Every Kid is a Winner!
Every Kid is special!

Karate for Kids is our program for children ages 7-14.

There are many reasons for kids to become involved in the martial arts. We have developed a program based on traditional Taekwondo for kids called Karate for Kids. The Karate for Kids system is based on a lifetime learning concept in addition to technical skills. The building blocks for our program include a standard belt/rank system and monthly lifeskills/themes.

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. 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 website.

Our monthly monthly lifeskills/themes include the following:

Goals Friendship Perseverance
Self-Control Confidence Self-Improvement
Courtesy Self Awareness Respect
Integrity Self-Esteem Dedication

In addition to monthly themes, our system includes the unique Karate for Kids Victory Patch. This patch is worn on their uniforms and students are awarded special Victory Stars. These different colored stars are earned for outstanding performance in karate class, school, home or at a tournament competition. Kids may receive the following stars for the following deeds:

Gold   Straight A’s, honor roll, reading lists, or significant improvement
Silver   Special awards
Blue   Monthly themes, weekly lessons, classroom performance, or chore lists
Red   Tournament participation or other performances

Four different colored Karate for Kids Victory Patches are available to accommodate all the stars that can be earned by a high achieving Karate Kid:

Victory Patches

Blue 0-24 Stars
Silver 25-49 Stars
Gold 50-99 Stars
Blue/Gold 100+ Stars

ATA Tigers is our program for children ages 3-6.

The ATA Tigers program was developed specifically for preschool age children with classes that are 30 minutes long. 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 available for this age group. This program works in conjunction with the Karate for Kids program, thereby emphasizing the same important monthly themes and value system.

Similar to the Karate for Kids program, ATA Tigers have their own unique reward system through the use of Star Tags -- like a luggage tag, attached to their backpack or gear bag. Stars can be earned in the same way as the Karate for Kids program, with slight modifications in recognition of the preschool age of the child. Five different colored Star Tags are available to accommodate all the Victory Star stickers that can be earned by a high achieving ATA Tiger.

The rank and testing system used by the ATA Tigers is slightly different than that of the Karate for Kids. At each level, students earn their belt AND a cool animal patch for their uniform. Plus, their ATA Tiger belts are white belts with a either a colored or a patterned stripe down the middle indicating that student's rank. The colors are similar to those of the Karate for Kids ranks, but the animal patterns match the particular animal/character for that rank. You can find out more about the Tiger characters on the
ATA Tigers website.

Upon graduation from the ATA Tigers program, the student moves into the Karate for Kids program and has the opportunity to wear the standard ATA uniform including the Karate for Kids Victory Patch.

Additional Past and Current Kids Program Activities