"Our son is 7 years old. When we moved to the Ames area, we were told by our previous martial arts instructor to enroll him in Ames ATA. We have not been disappointed! In fact, the program and instructors have surpassed our expectations. Each student receives individual instruction in class to ensure they reach their maximum potential. The classes provide the perfect balance of fun and structure! The life skills that are learned are priceless! Our son’s martial arts skills have improved immensely, and we get compliments on his leadership skills all of the time! We are so thankful for this program!"
~ Tae Kwon Do Parent
"We LOVE Ames ATA! It has been a perfect fit for our son, helping him gain confidence in himself and in new situations. The instructors are low-key, yet intense, helping each student grow individually. Each student is allowed to go at their own pace. We also like the mixed age groups as this gives older students opportunities for leadership, as well as giving younger students positive role models. In addition to all this, there is an emphasis on respect and having fun."
~ Tae Kwon Do Parent
"I really like Ames ATA because they make taekwondo really fun, I like breaking boards, and it is good exercise. It is fast to advance if you practice and do well."
~ Tae Kwon Do Student
"What stands out most to me are the instructors, all of whom act in a professional manner and are good with kids. Master Philips teaches the kids to be respectful and courteous. The kids know when to be serious and when it is time to have fun. He is helpful and takes the extra time to demonstrate and explain if a student doesn't understand. I have watched many kids in the class grow in confidence and improve their behavior. It has been a great experience for us."
~ Tae Kwon Do Parent
"My 10 year old son has enjoyed his taekwondo experience. He has been with the Ames ATA Black Belt Academy from white belt to red belt. He has taken the sport very serious and enjoys learning new techniques. The sport of taekwondo has helped my son gain confidence and self-control both in class and at home."
~ Tae Kwon Do Parent
"Ames ATA Black Belt Academy is definitely the most rewarding activity that my son has done. Thanks for everything you do."
~ Tae Kwon Do Parent
"My son enjoys taekwondo classes at the Ames ATA Black Belt Academy. He likes all his instructors and has fun in class. He looks forward to class and recently got to participate in weapons class. He feels like he is getting stronger and more flexible. His favorite part of taekwondo is board breaking."
~ Tae Kwon Do Parent
"Ever since joining the kickboxing class, I have felt healthier and stronger than ever. The classes have been perfect to help me get in shape, stay in shape, and provide the challenge I need to push myself even further."
~ Kickboxing Student
"Kickboxing classes have helped me to gain strength and tone my body. The 45 minute, instructor-led,  intense workout with kickboxing and weight training is really great for cardio and strength."
~ Kickboxing Student
"Krav Maga class has instilled so much self-confidence in me, not only with what I can do physically, but in all aspects of my life. This class provides the essential training to develop the physical attributes necessary to succeed in combat, and it also provides an opportunity for mental confidence and awareness to grow. That confidence and awareness can be used in all parts of life and has made a huge difference in mine."
~ Krav Maga Student
"The Krav Maga class at ATA has had a monumental change on my life - both physically and mentally. I feel empowered to know that not only could I protect myself if I needed to, but those I love. I am also encouraged by those in the group to push myself to limits I did not think possible and find myself both mentally and physically stronger than I ever thought I could be."
~ Krav Maga Student
"The day I decided to learn martial arts, I had to research a lot to know which Martial arts suits me better and moreover who teaches it to deal with real-life scenarios. After visiting other martial arts centers, I visited Ames ATA Black Belt Academy and watched one of your Krav Maga classes and decided to join. After two months of practice, now I feel confident that I can counter-attack if anyone attacks me. Thank you for your individual attention and suggestions given to me in the overall development."
~ Krav Maga Student