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Eldridge's ATA Martial Arts

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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.


1719 State St, LaPorte, IN 46350

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James Eldridge Eldridges ATA Martial Arts

Hi, I’m James Eldridge.


I remember when I was a child, 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 child - 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 opened my school in 2001, I made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of LaPorte by teaching children and adults the confidence, leadership, and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts.

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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Our Facility

• Great Mats for Maximum Safety
• Climate-Controlled Training Room & Waiting Area
• Open Seating for Parents & Spectators
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Men's & Women's Changing Rooms
• Equipped for Special Events Such as Workshops, Parties & Seminars

What Makes Eldridges ATA Martial Arts 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 Eldridges ATA Martial Arts 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


Songahm 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.


Here are the top 5 reasons why a taekwondo program is a great choice for people of nearly every age:

  1. One’s self-esteem is raised. It is an amazing feeling to go from barely knowing how to put on the gi (the actual uniform) to be able to perform skills such as patterns and forms, board breaking, kicking, blocking, striking, and punching. However, as each of these actions is taught-especially when it is children; students are reminded that martial arts are not about the fighting but the discipline and skill used.
  2. Building increased awareness through better balance, coordination, flexibility, and mental acumen.
  3. Improved grades. More exercise and mental engagement from being in a taekwondo program have been shown to actually improve student’s grade point averages.
  4. Taekwondo strengthens one’s body improves health as you condition through using isometric and dynamic tension exercises thus giving you better muscle tone and more strength. It works through using a gradual process that focuses on enhancing flexibility and proper breathing, ultimately resulting in building muscles and sharper reflexes and senses.
  5. Families are often strengthened not just physically- but are connected to each other and gain a greater respect for each other as people. The skills gained in a taekwondo program help to develop patience, confidence, self-discipline, inner calm, and a positive mental attitude. It also results in helping people overcome self-doubt, anger, jealousy, laziness, and bad habits.

Taekwondo programs are a great help to anyone who takes them. No matter your age, your perceived ability to get exercise, your weight or any other factors that you think might be prohibitive, consider signing up for a taekwondo program near your home. Chances are, you will be pleasantly surprised with the results!


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

  • Martial Arts Instructor

    Mr. Eldridge

    Owner/Chief Instructor

    4th Degree Black Belt

  • Mr. Thomas Membrila

    Certified Instructor,Head Instructor, School Manager

    4th Degree Black Belt

  • Ms. Cindy Frank

    Certified Instructor, Jungshin Instructor

    1st Degree Black Belt