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This Month's Life Skills

Foundational Program and Black Belt Club

  • Goals - Decide what you want to do, then work hard to do it

Leadership Program

  • Vision

    • Tiger definition: Know what you want the future to look like
    • Junior & Adult definition: See exactly where you want to go and what steps are needed to get there

    Leadership Program Writing Assignment

    • Tigers & Juniors: Write down 4 goals for this year and list the steps you will take to achieve them: (1) Martial arts, (2) School/Work, (3) Community, (4) Family or other relationships
    • 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 1 Phase A (#1-5)
  • Camo-Red Belts: Songahm 1 (1st half)

Juniors & Adults

  • White-Yellow Belts: Songahm 1 (1st half)
  • Camo-Red Belts: In Wha 2 (1st half)
  • Red/Black Belts: Songahm 1-4

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!

Febuary 1: New Class Schedule Begins

Dear Students and Parents,

We plan to modify our class schedule effective February 1st, and I would appreciate your feedback before finalizing the changes.

It is always a challenge to find the right balance between giving you flexibility in choosing your class times and ensuring that classes remain manageable so that our students have a positive experience in class. The current schedule provides maximum flexibility (classes six days a week, with options twice a day for many students). But the downside is that it has grown difficult to meet the individual needs of the students of various ranks in each class.

The new schedule will still offer class options six days a week for white-red belts (and five days a week for black belts). But we will change the rank breakdown so that there is not such a big range of needs within each class.

Additionally, we are going to experiment with eliminating the class reservation system. I know it is stressful for many of you to remember to make reservations each week. I am hoping that with the new schedule that will be unnecessary. If that hope turns out to be misplaced, we will reintroduce the reservation system.

You can preview the new schedule by clicking here. Please take a look at it and email me or call me at (925) 957-9383 if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Thank you very much.

Sr. Master Schreiber

March 2-3: Graduation

Our next graduation will be Friday, March 2, and our black belt testing will be Saturday, March 3. Watch this space for details.

Graduation is Saturday, December 9 and Friday, December 15.

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

Saturday (December 9)
9:30 am: Black Belts (followed by candlelight ceremony)
Monday-Tuesday (December 11-12)
Pre-test to qualify for graduation
Wednesday-Thursday (December 13-14)
Graduation fees due Thursday (see below)
Friday (December 15)
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.
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, December 6 at 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 6 at 8:30 pm

Senior Master Schreiber

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)

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:

  • January 27 - Songahm 1 (white belt)
  • February 3 - Songahm 2 (orange belt)
  • February 10 - Songahm 3 (yellow belt)
  • February 17 - Songahm 1-2 (white-orange belt)
  • February 24 - Songahm 3 (yellow belt)
  • March 3 - 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.

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Seminar with Chief Master Thor

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Jonah Burnam Birthday Party Photos

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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

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Black Belt Testing Photos

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December Graduation Photos

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Seminar with Grand Master In Ho Lee

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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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