5.0 (7)
3 employees
15 years in business

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We recieved best martial arts instructions 4 years in a row. We do not offer contracts. Belt testing is free. No upgrades, all is included.

Our curriculum includes early childhood development for ages 5-7. We have leadership and character development curriculum for pre-teens to adults. Master Beaty was a leadership facilitator for 15 years.

Our students are poised, confident, risk takers, and can make their difficult martial arts skills look easy. 

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Atlanta, GA 30316
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  • Taylor

    I'm the guardian of my 6-year-old nephew who exceeds expectations academically. However, he remains at the 'slow down" level on the conduct scale. I enrolled him in kick start to help augment his academics with a fitness activity that stresses discipline and respect among other things. From day-one Mr. Beatty knew his name among a sea of students, and somehow managed to coach him against his newbie skills whilst not slowing down the momentum of the class of existing students. In the 6 weeks we've been enrolled, there's been a marked difference in my nephew. He still has to slow down some, but far less frequent. I'm also told by his teacher that she allows him to help some of the struggling students, which he has developed a passion for. This month, he was named 'Student of the Month,' which factors academic achievement AND behavior! I'm so thankful for Kick Start. I cry sometimes watching my nephew with the kids, but mostly, I feel a sense of peace that he's in the right place!

  • Ethan

    My son took karate from a previous instructor and didn't get much out of it due to his persistent yelling at the students. Contrast that experience with KickStart Martial Arts. Mr. Beaty has a calm, purposed demeanor that is great for TEACHING students martial arts. The emphasis on self discipline, respect, the mental focus, and the encouragement to do well both inside and outside the dojo not only make for better students but better persons. My son's confidence has soared and he is so enthusiastic to go to training, he actually gets upset when we have the occasional schedule conflict. If you are looking for a great martial arts school, Mr. Beaty is the man and KickStart is the place where you need to be.

  • Julie

    My daughter has been taking Tang Soo Do with Mr. Beaty for three years now and absolutely loves it! Tang Soo Do has taught her focus, determination, integrity and perseverance. Mr. Beaty has taught her how to reach her goals and to set new ones. He is very good about giving praise when praise is due and encourages his students to work hard so that they are able to move forward. Mr. Beaty and his daughters are great leaders and role models and I highly recommend his school

  • Beth

    I've been looking for a martial arts studio for my son for a while, but most were too far from our neighborhood. KSMA was nearby (big plus), beautifully equipped, with onsite parking, and plenty of class options. Now, its in an area with other businesses that I frequest which is another plus. What keeps my family at KSMA is Mr. Beaty's professionalism and his grounded methods to teaching martial arts. More importantly, my son' confidence in school and other areas of life has improved. Mr. Beaty teaches kids that with dedicated work and commitment, they can become leaders, and I appreciate seeing my son and other children grow in this belief. Mr. Beaty has created a highly quality martial arts training program along with a character building coaching model. We are proud members of the KSMA family.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

A student must do a free trial class to clarify what is a typical class. This approach is benificial to the parent and student. If we all agree my program meets thier expectations, we enroll the student.

We focus on understanding what is unique to that student and work to either strengthen the best characteristics and reduce the behavior that would not advance their goals. 

I do not "talk down to may students", no matter the age. I operate, a not everyone gets "a trophy" school.

Classes are 45 minutes in length. We require two classes a week.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

M.S. in Human Resource Development.

15 years conducting managment training programs, team building, leadership development of established manager, new managers, or programs sponsored by colleges (M.I.T., Cornell, Georgia Tech, etc.)

4th degree (Sa Bom NIm) Certified Master Instructor by Grand Master Tong Mun Kim, president of Global Tang Soo Do Association

Ongoing mentoring and training by Grand Master Sung Soo Kim

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

We charge all students the same price and we offer discounts for family members. We do not do contracts and belt testing is free.

How did you get started teaching?

I always been teaching. I just combined my love for teaching with my love for martial arts and decided that I could make a better difference by educating the young in skills that will prepare them for manuvering school, job, relationships while achieving martial arts skills. Thus, I became a small business owner and been doing this for 12 years and counting.

What types of students have you worked with?

Whom ever walks through my door with the desire to be a better person. My students reflect my diverse community and families. Some even come in with behavior challenges (gifts) but if they have the desire to try (parent and student), then I am also. Black belts are awarded to the deterimine and committed not the athletic.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

What I describe is not recent, it happens all the time and this is the reason why I do this.

I have an autistic student that was not going to test.  He came after class and asked for a private lesson. His father did not know he did this. He came to his lesson and worked hard for 45 minutes and achieved what was needed. He tested with his mates and passed his test. He understaood that he had to make the extra efforts to overcome his personal challenge to succeed. The world will not give him a break becuase of his autism. His dad was moved by his example and I know his mates (peers) gained a new level of respect for him.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Do not go on price or a fast introductory offer. Do to this is saying all schol are the same so it comes down to price. Interview the school. Go and observe the youngest class and the black belt class. 

If you want to school that develops the whole person, this is what must be done. If you just want to place for the student to have fun, go on price. 

My average student stays with me 4 years. The majority of my black belts started when they were 6 years old and are now teaching classes and they are leaders in their respective schools.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why now? Who is driving the interest?  What is the school owner's philosophy and background? Do they understand early childhood and youth devlopment processes. Do they totally agree with you or try to set expectations,even at the risk of losing you? Who is their mentor?