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?
CONFIDENCE & SELF-ESTEEM
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.
LISTEN TO WHAT OUR HAPPY PARENTS ARE SAYING
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.
Our son achieved his 1st Degree Black Belt at 8 years old, and it was not without a lot of hard work and dedication on his part and his instructor’s part. Taekwondo has given our son a sense of achievement, confidence and the knowledge that he can do most anything he sets his mind to if he works hard enough. Mr. Evans has demanded his best and expected his best because he believed that he could, there really isn’t more that you could want from the person who instructs your child. Taekwondo has been a rewarding experience that will serve him throughout his life and will provide a strong foundation, I highly recommend Evans ATA to all persons of any age.
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.