Our Team

Mrs. Robin Buckingham

Co-Owner and Head Instructor

I am currently a 4th degree Black belt and Co Owner of the ATA Black Belt Acadamy and Karate for Kids in Rapid City, SD. I have been teaching martial arts since 1987.

I am 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). I keep these certifications current by attending classes yearly and by annually in Little Rock, AR Las Vegas NV and Panama City, FL. I truly enjoy being able to make a difference in peoples lives with what I do. Therefore Martial Arts is my job, and my life and my students are not a “hobby”.

Prior to owning the Taekwondo School I ran a day care business which was city and state licensed. I have always been interested in the needs and lives of children and the day care business allowed me to be a stay at home mom for my 2 children Alinda and Jeramy.

Alinda is now in her 30’s and a new Mother. She earned her undergraduate classes at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA and is now a Veterinarian in IA. Jeramy is also in his 30’s now and after graduating from St. Thomas High school in Rapid City, SD he served as an E3 at Quantico, VA as a Naval Corpsman with the Marines. Jeramy then earned his BSN from NAU. He and his wife are currently living in Tucson, AZ where he works at the VA as a wound care specialist.

Rotary and Story Book Island were a main part of my volunteer work. With Rotary I was an active member and past Program Chair for 3 years. I was 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 I have served as Secretary and on two committees; the Planning committee ant the Sites and Grounds committee.

Other groups I volunteer for are the Jr. Achievement and the Character Counts Coalition. I am also a member of the Rapid City Republican Women in the past as there secretary, Ambassadors, Toastmasters, Working Women, and the United Methodist Church.

My current projects are Youth Hunting Adventures where I serve on the board of directors and am also a mentor and a Board Member of Passages for Women which gives a head start and positive support to women coming out of prison.

In my free time I camp, hunt, fish and thank the LORD every day that I can do what I do.

Mr. Mike Buckingham


Mike has been the Co-Owner of ATA Black Belt Academy since 1989. He is a 5th Degree Black belt Certified Instructor and International Judge for the American Taekwondo Association. Mr. Buckingham also does our accounting.