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Ever Wonder Why The ATA Martial Arts Program Works So Well?

November 6, 2017
Our program is designed to teach traditional martial arts, but do it in a way that is conducive to personal growth. We start with STRUCTURE, helping the younger students learn how to listen and follow directions, especially helpful when it comes to preparing them for school, working with a group or team, or getting along ...

The Origins of the Martial Arts Bow

March 27, 2017
In the martial arts, it is common to see practitioners bowing to each other before a sparring match. The bow is similar to western handshake. The reason for the traditional bow was a way of demonstrating respect toward the other person. For example, a practitioner would bow to his or her partner ...

Belief – An Anniversary Story

January 2, 2017
8 years ago on this very day we opened our doors and taught our first class at ATA Martial Arts in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  It was the culmination of a few months of planning and build-out but years of dreams for us.  We left our job at our previous ATA school and hoped to open ...

Join the Smile and Compliment Club – An ATA Self-Esteem Story

October 3, 2016
Kenny could see that Paul wasn’t feeling very good. Paul and he were in the same ATA class and had been for about six months. They both liked classes, but today Kenny could see that Paul was down in the dumps. Kenny remembered what Master Jouan had talked about in Leadership class about self-esteem a few ...

Self-Esteem Is the Cornerstone For All Success In Life

September 6, 2016
If you were to look at self-esteem, you would see that everybody has it, it is just on a continuum, a line or level you feel about yourself. Your feeling about yourself would be somewhere on the line between wanting to live in a cave and the feeling that everything in your life is perfect. You ...

Customize Your Martial Arts Experience

July 25, 2016
Customization.  A lot of people like to customize their options.  Shoes, sandwiches, cars, vacations – whatever you’re looking for a lot of businesses are able to customize a product or tailor the experience for you.  ATA Martial Arts is no different. Ask any black belt what they enjoy about martial arts and you’ll get many different ...

Testing Results Are In… Mrs. Jouan Is…

July 21, 2016
It’s official! A huge congratulations goes out to ATA West Chester’s very own, Mrs. Maria Jouan, on achieving the prestigious rank of 6th Degree Black Belt! Since achieving her 5th Degree Black Belt 5 years ago, Mrs. Jouan has had 2 kids, injuries, and a multitude of obstacles. However, she stayed focus on her ...

ATA World Championships Updates and What’s Going This Week at ATA

July 6, 2016
It’s good to be back.  We missed everyone last week and are excited to get back into the swing of things. We wanted to let everyone know that we enjoyed our training at the World Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas last week.  Mrs. Jouan tested for her 6th Degree Black Belt and rocked it!  It will take ...

3 Important Events You Should Know About at ATA Martial Arts

June 20, 2016
Happy First Day of Summer! Today started our first official week of the ATA Summer Camp series. This week is our Nerf Training Camp. Drop in day spots are still available for all camps and full week spots are available for most camps. Camps are from 9AM-3PM Monday-Friday. Campers will receive class credit for attending ...

We’re Talking About Practice, Man!

June 13, 2016
Disciplined leaders know that one of the keys to mastery, success, and long-term fulfillment is practice. There’s an old joke that goes something like this: A couple of Texans in a Cadillac on their way to a concert are lost on New York’s Lower East Side.  They stop to question a bearded elder. “Excuse me, sir.  How do ...

What’s On Your Bucket List?

June 6, 2016
So, parents, what’s on your “bucket list”? The term “bucket list” means a list of things one wants to accomplish before you die or “kick the bucket” and was popularized by the 2007 Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman movie of the same name.  To me, this list should be filled with one of a kind experiences and activities ...

Discipline….Key Parenting Skills To Teach at Home (Are you doing the last one?)

May 31, 2016
Our theme this cycle is DISCIPLINE. As parents, it is our job to teach our children how to set goals (not just dreams) and encourage them to focus and work hard on them. Many people in this world can start something, but very few will actually finish. I have seen this all my life– in ...

Mid-Month ATA Martial Arts News & Events

April 21, 2016
Hello ATA Families, It is hard to believe that the month is almost over! Hasn’t this weather been outstanding? We all have been doing a great job remembering to check in on Facebook for #austismawareness! Our school alone has been able to donate over 70 minutes of autism therapy for families in need! This is amazing! Let’s ...

Join ATA at the West Chester Film Festival

April 19, 2016
Hello, ATA Families! We are excited to be involved this year with the West Chester Film Festival.  We are the official sponsor of their Family Film Showing!  We invite all of our ATA families to join us next Saturday, April 23 at 9:30 am in Boxcar Brewpub (owned by an ATA Family!) The Family Film Showing is a ...

Aspire to Inspire Before We Expire

April 18, 2016
Earth Day 2016 is this Friday, April 22nd. Recycle.  Carpool.  Clean up the neighborhood.  Wear your seat belt while riding in the car.  Follow the rules of the household. Over the next couple of weeks we will be discussing respect in society and in the world with our students.  Whether it’s including a friend (like we will ...

In April check into ATA Martial Arts on Facebook and provide Autism Therapy for a child!

April 8, 2016
Happy Friday, ATA WC Community, It’s official! We are a part of something wonderful! During the month of April we have an amazing opportunity to provide therapy and support for children with autism and their families. Every 2 Facebook check-ins at ATA Martial Arts West Chester, PA will provide one minute of autism therapy to a ...

Our plane has landed! We’re back at ATA tomorrow to see YOU! 2016 Spring Nationals Recap.

April 4, 2016
Hello ATA WC Families, Our plane has landed! We are back on the east coast from 2016 Spring Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada! The trip was a success for our school! We are proud to announce that in competition Mr. Bryan Denmark placed 1st in Combat Sparring, Ms. Nicole McCarthy placed 3rd in Sparring and 2nd in Combat ...

A Fresh Start Awaits

March 9, 2016
There are certain times of year that get a lot of hype when it comes to new beginnings like New Years or the start of a school year.  Why wait for one of those to come around when every moment is an opportunity for a great start? Literally every second, even this one, is a great ...
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