17361 Edison Ave, Chesterfield, MO 63005
(636) 532-4282

Who We Are

About ATA Martial Arts - Chesterfield in Chesterfield, MO

Morgan Shank

Owner and Chief Instructor at ATA Martial Arts - Chesterfield in Chesterfield, 6th degree Black Belt

About ATA Martial Arts

ATA Martial Arts specializes in teaching Martial Arts to kids, teens and adults, as well as having an action-packed Krav Maga program for adults. Our goal is to develop Black Belt Leaders and help you become the best version of yourself that you can be.

ATA Martial Arts has taken the valuable philosophies and proven techniques of martial arts and developed modern programs that EVERYONE can learn – no matter what age,  experience or fitness level you are. All you need is to show up with a positive attitude, a willingness to learn and always do your best. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Martial arts is a VALUABLE tool for life – both on and off the mats. It's something you and your whole family can use to improve every part of your life – on a personal and professional level, at home and at school and in your relationships with family, friends and co-workers.

Our goal is to help you and your family EXCEL and become better, fitter and happier individuals… with every awesome kick and spot-on punch. Yes, learning martial arts can be challenging, but we also make it a lot of FUN so that you can’t wait to come back for more.

We think you’ll love what martial arts does for your body, mind and spirit as you get…

  • A total body workout & superior fitness
  • Tremendous focus, clarity and confidence
  • Increased strength, balance & flexibility
  • Self-awareness, discipline and respect for self and others
  • Peace of mind having powerful self-defense & anti-bully skills

Your Goals Are Our Goals. If you’ve never done martial arts before and you’re a bit nervous about starting, that’s totally ok! Everyone was once in your shoes, even the instructors. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.  

You’ll be in good hands here and you’ll get a ton of support from our highly qualified instructors and friendly students. We will train you at whatever skill and fitness level you are, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. 

Did you see our CRAZY-LOW 100% RISK-FREE Web Special going on - hello savings – but only for a limited time! Classes fill up because it’s such a great deal so be sure to register today.  

Learning martial arts is an excellent way to feel safe in this crazy world we live in. Your kids will become more aware of other people and their surroundings and be able to spot sticky situations, so they can walk away before things get ugly. They’ll also have the courage, confidence and know how skills to protect themselves, if necessary.

Same thing with adults. You’ll feel empowered and confident knowing you have effective self-defense skills and can protect yourself and your loved ones if you’re ever put in that situation.

Read about our awesome instructors below and get a feel for the kind of vibe you’ll see at our school (we think it’s pretty awesome!). We can’t wait to train with you, watch you excel and cheer you on every step of the way!

About Our Instructors

We do more screening and training for our instructors than any other martial arts school in the country – and more than most schools do for full-time teachers. Our full-time certified instructors go through over 300 hours of supervised training, written exams, and safety certifications including CPR training.

Our instructors are nationally ranked and certified through the American Taekwondo Association. The ATA has made its reputation on being the best when training instructors. All teaching methods and course development came from over 40 years of national research and over 1,500 association schools.

Our teaching curriculum is based on the concepts of “positive mental attitude” and “high goal setting.”

Our instructors are always there to help students - both in class and through private lessons. Through the ATA sponsored program of advanced training, our instructors are continuously upgrading their instructional skills.

About Our Founder

Mr. Shank began training in martial arts at the age of nine. His parents started him in martial arts to help build his confidence. Ever since that first class, he has never looked back and is now a 5th Degree Black Belt and has an excellent competition career with numerous Missouri State titles, as well as being a World Top Ten Competitor.

Mr. Shank began teaching martial arts in the ATA leadership program at the age of 15. Since that time, he found that teaching martial arts is his passion. He even taught throughout his time at the University of Missouri and became an Internationally Certified Instructor and a Krav Maga Instructor.

After graduating college, with guidance from his instructor Master Howard, he chose to move to St. Louis and open the first ATA martial arts school there.

Mr. Shank attributes much of his accomplishments to the great discipline and respect that martial arts has allowed him to develop.

He has a great partner, Mrs. Shank. Mrs. Shank began her training in 2007 and is now a 3rd Degree Black Belt. She is a fierce competitor winning World Champ in 2009 and 2010. Together they train their students to be the best. They consistently train top world competitors and help kids have more confidence through the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and Kidz and Power Safety program.

Mr. and Mrs. Shank work together to foster an atmosphere that their students can trust will be make them better people, physically and mentally. They believe that anyone can achieve their goals if they are determined to do the work necessary to achieving those goals.

Mr. and Mrs. Shank have a real passion for using martial arts to change people’s lives. By developing their minds and bodies, the possibilities are endless.

How to Get Started

Come join our Chesterfield, MO Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Birthday Parties, Adult Martial Arts, Krav Maga, and Summer Camp. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (636) 532-4282 if you have any further questions. ATA Martial Arts - Chesterfield hopes to speak with you soon!