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This Month's Life Skills

Foundational Program and Black Belt Club

  • Loyalty - Be faithful to the people, principles and places that matter to you

Leadership Program

  • Altruism

    • Tiger definition: Do nice things for people
    • Junior & Adult definition: Show an unselfish concern for the well-being of others

    Leadership Program Writing Assignment

    • Tigers & Juniors: Do something altruistic this month and describe in detail what you did, who benefitted, and how it made you feel
    • Teens & Adults: Same as Juniors

    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 3 Phases C-D (#9-14)
  • Camo-Red Belts: Songahm 3 (2nd half)

Juniors & Adults

  • White-Yellow Belts: Songahm 3 (2nd half)
  • Camo-Red Belts: Choong Jung 2 (2nd half)
  • Red/Black Belts: In Wha 2 (2nd half)-Choong Jung 2

New & 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

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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!

September 30: Train With Grand Master In Ho Lee

Our annual Train with Masters Camp is coming soon, and we're very excited to announce that Grand Master In Ho Lee, 9th degree black belt, will be joining us for this year's camp!

This is a rare opportunity to train with Songahm Taekwondo's worldwide leader, along with 8th degree black belt Chief Master Fernando Jaime and the other masters of Region 107 (the northern California region of the ATA). The camp is open to students of all ranks, age 7 and up.

Black Belt Testing

At the beginning of the camp, Grand Master Lee will preside over a black belt testing. If you are a black belt and are eligible to midterm or rank test, I encourage you to do it at this camp. Speak to me for permission and then register to test when you complete your camp registration form.

See me test!
The instructors at our Leadership Academy work hard to set a positive and inspiring example for our students. We are disciplined about our training and focused on setting goals for our own development as martial artists. We know that if we want to teach people to make positive changes in their lives then they need to start by doing so ourselves. As Grand Master In Ho Lee likes to say, "First, change yourself."

I will be eligible to test for 8th degree black belt in 3 years. In order to prepare for that test, I plan to do a "midterm" test in front of Grand Master In Ho Lee and the other masters at our camp. Normally, I am required to midterm and test either in Korea or at a National or World Championship event. So this will be the first time I have ever tested in Martinez. Please register for the camp so you can be there for my testing. Knowing that my students will be watching will motivate me to train hard in preparation for the event.

Choose your training topics

We are planning to offer four 60-minute training sessions with the masters of Region 107.

This year, we want to give you more of a role in deciding exactly what training you will do. The registration form will allow you to select the six topics that most interest you. We will decide which topics to offer based on how much interest there is in each of them. We will do our best to honor your preferences as much as possible. You can choose from the following topics:

  • Boxing/kickboxing
  • Bahng mahng ee (stick) defense
  • Combat weapons sparring
  • Instructor training
  • Ground defense (Brazilian jiu-jitsu/judo)
  • Gum do (sword)
  • Jahng bong (bo staff)
  • Joint locks
  • Krav Maga/Haganah (Israeli self-defense)
  • Pressure points control tactics
  • School owner business training
  • Sparring

Don't miss this amazing opportunity! Visit or click the image below to register and order your T-shirt today.

(Early Bird registrants who order a T-shirt will receive it on the morning of the camp. If you order your shirt after September 1st it will be delivered to you after the camp.)

- Senior Master Schreiber

October 6-7: Graduation

Our next graduation will be Friday, October 6, and our black belt testing will be Saturday, October 7. Watch this space for details.

Graduation is Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7.

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 (October 2-3)
Pre-test to qualify for graduation
Wednesday-Thursday (October 4-5)
Graduation fees due Thursday (see below)
Friday (October 6)
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 (October 7)
9:30 am: Black Belts (followed by staff training)
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 (October 5)

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, October 4 at 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 4 at 8:30 pm

Senior Master Schreiber

October 31: Halloween Party

November 1-15: Huge Discounts on Holiday Gifts!

Get huge discounts on your holiday shopping!

Here's how it works:

  • Get your catalog from our front desk
  • Complete the order form in the back of the catalog
  • Return your completed order form to our front desk by November 15 and pay a 50% deposit
  • Pick up your order at our Holiday Event on Saturday, December 2nd
  • On that day only, all items will be massively discounted. (We will not know the exact discount until the day before the event.) You will pay the remaining balance when you pick up your order.

For example, if you order $200 worth of gear, you will pay a $100 deposit. If your gear is discounted by 20% at the Holiday Event, then your total price will only be $160 instead of $200. Because you already paid the $100 deposit, you will only pay $60 at the Holiday Event.

November 4: Class A Tournament in Rocklin

The next regional tournament will be November 4 in Rocklin.

Click here to register online and print up registration forms. The deadline to pre-register is 8 pm on November 1.

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)

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:

  • September 23 - In Wha 2 (purple belt)
  • September 30 - Train With Masters Camp
  • October 7 - Black Belt Testing
  • October 14 - In Wha 2 (blue belt)
  • October 21 - Choong Jung 1 (brown belt)
  • October 28 - Choong Jung 2 (red belt)
  • November 4 - In Wha 2 (blue belt)
  • November 11 - Choong Jung 1 (brown belt)
  • November 18 - Choong Jung 2 (red belt)
  • November 25 - Closed (Thanksgiving)
  • December 2 - In Wha 2-Choong Jung 2 (blue-red belt)
  • December 9 - Black Belt Testing
  • December 16 - Closed (Winter Break)
  • December 23 - Closed (Winter Break)

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

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Black Belt Hike

It was a beautiful day in Briones Regional Park for our annual black belt hike. For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.

September Birthday Bash

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Ms. Tuzon's 5th Degree Testing

Ms. Tuzon has been fighting pancreatic cancer for the last year, and she is now on hospice. We recently 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.

Focus for Better Grades Seminar

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Cub Scout Safety Seminar

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August Graduation Photos

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Grand Opening Photos

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Moms' Group Self-Defense Seminar Photos

Here's a fun alternative to a birthday party for you adults! Invite your friends to join her for a women's self-defense seminar. Contact us to schedule your seminar today!

For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.

John Swett Elementary School Safety Seminar Photos

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Cub Scout Pack 405 Safety Seminar Photos

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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.

Reserve Your Place in Class

In order to ensure that all students receive the attention and assistance you deserve from our teaching staff, we are putting a cap on class sizes.

Please signup in advance for any classes you (or your child) plan to attend, in order to reserve your spot. If you click "Class Schedule" on our mobile app or our website, you will see a button to make a reservation. It's pretty self-explanatory, but this short video explains how it works:

You can reserve a class up to a week in advance. You can also call us and ask us to sign you up if you do not have internet access.

If you show up without a reservation, you will be welcome to attend class if that class is not already full.

Most of our classes tend to be well below capacity, so I think it will be rare that you will be unable to attend the class of your choice. But a few classes recently have been larger than we like to see, so we hope this new system will improve everyone's experience.

As always, please don't hesitate to talk to Sr. Master Schreiber or any other member of our staff if you have questions, concerns or suggestions.

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.

My ATA Story: An Interview with Senior Master Schreiber

Zach Hayden, who owns an ATA Martial Arts school in Indiana, has a new online talk show called My ATA Story. He recently interviewed Senior Master Schreiber about Team PRIDE, staying motivated, and other topics.

Click here to watch the interview.

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. Details are at

Want to schedule a conference with Senior Master Schreiber or another member of our staff? It's easy! Just click the button below:

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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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