Like any martial art properly taught and properly
practiced, Taekwondo is a non-agressive and ethical system of self-defense.
Taekwondo developed from humble beginnings over 1,000 years ago and has
since spread internationally to become one of the world's most
successful and popular martial arts. Its practitioners enjoy physical
and mental discipline, as well as excellent fitness and the ability to
defend themselves if necessary. Taekwondo is not only a combat sport,
but is also a way of life for enthusiasts around the globe.
The word Taekwondo itself is made up of three Chinese/Korean words: Tae, meaning to kick or jump; Kwon, meaning fist or hand; and Do, which means "the way." Loosely (if not literally), it can be thought of as "The Way of the Hand and Foot."
While famous for its wide range of kicks, Taekwondo also emphasizes
breaking power, such as splitting wood and bricks using only the bare
hands and feet. Training involves a variety of techniques, to include
punching, kicking, dodging, jumping, parrying and blocking. Taekwondo
also focuses on sparring and learning formal patterns of movement called
The style of Taekwondo supported by the ATA is known as Songahm
Taekwondo, a style specifically developed over 20 years' time by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee
to make it accessible to anyone willing to learn, and to truly
reflect Taekwondo and the strength and beauty of its kicking techniques.
Midland ATA is the best choice for families who are interested children learning about respect, integrity and self-control all while getting in shape, gaining confidence and learning a fantastic self-defense system.
Whether you are a brand new white belt, or a seasoned veteran Midland ATA Martial Arts is the place for you. Jarrod Barnes, Chief Instructor has been teaching and training in martial arts since 1997 in four different ATA schools in Texas including his own. This high level experience gives him the patience required for any beginner and the knowledge to give any competitive athlete the edge in competition.
ATA Martial Arts is located at Garfield and Wadley, behind the Sedona Grill. For questions contact us any time at 432.288.3076