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Black Belt Attitude School

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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.


102 Batesville Road, Suite A & B, Simpsonville, SC 29681

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Master Daniel Madriaga and Mrs. Lorena Ausa Black Belt Attitude School

Hi, we're Master Daniel Madriaga and Mrs. Lorena Ausa.


We remember when we were children, feeling uncertainty about beginning martial arts. We wondered if we had what it took to succeed and we weren't the most athletic or confident child - quite the opposite. Little did we know that beginning our martial arts journeys would be one of the most profound experiences of our lives!

When we opened our school in 2011, we made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of Simpsonville and Greenville 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 routine or reached a plateau in your performance or personal development results. ATA Martial Arts for adults is the perfect alternative to a boring 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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Black Belt Attitude School Five Forks

Our Facility

• Large Main Training Area 
• High-Quality Mats for Maximum Safety
• Climate-Controlled Training Room & Waiting Area
• Open Seating for Parents & Spectators
• Equipped for Special Events Such as Workshops, Parties & Seminars

What Makes Black Belt Attitude School 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 Black Belt Attitude School 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


This school was opened on September 6th of 2011 and is the first ATA School in Greenville, SC. At this moment, the school has more than 230 active students and more than 40 Black Belts. Black Belt Attitude School has their own DEMO TEAM that consists of 2-4 members from each BBAS school, and the demo team training takes place every Friday at this location with Master D. Madriaga in charge of it. This School has over 60 Student that have earned State Champ titles from 2012 through 2016 in Sparring, Forms, Combat Weapons, Weapons, Extreme Martial Arts (XMA), and Creative martial arts. Also, this school has District Champion students and World Champion students.


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. 

Taekwondo developed thousands of years ago and has since spread internationally to become one of the world's most successful and popular martial arts. It is often explained that Taekwondo is the “Kicking Art.” It is known for its dynamic ability to use our kicks as our primary self-defense tool. The philosophy is quite logical, use your strongest limbs to defend yourself, and be faster than anyone else while doing it.

Taekwondo 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. 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.


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 Daniel Madriaga

    Master Daniel Madriaga

    Head Instructor/Owner

    7th Degree Black Belt

  • Mrs. Lorena Ausa

    Mrs. Lorena Ausa

    Certified Instructor/Manager

    5th Degree Black Belt

  • Ms. Belen Madriaga

    Ms. Belen Madriaga

    Head Instructor/Manager

    4th Degree Black Belt

  • Mr. Mason Cohen

    Mr. Mason Cohen

    Head Instructor

    2nd Degree Black Belt

  • Ms. Leah Rutherford

    Ms. Leah Rutherford

    Head Instructor

    3rd Degree Black Belt

  • Mr. Jinay Vora

    Mr. Jinay Vora

    Head Instructor

    2nd Degree Black Belt

  • Ms. Sitara Epting

    Ms. Sitara Epting

    Assistant Instructor

    3rd Degree Black Belt

  • Ms. Rachel Rutherford

    Ms. Rachel Rutherford

    Assistant Instructor

    3rd Degree Black Belt

  • Ms. Nahomy Valencia

    Ms. Nahomy Valencia

    Assistant Instructor

    Color Belt

  • Mrs. Petra Epting

    Mrs. Petra Epting

    Program Director


  • Deric Shuman


    1st Degree Black Belt

  • Erica Goldt


    1st Degree Black Belt

  • Ms. Rebecca Cohen

    Program Director

  • Patrick Canavan

    Program Director and Assistant Instructor

    1st Degree Black Belt

  • David Garces


  • Brendan Cohen


    3rd Degree Black Belt

  • Melanie Madriaga


    2nd Degree