The martial arts instructors at Schafer’s ATA are among the most well-trained and respected in the communities of Rohnert Park and Petaluma, and all of Sonoma County. They bring a high level of passion, dedication and skill to help you on the path to success in martial arts.
MASTER NICHOLAS SCHAFER
School Owner & Chief Instructor
6th Degree Black Belt
When I was 12 years old, my parents decided to enroll me in martial arts. Little did they know at the time how much it would change my life and guide me to the person I am today. I walked into the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) as a white belt and found my passion. I never turned my back and have been training now for 25 years. Even after moving while in high school and commuting more than 40 minutes just to continue training, I stuck with it. I knew at an early age that if I ever wanted to be an instructor and own a school someday, I needed to remain focused and have great discipline and perseverance.
Schafer’s ATA Martial Arts began in 2001 in Rohnert Park. We started as a small club in a local community center. We quickly grew to 45 students and it became clear we needed to find a permanent home for our school. In July 2004, we opened our first full-time school and have grown to be the best martial arts school in Sonoma County!
Seeing the need to reach even more families in our community, and at the encouraging of my family, I opened a small club in Petaluma in 2016. Just like my previous experience in Rohnert Park, I was quickly busting at the seems and needed more room. I was running two schools and it was a challenge to make myself available to all of my students every day so we made the decision to merge the two schools at a location that was convenient to Petaluma and Rohnert Park families. It excites me beyond words to design and build my dream school- this is what I was destined to do and I cannot wait to impact more students and help create strong and positive leaders. As an instructor, I am very proud of our students and families. Without their support and dedication, we would not be the school we are today. We have highly trained and motivated instructors who will help you reach your goals, every step of the way.
In the winter of 2012, I was invited by our Grand Master to test for 6th degree black belt in Korea. It was an honor and I am proud to represent ATA and our country internationally.
I encourage you to come in, try a class, make new friends, and become a member of our growing ATA family.
MISS KAITLYN KOLYBAKOS
3rd Degree Black Belt