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Bismarck ATA Martial Arts

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We Help Parents Raise Confident Leaders
& Adults 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.


801 W Interstate Ave, Bismarck, ND 58503

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Erik Powell Bismarck ATA Martial Arts

Hi, I’m Erik Powell.


When I was a child I had ADHD. As you can imagine, I was extremely hyperactive, unable to focus, lacked self-discipline and self-control. I was regularly bullied and harassed as being the "Class Clown". I lacked self-esteem. I tried every sport that was available, and only when I started ATA Martial Arts in 1995, did I know what I wanted to do!

I joined to learn self-defense, to protect myself from those bullies. Unknown to me at the time was how positive an impact it was going to be in my life! After only a few months I started having more self-esteem and more confidence. I started standing up to those bullies. Since then, I never let someone bully me again.

After getting my black belt in 1998, it was my dream to someday own my own school in Bismarck and create an enjoyable environment for students to improve their fitness while building confidence, self-discipline, and self-esteem they can carry into their everyday lives, just like I did. Take advantage of one of our amazing web specials today - join us as we empower ourselves and our community with 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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You may have experienced boredom with your usual fitness routine or reached a plateau in your performance or physical fitness results. ATA Martial Arts for adults is the perfect alternative to a boring gym routine, as it helps you develop into your maximum potential both physically and mentally by providing real life self-defense strategies in a a fun, focused environment. 

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Bismarck ATA Martial Arts

Our Facility

• 3,000 Square-Foot Main Training Area With 10 Foot Ceilings
• Zebra Mats for Maximum Safety
• Climate-Controlled Training Room & Waiting Area
• Open Seating for Parents & Spectators
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Changing Rooms
• Equipped for Special Events Such as Workshops, Parties & Seminars


What Makes Bismarck ATA 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 Bismarck ATA 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 People of Any Age


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.


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

  • Erik Powell

    Erik Powell

    Owner/Chief Instructor

    5th Degree Black Belt

  • Adler Scheer

    Adler Scheer

    Head instructor

    5th Degree Black Belt