About ATA Martial Arts in Columbia, South Carolina

Meet Todd Spor

Mr. Todd Spor opened ATA Martial Arts in Columbia, SC January of 2011 after 21 years of military service and 6 years as the Chief Instructor at ATA Black Belt Leadership Academy in Fayetteville, NC for Master Michael Brown.

Mr. Spor is a 4th Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor in the ATA, a Level 6 Commando Krav Maga Certified Instructor, and a Level 1 T.O.P (Law Enforcement) Certified Instructor. He is also certified to teach in many other areas: PPCT, MMA, Weapons, and Martial Arts Instructor Certification to name a few.

Mr. Spor has also received training and certifications in Verbal Martial Arts and Influence, becoming a Bully Expert and Certified Verbal Martial Arts and Influence Instructor through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, as well as the Olweus Bully Prevention method through the ATA Kid’z n Power Bully Prevention and Child Safety Programs.

Mr. Spor started training in martial arts and grappling at age eight. These styles include wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Traditional Krav Maga, Commando Krav Maga, Kenpo, Hapkido, Boxing, Kickboxing and Tai Chi.

Mr. Spor graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland in Information Systems Management and also holds a degree from the Park University in Computer Science.

Continuing education is a high priority. Mr. Spor continues to constantly train and advance physically in Tae Kwon Do, Commando Krav Maga, BJJ and Safety training for all ages. Probably the most important area is the constant improvement of leadership and mentoring skills allowing him to mentor and guide his students, instructors, and staff.

At ATA Martial Arts in Columbia, SC we make a difference. We go way beyond just improving your families’ fitness and self-defense skills. We change lives. Using proven methods of instruction and mentoring of life skills we will create the leaders of tomorrow—today.

Our Goals:
Our programs are designed to develop Leaders. Leaders have confidence, communications skills, discipline, self-control, and know how to set goals and persevere until they achieve them. Here at ATA, Columbia, that is exactly what your family will learn.

Our Columbia, SC Martial Arts programs teach ALL aspects of self-defense. We start with understanding the psychology of both self and aggressor, and then good decision making. When possible, we deescalate the situation so that we never have to use our physical skills. We do this by using our verbal communication and avoidance skills (Verbal Martial arts and Influence). The best self-defense is to not be in a bad situation in the first place.

Bully Prevention:
Regardless of age, people will be involved in bullying situations. These situations may occur at school, on the bus, at the park, at work, or even at home. A major part of our curriculum is to learn how to avoid, prevent, and react to these situations with the appropriate use of force. For the majority of situations, use of physical force is not required; you will need the communication and verbal self-defense skills to deal with them.

ATA Martial Arts in Columbia focus’ on life skills. Student's work on these skills at home, school, work and everywhere else they go, not just at the academy. To promote students must practice and demonstrate progress in these skills alongside the physical skills. Through discipline, structure and by reinforcing good habits, we will develop Strong, Ethical, and Confident Black Belt Leaders; who are always prepared to do their absolute best and are examples for others to follow.

“Hard training requires a lot of physical stamina, but it also builds mental and spiritual strength too. ”

“We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.”

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Interested in taking one of our amazing training programs here at ATA Martial Arts in Columbia, SC? First thing you’ll have to do is pick a program that you are most interested in. Once you have picked a program you can then check out the schedule that is available. You will then have the opportunity to enroll right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials that we have to offer. If you have any other questions or concerns that are not covered under our site please don’t hesitate to give us a call at the academy – (803) 772-9439. We look forward to hearing from you and having you join us here at ATA Martial Arts, located in Columbia, South Carolina.

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