Avoid the Angola ATA supposed martial...

Avoid the Angola ATA supposed martial arts school

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United States

#1 Aug 4, 2010
Just wanted to let everyone know that the Angola ATA is all about money and teaches very little value when it comes to real martial arts. The ATA is world wide considered to be a fake, fraud and money hungry school. Do your self or your child a favor and stay away from them at all costs. If you want real martial arts training go to the Steuben County YMCA and do their program which is an authentic system taught by authentic black belts who DO NOT sell belts or rank. Just a solid suggestion to help people avoid getting a black belt that cannot help them in a real life defense situation at all as well as making them laughed at world wide by everyone but the other ATA cult schools.
Law Abiding Citizen

Bellingham, MA

#2 Feb 10, 2011
No kidding...there is a post in the Auburn forum on this same thing. From experience I can attest that the ATA is a total joke and they teach crap. Save your money parents and enroll your kids in a better place. Not sure what you have in your area but I can tell you to avoid this crappy school
john k

Milton, FL

#4 Aug 17, 2011
I cannot speak to either the angola or auburn schools, as for all I know both may have good instructors. Overall, however, I think the ATA is to be avoided. ATA is sort of like the GNC of the martial arts world- a huge franchise trying to corner a market.
From a yahoo martial arts forum: a man who teaches kung fu privately out of his basement was threatened with legal action by a local ATA school owner. I don't get it- kung fu is Chinese and it is not tae kwon do of any kind, and not ATA.
I think it is clear they want to corner the market.

Angola, IN

#5 Jul 25, 2015
They are a total joke...their methods of self defense will get you hurt. All they care about is your money and will promote anyone to black belt regardless of skill. Their "Chief instructor" is a 5th degree with the skill of a brown belt at any real martial arts school. Parents may think its a cool place but they teach a bullshit martial art.

Angola, IN

#6 Jan 27, 2016
I trained at the ATA in Angola for quite awhile. They would hit me up for more money on all sorts of things every week. The training was more like play time than anything else. Recently I went to another school in Angola that just opened and it was amazing. The instructor had 10x more quality to his teaching and ability than anyone in the Angola ATA did. He was also very nice, upfront about all costs and did all the training with us during the class. The self defense training was a lot better than the Krav Maga crap they teach at the ATA. The instructor at The Dojo is nice, helpful and uplifting when he teaches to. If you are looking for martial arts training that is high quality, not over priced (like the ATA) and with a truly competent Master then The Dojo is the only place to train at. It is located at the Club Fitness facility and it is an awesome place.

Seymour, IN

#7 Feb 15, 2016
I took my son there and the instucttor was just interested in the single moms and not the students he went there for a year and a half and learned nothing do not go it is a scam
Very Disappointed

Fort Wayne, IN

#8 Jan 9, 2017
I enrolled my daughter in classes at the Angola ATA after discussing the costs, I agreed. I was told it would only be $450 for the entire year. I even double checked the price before I signed the contract. My parents bought $260 work of gear, and I wasn't informed tht to move up in rank, I would need to pay an additional $60 PER BELT. After 6 months, I brought my daughter in for class, and was informed tht my contract was up, and if I wanted her to participate in class tht day, I would need to sign another contract. Jason Shepard, the instructor tht i tlkd to in the first place was EXTREMELY DECEPTIVE AND MISLEADING. I will NOT be re-enrolling my daughter in anymore classes at this business, and would suggest other parents to find another Dojo to take their kids to as well.
sissy girl

United States

#9 Jan 26, 2017
I learned to swing two sets of flexible weapons in my basement over 30 years of practice, no license on record yet my instructors taught me discipline, self respect,boxing cardiovascular health,laws,c.p.l.training... From 12 years old I could defend myself through respect & intelligence. Money was not an issue, a real trainer teaches respect, not of money but for the arts. People get a real surprise when they bully a seemingly quiet, shy girl that whips their ass.

Dublin, PA

#10 Jul 21, 2017
They'll put a foot in your ass

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