make it more difficult in the long run. Know that you are strong enough to step on your sword and do what needs to be done.


Message of the week

Koshi No Mawari - Awareness of everything around you

This is the idea of being aware of your surroundings. A major part of our training is that we are aware if there is a threat around us and we take action immediately to keep ourselves safe. We should also be aware and sensitive to the needs of those around us. If we are too focused on ourselves then we can miss a need that is right in front of us. Let us all strive to have awareness of the needs that are around us.


Message of the week

Nana Korobi Ya Oki - Seven times down, eight times up

No matter how many times we may not succeed at something or how hard life seems at times, we should never give up. Life can be tough. When life knocks us down whether it be emotionally or physically, the idea is that we should always get back up. Believe in yourself and know that you are strong enough to always get back up.


Message of the week

Enzan no Metsuke - Distant Mountain Vision; See the Big Picture

This is the idea that we need to be able to see the big picture in life. We don't always know everything about a person or situation. We should avoid being too quick to judge and do our best to take time and understand others. We should also be careful with the meaning that we give to situations. Initially, something that seems negative can turn out to be positive. There is almost always more going on with a person or a situation than we realize. We should take a step back, listen, and see with an open heart to try to see the big picture.


Message of the week

Ichi Jinga Banji - First impression or feeling

This is the idea that we can gather a great deal of information about someone or a situation upon our first interaction on a subconscious level or by listening to our intuition. Our intuition may not always be 100% correct, but is worth paying attention to. Our intuition is like a muscle, if we don't exercise our intuition and pay attention to it, it will atrophy and become less useful to us. Cultivate your intuition and listen to your inner voice. It can protect you and help you with many of life's decisions. There may be times that your intuition seems totally irrational and may not make logical sense. With that said, some of the greatest turning points in life are the ones found in that place of following your heart and stepping out in faith.


Message of the week

Shu Shi - Mastery of self

One thing we can do to improve our life is to focus daily on self-mastery and self-improvement. We can be our greatest enemy or our greatest ally. By mastering the enemy within, we can begin to make great improvements. Like a ripple effect, as we improve, often the things around us will improve as well. There is great power in taking responsibility for our lives. People and situations may play a role in our story, but we are the main character and author. If you are not satisfied with your story right now, know that you can change it. Focus on mastering yourself and write the best story you can imagine.


Message of the week

Chakugan - Correct focus of attention

How do we know what we should focus our attention on and how we should be spending our time? A good way to figure this out is to ask yourself what are the most important things in my life? Then, put them in order from most important to least important and prioritize your time and focus accordingly. This also relates to being present in the moment. We should avoid living too much in the past or the future. The only true time we have is right now, so it is best to focus on being present in the moment.


Message of the week

Musubi - To blend and pivot

We do this a lot in our martial arts training when we blend with an attack or with our partner. With that said, the true skill of blending lies in being able to blend in life. When things don't go the way we plan or we are met with conflict, the best thing we can do is try and blend with the situation, add our energy to it and make the best of it. We cannot always control what happens to us, but we can always control how we react to it. Master blending in life and you will find yourself much happier and feeling more in control of your life.


Message of the week

Zanshin - Continued focus; follow through

Have you set a goal for the new year and on the way to accomplishing it you find your motivation diminishing? To finish something we start can be challenging. With that being said, if we continue to stay focused on our goals and persevere, then we can accomplish great things. If you get discouraged, try and break up your goal into smaller goals or dedicate your goal to something greater than yourself. Also, try and remember why you set that goal for yourself in the first place. This can be the encouragement you need to follow through and finish what you have set out to do. Stay strong, believe in yourself, and know that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.


Message of the week

Senryaku - Strategy

Now that we have a new year upon us and new goals on the horizon, it is important that we have a strategy to accomplish the things we want to achieve. Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are reminded of what a great example Dr. King was when it comes to having a goal and a strategy to achieve it. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I have a dream" speech in 1963 to a crowd of over 250,000 people. His dream was to achieve racial equality and to end racial injustices. King was not passive with his dream. He didn't just hope his dream would come true. He organized non-violent protests, mentored civil rights leaders, gave speeches, and helped reform voting legislation. King had an active strategy to accomplish his goal. Let us all continue to learn from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If you have a goal or a dream, implement a strategy, take action and don't stop until you have achieved what you have set out to do.


Message of the week

Kagami Biraki - To check in the mirror; self reflection & analyzation

It's often at the beginning of a new year that we set goals for ourselves and reflect on our past. It's important that we are constantly analyzing ourselves and making sure we are on the right path to ultimately get us to where we want to be in life. Keep in mind that it's never too late to make changes. If there is something in your life you want to change, believe in yourself, stay strong and don't give up until you've accomplished what you've set out to do. Try and make 2024 your best year yet!


Message of the week

Ware Koto Ni Oite Kokai Sezu - Live without regret

With the end of the year approaching it reminds us that another year has passed and time continues on whether we are ready for it or not. To live your life without regret means to live fully and not hold back. Learn from you choices. Do the things you want to do and be the person you want to be. Take risks and be courageous. It's said that we only live once so make your life shine brightly and be able to reflect without much regret.


Congratulations to everyone on their Black Belt promotions! We’re so proud of you!

Colby B. - 1st Dan Taekwondo/Karate
Alex S. - 1st Dan Taekwondo/Karate
Steven T. - 1st Dan Taekwondo/Karate
James C. - 2nd Dan Aikido
Reese M. - 2nd Dan Aikido
Carter L. - 1st Dan Iaido


Message of the week

Bushido - The way of the warrior

This is the idea that a true warrior does much more the fight in battle. Following the code of Bushido, a warrior is an individual that holds themselves to a high standard and lives in service of others. The true warrior lives with righteousness, courage, compassion, respect, integrity, honor, loyalty, and self-control. We are all warriors in some way and we should try and see ourselves as warriors. Seek to be your best self in life. Try to live with the virtues of Bushido and in doing so, improve your life and the lives of those around you.


Message of the week

Shi Sei O Tada Sh*te - Keep your spine straight

Not only does this refer to good posture, it also carries the idea of keeping your life straight and to live in a way that aligns with the things you value and feel are right. It is never too late to make changes. If there is something in your life that you feel is not in line with your inner being, you can change that. Start by making small advances toward your goal of change and over time your small advances will lead to big change.


Message of the week

Heijo Shin Kore Michi - The calm, regular mind is the way

This is the idea of staying mentally calm and relaxed in our daily living. There may be times we find ourselves in a stressful situation that has been thrust upon us and it then becomes something we must handle and confront. Even though we may not be able to control the situation, we can control how we react to the situation. To stay calm and relaxed during stressful times will help us see things more clearly and help us make better choices.


Message of the week

Kime - Eye Focus

In our martial arts training this refers to staying focused on your target and your direction of movement. In life we can apply this to what we are watching or consuming with not only our eyes, but our mind. Our lives are influenced and shaped by what we take in, so we must be mindful of the things we are consuming. Look upon and fill your mind with things that will make you and those around you better.


Message of the week

Makoto - To do something without thinking of the benefits it may offer; to not compare oneself to others

In our training it is best to lose yourself in what you are doing. Try not to compare yourself to others or their progress. To do something without thinking of how it will benefit you or how it compares to someone else is probably the most sincere way to go about our training. This concept can help us greatly in life as well. If we compare ourselves too much to others then we can lose our uniqueness and our own strengths if we try to be too much like someone else. We all have our own strengths to offer the world. The world needs you and not a carbon copy of someone else. Embrace who you are, focus on your strengths more than your weaknesses and most importantly, be YOU!


Message of the week

Sho Shin Sho G*i - Beginner's mind for whole life

This is the idea that no matter how much of an expert you are at something, there is always more to learn if you are open to it. When teaching, it is important to remember what it is like being new to something and how challenging things can be when you are first learning a new skill. In doing so, you will be more patient and understanding. Lastly, this can also carry the idea of being playful and child like. Children often find joy in the smallest of things and don't need much to be happy and satisfied. All of us can benefit greatly from this concept. Let us learn from our children and all strive to have the beginner's mind.


Message of the week

Shu Chu Roku - To focus all of your energy to one point or task

Just like a magnifying glass can take all of the sun's rays and burn a hole in a leaf, we too can become extremely powerful when we focus all of our being to a single task. So, whether you are doing a technique, working on a task or having a conversation with someone, try and focus all of yourself on what's in front of you. In doing so, you will do things more effectively and with better quality.


Message of the week

Shugyo - Austere Training

In martial arts we often train past the point of discomfort creating new limits for ourselves. Every time we do this we grow in our confidence and we become more resilient. We should also do this in life as well. Stepping out of our comfort zone is a wonderful way to grow as an individual. Seek out those opportunities for growth. Push through challenges and when you feel like there is nothing left to give that is exactly the moment when you need shugyo.


Message of the week

Fukasa to Hirosa - Deep understanding of something

We often have a surface level understanding of many things but if we truly want to understand something, we need to have a deeper understanding of it. In our training this can benefit us greatly when it comes to our techniques and their original intent and design. This is also a huge benefit in our daily living. To understand where someone is coming from or to truly listen to another and understand why they feel the way they feel is a very important part of effective communication. Let us all try and have a deeper understanding of the people and things in our life.


Message of the week

Ichi Go Ichi E - One time, One opportunity

This phrase is often used to remind us that every moment in life is unique and will never be repeated again. It also reminds us to treat situations as if they were the last opportunity that we would have to do them. With that mindset we can do things with great quality and appreciation. Cherish every moment in life and try to be fully present in everything you do.


Message of the week

Malobashi - Just do it

This is the idea of taking action. In a situation where we are not looking forward to doing something, the best thing we can do is just get it done. If we continue to put if off, we can suffer much longer than we would if we would just get it done. Also, tomorrow is not guaranteed. If there is something you want to do in life, plan and make it happen. Be able to look back on your life without regret knowing that you lived your best life achieving what you wanted.

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