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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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Packing A Punch: Why your kids should be in Martial Arts?

Why Your Kids Should Be in Martial Arts? 

When you turn on the television or head to the movie theater with your family, you may notice a kickin’ new trend- martial arts are gaining in popularity!  Though there are many different styles around the world, one of the most attractive for kids and adults is Taekwondo.  This Korean martial art dates back to the early 1950s and is most recognized by flashy kicks and the smooth style of its techniques.

So why is Taekwondo taking over the martial arts and pop culture scene?  It appeals to both kids and parents!  Kids love to learn “ninja moves” and parents love the life and character-building skills found through the art.

ATA Martial Arts is the singled largest martial arts organization in North America dedicated to the discipline of Taekwondo.  ATA has been teaching Taekwondo to youth since the early 1980’s and recently re-launched their curriculum geared toward students age 6 to 12.  When watching a Taekwondo class or a local tournament competition, it’s easy to see why this is a sport that’s packing a punch.

Fitness.  Let’s be honest, this generation is more inclined to watch athletes on their smartphones than they are to actually get up and get moving.  With Taekwondo, kids think they are just learning how to masterfully break a board, when they are really exercising.  Grand Master In Ho Lee, 9th Degree Black Belt instructor in ATA Martial Arts explains, “The principles of Taekwondo techniques are based on the design of your body. Your muscles become more agile, building more power. Plus, you are always active with your upper and lower body.”  By working up a sweat and staying more physically fit, students will feel more energized and learn healthier habits.

Self-Confidence.  This does not come naturally for many people, but self-confidence can be developed over a period of time. Through Taekwondo, as you accomplish new goals, your confidence level increases. Taekwondo instills a sense of discipline and self-confidence that can carry over to all aspects of your life.  Lee says, “Kids are encouraged to reach new belt levels, try new moves and challenge themselves in each and every class. This builds a sense of courage and determination that they can use at school and other activities.”

Self-Defense.  When the speed and power developed through Taekwondo is used in a self-defense situation against the vulnerable parts of an attacker’s body, the results can certainly be effective.  “The hand and foot techniques that are the basic foundation of Taekwondo, applied properly, can be used to escape or evade a dangerous situation,” Lee said.  He also said, this is where self-confidence ties in once again.  “Knowing you can defend yourself, your confidence will grow. And confidence alone is usually enough to deter potential attackers.”

Focus.  In many Taekwondo classrooms, students are asked to perform a task and move on the next quickly.  Paying attention and following direction is imperative, so kids begin learning to focus on what is being performed and listen to the instructor.  This type of clear-headed attentiveness carries over into schoolwork and even daily chores at home- another things parents love!

Fun!  One of the best things about Taekwondo training is that students have FUN!  The individuality of the sport means students are always included and never “sitting the bench.” Lee believes this establishes a sense of camaraderie in ATA Martial Art students.  “They love coming to class and being with their peers because they are always participating.   Though the environment is interactive, each child moves at his or her own pace.”  Also, if students travel to competitions or participate in other events, they can meet fellow Taekwondo practitioners and make friends from outside of their own martial art academy.  This creates an environment everyone can enjoy!

When you are thinking about enrolling your child in a new activity, consider Taekwondo as an option.  Yes, they are going to learn some really cool punches and kicks.  But, they will also learn respect, courtesy and honor in a martial art that continues evolving.

Oh, and parents, you can do Taekwondo, too!  This is a sport designed for students of all ages and abilities.  Instead of standing on the sidelines, you can get in your workout and relieve a little stress as well.  As Grand Master Lee says, “The family that kicks together, sticks together!”

For martial arts programs specializing in martial arts for children, please visit: https://www.ata-bba.net/program/kids-martial-arts/  OR visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mcdonoughata.  For information on our Transported After School Martial Arts Program, please visit:  https://www.ata-bba.net/program/transported-after-school/

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