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  • Wonderful school and instructors. Lifeskills, compassion and physical fitness all in one space!

  • Yes, yes, yes! After having a terrible experience up the road with a different Taekwondo establishment, I know we found our home. Buyer beware of a place that pushes past accolades, or their father's past accolades. We had experience with a different ATA organization before we moved here, and I wish we had sought out ATA again. Instead, we found a place close to home and the difference is night and day. ATA focuses on character development, real skills, encouraging kids and preventing bullying. The other place focused on money. If you have any doubts, please just try ATA West. We actually got started here through a Groupon, and I am so glad we did. My 7 year old came home tonight asking me what he could do to learn more about self-discipline. He has committed to caring for our dog and running nightly clean-ups-encouraging the whole family to do this. He wants to show us that he can take initiative and do these things without being reminded. I have no doubt he will follow through. This is why I love the ATA program. It is holistic and truly helps your child develop virtues that serve them for a life time.

  • I had studied taekwondo back in high school but hadn't kept up with it. I had very warm memories of my time with the ATA, though, so when my son was 7 I decided to check out ATA Madison West. It was such a great experience that I signed back up as well, and convinced my wife and daughter to join too! ATA Madison West is a very friendly and supportive environment, with awesome students and instructors. Everyone works together to help each other achieve their best, so it's a great place to start even if you have no martial arts experience. While the school is privately owned, it is part of the ATA (formerly American Taekwondo Association) which is one of the largest taekwondo organizations in the U.S. This was a huge advantage to me because the curriculum is consistent from school to school. Even if you end up moving somewhere else, you'll likely be near another ATA school and can pick up exactly where you left off. (My high school studies were in North Carolina 20 years ago!) Fantastic school, fantastic people. Great place to train yourself physically and mentally, and learn some self-defense to boot!


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Much more than just kicking and punching

Martial arts for teens & adults in Madison, WI is the perfect fit each and every student.


Martial arts training helps to increase your overall fitness level and control your weight. The benefits of a cardio workout that builds muscle are invaluable.


Your self-confidence will grow as you achieve each skill and progress through the ranks. Plus you will bond with your fellow students.


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ATA Madison West wants to help your child increase discipline, confidence, focus and respect.

Welcome to the Homepage of ATA Madison West. We are a family owned and operated Traditional Tae Kwon Do school. We are located in Madison, WI. As Parents we want our children to be Leaders not followers. Here at ATA Madison West we teach our students to be Leaders through Martial Arts. At ATA Madison West we are creating Tomorrow’s Leaders One Black Belt at a Time.

About Us

Specialties: Martial Arts/Taekwondo, Self-Defense, Child Safety Classes, and Life Skill Development (such as goal setting, courtesy, loyalty, respect, positive attitude, perseverance, honor, self control and integrity) — Classes for people of all abilities preschool ages 3 to 6 (ATA Tigers), elementary age 7 to 14 (Karate for Kids), and 15+ (Teens/Adults)

Kids Programs:

Children as young as 3 years may take classes in our “ATA Tiger” program where the principles of taekwondo (courtesy, fairness, etc.) are taught in action-packed classes. This program offers children a strong foundation in essential character qualities such as courtesy, respect, and discipline. In addition, the program is designed to improve children’s motor skills and enhance their ability to pay attention and follow directions. All classes are taught using the most safe, fun, and exciting instruction methods for this age group. Children 7 to 14 years may take classes in our “Karate for Kids” program which incorporates a “star” system which encourages development of attributes such as improved grades, positive attitude, self-esteem, courtesy, etc. We focus on helping student be successful in all aspects of their lives using a lifetime learning concept. In other words, every child is a winner in this program, regardless of physical ability.

Belt Ranks:

Our belt/rank systems include 9 color belts or “grades” and 9 levels of black belts or “degrees”. The color belts, in order from beginner to advanced student, are white, orange, yellow, camouflage, green, purple, blue, brown, red. The kids programs add in special half ranks (animal pattern belts for ATA Tigers and black-striped belts for the Karate for Kids). There is a transitional rank, recommended 1st degree black belt rank, signified by a half-red/half-black belt. Then, the black belt ranks ranging from 1st degree to 9th degree. More details on our ranking system can be found on the ATA Martial Arts international website.


Established in 1996. We started as a small martial arts club teaching out of Harbor House Apartments (now Harbor House Condos). We have taught out of a few different West-side Madison locations over the years (Premier Dance Academy, Supreme Health and Fitness, Elver Park Neighborhood Center, and Point of Grace Church). Through the years we have provided excellent “family style” martial arts training to kids and adults focusing on improving life skills and helping each student achieve success in all areas of their lives. We have always welcomed ethnically diverse students of ALL abilities and have adapted material for people with various physical and/or mental challenges.

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Why Choose ATA Madison West?

Well trained instructors with excellent instructor to student ratios.

“Quality students come from quality instruction.” – All ATA instructors are graduates of a minimum, three-year intensive internship. All ATA instructors are nationally certified, and are required to re-certify every three years. Moreover, through an ATA sponsored program of advanced training, our instructors are continuously upgrading their skills. We have excellent student/instructor ratios, and ongoing private help is available to all students. All ATA teaching methods and course development are derived from over 50 years of worldwide research from over 1,000 association schools. Our teaching curriculum is based on the concepts of “positive mental attitude” and “high goal setting”.

Who are the Instructors?

  • Steve Allison, 5th Degree Black Belt, Owner & Chief Instructor
  • Kitzel Hoover, 4th Degree Black Belt, Certified Instructor
  • Catt Piotrowski, 4th Degree Black Belt, Certified Instructor
  • Mike Brady, 3rd Degree Black Belt, Certified Instructor
  • Ruthe Sagartz, 3rd Degree Black Belt, Certified Instructor

Trainee Instructors include:

  • Kennedy Allison, 4th Degree Black Belt
  • Kirsten Hansen, 4th Degree Black Belt (deceased)
  • Indigo Papke, 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • Larissa Brady, 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • Amy Payne, 1st Degree Black Belt
  • Lana Brady, 1st Degree Black Belt

Our focus is on training future leaders, not just punching and kicking or winning trophies.

We help our students achieve success in all aspects of their lives through their mental and physical training by incorporating life skill training in every class. We discuss and practice these attributes while at the school, but also encourage our students to use them and contemplate them in their day to day lives. Personal development should be a fun, integral part of our entire lives. What better way to change the world than by leading by example and changing ourselves first.

Additional Benefits:

  • Fosters Self-Discipline
  • Boosts Socialization Skills
  • Encourages Physical Activity
  • Learn to Set and Achieve Goals
  • Increased Self-Esteem
  • Instills a Sense of Respect
  • Encourages Non-Violent Conflict Resolution
  • Improving Listening Skills
  • Develops Teamwork Skills
  • Improvement in Other Areas of Life

A Message From Our Owner Steve Allison

I truly believe there is no better activity for you mentally and physically than martial arts. It is fun, life-long endeavor which helps everyone stay active while keeping their mind engaged. I look forward to sharing these benefits with you and your family soon.

About Me:

I took my first martial arts class in college and immediately loved it. I was not able to train regularly until I moved to Madison for graduate school in 1992. I have trained since then and started teaching in 1995 after entering the instructor training program. In addition to Taekwondo, I have studied a little bit of Aikido and various weapons systems. My next goals are to earn my 6th degree black belt and then the title of Master Instructor.


  • 1992 – Started training/studying ATA Taekwondo
  • 1994 – Earned 1st degree black belt
  • 1995 – Entered the instructor training program
  • 1996 – Earned 2nd degree black belt
  • 2000 – Earned 3rd degree black belt
  • 2001 – Completed the instructor certification program
  • 2003 – Earned 4th degree black belt
  • 2004 – Became owner of ATA Madison West
  • 2015 – Earned 5th degree black belt
  • 2016 – Opened full-time, independent location

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Karate For Kids

Karate for Kids classes at ATA Madison West are a great way to instill integrity, courtesy and respect with children in the Madison, WI community. ATA Madison West programs teach children of all ages the valuable life lessons of respect, self-discipline, self-control, and the ability to safely defend themselves when needed. The life skills taught by our professional instructors are instrumental in shaping confident, capable, and successful people in today’s society. Interaction with the community, starting at an early age, can be an enriching and pivotal experience for any person.

ATA Madison West serves the community with some of the best Karate classes in Madison, WI. Karate for Kids has an age appropriate curriculum featuring classes specifically aimed at the physical development and mental capabilities of children and adolescents in the family. By measuring the results of the individual student, and by establishing specific goals in the context of the curriculum at ATA Madison West, our Karate For Kids program carries over to many other activities, studies, and pursuits in life, particularly for young students. Teaching the skill of dedication to completing an activity, setting and reaching goals, is an important part of the program designed by our instructors.

Together with others their own age, every Karate Kid can grow with the self-confidence that only a high quality Martial Arts program can deliver consistently. The course of self-improvement and leadership offered at ATA Madison West can ultimately be a key turning point for kids in the family. It’s not hard to see the impact our Karate lessons have on young people – more confidence from within.

Martial Arts for Adults

The classes for teens and adults offered at ATA Madison West are led by an experienced, professional team of inspiring instructors, featuring quality curriculums tested and approved by expert Martial Arts instructor Master Steve Allison in a clean, convenient, comfortable, secure, and modern facility. All material is designed to train individuals through incremental development into skillful Martial Artists. Coursework is influenced by a number of popular competitive disciplines. The training system utilized at ATA Madison West is crafted so that any student with the willingness to try, to learn, and to persevere can become proficient Martial Arts practitioner.

In our Martial Arts for Teens and Adults classes, students learn through repetition alone and with partners in diverse, practical applications of techniques realistic scenarios. Other benefits of training in our system include development of skills that help in managing conflicts, reducing stress by releasing tension, and resisting temptations that commonly occur in modern daily life. Classes are designed offer so much more than just kicking and punching at ATA Madison West. Our Martial Arts for Teens and Adults classes give you the profoundly important ability to gain self-confidence while improving your personal safety and physical, mental, emotional, and social capacities.

Our loyal, motivated Martial Arts students are provided all the tools necessary to enhance the body’s basic functions such as increased flexibility, core strength, and endurance. Self-defense is taught in a safe, enjoyable environment that emphasizes the values and practical application of Martial Arts prowess that could one day save a life. Successful students dedicate themselves to pursuing mastery of the Martial Arts techniques, life skills, and leadership traits. Here at ATA Madison West, we strive to help our students achieve “personal victory” in Martial Arts and in life. It is not hard to understand why so many people train under the direction of award-winning Martial Art instructor Steve Allison at the training facility in Madison, WI.

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Self Defense Classes

One of the greatest fears that an average individual has is to be mugged or assaulted, whether in public or private. On a regular day, this is not something that really “plagues the mind,” we usually just don’t think it will happen to us! But law enforcement authorities rightly encourage taking safety precautions in order to avoid the risk of having a criminal confrontation on the streets. Martial arts are a fun, popular, and proven effective regimen to prepare yourself for the threats you might face on a regular basis.

Class drills with partners and safety “dress rehearsals” in practical combat scenarios will heighten your awareness, agility, and skills in avoiding, deterring, escaping, and winning against a potential physical attack by someone stronger or larger than yourself. However, as much as one tries, there are always situations that one cannot anticipate. To perform the techniques with maximum speed and impact, one must develop physical fitness and body conditioning through consistent practice and preferably cross-training. Setting and reaching health goals on schedule is integral to the training process.

Martial arts training for self-defense is learned in the military and law enforcement communities, and fortunately today, this popular, beneficial, educational, athletic, and safety-focused pursuit is affordable and accessible to the general public in most countries throughout the world.

Self-defense training is highly situational in that it teaches you to deal with particular scenarios. For example, an individual will learn to defend against a knife-wielding assailant trying to cut them (with safety measures in place of course), in a variety of ways: whether the attack comes from front or back, how the blade is held, the method and velocity of the attacks, and so on. However, in order to perform a disarming or immobilizing technique, one has to be physically fit with high levels of mental acuity, core strength, speed, agility, and self-confidence. Being prepared for a wide variety of “real life” scenarios requires a special kind of physical capability. Martial arts training is the ideal way to build it up.