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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.


316 First Avenue, 50, Kittanning, PA 16201

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Crawford's ATA Black Belt Academy Owner

Hi, I’m David Crawford.


I remember when I was 20 years old and feeling uncertainty about beginning martial arts. I wondered if I had what it took to succeed and I wasn’t the most athletic or confident person - quite the opposite. Little did I know that beginning my martial arts journey would be one of the most profound experiences of my life!

When I took over this school in 1988, I made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of Kittanning by teaching children and adults the confidence, leadership and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts. We proudly operate the oldest continuously opened ATA school in Pennsylvania and have been open since 1974.

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 fun, focused environment. 

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Success Story: Alycia King

Current Training Status & Age: 23, actively training towards 5th degree
Current Tkd status & Rank: 4th Degree Black Belt, Certified Instructor
Personal Achievements: 2013 Summa Cum Laude Graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania Journalism Department, currently a marketing professional in Manchester, N.H.
Martial Arts Achievements: ATA Martial Arts school manager, Multiple State Champion Titles
Goals (martial arts or personal): I plan to pursue my 5th degree black belt and someday open my own school, in the hopes that I am able to provide the same environment to my students that my instructors gave to me, which proved so vital in making me who I am today.

Success Story: Scott Woodford

STARTED AT AGE 13 (1983)
Current Training Status & Age: 45, actively training towards 3rd degree
Current Tkd status & Rank: 2nd Degree Black Belt, Certified Instructor
Personal Achievements: Happily married for almost 20 years with 2 children. Successful law-enforcement officer/ instructor career of 24 years. President of Personal Protection Consultants, Inc. which specialized in law-enforcement and security training and consulting.
Martial Arts Achievements: Black belt at age 15 and certified Taekwondo Instructor at age 18. Proud to have trained thousands of martial arts students, civilians and law-enforcement personnel in martial arts and defensive tactics over the past 25+ years.
Goals (martial arts or personal): I am actively training toward 3rd degree black belt after taking some time off to focus on teaching civilians and law-enforcement officers. I plan to use my business and life experience to help other martial arts students reach their full potential. I am also interested in becoming a school owner, but want to use my business experience to act in a support role to a chief instructor.

Crawford's ATA Black Belt Academy

Our Facility

• 4,000 Square-Foot Facility, 2,500 Sq. Ft. Main Training Area With 9 Foot Ceilings
• Zebra Mats for Maximum Safety
• Climate-Controlled Training Room & Waiting Area
• Open Seating for Parents & Spectators
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Men's & Women's Locker Rooms
• Equipped for Special Events Such as Workshops, Parties & Seminars

What Makes Crawford's ATA Black Belt Academy 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 ATA 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


Songham 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

  • Master David Crawford

    Master David Crawford

    Master Instructor/Owner

    6th Degree Black Belt

  • Mr. Drew Claypoole

    Mr. Drew Claypoole

    Level 3 Certified Instructor

    4th Degree Black Belt

  • Mrs. Lodi Claypoole

    Mrs. Lodi Claypoole

    Level 3 Certified Instructor

    4th Degree Black Belt

  • Mr. Josh Kolesar

    Mr. Josh Kolesar

    Level 3 Certified Instructor

    4th Degree Black Belt

  • Mr. Ben Salsgiver

    Mr. Ben Salsgiver

    Level 3 Certified Instructor

    3rd Degree Black Belt

  • instructor Crawford's ATA Black Belt Academy

    Mr. Anthony Wolfe

    Level 3 Certified Instructor

    3rd Degree Black Belt

  • Mrs. Kim Crawford

    Mrs. Kim Crawford

    Level 3 Certified Instructor

    2nd Degree Black Belt

  • Ms. Beth Smith

    Ms. Beth Smith

    Level 2 Certified Instructor

    2nd Degree Black Belt

  • Quinton Clever

    Mr. Quinton Clever

    Level 2 Instructor

    2nd Degree Black Belt

  • Ava Lattanzio

    Ms. Ava Lattanzio

    Level 2 Certified Instructor

    2nd Degree BB Decided