My son has been a student at USAMA since January 2014; and as a mom, I joined him in May 2014. Explaining why this place is so incredible will be my pleasure. First of all, it is the friendliest, most inclusive place in Phoenix. Students are more of a family than just people paying a fee to earn a belt. Second, belts are earned, not given, gifted, or bought. Students progress fairly quickly in the lower belts if they have accomplished certain goals. Higher belts only test if completely ready, and often need more time to learn what is required. This is a black belt school with high standards, but the support offered each step of the way make it attainable for students who will work for it. Progression is key. Third, you will learn so much more than just kicks, punches, and techniques. You will learn life-changing skills that are applicable every day and in every aspect of your life. Parents become better parents. Students become better students. Humans become better humans. Fourth, although it is primarily a Taekwondo school, techniques in Kravmaga, Brazilian jujitsu and other martial disciplines are taught. Kickboxing happens five times a week. The entire school changes from one of discipline, learning and friendship to one of fast music, fat-burning cardio and friendship. It is a lot of fun with great people. The school also provides monthly boot camps and excellent bully-proofing seminars for kids and their parents - both free to the community. Finally, I appreciate the diversity of age, ability, and skills taught. I love it that an 8-year-old girl does martial arts with her grandma. I love it that a 12-year-old brown belt helps his 15-year-old brother earn his orange belt. I love it that an entire family can earn black belts together. I love it that some kids come to the school unable to speak to or look at other people, and after only weeks have confidence. I love it that people coming from other schools are assessed to determine where they fit it to the school and dont have to always start over. USAMA is a truly special place with some of the best people I have ever met.