About Our School
Bloomington ATA Family Martial Arts Academy, located in Bloomington, IN is dedicated to providing the best quality Martial Arts Program, with a state-of-the-art facility, a nationally certified instructional staff–that will provide for the needs of our members with exceptional customer service—and a comprehensive Martial Arts Curriculum.
Our goal is to inspire each and every member to achieve Black Belt Leadership Excellence through goal setting, life skills, and positive role models. We will provide a safe, fun, and positive learning environment based on high goal setting and a positive mental attitude for students of all ages while fostering growth in our students’ personal development both physically and mentally.
We do all this in a family owned, operated, and orientated, modern martial arts academy, dedicated to providing the best instruction, programs, and environment for our students. Our goal is that all of our family members—from our littlest (4-6 years of age) to our school aged kids to our teens to even our adults—can find a program that will meet their needs and develop them for the future.
Mr. Shane Bosstick began his martial arts training in 1985 under the direction of Chief Master Phillip Minton in Terre Haute, IN. He has continued to train under the direction of Chief Master Minton for the last 28 years. Mr. Bosstick is currently a 4th Degree Black Belt in Songahm Taekwondo and is actively working toward 5th degree Black Belt.
Mr. Shane Bosstick began his martial arts career when he was 11 years old, when his mother enrolled him because he was struggling in school and lack of confidence. Due to his martial arts training, Mr. Bosstick quickly overcame his struggles in school and lack of confidence. When Mr. Bosstick was 14 he earned his Black Belt as well as beginning high school. He had gone from being over three years behind in reading to being placed in Honors English where he excelled. Mr. Bosstick directly contributes his success in school, growth in confidence, and success in life due to his martial arts training.
Mr. Bosstick has continued to expand his martial arts skills and training. He has sought out many certifications in martial arts weapons, including nunchuks, short stick, staff, sword, broadsword, and kama. In addition, he has sought out certification for other martial arts skills to add to his skill base, including Pressure Point Control Tactics, Joint Manipulations, Yusul (throws & ground fighting), Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention, Child Abduction Prevention & Awareness, and Bully Prevention. Most recently, January 2013, Mr. Bosstick has become a certified Krav Maga Instructor to add a modern self-defense system in addition to the traditional martial arts for his students to learn. All of this training has been to add skills, but more importantly to provide a complete set of skills for his students.
Mr. Shane Bosstick is also happily married to co-owner of the Academy, Mrs. Melissa Bosstick. Mrs. Bosstick began her martial arts training in 2000, under the direction of Chief Master Minton, and is now a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Songahm Taekwondo. Mr. and Mrs. Bosstick have four children, all of which have earned their Black Belts as well. We believe that a family that kicks together will grow, develop, and stay together.
Why Choose Bloomington ATA Family Martial Arts?
There are a few simple things that make a good martial arts school a great one. We work our hardest every day to fulfill those things, and give our students the best experience we possibly can. Here’s what it takes, and what you can expect when you walk through our doors for the first time:
Knowledgeable, Passionate Instructors
When hand-picking our instructors, we look for a few key traits: passion for martial arts, passion for teaching, a great personality, and expertise. Our instructors truly care about you and your experience. They’re here for every question you have and every challenge that arises.
They’ll push you to try your hardest, and motivate you to surpass your limits. Nothing beats having a great teacher – and we have the best.
A Sense of Community
Finally, it takes the right people to make an amazing community. The environment of our school attracts people who are open-minded, enjoy socializing with one another, and enjoy having fun. The parents whose kids train with us are caring and supportive. The adults who train with us are kind and fun. It’s like a family here, and we’d love for you to become a part of it.
LISTEN TO WHAT OUR HAPPY PARENTS ARE SAYING
I started ATA Black Belt Academy because my friend Nick invited me. I wanted to be a Black Belt. The kindness and positive feed back from my instructors helped build my self-esteem with phrases like “I’m a great kid” and “do the right thing” I also learned self control, achieved goals in school. I became Continue Reading