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This Month's Life Skills

Foundational Program and Black Belt Club

  • Perseverance - Do your best and never give up

Leadership Program

  • Knowledge

    • Tiger definition: Remember the things you learn
    • Junior & Adult definition: Learn it, use it and share it

    Leadership Program Writing Assignment

    • Tigers & Juniors: Write 1 paragraph about the history of Taekwondo and the ATA
    • Teens & Adults: Write 1-2 paragraphs sharing your specialized knowledge (from work or elsewhere) with the reader

    Read student writing submissions from prior months

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Curriculum for This Cycle

Our training includes fitness development (flexibility, upper body strength, lower body strength, core strength and cardiovascular fitness), boxing drills, forms, board breaking and (for students in Black Belt Club, Leadership or Legacy Program) sparring and weapons skills.

This is our forms curriculum for the current graduation cycle:

ATA Tigers

  • White-Yellow Belts: Songahm 1 Phase B (#6-9)
  • Camo-Red Belts: Songahm 1 (2nd half)

Juniors & Adults

  • White-Yellow Belts: Songahm 1 (2nd half)
  • Camo-Red Belts: In Wha 2 (2nd half)
  • Red/Black Belts: Songahm 5-In Wha 2 (1st half)

New, Renewing & Upgrading Members

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New Package Discounts on Gear

We now offer several package discounts:

  • New Student Package
  • Camo Belt Package (sparring gear and bag)
  • Leadership Program Package
  • ATA Leadership Program Package
  • Legacy Program Package

These packages contain all of the equipment you need at each level. To order, login to the Member Resources section of our mobile app (or our website) and select Purchases from the grey menu. You can also go directly to the order form by clicking here.

February 11: Valentine's Parents' Night Out (Movie Night)

Need a sitter for an evening? Bring the kids to our Parents' Night Out! Register now at

Dads Train Free for a Month!

June 17: FREE Dad and Kid Workout

Click to Register Now!

July 4: Independence Day Parade (No Classes)

We will be closed Tuesday July 4th for the holiday. Please march with us in the Downtown Martinez 4th of July Parade!

Wear your complete uniform (no T-shirts), shoes and plenty of sunscreen.

We will meet at 9:30 am at the corner of Court and Main Streets.

The parade begins at 10:00am sharp at Main and Court and moves west down Main St. to Alhambra Ave.

The announcers stand will be located on your left at the Main Street Plaza (600 block of Main St.) near Starbucks. We will stop there for a brief demo performance in front of the judges.

This is a forward moving parade - we need to keep a slow, safe and steady pace with no stopping along the route. We will have short demo team performances along the way and everyone can hand out flyers to the audience. For safety reasons, there is NO throwing candy or any other objects allowed.

After the parade, we will meet back near the announcers stand so parents can join back up with their kids. You are welcome to hang out in that area as the parade awards will be announced within 15-20 minutes after the parade has ended. Thank you and happy 4th of July!

DATE: Monthly Birthday Bash

Every month, we offer a free birthday party to students whose birthdays fall in that month. Here's what you get:

  • 45-minute martial arts class
  • 45-minute party after the class
  • Invitations sent to all guests by mail and email
  • RSVP tracking and follow-up phone calls
  • Taekwondo party favors for all guests
  • Beverages for all guests
  • Thank you cards sent after the party

The MONTH Birthday Bash will be Saturday, DATE, from 2:00-3:30 pm. Speak to Sr. Master Schreiber to reserve your spot right away!

March 24: Tournament in Rocklin

The next regional tournament will be March 24 in Rocklin.

Click here to register online and print up registration forms. The deadline to pre-register is 8 pm on March 21.

This is a Class A Tournament! If you are in Leadership Program, this tournament will earn you extra points toward your State, District or World Championship title.

There will be divisions for all ages (including ATA Tigers!) and all ranks. There's also a Novice Division for students who only know half of their form. The event is fun, friendly and a great opportunity to make new friends from ATA schools throughout the region.

Students can participate in the following categories:

  • Forms
  • One-step sparring (white through yellow belts only)
  • Sparring (camo belts and above only)
  • Traditional weapons (BBC and Leadership Program members)
  • Combat weapons sparring (camo belts and above)
  • Creative forms (Leadership Program)
  • Creative weapons (Leadership Program)
  • Xtreme forms (Leadership Program)
  • Xtreme weapons (Leadership Program)

April 2-6: Spring Break

We will have classes as usual during the Martinez school district's Spring Break (the week of April 2-6).

April 27-28: Graduation

Our next graduation will be Friday, April 27, and our black belt testing will be Saturday, April 28. Watch this space for details.

Graduation is Friday, March 2 (color belts), and Saturday, March 3 (black belts).

We'll be pre-testing students in class on Monday and Tuesday of that week, so be sure you attend class one of those days if you plan to graduate. Please click here to pay your graduation fees. There is a $15 late fee after Thursday.

If you are not yet ready to graduate, you will have class as usual Monday through Thursday.

We will not have class Friday or Saturday. Here's the schedule for the week:

Graduation Schedule

Monday-Tuesday (February 26-27)
Pre-test to qualify for graduation
Wednesday-Thursday (February 28-March 1)
Graduation fees due Thursday (see below)
Friday (March 2)
3:30 pm: Tigers Group 1
4:30 pm: Tigers Group 2
5:30 pm: Juniors & Adults Group 1
6:30 pm: Juniors & Adults Group 2
7:30 pm: Juniors & Adults Group 3
Once we know how many of you have passed your pre-tests, we will assign you to a specific graduation group. That way, we will keep the school from becoming too crowded during each graduation session.
Saturday (March 3)
9:30 am: Black Belts
Graduation Fees:
White-Red Belts: $50
Leadership or Legacy Program Members: Free
You may also order a DVD containing the form form for your next rank. These DVDs normally cost $15 but are available for only $10 at the time you pay for your graduation.
$15 late fee will apply to payments received after Thursday (December 14)

Can't make it to graduation?

My expectation is that students will attend the regular scheduled graduation if at all possible. Being a part of that event allows you to demonstrate that you can perform under pressure, and it enables you to support your fellow students and benefit from their support and camaraderie. 

If you absolutely cannot be here for the scheduled graduation, please call me at (925) 957-9383 right away. In limited circumstances where there is an unavoidable conflict, I will permit students to attend a make-up graduation at one of the following times:

  • Wednesday, February 21 at 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 21 at 8:30 pm

Senior Master Schreiber

April 30: Deadline to Vote for Best of the Bay

Help us keep our title as Best Martial Arts in the Bay! Please click here to vote now and share this link with your friends. Thank you!

June 1-2: District Championships

If you finish the tournament season in the Top Ten in California in any event, you are invited to compete in District Championships in Glendale, AZ the weekend of June 1-2. Click here for details.

June 3: Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer

Last year, we lost Lisa Tuzon to pancreatic cancer. Ms. Tuzon was my student, employee and friend for many years. She was a charismatic and caring instructor. She inspired her students and her fellow instructors with the passion and love that she brought to martial arts and to her daily life.

In Ms. Tuzon's memory, we will be participating in the PurpleStride Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer in San Francisco on June 3rd. Please join us!

Here's how to participate:

  1. Go to our Team page
  2. Click the "Join" button to create your own account, set your own fundraising goals, and share your page with your friends, family and social network
  3. Click the "Donate" button to help us meet our fundraising goal

Thank you for your support!

Sr. Master Schreiber

June 25-29: Summer Rank Advancement Camp

July 9-15: ATA World Expo

The ATA's annual World Expo, which includes World Championship competition and other exciting activities, will be July 9-15 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Click here to register before June 11.

Black Belt Prep: Saturday Forms Bootcamp

Take advantage of our Forms Bootcamp every Saturday. This class is an opportunity for students to brush up on forms in preparation for the day when they will have to perform all nine forms (from white through red belt) for their black belt test.

The class will focus on a different form each week. Here's the schedule for this graduation cycle:

  • March 10 - Songahm 4 (camo belt)
  • March 17 - Songahm 5 (green belt)
  • March 24 - In Wha 1 (purple belt)
  • March 31 - Songahm 4 (camo belt)
  • April 7 - Songahm 5 (green belt)
  • April 14 - In Wha 1 (purple belt)
  • April 21 - Songahm 4-In Wha 1 (camo-purple belt)
  • April 28 - Black Belt Testing

Is there a form you need to review? Want to improve your performance of a form you already know? Come to the bootcamp the week we're covering that form. Attendance is free.

XXX Photos

For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.

March Graduation Photos

For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.

Goal-Setting Through Board Breaking Seminar

On March 3rd, we hosted a free community event teaching Goal-Setting Through Board-Breaking. Participants learned these steps to set and achieve their goals:

  1. Know what you want
  2. Have a plan and a success coach
  3. Be disciplined about following the plan
  4. Review your progress
  5. Renew your goals

For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.

Valentine's Parents' Night Out

For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.

Thank you for voting us Best in the East Bay!

Seminar with Chief Master Thor

For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.

Ms. Tuzon's 5th Degree Testing

We were very saddened by the passing of Ms. Tuzon in September after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. Two weeks before Ms. Tuzon's death, we surprised her by conducting her 5th degree black belt testing at her hospice house. Senior Masters Dane Owings (from Rocklin) and Derwin Yee (from Modesto) and Master Josh Segal (from Santa Rosa) were there, and Grand Master In Ho Lee appeared via FaceTime. Thank you to all of the instructors, black belts, family and friends who participated. And thank you to Quoc Luu for taking great photos (click here to see them) and to Dawn Kosmakos for so beautifully editing this video. It's 20 minutes long and well worth your time.

Train With Masters Camp Photos

For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.

Black Belt Testing Photos

For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.

Seminar with Grand Master In Ho Lee

For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.

Are You Ready to Lead?

Our Leadership Program builds skills to help students succeed in school, at work and in relationships. And on top of that, we teach advanced martial arts and self-defense skills!

Senior Master Schreiber has developed a life skills and leadership skills curriculum that draws on both his extensive martial arts experience and his elite education: a BA from Harvard, a JD (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, and a PhD from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Leadership Program is his way of sharing the benefits of this experience with his students.

Leadership Program teaches…

  • Public speaking
  • Goal-setting and habit formation
  • Confident self-presentation
  • Healthy eating
  • Strength and flexibility
  • Combat weapons sparring
  • Advanced weapons (sword, long staff, double stick and double nunchucks)
  • Advanced bullying prevention
  • Women's self-defense
  • Knife defense
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (ground defense)
  • And more!

For more information, and to learn whether you or your child qualifies for Leadership Program, visit

Have a Black Belt Birthday Party!

Celebrate your child's birthday with a fun and exciting activity in a positive and safe environment! Your child and his or her friends can enjoy the world's most popular martial art under the careful supervision of an ATA-qualified instructor.

The birthday child is a black belt for a day! Everyone participates in an energetic 45-minute class that teaches basic martial arts techniques and emphasizes courtesy, respect, self-control and discipline. The class is followed by a 45-minute party. We provide pizza and drinks. The birthday child opens gifts and everyone gets Taekwondo party favors.

We'll even send out the invitations for you!

For only $199 you receive the following:

  1. Up to 10 guests (add $15 for each additional guest)
  2. 45-minute martial arts class
  3. 45-minute party after the class
  4. Invitations sent to all guests
  5. Taekwondo party favors for all guests
  6. Discount membership passes for each adult and child attending who is not already an ATA Martial Arts member

Call (925) 957-9383 or email today to arrange your child's birthday party!

Safety Seminars for Your Youth Group

We are happy to offer a free Safety Seminar to your child's Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, baseball team, or other youth group. Please contact Senior Master Schreiber for details.

For more photos of recent seminars, click here or here.

Bring an Instructor to Show and Tell

Did you know that our instructors can go to your school? We'll teach safety skills to your classmates, and you can help out as a junior leader! For example, Senior Master Schreiber visited Creative Play Center, where Siena Machado and Timmy Hiles helped him teach their classmates. (Click here for more photos).

If you would like one of our instructors to come to your school, just send an email to Provide the name of the student and parent, the name of the school, and the school contact information (contact person, phone number, address and email address). You can also bring this information to our front desk.

Invite a Friend to Try a Class!

Training with a friend will make your experience more enjoyable and keep you motivated. You're welcome to invite your friends to come to a free class with you any time.

Just complete this form to send your friend an invitation, and we will follow-up to make arrangements.

Install Our Mobile App for Members!

Our mobile app for members is now available for both Apple and Android devices! Click here to install it:

Get easy access to our schedule, report star behavior for your child, schedule appointments or private lessons, see the latest news, view curriculum videos and much more! Watch the video below for a quick tour of the app.

A Fun Novel for Your Young Reader

Sr. Master Schreiber's wife Helena Echlin has written a comic supernatural horror romance for young adults (and the young at heart) about what happens when mean girls get superpowers and have to save the world. It's called Sparked, and it is now available in bookstores and on Amazon.

Click here to order Sparked

Watch the trailer:

We Welcome Your Feedback

We value your feedback. Our goal is to offer a rewarding experience to all of our students and their families. We know we're not perfect, but we are eager to improve. In order to do that, we need to know if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.

You are always encouraged to talk to Senior Master Schreiber or any other staff member about any concerns. However, if you prefer confidentiality, you can complete our online feedback form. Please do not worry about offending us, though of course we prefer polite feedback to hostile rants. Your comments are absolutely anonymous (unless you choose to provide your name). Thank you for your help!

Private Lessons and Appointments

Did you know we offer private lessons? They are a great way to prepare for an upcoming graduation or tournament, or just to polish up your skills.

Want to schedule a conference or private lesson with Senior Master Schreiber or another member of our staff? Just stop by the front desk or give us a call: (925) 957-9383.

Help Us Help More Kids

If you are the parent of an ATA Martial Arts member, then you know firsthand how much Taekwondo benefits kids. You've seen your child learn life skills like confidence, courtesy and self-control thanks to the Karate for Kids program. I believe this program can change lives. And I'm asking for your help reaching the kids whose lives need changing most.

There are children in our community and throughout the United States who don't have the advantages and opportunities that bless so many us. These children, who can least afford to enroll in martial arts, are the kids who would benefit most from the life skills we teach.

Team PRIDE is dedicated to serving those kids. Our goal is to help low-income children develop the values and confidence needed to avoid criminal behavior and to succeed in school and beyond. With your help, we can enable at-risk children to participate in Karate for Kids programs so that they can develop PRIDE (perseverance, respect, integrity, discipline, excellence).

There are currently about 20 children enrolled at our dojahng thanks to the assistance of Team PRIDE. Unfortunately, Team PRIDE is running short of the money needed to support these children. If you can contribute any money to Team PRIDE, these kids and their families would be very grateful.

If your employer participates in a United Way Workplace Campaign, please consider designating Team PRIDE as your preferred charity.

Donating is easy! You can leave cash or a check (payable to Team PRIDE) in our donation jar at the front counter or use our online donation form.

Because Team PRIDE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your donations are tax-deductible. For more information, please visit On behalf of the kids we serve, thank you.

- Senior Master Schreiber

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