Excel Martial Arts Warrenton, MO

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The Karate for Kids program is a Martial Arts Program specifically designed for children ages 7-12

Karate for Kids

Respect, discipline, focus and confidence--these are the qualities that can help your child excel in the classroom and at home.  Our Karate for Kids students are typically between the ages of 7 to 12.  Our students are encouraged to personally grow while maintaining a positive attitude, setting goals, and persevering through challenges.

Some of the reasons parents and students love the ATA Karate for Kids Program:
  • Karate for Kids provides comprehensive Songahm Taekwondo instruction customized to be fun, yet fulfilling for each child to consistently progress.
  • Students experience increased self-esteem through physical activity, fitness, and personal victories.
  • Each student is encouraged through achievement with our reward system which recognizes outstanding performance on and off the mat.
  • We want all of our student to excel socially and academically.  It's this type of personal victory that allows our students to strive for the next belt time and again.
  • Because Taekwondo is an individual sport, each student is an active, valuable part of each class.

For school aged students, the Karate for Kids program is great for development during a time when they are searching for identity and learning more independence. 

Let us know if the Karate for Kids program is right for you!

Check Out the Benefits

Learn Respect

In our school, students learn to bow to their instructors and to their opponents.  Respect and good sportsmanship is instilled from the very first lesson.

Instill Discipline

Overcoming obstacles and achieving the unthinkable requires extreme self-control and the ability to focus on the long-term.

Build Confidence

Progressing through ranks and achieving mental, physical and emotional growth builds confidence in children of all ages.

Focus and Attention Span

Martial arts teaches proper breathing techniques and a state of awareness that hones focus in even the most hyper-active of children.

Self Defense and Personal Safety

Bullying awareness and defense against predators empowers children and can even save lives.

Great Exercise

Did you know 1 in 3 children and teens age 2 to 19 are considered overweight or obese?  Find a physical activity your child can fall in love with!  Encourage your child to be active and live a healthy lifestyle.

Deal with Anxiety and Stress

Effective breathing techniques, structure, focus and improved concentration allow young martial arts students to calmly deal with stress.

Teamwork and Social Skills

Training as a team and participating in team-based curricular activities help build character and essential social skills in children.

Conflict Resolution

While it may seem counter-intuitive, most martial arts teach children how to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence.

Balance and Posture

Poor balance and posture can lead to cramped organs and other unhealthy developments.  Focus on these areas also improves fighting technique.


Focusing on body awareness and breathing helps develop coordination allowing children to excel in many other activities.


The memory and retention drills students go through develop memorization that benefits children in school and in their day-to-day life.


We are the only Martial Arts School in Warren County that can provide access to ATA's World Class Tournament Circuit.  Tournaments are controlled environments that allow practitioners to display and improve their skills in a safe environment.  Tournaments allow our members to meet new people, make new friends, put nerves to the test, and practice good sportsmanship and respectful behavior. 

To maintain fairness and safety, all divisions are separated by age and rank.  Sparring divisions are also divided by gender.  Special ability divisions are available as well.

All of our students start out in the ATA Novice rings (recreational level competition).  Depending on a student's interest level, and willingness to commit time to training and travel, a student may be invited to the Leadership or Legacy Program and begin competing at a Competitive Level.  Leadership and Legacy Students are eligible to compete for State, District, and World Level Champion Titles.

There is a HUGE Martial Arts community outside of Warrenton, and tournaments are a great way to get involved and see the bigger picture.


Bullying at School is a Real Problem

Bullying is a very real problem in most schools and most communities.  Martial Arts can be part of the solution.

It is well known that Confidence and Awareness are key to preventing bullying.  Well let me tell you...

There's No Confidence like Self Defense Confidence! 

Knowing that you know how to protect yourself, if need be, is often all it takes for a bully to decide to pass you by and pick on someone more vulnerable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child face a risk for injury with martial arts, karate, tae kwon do?

Our program is extremely safe. We have measures upon measures in place to insure that your child will stay safe, and have a great time. From stretching to warmups to very close supervision - we've got your child covered. Injuries do happen sometimes - but they're quite rare.

Can my child still participate in martial arts, karate, tae kwon do if he/she is not athletic?

Yes! In fact, martial arts is kind of a beacon of light for kids who just don't fit into team sports. Kids who never could throw a ball well or run fast find that martial arts is accessible to them. It's something they excel at, and as a result, their confidence soars. Is martial arts, karate, tae kwon do fun for children? Absolutely! In fact, kids usually have to drag their parents to martial arts class - something parents are always shocked to see. We have our serious moments here where kids work and learn... but we have just as many moments where they goof off and have a blast!

Will martial arts, karate, tae kwon do improve my child's confidence?

Yes! Martial arts is a powerful source of confidence for kids. They practice hard and learn techniques in order to advance through the ranks. And as they advance, they fill with pride. After all, they're the ones doing all the work - so they feel all of the accomplishment whenever they learn a new move... achieve a new belt... or get praise from their fellow students and instructors.

Will martial arts, karate, tae kwon do teach my child to be hostile and aggressive?

Absolutely not. Children learn a lot about what it means to be respectful and polite here. As a result, kids who weren't violent in the first place become even more respectful and kind. Kids with behavior problems often become very respectful and calm.

What makes Excel Martial Arts Different from other Taekwondo / Karate / Hapkido Schools?

  • Our school is accredited by the country's largest martial arts organization, the ATA.

  • 130,000 plus 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.  Each instructor has passed a background check.

  • Rank earned at our school is recognized and honored by more than 1200 other Martial Arts Schools in the U.S.

  • Only school in the Warren County area that can provide access to ATA's World Class Tournament Circuit.

  • Training, Seminar, and Networking opportunities available with Elite World Renowned Martial Artists via ATA's vast industry connections.

Warrenton, MO Location


 Excel Martial Arts is independently owned and operated by the Van Horn Family of Warrenton, MO. 

phone: 314-83E-XCEL   314-833-9235
facebook: ata.warrenton

Located at Highway 47 & East Booneslick Road, Warrenton, MO 63383

Within walking distance of Warren County R-3 Daniel Boone Elementary and Black Hawk Middle School. If you live in Warrenton, Truesdale, Pendleton, Innsbrook, Wright City, Jonesburg, Foristell, Hawk Point, Holstein, Hopewell, Pickney, Treloar, New Truxton, Truxton, Marthasville, High Hill, Cappeln, Prices Branch, Troy, Moscow Mills, Flint Hill, Wentzville, New Melle, Femme Osage, Old Alexandria, Dutzow, McKittrick, Hermann, Rhineland, Bridgeport, Case, Bellflower, New Florence, Gilmore, Josephville, Washington, Ethlyn, Lake St. Louis, Montgomery City, Danville, Mineola, or Wellsville, then you are close enough to train with us!

Reviews (see more)

Stephanie / James B 

The Van Horns have been wonderful with our 5yo. They are very well structured and have a great system for their beginners to succeed. If you are considering martial arts for your little one this is our first choice in the area. Even amidst the quarantine they have adapted and created videos online for the Tigers and we do Zoom sessions every week with them live. Our son is loving it even from home. They’ve gone above and beyond.


Casey Williams

I can’t say enough positive things about Excel Martial Arts and the Van Horn team. I have 3 children (4,4,9) enrolled as students and I cant believe the difference in their composure, attitude, confidence, and outgoing ness. After only two lessons my oldest decided that she wants to be a world champion. Big dreams, but much healthier than the majority of other things she could be aspiring to!

Would recommend Excel to everyone who has an interest in learning TKD. The staff is phenomenal, the other parents are great, and the location is perfect.

Thank you Mrs: Van Horn & family!

Vincent Travisano

Highly recommend Excel Martial Arts | ATA Martial Arts | Warrenton, MO for their outstanding dedication to their students. Instilling knowledge, work ethic, camaraderie and discipline in their daily lives, while having a genuinely fun experience....Bravo!


I absolutely love Excel Martial Arts. Their instructors are very good and take the time to really learn each student's needs and abilities. They are very patient and work to make sure each and every individual is learning the curriculum and don't feel overwhelmed. "They have helped me feel confident, learn self discipline, respect, and improve me as a person",(from the mouth of my 10 year old).
As a parent, I also feel that my child is in good hands and they let all of us parents watch and answer any questions we may have. My personal experience has always been positive and I feel my daughter has the best opportunities to grow and EXCEL!
-RF Moellering

Bella C

Excellent family oriented martial arts program. They work hard to make sure everyone is comfortable and their needs/concerns/insecurities are addressed. My family recieved support in more ways than I can comment in this review as I have two special needs children and I myself am extremely shy and uncomfortable in a group setting. We are very grateful to have met and been instructed by Amy and Mark and their wonderful children. We would definitely still be actively attending had it not been for a move out of county resulting in too long of a commute. You will not regret deciding to invest in your overall health, mindfulness, and emotional well-being by joining this martial arts program.