The ATA – THE AMERICAN TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION
TryATA Martial Arts – More than Just a Sport
Any of the ATA Martial Arts disciplines can be extremely beneficial for children and adults of all ages. The sport has developed into many areas, yet the principles remain the same. People join because they want to learn the sport, enjoy the health benefits, learn the discipline or basic principles in self-defense, but along the way students learn something much more important. They adapt and take on the TryATA Martial Arts attitude.
In any of the TryATA Martial Arts disciplines, the master is a guide to help the student unlock the true value of himself. He is a guide to showing a person the proper direction in his whole life. It is only when a student truly integrates himself into the discipline that he really understands the “martial arts” spirit. It is this spirit that helps him understand himself, his life goals and helps him understand the deep meaning of the martial arts attitude, which is about discipline, physical, mental and spiritual fitness. It is the mastering of these techniques that reshapes the way you view your surrounding world.
The Teaching of Ideals
TryATA Martial arts teaches ideas such as courtesy, respect, morality integrity and modesty. It teaches you to have a positive outlook on life, to respect yourself, your world and the people that surround you. It is the learning of these attributes that makes all of the martial arts so effective.
Why Choose TryATA Martial Arts over Other Sports?
TryATA Martial arts training takes a more holistic approach to a disciplined sport. It is much more effective than going to the gym, taking a run or lifting weights because it demands mental and spiritual training as well. It is these attributes taught within the sport that raises your self-awareness. Your self-discipline, and your self-esteem.
“Before Amber and Adrian started Taekwondo ATA Karate Classes, they used to be really shy, and whenever they had to do a school project and talk in front of the class, you could barely hear them. Both of them were really nervous. But, since they started with the ATA [Karate] and the Leadership classes both can talk in front of the class and it has helped their grades.”
-Mark Kashay (father of Adrian and Amber)
Push on Personal Boundaries
Martial arts requires that every participant seek and push their own boundaries to the limit, thereby growing their spirit, their physical abilities and their mental capacity to its fullest. In fact, most students find that they experience individual growth they never thought possible. They find strength, flexibility (both mental and physical) and can achieve objectives they would have never thought possible.
The Importance of Practice
While an on-looker might assume that martial arts is only about practicing the moves over and over again, a practitioner will nay-say this opinion. In reality, it is about developing the mind, the spirit and the body – and this takes practice, but a concentrated practice not found in many other sports. The ideals taught in this discipline are those that we carry with us throughout our lives. This discipline becomes the very essence of our every action. This is when we really begin to find the true TryATA martial arts attitude from within.
When a student really and sincerely practices the TryATA martial arts principles and discipline it begins to show. The martial arts practitioner who takes the discipline seriously begins to show his mastery in every action he takes. It is the one sports discipline that teaches wisdom, peace and deep spiritual knowledge.