Welcome to ATA Madison West Serving the Madison, WI area.
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Wonderful school and instructors. Lifeskills, compassion and physical fitness all in one space!
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!
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.
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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.
INCREASE YOUR FITNESS
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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