Hi my name is Bill Philips, I’m the owner and chief instructor at the Ames ATA Black Belt Academy.  I was a student of the first ATA School in Ames in 1984 and have been training and teaching ever since. I am currently a Senior Master Instructor and 7th Degree Black Belt.

The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) is the premier North American organization dedicated to the martial arts discipline of taekwondo, and is the founding organization of other international affiliates that include the World Traditional Taekwondo Union (WTTU)   and the Songahm Taekwondo Federation (STF).  Counting both the U.S. and worldwide, our organizations have over 1,500 independently owned and operated licensed schools and clubs, and have registered over one million students since the ATA's inception in 1969.

Since the first class was taught many years ago, the focus of our program has remained the same: to provide students the highest quality martial arts instruction available in a safe and positive learning environment that people of all ages can enjoy. Our instructors combine excellent student instructor ratios with state of the art training facilities. This has helped establish ATA schools and clubs as the leaders in the martial arts industry. Each instructor is a graduate of an instructor program that represents more than thirty years of research and development. He or she will be with you every step of the way to help you reach your individual goals (and maybe even reach some new goals you never before thought possible).


Senior Master Bill Philips
Mrs. Debra Prow
  • 7th Degree Black Belt
  • Chief Instructor / Owner
  • Nationally Certified Taekwondo
    Master Instructor
  • International Taekwondo Judge
  • Certified Warrior X-Fit Instructor
  • Certified Level 2 Krav Maga Instructor
  • 30 + years teaching experience
  • 4th Degree Black Belt
  • SEC Instructor
  • ATA Certified Instructor
  • Certified Warrior X-Fit Instructor
  • Certified Level 3 Krav Maga Instructor
  • 2012 IA State Champion -
         Forms, Sparring & Weapons
Mr. Patrick Shields
Mr. Nathan Pelzer
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • Assistant Instructor
  • ATA Certified Trainer
  • 2011 Regional Achievement Award
  • 2012 IA State Champion - Weapons
  • 2013 IA State Champion - Forms
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • Assistant Instructor
  • ATA Trainee Instructor
  • 2012 IA State Champion -
         Forms & Weapons
  • 2013 IA State Champion -
         Sparring & Weapons
  • 2013 District Champion - Weapons