We have been waiting to get everyone lined up and the time is now to announce our new training programs available to students, parents and the public.


CARDIO KICKBOXING with Tracy Russell

Monday evenings 7:45-8:45pm
Thursday evenings 8:00pm -9:00pm

Cardio kickboxing — a combination of aerobics, boxing, and martial arts — is one of the most popular fitness trends to hit gymnasiums in recent years. These workouts, which are inspired by martial arts, have motivated many people to start a fitness program.
Class is included in any Black Belt or Leadership Program.

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Mondays, 9:30 – 10:30 am  16 and up                                     Sundays, 2:00-5:30pm  children


Bolly Beats Fitness and Milaana Dance are teaming up to bring you a high-energy Bollywood workout class.
Created and taught by Priyanka Chaudhry, MD, Bolly Beats is cardio and strength training set to fun Bollywood music. Classes are for ages 16 and up and will be held on Mondays (starting April 11), from 9:30 – 10:30 am and starting July 31st Sundays, from 2:00-5:30pm at Coppell ATA.

Visit or their Facebook page for more information and to register for Bolly Beats at Milaana Dance.

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Coppell ATA Training Academy now open in it’s new location!!!!

We are now in the new location at 110 Sandy Lake Rd. Ste. 160.

Please come join us as we begin our new journey in our new home located next to Sprouts and the soon to open Urban Air.  We offer 4000sq ft of space with over 2000 sq ft of training space.  We offer programs for ages 4-6, 7-12 and 13 and up.  We will soon be offering personal training and Kickboxing, and other programs of our training schedule.

We have been in the Coppell Community for almost 10 years offering traditional Taekwondo Martial Arts training, Leadership, Self Defense, Weapon Training, Personal Fitness and much much more to our community and its families.

You are welcome to stop by and visit us:

or CALL US TODAY!!!!  972-462-7807



We are please to announce that we are finally moving into our new location at 110 Sandy Lake Rd. Ste. 160, Coppell.  We will be closed the week of Monday, October 5th-October 11th to get everything moved over and installed.

We will be resuming classes on Monday, October 12th.

We can’t wait to see everyone.  Spread the word!!!!!

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New Location Getting Closer to Opening!!!!

We are getting very close to opening in our new location at 110 Sandy Lake, Suite 160.  We are looking at our first classes to be held the Week of October 1st.  We want to thank Billy and the entire team with Ziggy’s Construction, Calvin with Stream Reality for being so great during this entire build out process!!!


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Ending of one Journey…..Beginning of New

DSC_0049Coppell ATA and Karate for Kids opened its doors on March 6th, 2006 with a total of 13 students.  Over the past nine years we have had students come and go and some extremely amazing families continue their journeys with us to this day.  We have had several instructions bless us with their instruction, from 6th Degree Master Earl Shiflett, 5th Degrees Zach Rogers, (now owner of the NRH ATA), 5th Degree Kaitlyn Rogers (now working with the Allen ATA), 5th Degree Mark Sawyer ( now working at the McKinney ATA), 5th Degrees Brett and Jackie Erwin, 5th Degree Dani Kennedy, (special guest from Sustaire’s ATA), Richard Rodriquez (now owner of Rogriquez’s ATA in Highland Village), 4th Degree Durienda Mathis (now working at Southlake ATA), 3rd Degree Sarah Slape (Titterington), and 3rd Degree T.Michael Kennedy.  There are so many Junior Leaders that have helped with classes over the years, that help in any way they can.  They are our true heroes.  We thank each and every Instructor, Junior Instructor and Student who has ever help teach with us.

For all those students and families who have tried a class, done a seminar, come to a birthday party, Kids night out, picnic in the park, supported our tournaments, testings, demonstrations, fitness seminar, bully prevention, school shows, and one of the many events we have done over the years….THANK YOU!!!  Words cannot describe how much  you mean to us and value you and your family.  You have been and will continue to always be a part of our family.

It is bittersweet to leave this home, so many wonderful memories and friendships and connections have been made in these walls.  Some easy, fun and pure joy.  Some hard, painful and disappointing, but all will never be forgotten and make us who will are today and who we will become in the future.  We have all taught and been taught lessons that will continue with us throughout our lives.  For that we are truly grateful and humbled.

So, as we take down the pictures, plaques, certifications, flags, move the equipment and roll up the mat…As we turn off the sign and turn out the lights for the final time, we say not goodbye but see you soon!!!


As our new home is being built we will try to continue classes with as little interruption as possible at the temporary location.  Please continue to be respectful to our neighbors and park in front of Tuesday morning and come up the elevator or stairs.  We do not want to take away parking from any businesses that are currently there.

Again, we can’t thank you enough for your continued support.  We are so excited about our new journey.

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Ms. Jackson, Ms. Emily, Ms. Katelyn, Mr. Trace, Ms. Paige, Mr. and Mrs. Erwin, Mr. Kennedy and the entire Junior Instructor team.

What do Rapists Look for in a Victim?


(PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS. it may save a life.)

Through a rapist’s eyes. A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

1] The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun! , braid, or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.

2] The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around to cut clothing.

3] They also look for women using their cell phone, searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.

4] The number one place women are abducted from / attacked at is grocery store parking lots.

5] Number two is office parking lots/garages.

6] Number three is public restrooms.

7] The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to a second location where they don’t have to worry about getting caught.

8] If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9] These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas,or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.

10] Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you’re not worth it.


1] If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: can’t believe it is so cold out here, we’re in for a bad winter. Now that you’ve seen their faces and could identify them in a line- up, you lose appeal as a target.

2] If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell Stop or Stay back! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they’d leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

3] If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes,) yelling I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

4] If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength but you can do it by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm between the elbow and armpit or in the upper inner thigh – HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it really hurts.

5] After the initial hit, always go for the groin. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy’s parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you’ll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause him a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble, and he’s out of there.

6] When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

7] Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with your instincts. You may feel little silly at the time, but you’d feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.


1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do it.

2. Learned this from a tourist guide to New Orleans : if a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you…. chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car: Kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping,eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON’T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side,put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU CLOSE the DOORS , LEAVE.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:

a. Be aware: look around your car as someone may be hiding at the passenger side , peek into your car, inside the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. ( DO THIS TOO BEFORE RIDING A TAXI CAB) .

b. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

c. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

Bullying Myths

imagesMyth: Those who bully others are insecure and have low self-esteem.  They pick on others to make themselves feel better about themselves.

Research:  Those who bully others have average or above-average self-esteem.  They often have aggressive temperaments and a lack of empathy.

Want to learn more about bullying – and how to prevent it? Contact us to learn more about our Kidz N’ Power programs and anti-bullying seminars.


What are Bully “Hot Spots”?









Hot spots are those areas where the bullies like to hang out.  They are usually places that an administrator, parent or teacher can not see them clearly.  It is usually areas of transition like hallways, restrooms, playgrounds, etc.  Identifying these areas will help the child to avoid some of the bullying behavior of others.


Here are some likely areas of Bullying or harassment:

  • On the way to and from school;
  • Restrooms;
  • Hallways;
  • Classrooms;
  • Gymnasiums;
  • Cafeteria;
  • Playground;
  • Bus stop;
  • Locker rooms
  • On the bus

Attend our Bully Prevention Day, at Jackson’s ATA and Karate for Kids, Thursday, October 10th.



What is bullying?



bullyingIn order to address the issue of bullying, it is important to clearly understand how bullying is defined. A commonly used definition developed by Dr. Olweus is

A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the  part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.1

Expressed in more everyday language one might say: Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.

We will be going over this question and much more at Jackson’s ATA and Karate For Kids Bully Prevention Day, Thursday, October 10th during regular class schedule.  Friends and family members are invited.  See website and bulletin board for further details.  Also check here often for more bullying tips each week.