This workout's
for you if...

  • learn how to show respect.
  • boost their confidence and self-esteem.
  • practice self-control and discipline.
  • learn to set and work toward goals.
  • stay active and fit.
  • learn self-defense and bully prevention skills.


The Basics


  • Stronger core
  • Increased flexibility
  • More endurance
  • Improved cardio
  • Increased speed
  • More strength

If you’re looking for a fitness routine that will not only work your body, but tune your mind as well, Taekwondo is a great choice. This Korean art of self-defense is more than 2,000 years old and widely respected for its rich traditions, fitness benefits and life skills learned during class. Chief Master Kathy Lee, owner and eighth-degree black belt of All Star Martial Arts with seven licensed ATA locations in Central Arkansas, describes it as a sport anyone, regardless of age or ability, can enjoy results. “One of the best things about ATA is that we provide an opportunity for everyone to take a class—from people who have special needs and 3-year-olds, all the way up to [90 years-plus],” she says. “We also pride ourselves in being one of the few things out there where families can work out together— train together. Children and adults can even be in the same class together.”

Of course, others might find private instruction or group classes arranged by age and skill level to be more their speed, and that’s the point. Taekwondo is concerned with getting each individual “student” what they need.

Parents are often drawn in by the promise of their children learning discipline, confidence and respect. The allure of attaining a black belt attracts others, and some adult women initiate training to learn self-defense. This is why memberships are varied and geared to your goals. “Whatever your reason for coming is, we sit down and figure out the best goal for you,” says Senior Master Sean Smith, instructor and seventh- degree black belt at All Star Martial Arts. “Your goals will determine the length of membership or number of classes you’ll need to sign up for.” Each new member gets a personal analysis; instructors evaluate the student during the first class and follow up with feedback afterward.

The individualized attention, camaraderie, and combined physical and mental benefit is why for many, Taekwondo becomes a permanent fixture in their lives.

The Gear

  • Dobok provided
  • Safety gear provided (head, hands, feet and chest guards)
  • Protech Weapons provided

The Lingo

Forms: A series of set moves designed to show a progression of martial arts techniques

Belts: Indicate levels of achievement Partners: There are no “opponents” in ATA Taekwondo, only “partners” that help you train.

Spar: This is not “fighting” but a way to demonstrate technique and control.

Tag: There are no “hits.” Proper tags score you points.


All Star Martial Arts


5501 JFK Blvd. (501) 753-6100

1101 S. Bowman Rd., Little Rock (501) 224-1234

14300 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock (501) 868-1122

2900 Horizon Dr. (501) 847-4441

11601 Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock (501) 753-3335

1198 S. Pine St., (501) 843-8543

705 Club Lane (501) 327-5425

The Time



The Burn

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