Undaunted ATA Martial Arts

Undaunted ATA Martial Arts

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We are nationally certified instructors in the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) -- the largest martial arts organization in the world.  To achieve this designation, each of us must teach a minimum of 300 class hours under a senior instructor, and must recertify every 3 years to remain current and capable.

In addition, our instructors are also avid competitors, having won a combined 26 World Championships, 10 District Championships, and 47 State Championships. Suffice it to say, we can walk the walk as much as talk the talk!

We love bringing out the very best in our students! Regardless of age, gender, physical or mental challenges, or any other variant, we can work with you! 

It's all about self-improvement -- if you are willing to put in the work, we will help you get the most out of your training. 

But don't ask our opinion... come in and try a class to see for yourself!

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Richardson, TX 75080
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We usually begin with a one-on-one introductory lesson with one of our head instructors, to demonstrate to a prospective student what our class format will be like.  We also use this time to find out what the student wishes to achieve from his/her training, and take note of any challenges that might require a little extra focus from a training standpoint. 

From there, we introduce the new student to the full group class -- generally, these are students of similar age/maturity and skill level.  We find that often, this leads to bonding between students, as teammates encouraging each other, striving for a common goal.

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

Aside from ourselves being highly trained black belts ourselves (3rd/4th Degree), we also received intensive instruction in teaching skills from our parent organization, ATA. Each of us is required to have at least 300 hours of teaching time under a senior instructor in order to achieve certification. In addition, we must all undergo extensive background checking and CPR certification.  Moreover, we are required to recertify every 3 years.

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

For our regular classes, our base price is $150 per month; this includes classes up to 5 days per week, including our specialty classes (Xtreme Martial Arts / XMA, weapons, sparring, Combat Weapon sparring).  However, we do offer discounts -- multiple family member discounts, Paid-in-full discounts, and reduced rates for college students / clergy members / "First Responders".

We don't want to turn anyone down who's in financial hardship, though -- we've all been there.  Come in and talk to us; in most cases, we can work out a deal that will be manageable for you, regardless of how tight your budget might be.

How did you get started teaching?

For us, teaching was a natural progression, stemming from our desire to pass on that which we learned in our martial arts journey to others.  Simply put, we enjoyed it so much, we felt it would be selfish not to share with others.  We began by helping out our instructor in our first school in Florida, and progressed to teaching full classes in a number of ATA schools here in North Texas, before the opportunity arose for us to open our own school in 2015.

What types of students have you worked with?

We have been blessed to work with students from all walks of life, from 3- and 4- year old "Tiny Tigers" to school-aged kids, teenagers, and adults from Millenials to Gen X'ers to Baby Boomers.  We also have had great success with special needs individuals with mental and physical challenges, ranging from wheelchair-bound persons, to individuals with Down Syndrome, to a Senior Citizen recovering from stroke.

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

Price is, of course, a very important consideration, but it should not be the ONLY deciding factor.  Often, the saying "you get what you pay for" rings painfully true.  Just as you would not entrust your healthcare to a shady back-alley quack doctor, or your car to a backyard mechanic, you should not entrust your or your children's training in martial arts to someone you can't absolutely trust to do the right thing. 

Other considerations should include location, schedule, expertise of the instructor, energy level of the classes being taught, martial arts style being taught, and ability of the instructor to explain what he/she is doing and why.  As well, it often pays to take an introductory class to see if the instructor is able to create an adequate rapport with the prospective student.