Building The Best at Buckingham's ATA Martial Arts

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Established 1989

Buckingham’s ATA Black Belt Academy has been teaching Taekwondo since 1989 coaching students of all ages achieve their goals of discipline, focus and leadership.

Mr. and Mrs. Buckingham are both certified to teach pressure points, knife defense, single and double stick, nanchukus, kamma, bo staff, and SHARP (Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention). They use this training to empower their students and also offer self defense seminars that target specific needs to colleges, businesses, sport teams or women’s groups when asked.

The Karate for Kids and Tiny Tigers programs are the instructional programs for teaching children Martial Arts. By using these programs we can allow a variety of class times for all of our students ranging in ages from 4 to 60+. This also means that by being a full time school with a flexible program we can separate ages and ranks allowing for each individual to learn at his or her own pace while also offering weapons and sparring, or self defense training at the advanced levels of training.

Our unique punch card system allows you to pay for your membership 2 ways (all at once with a 10% discount or monthly for the term of the class credit membership) Basic 45 classes, Black Belt Club 145 classes or Leadership 300 classes. The punch card program and flexibility of schedule encourages students to attend classes as their schedule allows (most come to class 2 times a week ). No worries about vacation, illness or South Dakota weather as its easy and convenient to make up classes any classes not used during the time of the membership still belong to the student and can still be used.

If this is what you are looking for yourself or your child please contact us to let us know how we can help you by calling and leaving a message or emailing us.


  • Tigers

    Monday and Wednesday @ 3:30 PM

    Tuesday and Thursday @ 5:00 PM

  • White and Orange and Yellow Belts

    Monday and Wednesday @ 4:30 PM

    Tuesday and Thursday @ 6:00 PM

  • Cammo and Green and Purple Belts

    Monday and Wednesday starting @ 5:15 PM

    Monday and Wednesday starting @ 4:00 PM **Tiny Tigers Sparring Level**

    Tuesday and Thursday @ 3:30 PM

  • Blue and Brown and Red / Black Belts

    Monday and Wednesday @ 6:00 PM

    Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:15 PM

  • K4K Black Belts

    Monday and Wednesday @ 6:45 PM

  • Teens and Adults All Ranks

    Tuesday and Thursday @ 6:45 PM


Mrs. Robin Buckingham

4th Degree Black Belt

Mrs. B is the Head Instructor and Co-Owner of Buckingham's ATA Martial Arts in Rapid City, SD. She is a 4th degree Black belt and has been teaching martial arts since 1987.

Mrs. B is Certified by the American Taekwondo Association to teach Protech; knife and gun defense, single and double stick, single and double bong mong ee (nanchukus), bo staff, SHARP (Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention). She keeps these certifications current by attending classes yearly and by annually in Little Rock, AR Las Vegas NV and Panama City, FL. Mrs. B truly enjoys being able to make a difference in peoples lives. "Martial Arts is my job, and my life and my students are not a hobby.”

Prior to owning the Taekwondo School Mrs. B ran a day care business which was city and state licensed. She has always been interested in the needs and lives of children and the day care business allowed her to be a stay at home mom for their 2 children Alinda and Jeramy.

Rotary and Story Book Island are a main part of Mrs. B's volunteer work. She is an active Rotary member and past Program Chair for 3 years. She served on the following committees; the Sister City Exchange committee, the 9th Grade Academy committee and, a Story Book Island Board Member. As a Story Book Island Board member Mrs. B has served as Secretary and on two committees; the Planning committee ant the Sites and Grounds committee.

Mrs. B likes to camp, hunt, fish and thank the LORD every day!

Mr. Mike Buckingham

5th Degree Black Belt

Mr. B has been the Co-Owner of Buckingham's ATA Martial Arts since 1989. He is a 5th Degree Black belt Certified Instructor and International Judge for the American Taekwondo Association.

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5 out of 5 stars

Great instruction in Taekwondo and life skills. My son and daughter have been regular attenders for a few years and we are very happy with their experience. The Buckingham’s are fantastic instructors!

Lyn W.