General Information

What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art which translated means "art of the hand and foot." It is a discipline that trains people mentally and physically.

Why train in the martial arts?
Students receive both mental and physical benefits from studying the martial arts including:
  • Stress Relief
  • Physical Fitness
  • Practical Self-Defense
  • Self-confidence
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Better concentration
  • Increased coordination
  • Respect for others

What is the ATA?
The ATA (formerly the American Taekwondo Association, now ATA Martial Arts Worldwide -- is the largest national association in the world with more than 300,000 men, women, and children training at more than 1,200 independently owned and operated schools and clubs across the United States. Outside the US, the ATA's Songahm style forms are taught in some 16 countries at over 300 school and clubs, offering instruction to more than 50,000 students. An ATA member in good standing may train at any ATA school or club in the world. In July of 2014, the various organizations ---the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), the Songahm Taekwondo Federation (STF), and the World Traditional Taekwondo Union (WTTU)--- teaching the Songahm style of Taekwondo throughout the world merged into a single organization = ATA Martial Arts Worldwide. This evolution of our organization brings the entire Songahm family together under a single name/brand/logo and more clearly indicates we are a single, unified style. Click Here for our complete history.

What are the ATA Taekwondo Family Centers and ATA Madison West?
The ATA Taekwondo Family Centers and ATA Madison West are part-time Taekwondo schools chartered by the ATA (formerly the American Taekwondo Association, now ATA Martial Arts Worldwide), and we have been teaching classes in and around Madison since 1992. We are known for and have been recognized within our organization for our innovative children's' programs and our pioneering programs for people with disabilities.

What are the Instructors' Qualifications?
"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 45 years of worldwide research from over 1,500 association schools. Our teaching curriculum is based on the concepts of "positive mental attitude" and "high goal setting".

Who are the Instructors? What is Karate for Kids?
Karate for Kids is a program specifically designed for children ages 7-14. It incorporates a "star" system for such attributes as improved grades, improved attitude, most enthusiasm, unusual courtesy, etc. In other words, every child is a winner in this program, regardless of physical ability. Click here for more information.

Who are ATA Tigers?
Children as young as 3 years may take classes for "ATA Tigers," 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. This program is similar to the Karate for Kids program, in that it emphasizes the same important monthly themes and value system. Click here for more information.

Classes are open to adults and children (age 3 and up) of all abilities. Classes are wheelchair accessible.

How often should I take classes?
We recommend 2 classes per week.

What does it cost?
Costs are kept to a minimum to enable as many people as possible to participate. The Introductory Course is 3 months long and costs $324, including a free uniform -- you save over $75 off our normal rates. The Basic Taekwondo Program is a 12 month program taking the student through the beginning ranks. The Black Belt Club is a 36-month program taking the student to Black Belt level. Other programs allow you to progress through higher ranks towards Master. Please ask one of the instructors for more information on the various programs and what may be best for you and your family.