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We Help Children Become Confident Leaders
& Reach Their True Potential!

Since 1969, ATA Martial Arts has provided its members with a road map to success based on
self-defense, confidence and goal-setting skills.

952-432-6555

1040 CTY RD 42, E, Burnsville, MN 55337

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Joseph Abbott Odyssey Martial Arts

Hi, I’m Joseph Abbott.

I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT AND CONFUSING
FINDING A MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL CAN BE.

I remember when I was child, feeling uncertainty about beginning martial arts. I wondered if I had what it took to succeed and I wasn’t the most athletic or confident child - quite the opposite. Little did I know that beginning my martial arts journey would be one of the most profound experiences of my life!

When I opened my school in 1988, I made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of Burnsville by teaching children and adults the confidence, leadership and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts.

We Share & teach The Same Values You Teach At Home.

The ATA Martial Arts programs have a strong focus on personal development. The foundations of our morals, values and core character traits are formed in our early years. For this reason, the ATA Martial Arts program is an essential way to enhance the growth and personal development of young students of all ages. 

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TRADITIONAL MEETS MODERN: SELF DEFENSE & AWARENESS SKILLS FOR THE REAL WORLD

Your child may have experienced boredom with other sports activities. ATA Martial Arts for children is the perfect alternative to other sports, as it helps them develop their maximum potential both physically and mentally by providing real-life anti-bully strategies in a fun, focused environment. 

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Our Facility


• Zebra Mats for Maximum Safety
• Climate-Controlled Training Room & Waiting Area
• Open Seating for Parents & Spectators
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Men's & Women's Rest Rooms
• Equipped for Special Events Such as Workshops, Parties & Seminars

What Makes Odyssey Martial Arts Different From other
Karate & Taekwondo Schools?

The country’s largest martial arts organization.

130,000 active members and over 1 million students trained since 1969.

Each instructor has passed an intensive certification process based on 40 years of tradition, research and development.

The Odyssey Martial Arts Promise

To Train in the
Highest Quality Martial Arts
Program Available

To Focus On
Personal Development
in a Positive Environment

To Offer Programs
Accessible & Enjoyable
by Your Child

WHAT IS SONGAHM TAEKWONDO?

Songahm Taekwondo is the style of martial arts practiced by ATA Martial Arts students.
The journey from White Belt to Black Belt (10 belts total) is one of incremental learning and skill development that students of any age any fitness level can embark on.

FUN, EXCITEMENT & PREPARATION: ATA MARTIAL ARTS TOURNAMENTS!

One of the most fun parts of martial arts training is the ability to test your skills by competing in a tournament. Tournaments are not only fun for competitors, but they also become a great social experience for parents as well! There are currently 130,000 ATA Martial Arts members worldwide. ATA Martial Arts students compete in local tournaments against other ATA schools, advancing from District levels, to State levels, to a yearly Spring National competition in Las Vegas, NV. The competition winners gather at the ATA World Expo Tournament in Little Rock, AR in the summer, competing against finalists from all over the planet in one of largest martial arts competitions in the world.

ATA Timeline

  • Joseph Abbott

    Chief Instructor/Owner

    4th Degree Black Belt

  • Kathy Carlson

    Experience Coordinator/Owner

    4th Degree Black Belt

  • Kelly Smallstig

    Lead Instructor

    4th Degree Black Belt

  • Tim Smallstig

    Lead Instructor

    4th Degree Black Belt

  • Francessca Osborn

    Assistant Instructor

    2nd degree Black Belt

  • Joaquin Mesa

    Junior Assistant

    1st Degree Black Belt

  • Virginia Teliz

    Experience Adviser