Adam O’Connor is a 5th Degree Black Belt with the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) and the manager of ATA Martial Arts of Bentonville and Fayetteville. In 1992, O’Connor began his martial arts training in Panama City Beach, Fla. under the instruction of 9th Degree Black Belt, Grand Master Soon Ho Lee. After earning his 1st Degree Black Belt in Songahm Taekwondo in 1993, O’Connor began training to one day be an ATA certified instructor. O’Connor spent 12 years working for some of the ATA’s top school owners including 8th Degree Black Belt- Chief Master William Clark, 8th Degree Black Belt-Chief Master G.K. Lee and 8th Degree Black Belt- Senior Master Kathy Lee. After nine years of tremendous success with the Lee family in Little Rock, he pursued his dream of operating his own martial arts academies and in 2008, he made the move to Northwest Arkansas.
Since moving to Northwest Arkansas, O’Connor has trained over 400 students in Bentonville and Fayetteville. He’s trained six international Top Ten competitors and two World Champions. In addition to running the martial art academies, O’Connor has also trained multiple police departments in self-defense, knife-defense and gun defense. He has also been involved with training military and Blackwater personnel. He is also certified in Olweus Bullying Prevention, Kidz’n Power Stranger Safety and Cage Fitness.
Among his many martial arts awards, O’Connor is a three time ATA World Champion. He won his first world title in 2000 as a 3rd Degree Black Belt in traditional forms and most recently, he was named the 2011 World Champion in sparring and Xtreme weapons. He has also won over 30 State Champion titles in Arkansas. In its first year of operation, the Bentonville ATA School was named “Rookie School of the Year” by ATA’s headquarters and has been a “Top Ten” national school each year since. In 2011, under O’Connor’s leadership, ATA Fayetteville was also named a Top Ten school.