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Stacey Gregory reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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My family has been with McDonough ATA for several years now and we love it! The staff here is very friendly and Ms. Johnson especially is very helpful and goes out of her way to answer questions and give help wherever and whenever needed.

Carey Klement Daughtry reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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If you want your child to defend themselves against all the challenges that life will bring them as they grow and develop, you need to enroll in this school. I am especially impressed with their "Leadership Program". This school doesn't just teach students to "pass" which is what it seems our youth only cares about... this school raises the bar and tells it's students to go beyond "passing" and EXCEL.

Becca Nell reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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The staff is highly qualified and makes a point to get to know every student individually. They are genuinely concerned that each student is achieving their maximum potential. They are very organized and the studio is kept clean. They also offer numerous other activities that are fun and even offer parent's night out.

Ashley Westphall-Carr reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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My kids have gained so much from going there. They are more respectful and have gained so much self-confidence. I would recommend ATA of McDonough to anyone wanting to take martial arts. My daughter just had her birthday party there in the staff was wonderful. They made her feel so special. Thanks ATA!!!

Stacey Coada reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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This place is a great place for kids of all ages and adults. Very family oriented even if you are just a parent not taking classes you are invited to watch and kept informed of all things going on. Very patient staff and teachers are phenomenal with the fact that all kids/people learn differently and they teach individually while still keeping the group learning as a whole. Walked into the building on a whim and ended up letting my daughter take classes for 4 years and becoming a 2nd degree black belt. She was strong willed stubborn and kinda hard to teach however all the teachers and staff were patient and kept calm helping her to learn respect and to follow rules and also respect to others who may not learn as quick as her so in the end she became a leader willing to help other struggling students. Highly recommend anyone thinking about taking classes to check this place out.

Nims Harris reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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We've been with McDonough ATA for a year now and the growth and positive changes we've seen are incredible. Our family have noticed the changes and have copied what we are doing in one way or another. Staff is great, friendly, and their families are a part of the Black Belt journey as well. Talk about putting your mouth where your money is. Gold Star

Callie Hamric reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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We absolutely adore this studio. My daughter is 4 and she loves her karate instructors and everything she learns! Today they learned about what to do if someone tries to kidnap them and I think it is absolutely wonderful that they teach this! The people are wonderful! I also am so happy that they are so accepting of all cultures. My daughter has two moms and they are more than welcoming of it!

Allison Knight Fedorowicz reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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My kids love ATA! My 7 year old is in the after-school program and begs to attend every camp and parents night out. A four-year-old has already told me he wants to join the after-school program next year when he starts kindergarten. They have both learned so much: martial arts, anti-bullying, self-defense, respect, discipline, and more. I love seeing the look of accomplishment on their faces every time they advance to the next belt. They love their instructors and the friends they have met along the way. What a great experience!

Krista Panick Crews reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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My son and I have been attending this school for about three years now. Great people, great curriculum, ATA rocks

Shelia Evans Gatlin reviewed McDonough ATA Black Belt Academy
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My son is 7 years old and last month marked one year he has been enrolled in classes. McDonough ATA is about so much more than learning cool karate moves. For example, the oath they begin and end class with..."I promise to be a good person, to have knowledge in my mind, honesty in my heart, strength in my body, and make good friends." McDonough ATA and the wonderful instructors reinforce everything (and more) that we are teaching our son at home. Core values...honesty, loyalty, manners, tolerance, commitment, perseverance, discipline, self-confidence, encouragement, empathy, citizenship...I could go on! Not to mention the friendships and bonds he has formed with his classmates...priceless. ATA McDonough excels in molding and creating good people to be our country's future leaders.

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Martial Arts: The Effective After School Program


A parent’s work schedule never really syncs up perfectly with his/her child’s school
schedule. As school lets out for the day, parents are usually wondering what options
are available for them to place their children in until they are out of work. Plus, they
want to be able to put their children in programs that are going to benefit the child
versus sending them to a relative to watch television all afternoon. They might go to
tutoring, but that activity can only benefit them on an academic level. If parents are
looking for an effective, all-around activity, then they should consider placing their
children in a martial arts after school program. In doing so, parents will begin to see
great growth and benefits in their children.

Provides Great Education – Discipline and Responsibility
Just because the school bell rang, it does not mean that a child has to stop receiving
educational content in an after school program. Martial arts teaches kids how to be
disciplined and responsible. The routines associated with martial arts require
precision and practice in order to perfect the stances and activities. Students are also
required to upkeep their uniforms and belts. They are taught to respect the instructor
as well as one another. This type of conditioning in the class allows students to
become more mature and responsible. Building this foundation at a young age will
produce healthy habits as they grow into teenagers, and, soon after, adults.

Can be a Place to Make Friends
Children can find it very difficult to make new friends. They may feel uncomfortable
in the process and sometimes feel rejected for being what is considered to be
“normal” in the school social world.  Kids can be harsh.  When a child is exposed to
negative social settings it can be traumatizing for the rest of their life. The good
thing about putting a child in martial arts is that he/she will get the chance to
make friends in the program. The other children in the class already share a common
interest with one another: martial arts. They all understand the routines and the
disciplines behind the activity. Sharing the same mindset allows children within the
class to become friends easily, and, support one another. There are also routines that
involve students working with a partner- which is a great way to foster teamwork and

Encourages and Provides Physical Strength and Fitness
In America, more and more children are becoming obese due to the
lack of exercise and poor nutrition. Martial arts after school programs offer a great
way for children to practice physical fitness every single day. There are warm-up
routines that help students center their thoughts and stretch to prevent injuries.
The remaining routines build muscle and promote great posture. Students are able

to become physically strong, which is not only good for their bodies
but their minds. Students build a sense of self-confidence as they
develop discipline, respect, and physical fitness.

Finding an after school program that provides a multitude of benefits for a child can
be difficult. Martial arts classes are a great option as they can give a child an
education that no other activity can provide. Martial arts promotes growth in both the
mind and body. Children learn responsibility, respect, and discipline- all in a fun and safe


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