About Us

About Us

About Our School

Evans ATA Black Belt Academy, a member of the American Taekwondo Association, was founded in 1999. We offer what we believe is the best martial art in the world. Taekwondo is an exciting and powerful martial art known for its dynamic kicking and hand techniques. Although these martial art techniques are centuries old, our programs are always evolving to keep pace with the rapidly changing world.

We realize that each student possesses different physical abilities. Size and strength vary with each individual. Once you have acquired a strong foundation in the basics, our program will enhance your physical capabilities and maximize your self-defense skills. You will understand what it takes, mentally and physically, to defend yourself or your loved ones should the need ever arise.

At Evans ATA Black Belt Academy, we are not interested in just teaching self-defense, we are interested in the complete personal development of each student. Individual attention is a feature of each and every class, allowing all students to progress quickly and confidently toward their personal goals. Our instructors take their responsibility seriously as role models for younger students, teaching them the importance of strong character, leadership, and good values.

The teaching curriculum at Evans ATA Black Belt Academy is based on two concepts: “Positive Mental Attitude” and “High Goal Setting”. We feel so positive about this program that we promise to give you and your family the most professional, well-supervised and the highest quality classes available in any sport or art.

Chief Instructor Lance Evans

Welcome to Evans ATA Black Belt Academy – as your student’s Chief Instructor, I am excited to have you join our ATA family! Over the course of your training, I am confident that we can have a life-changing impact on your education, career, goals, and the rest of your life! Martial arts training has changed my life in ways that I never would have believed possible – and now my program has done the same for thousands of students around the Cedar Rapids/Marion area, over the last 20 years. Come and visit our school, try a class, and see what we can offer you and your family in pursuit of your own goals!

Why Choose Evans ATA Black Belt Academy?


Having the confidence to try new things and take risks is one of the primary reasons why Taekwondo benefits so many young people. We learn how to believe in ourselves, and we learn how to never say that we “can’t” do something. Along with that goes self-esteem, which can be a MAJOR factor in a student’s mental and emotional health. Having a positive self-image and sense of self-worth is crucial to a student’s success in school and in life.


The world is becoming a more dangerous place than ever before – and giving our students the skills to defend themselves verbally, emotionally and even physically is becoming an increasingly necessary skill. We learn aspects of the Olweus Bullying Prevention system, and combine those ideas with discussions about what type of self-defense response is the most appropriate in each situation. We also discuss “stranger danger” and possible kidnap defense skills.

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  • My son struggles with mental, emotional, and physical disability. Mr. Evans has connected with him in a wonderful way. When he earned his orange belt, it was the first time I have seen my son enjoy a sense of accomplishment. He usually begs to quit everything, but not Taekwondo. It is a wonderful community Mr. Evans has built.

  • Enrolling our grandson in Evans ATA Black Belt Academy was one of the best things we could have done for him. Since his first day we have noticed a real boost in self-confidence and self-esteem.
    Mr. Evans teaches his students life skills that develop a higher level of respect for others and camaraderie with fellow students.
    We have been so impressed with the results that we enrolled him in the leadership program in order to give him a greater level of accomplishment and instruction. We are very proud of our grandson as he progresses through the various levels of achievement.

  • Thanks to Mr Evans and his ATA Blackbelt Academy, my daughter Kaitlyn has found a second home. His teaching and love of his students has transformed her from a shy 9 year old girl, who had a tough time making friends, into a strong, confident, world class 2nd Degree Black Belt and Trainee Instructor. Her growth and success through his school has transformed her life as well as her family's. We now have 3 of the 6 family members enrolled in the academy, with the others soon to follow. Couldn't think of a better place to spend our evenings, as it has brought our family closer together and we have made life long friends. Thanks again Evans ATA Black Belt Academy.

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