What We Believe



As your childs' first teacher, you play a big part in how well your son or daughter does in school.




We invite you to work with our Instructors to help students get all they can out of their growing years.




  • Have the power to learn

  • Are curious & creative

  • Can succeed


   Tri-State ATA Martial Arts Academy and Karate for Kids was founded in 1986 by Sr. Master Marge   Templeton, 7th degree Black Belt Certified Instructor.

Instructors go through a rigorous 3-year training program through the ATA to become certified instructors.  Certified Instructors within our school include:

           Sr.Master Marge Templeton - 7th degree Black Belt Certified Instructor
           Marsha Gerkin - 5th degree Black Belt Certified Instructor
           Linda Howe - 4th degree Black Belt Certified Instructor
           Jay Ratcliff - 3rd degree Black Belt Certified Instructor
           Ron Eikelberger- 3rd degree Black Belt, level 1 Trainee Instructor                                     
           Heather Wardwell- 3rd degree Black Belt, level 1 Trainee Instructor 

​           Hunter Wardwell- 3rd degree Black Belt Trainee Instructor

          Jen Vansickle - 2nd degree Black Belt Trainee Instructor 

          Jeff Porter- 2nd degree Black Belt Trainee Instructor 

          John Brooking- 2nd Degree Black Belt, level 2 Instructor

Many of our students, regardless of age or rank, train and compete in regional and national tournaments.  Some of our students have earned Kentucky State Champ and World Champ titles.  However, everyone is a winner when they enter competitions. 
About Taekwondo
Like any martial art properly taught and properly practiced, Taekwondo is a non-agressive and ethical system of self-defense. 

Taekwondo developed from humble beginnings over 1,000 years ago and has since spread internationally to become one of the world's most successful and popular martial arts. Its practitioners enjoy physical and mental discipline, as well as excellent fitness and the ability to defend themselves if necessary. Taekwondo is not only a combat sport, but is also a way of life for enthusiasts around the globe. 

The word Taekwondo itself is made up of three Chinese/Korean words: Tae, meaning to kick or jump; Kwon, meaning fist or hand; and Do, which means "the way." Loosely (if not literally), it can be thought of as "The Way of the Hand and Foot." 

While famous for its wide range of kicks, Taekwondo also emphasizes breaking power, such as splitting wood and bricks using only the bare hands and feet. Training involves a variety of techniques, to include punching, kicking, dodging, jumping, parrying and blocking. Taekwondo also focuses on sparring and learning formal patterns of movement called forms. 

The style of Taekwondo supported by the ATA is known as Songahm Taekwondo, a style specifically developed over 20 years' time by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee to make it accessible to anyone willing to learn, and to truly reflect Taekwondo and the strength and beauty of its kicking techniques.