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John Wright - Collecting Towels & Blankets for Animals in Need and Breaking Boards to Raise Funds for Team PRIDE and the H.U. Lee Foundation

ATA Leadership NOW

Leading The Songahm Way


Because I'm in the Leadership program at my ATA school, my Instructor asked me to think of a way to serve others in my town. I decided to pick up trash at a park near my house so that kids like me would have a clean place to play. My Mom and Dad and even my little brother helped. It was kinda gross, but I had fun. I really like helping people!
– Paxton Thomas, Yellow Belt, 9 years old

Leadership Profiles

John Wright

Showing the Way as Father, Pastor, Black Belt, Community Leader

Parents looking for a fun, personal way to engage and communicate with their kids often find themselves putting on a dobok and learning martial arts right along with them. Sharing the experiences of mental and physical growth in the same classroom gives them a common vocabulary and framework for discussing their values and aspirations. Bonding with his son, Devin, was the initial motivation for Mr. John Wright's foray into Songahm Taekwondo, and the two have advanced considerably both in the martial arts (the two are currently 1st Degree Black Belts) and in their relationship. But as often happens when adults start training and realizing various benefits, Mr. Wright found himself motivated to use his well-developed leadership skills to help others learn traditional Taekwondo! Master Schreiber describes him as "a fantastic assistant instructor" and also commends the positive influence Mr. Wright has on his community as a pastor, father, volunteer, and respected leader.

Songahm Changes Lives – Team PRIDE Extends Its Reach

Team PRIDE tuition assistance students often dedicate themselves to Songahm Taekwondo with such enthusiasm and diligence that in time they become some of the school's best leaders. They work hard and practice Songahm life skills in their personal, professional, educational and social lives, extending positive influences into needful places far beyond the dojahng. It is our pleasure to highlight a few of Master Jordan Schreiber's most accomplished students, who repay the kindness of Team PRIDE assistance with achievement and honor in their lives, and with true leadership in their schools and communities.