Excel Martial Arts Warrenton, MO

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Excel Martial Arts - Warrenton, MO

Martial Arts for Adults & Teens

It's never too late to learn something new.  Whether you are in excellent physical condition, looking to lose weight and get back in shape, or just looking for something new, martial arts offers a variety of options for adult men and women. 

  • High-intensity fitness:  Focus on improving the power, strength, and speed of your body in a way that is both challenging and engaging.  Martial arts utilizes all muscles of the body making it one of the most exciting ways to help get in and stay in shape.
  • Self-defense:  Learn a variety of tactics that are relevant in today's world and can help you feel secure in knowing how to defend yourself and your family in potentially dangerous situations.
  • Character reinforcement:  The moral foundation of Songahm Taekwondo is just as valuable as the physical strength and agility it helps to create.  With the foundations of loyalty, perseverance, respect, and honor, among many others, you will increase your confidence and help refocus yourself both personally and professionally.

Finding a Fitness Routing You Enjoy Should Not Be a Difficult Task

Whether you're interested in physical fitness, self defense, or even an athletic social outlet, our school maintains a safe, positive environment for you to achieve your goals. Staying in shape doesn't have to be dull or routine. As you improve, there are always more challenges ahead to keep you inspired and coming back for more!


Forms are a series of movements that help teach students the proper execution of Taekwond techniques.  These movements include hand and foot techniques, stances, body posture, and chambers (starting position).  Excel Martial Arts teaches the Songahm forms created by Eternal Grand Master H. U. Lee.  They are designed to gradually increase a student's skill from beginner to advanced.  Forms training also improves flexibility, coordination, balance, strength, and endurance.  Traditional Martial Arts have been taught via form memorization, handed down master to master, long before the knowledge was recorded in writing.



Sparring is in its essence the spontaneous application of Taekwondo technique. Sparring aids in learning self-defense, helps students overcome fear, teaches a student to dynamically react and respond to an unpredictable opponent, and is one heck of a workout! Sparring is usually done with light to moderate contact and requires safety gear.

Board Breaking

Board breaking demonstrates that a student's martial arts techniques have power as well as control.  Its sole purpose is to ensure that the student has sufficient strength to make each self-defense technique effective in an emergency.  Board breaking provides a rather unambiguous test of the power and proper technique execution.


Do I need to be in good physical shape to start martial arts classes?

No. In fact, our beginner martial arts class is specifically designed to safely and effectively get you into great physical shape. Our body-conditioning program helps students develop a more toned, flexible, stronger and suppler body allowing them to progress to the next level of training.

Do I need any previous martial arts experience?

Not at all. Many of our best students come to us without any martial arts training, but with consistent practice and hard work they quickly began to see progress.

Will my Rank transfer to other schools?

We are a part of the largest Martial Arts Organization in the world, the American Taekwondo Association. There are thousands of locations world wide, and your rank and training will transfer with you should you ever move. Additionally you are not limited to practicing with the students in your local area, you can train with the worlds best at ATA sanctioned training events and tournaments. You may even train at other ATA affiliated schools while vacationing in other areas. ATA provides stability and quality control to the international network and requires more training and screening for instructors than any other martial arts school in the country.

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.