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Hello and welcome to Ch. Master Nakane’s ATA Black Belt Academy. We teach Songahm Taekwondo under the license and direction of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) in Lombard, Illinois. We teach all ages from age 4 and above. We are a family center and we encourage parents to take classes with their children. There are not many activities that families can participate in together—Taekwondo is one.

Martial Arts Taekwondo in Lombard and Aurora


“In victory, be humble. In defeat, be strong. In all things be fair.”
-Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee 

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All of the instructors at Sr. Master Nakane's ATA Black Belt Academy are involved in a rigorous instructor certification process through the American Taekwondo Association, which has one of the most comprehensive instructor training programs in any martial arts style. Be assured that all the instructors and leadership students continue their training to give the students the best possible instruction. All instructors must re-certify on regular basis through regional and national training seminars.
Douglas Nakane – Ch. Master

Douglas Nakane – Ch. Master

8th Degree Black Belt

Chief Instructor, Sr. Master Douglas Nakane has been in the American Taekwondo Association for since 1981.  He had taught ATA Taekwondo at Northwestern University, Evanston campus, for over twenty years, Roycemore Academy, North Chicago Park District, Country Club Hills school district and Head instructor at Western Illinois University to name a few. Sr. Master Nakane has taught self-defense seminars for…

Laura Kapala

Laura Kapala

5th Degree Black Belt

Certified instructor Laura Kapala is the Program Director at the Lombard Academy. After being involved in Kick Boxing, Mrs. Kapala decided to give ATA Taekwondo a try and the rest is history. In addition to teaching at the Lombard Academy, she also brings our ATA Tiger Taekwondo program to several daycare Centers in the Western Suburbs, where she trains pre-school-aged…

Quotes From The Masters

What positive action you take today, will change lives tomorrow

Robert Allemier

9th Degree Black Belt Grand Master

Achievement comes from ideas following through with action

Richard Reed

9th Degree Black Belt Grand Master

Today not possible, tomorrow possible

Haeng Ung Lee

10th Degree Black Belt Eternal Grand Master

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