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Sepulvedas ATA Martial Arts
Sepulvedas ATA Martial Arts

Sepulveda's ATA Martial Arts

Creating Tomorrows Leaders through Martial Arts

Our Story


We are Sepulveda’s ATA Martial Arts a proud member of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) We have been serving Lake City since 1991, and have been voted “The Best of the Best” karate school for 22 consecutive years. Established in 1969, our ATA family has grown to over one million men, women, and children, training in Songahm Taekwondo, with more than 4,000 schools and clubs across the United States and many more throughout the world.

When you enter our classroom, the focus of your training is not only on physical strength and growth, but also on important skills that will help lead to personal successes in your life. Our training philosophy is based on two main concepts; positive mental attitude and high goal setting. Over the years, the ATA has come to realize that there are many reasons for studying Songahm Taekwondo, and we have worked hard to develop programs that will help realize the goals of our students. Individual attention is a feature of each and every class, allowing you the opportunity to progress quickly and confidently. Your training will be customized to ensure that you receive the best instruction to develop and master your martial arts and self-defense skills, while optimizing your physical fitness levels.

Our Instructors

Master Robert Sepulveda



Master Sepulveda is our school owner and Chief Instructor! 

He holds the rank of 6th degree Master Instructor and has been training in Martial Arts for over 50 years!

Mr. Rick Redding


 Mr. Rick has been training with Master Sepulveda for more than 25 years! He holds the rank of 5th degree Black Belt and is one of our level 3 certified Instructors! 

Mr. Laurence Whitmore


Mr. Whitmore is currently a 4th degree Black Belt and level 3 certified instructor. He holds numerous State and District Championship Titles!

Mr. Jesse Braden


Mr. Braden is a 3rd degree Black Belt and level 2 certified Instructor. He has been training with the ATA since he was 4 years old!

Mr. Nick Roberts


Mr. Nick started training with Master Sepulveda back in 1995 and after a long break returned to continue is training. He is currently a 1st degree Black Belt and level 1 certified instructor! 

Mr. Brody Green


Mr. Brody is a 3rd degree Black Belt and Trainee Instructor. He specializes in forms and weapons and helps lead the Demo Team!

Our Programs

Karate for Kids (Ages 7-14)


“Every Kid is a Winner! Every Kid is Special!

The Karate for Kids program was developed to teach important life skills alongside martial arts training, such as confidence, discipline, and respect.  It’s no secret that kids who train in martial arts typically have better self-esteem, grades, and can defend themselves (mentally or physically) against bullies. 

All of these things combined create a dynamic and effective program where students are constantly pushed to do their best and focus on achieving their goals!

ATA Tigers (Ages 4-6)


 In addition to our internationally recognized Karate for Kids program, we offer the Taekwondo for ATA Tigers program. The ATA Tiger program was developed specifically for preschool age children ages 2 through 6. This program offers children a strong foundation in essential character qualities such as courtesy, respect, and discipline. In addition, the program is designed to improve children's motor skills and enhance their ability to pay attention and follow directions. All classes are taught using the most safe, fun, and exciting instruction methods available for this age group. This program works in conjunction with the Karate for Kids program, thereby emphasizing the same important monthly themes and value system 

Songham Taekwondo



Students of all ability and fitness levels enroll in our adult program with a similar goal:

  • To stay physically fit
  • Learn how to defend themselves
  • Become a part of a team training environment.

As a group, our adult students train hard and work to achieve their goals; as individuals, we help them to reach personal standards of fitness and confidence they didn’t think possible.  Improved cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and coordination are just some of the benefits our teen and adult students enjoy.  Students also see an increase in their confidence with self-defense training and have better self-esteem.

Krav Maga


 Krav Maga is a simple, effective system that emphasizes rapid responses, practical techniques that work for all body types and sizes, and realistic training scenarios. Students learn to deal with almost any violent or threatening situation through the use of hand-to hand combatives, improvised weapons, dirty fighting or simply knowing when to escape danger by running away.  It’s combat for the modern world. Krav maga is the  fighting system of the Israeli Defense forces. 



 XMA stands for Extreme Martial arts.  This program is a combination of various martial arts styles blend together.   Your child will learn to perform martial arts with an intense attitude with gymnastics and an acrobatic twist. 

Homeschool Fitness


 The Homeschool Martial Arts and Fitness Program is a fun way for your child to meet P.E. mandates set by the State of Florida.  This day-time class is versatile enough to provide age-appropriate physical education in a convenient and safe location. 

ATA Combat Systems



 Protech training is, The American Taekwondo Associations advanced martial arts training, including weapons training and highly specialized self-defense tactics and principles. The Protech system is based on centuries-old martial arts techniques, adjusted for effectiveness through the knowledge provided by modern day science and advanced teaching principles. This type of training will provide a more extensive martial arts knowledge, increase one’s self-defense skills, build upper body strength, and improve eye-hand coordination

Joint Manipulation & Throwing Techniques

This course combines joint manipulation, Hapkido & Aikido techniques.  It is perfect for the student who would like to learn techniques like Steven Segal uses.  We also feel this program will be of interest to all students trying to broaden their personal training and knowledge. 

Ground Fighting

A good martial artist can fight standing up or from the ground.  Many self-defense situations end up on the ground where the kicking and punching of Taekwondo are not always effective.  Learn the techniques that can help you win the battle on the ground. 

Street Self Defense

Street Self Defense teaches you the most effective blocking and striking techniques for self-defense on the street. Based on Muay Thai Boxing techniques, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to defend themselves on the street.

P.P.C.T (Pressure Point Control Tactics)

P.P.C.T (Pressure Point Control Tactics) is the original course offered by Protech training Systems used primarily for work in conjunction with local law enforcement.  It includes the secrets of “one touch knockout points” and “principles of control.” This program has been legally, medically and tactically researched to put it on the forefront of control tactics.  It is currently used by many law enforcement agencies. Course was developed and instructors are certified through Bruce Siddle. 

S.H.A.R.P (Sexual Harassment Assault & Rape Prevention)

S.H.A.R.P (Sexual Harassment Assault & Rape Prevention) includes three sections of training .This is a great self-defense for women in the workplace. Instructors are certified through course creator Bruce Siddle 



Ssahng Jeol Bong (Nunchucku)

The Ssahng Joel Bong course was developed primarily for all of our “Karate for Kids”, but many of the adult students have shown interest as well.  It gives students a solid foundation in the basics of the Ssahng Jeol Bong and helps them understand how this exciting weapon works.  The material taught in the course is taken from several different backgrounds, pulling the best and most effective techniques from each.  As with other weapons, the benefits include improved upper body development, better hand-eye coordination, increased concentration and a great deal of fun. 

Jahng Bong (Long Staff)

This course offers one of the most effective long-range weapons used in early Korea. It is a combination of Chinese, Korean and Japanese techniques, which allows us to use the best of each style. Besides learning this beautiful weapon, the benefits include increased self-defense skills and tremendous upper body strength, as well as improved concentration, coordination, focus and self-confidence. 

Gum Do (Samurai Sword)

Our Gum Do course includes instruction on fundamentals, forms, sword cuts (cutting techniques) and defenses (combat drills) Beginners practice with the wooden training sword to develop fundamentals. Advanced practitioners train with both the wooden training sword and the forged steel sword. 

Ssahng Nat (Kamas)

Ssahng Nat are used as a double weapon with both hands. 

Bahng Mahng Ee (Stick Arnis)

Bahng Mahng Ee highlights the most popular techniques of the Filipino stick fighting systems, as well as incorporates aspects of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese martial arts. 

Sam Dan Bong (3 Sectional Staff)

Sam Dan Bong  the three-section staff is one of the most difficult and versatile weapons within Taekwondo. More prevalent in Northern Systems, the three-section staff can be used as both a close-quarters weapon, a trapping weapon and as along-range flexible whip-like weapon.

Weapons Continued


Jee Pahng Ee (Cane)

 The Jee Pahng Ee is a highly effective weapon that can be taken anywhere because most people view it as a walking aid completely unaware that the cane can be used as a weapon. The shaft of the cane is swung, using centrifugal force to generate powerful strikes.  The curve of the crook and the walking end can be used for thrusts, and the crook of the cane is used to hook wrist and ankles.

Oh Sung Do (Broadsword)

Oh Sung Do  patterned after the Chinese broadsword and is used for slashing and chopping. The Oh Sung Do blade is moderately curved and single-edged. Its handle curves in the opposite direction as the blade to improve handling. In addition, colorful scarves are attached to the handle. In China most martial arts schools still train extensively with the Oh Sung Do, seeing it as a powerful conditioning tool and a versatile weapon, with self-defense techniques transferable to similarly sized objects more commonly found in the modern world. 

Spontaneous Knife Defense

 The Spontaneous Knife Defense course is taken primarily from Filipino knife system and offers an inside look at how people use knives, as well as the most effective way to survive a knife attack.  It will also cover knife training, knife stance, analysis of knife cuts and cutting targets.  Instructors are certified through course creator Bruce Siddle.

Filipino Whip

Filipino Whip- Pambuan Arnis is a Classical Arnis System from Santa Cruz, Laguna, Philippines. Ama Guro Raffy Pambuan inherited his family's system of Arnis from his father Lolo Guro Isidro Pambuan. He brought the art with him from the Philippines in 1983 when he moved to the United States. In 1993, he was convinced to begin teaching his art to a select group of students. In 1996, Ama Guro was inducted into the World Head of Family Sokeship Council. Today, he continues to teach a small group of dedicated students. 

Single Stick, Double Stick & Disarming

Single Stick, Double Stick & Disarming highlights the most popular techniques of the Filipino arnis and escima ( stick fighting) systems, as well as incorporates aspects of Japanese, Chinese and Korean martial arts.  The stick course gives students the basics for training in just about any weapons system.  It also helps develop hand-eye coordination and is great physical exercise. 

Concealed Weapons

 This class meets the requirement for students to obtain their Florida Concealed Carry License. 

Consist of classroom lecture that covers license protocol's, general do’s and don'ts, legal issues, use of force, basic firearm safety.   The class concludes with a live-fire exercise where students demonstrate safety shooting . 

Students are provided with all necessary license application forms and certificates upon successful completion. 

Classes are taught by an experienced Law Enforcement Officer.



All Ranks and Ages

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All Ranks and Ages


ATA Tigers (4-6)

Juniors Block 1 (White-Yellow Belt  7-14) 

Juniors Block 2-3 (Camo-Red Belt 7-14)

Adults (All Ranks 14-99)

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Black Belts and Demo Team

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Black Belts and Demo Team


Junior Black Belts (7-14)

Demo Team 

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Junior Black Belts and Leadership

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Junior Black Belts and Leadership


Junior Black Belts (7-14)


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Junior Black Belts and Family Class

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Junior Black Belts and Family Class


Junior Black Belts (7-14)

Family Class (All Ranks and Ages)

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Sepulvedas ATA Martial Arts

Sepulveda's ATA Martial Arts, 629 Alachua Ave, Lake City, Florida 32025, United States

(386) 755-1413


Monday - Wednesday: 3pm-7pm

Thursday-Friday: 3pm-6pm

Saturday-Sunday: Closed

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