About Us

About Us

About Our School

Welcome to Martial Arts Institute – North we are a community based martial arts school dedicated to assisting our students reach their personal, fitness and martial arts goals since 2011. We are a family owned and operated school founded by Master David Popper and his wife Andrea to provide world class training to our students and community. We offer children’s and adult classes as well as our popular family class where parents and their children can train together! Our popular, state licensed After School and Summer Camp programs provide an amazing alternative to traditional programs offered in the schools and services over 60 families. The newly renovated facility offers over 4000 sq ft of training and seating and onsite parking so space is never an issue.

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David Popper


Master Popper is a 4th degree black belt who loves what he does and it shows. Master Popper has been featured on the morning show KC Live numerous times talking about developing focus and discipline in children with ADHD, personal safety strategies, anti-bullying techniques and many other martial arts related topics. In addition to teaching his regular classes, Master Popper volunteers his time at 18 local elementary and middle schools teaching all of the PE classes at each for a week to introduce students to the world of martial arts.

Why Choose Martial Arts Institute - North?

World Class Training

Master Popper has been training high level athletes for over 15 years and was awarded the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Instructor of the year in both 2014 and 2015. Whether your goal is fitness based or rank oriented, Master Popper can help you achieve your goals and help you set some new ones along the way! Come see the difference a professional staff can make during your martial arts journey.

Unique Expanded Curriculum

Martial Arts Institute – North offers an expanded Taekwondo curriculum, meaning that while our forms and basic techniques are based in Kukkiwon Taekwondo, we have expanded our curriculum to include dynamic self defense, multiple styles of sparring, and a weapons program, all of which adds value that far exceeds the basic curriculum of most schools.

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  • This place is absolutely AMAZING. They are amazing with children and aftercare. I have nothing but positive things to say about this place. They provide extra things like parents night out, free self defense classes for women in addition to the martial arts.

  • Great place! We got to try it out for a week to see if our son would like it, and honestly it’s one of the best things we’ve done.

  • We absolutely love this place. The instructors are all fantastic and patient with the kids. They know the names of everyone single kid and there are quite a few. It is very good for teaching discipline, respect, and responsibility. They also have this great family/ community vibe that is very welcoming and makes you feel comfortable right from the get go.You can tell they really care about the kids and how they are doing not only in class but in general. Would definitely recommend!