The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) is the premier North American organization dedicated to the martial arts discipline of Taekwondo, and is the founding organization of other international affiliates that include the World Traditional Taekwondo Union (WTTU) and the Songahm Taekwondo Federation (STF). Counting both the United States and worldwide, our organizations have over 1,500 independently owned and operated licensed schools and clubs, and have registered over one million students since the ATA’s inception in 1969.
Since the first class was taught many years ago, the focus of our program has remained the same: to provide students the highest quality martial arts instruction available in a safe and positive learning environment that people of all ages can enjoy. Our instructors combine excellent student-to-instructor ratios with state of the art training facilities. This has helped establish ATA schools and clubs as the leader in the martial arts industry. Each instructor is a graduate of an instructor program that represents more than thirty years of research and development. He or she will be with you every step of the way to help you reach your individual goals (and maybe even reach some new goals you never before thought possible).
About Our Instructors
Lance Evans is a 4th Degree Black Belt, Certified Instructor. Mr. Evans began his training at Luther College in 1991. He earned his 1st Degree in 1994, 2nd Degree in 1996, 3rd Degree in 2001, and 4th Degree in 2006. He became a Certified Instructor in 2001. He is a 4-time Weapons State Champ, and a 2011 Sparring State Champ. Mr. Evans has been recognized as a Region 114 Instructor of the Year on three occasions, in 2005, 2007 and 2010. He has owned and operated Evans ATA Black Belt Academy since 1999, and Evans ATA has been a full-time school since 2005. He currently lives in Marion with his wife, Jana (also a 1st Degree Black Belt), and his daughters Steffanie (2nd Degree Black Belt, attending Culinary classes at Kirkwood) and Allyson (a graduate of Linn Mar High School.)
Andrew Kebert is a 3rd Degree Black Belt, Level 2 Instructor Trainee. Mr. Kebert
Steven Celarier is a 3rd Degree Black belt, Trainee Instructor. Mr. Celarier also began his training in 2005. He earned his 1st Degree in 2007, his 2nd Degree in 2008, and his 3rd Degree in 2011. He owns and operates a graphic design company in Cedar Rapids, called Sign Language, and is responsible for all of the graphic work at Evans ATA, as well as many other places. He and his wife, Carol, have two children, Danielle (also a 3rd Degree Black Belt Trainee Instructor) and David (see above)
David Celarier is a 3rd Degree Black Belt, Trainee Instructor. Mr. Celarier began his training in 2005. He earned his 1st Degree in 2007, his 2nd Degree in 2008, and his 3rd Degree in 2011. He graduated last year from the Cedar Rapids Home School program, and is currently attending classes at Kirkwood Community College.
Sydney Triplett is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, Trainee Instructor. She began her training in 2011. She earned her 1st Degree in 2013, and her 2nd Degree in 2014. Ms. Triplett is currently a senior at Xavier Catholic High School in Cedar Rapids. Miss Sydney, as our kids know her, is one of our White and Turtle Belt Tiger Instructors.
Rebekah Burton is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, Trainee Instructor. Ms. Burton began her training in 2008. She received her 1st Degree in October 2010, at the age of 11. Miss Rebekah is a 2016 State Champ in Forms and Weapons, and is one of our Tiger Instructors. She is currently a senior through Linn Mar Homeschool Assistance Program.
Alex Martin is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, Trainee Instructor. Mr. Martin began his training in 2009. He earned his 1st Degree in 2011, and his 2nd Degree in 2012. Mr. Alex is a recent graduate of Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, and will be attending Kirkwood Community College this fall.
Kaitlyn Meeker is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, Trainee Instructor. Ms. Meeker began her training in 2013, and is already a 12-time State Champion, a 4-time District Champion, and a 4-time Top Ten World Competitor. Miss Kat has started training our XMA students, and has also recently begun teaching in our ATA Tiger program.
Abigail Prentice is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, Trainee Instructor. Ms. Prentice will be a Freshman at Xavier Catholic High School this fall.
Jami Cook is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, Trainee Instructor. Ms. Cook will be a Freshman at Jefferson High School this fall. Miss Jami is also a 2015 District Champion in Weapons, and a 2016 State Champ in Form and Weapons.
Kaitlyn Hines is a 1st Degree Black Belt, Trainee Instructor. Ms. Hines will be a Junior at Marion Independent High School this fall. Miss Kaitlyn is also a 3-time State Champion, a 3-time District Champion, and 2016 World Champion in Weapons and Sparring.
Marty Meeker is a Red Belt, Trainee Instructor. Mr. Meeker is a co-owner of Blairs Ferry Automotive in Cedar Rapids, IA. He is also a 2016 State Champion in Forms and Sparring.
Sarah Carley is a Red Belt, Trainee Instructor. Miss Sarah has recently begun helping to teach in our ATA Tigers program.
Amanda Dulin is a Blue Belt, Trainee Instructor.
Scott Conrad is a Blue Belt, Trainee Instructor