Welcome to the ATMA!

2017 off to a great start!

Really pleased with the training and attitude of the ATMA students right now. I suppose we're a fair sized association with around 750 active members and some folk wonder why we're not at loads of competitions and shouting from the rooftops - but it's all about the art. Yes, we do comps, 3 or 4 each year and it's good for the students to meet other martial artists and build friendships - as well as pressure testing themselves under scrutiny - and we do well at comps, but I'd rather focus on the development of the art and the students practising that art. The students want the detail, the history - the story behind the movements. They're in it for the training, not the glory - and that makes me proud. Quiet competence and humilty and grace will do nicely for me...thank you.

Have a look around our site - there's plenty of information about us and what we do...and we love what we do! Up to date news and notices can be found at the bottom of this page - please share.

If you need to know more, you can contact any of us on the details provided,or call the Chief Instructor, Master Jacqui Fisher, on 07703 345210 or email on jfisher@atmakarate.com


Squad Training - we've now turned Sundays at Nuffield into Squad and Spar sessions! This gives you a weekly opportunity to work on what you want to work on - whether it's for competition, grading or, as it should be, just because you want to improve. You don't have to make every week, but you should add this session in to your training routine at some point!
Squad training is about more than preparing for competition. You can use these sessions to get one-to-one time with instructors to work towards your grading or just hone technique. Try it...
Fabulous grading day!
Well done to everyone who took part in the Gup gradings on Saturday 3rd December. Great to see the standards on the rise again - especially the senior grades. The future looks bright....
Road Trip!!
Great trip to Bridgend with the squad on Sunday 6th November to train with Master Viv Thomas. Fab training followed by fish and chips and ice cream by the seaside - nothing better!

Latest news....

31. Jan, 2017
2017 dates so far....
Dates for your diary....

Gup gradings 2017
- Saturday 11th March
- Saturday 10th June
- Saturday 16th September
- Saturday 9th December

Dan gradings 2017
- Sunday 23rd July
- Sunday 10th December

Hwa Rang Tang Soo Do Tournament - Saturday March 11th
Cardiff Tournament - Saturday 29th April
Cambridge Tournament - Saturday 15th July
Limerick, Ireland Tournament - Saturday 2nd December

We'll keep you posted of and additions and changes....Tang Soo!
6. Dec, 2016
Winning attitudes....
Last Gup grading of the year - and I couldn't be prouder. Not everyone was successful, but those that didn't get through took it on the chin and will come back stronger. Awarding grades to students who didn't perform as required merely devalues the belt awarded to those who did. Remember - you learn more from your losses than you do from your victories!
What topped the day for me? Seeing students take the opportunity to show their instructors, peers and families that they're striving to be the very best that they can - they care that they get it right. The feedback from parents was that they could really see the standard rising every time they came to a grading - and that's nice to hear. Thank you all for being part of the team.
Every candidate was able to fully demonstrate the required syllabus for their rank - so important to us that they can stand in any dojang alongside their peers and not feel out of their depth in any way.
And no skipping ranks - no double grading, triple grading or any other such nonsense. Every ATMA Dan Grade will be time served - there's nothing more ridiculous than students being awarded black belts in 6 months, 12 months - or getting graded every year....I've seen that - even been subjected to it - and it just shows that your instructor doesn't care about integrity in the least!
I am a student of GM Dominick Giacobbe. I and all of the ATMA students strive to uphold his excellent standards and he'd soon let us know if we weren't up to scratch - and that's just what's needed, thank you.
And if you consider this post to be arrogant or self-righteous, take a look again. It's pride in our art and a whole heap of caring that it's preserved. Tang Soo!
7. Oct, 2016
Check your Licence....
Checking licence renewals. If you don't have a licence yet, or your licence is not up to date, you'll be receiving a reminder in the next couple of weeks. Don't forget - you can renew online, using card or Paypal; pay by cash or cheque at class, or ask for details of staggering your payments. Please check your licence.....

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13.01 | 21:32

Hi. I wanted to enquire whether the lessons are on a monthly subscription basis or pay per session. I have 2 children that I wish to attend twice a week

17.09 | 21:11

Thankyou for these worksheets, SBN's.

See you soon,



05.04 | 17:32

Love the interview with Master Alastair Banks on the Rugby page! Straight from the heart.....

05.03 | 09:43

It's Grading day people!!! Good luck to all and hope you enjoy yourselves

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