Welcome To Vertical Taekwondo

Character, Community Excellence

Welcome to Vertical Taekwondo, where we’re all about practical martial arts training and personal development. Our dedicated instructors focus on real-world techniques, physical fitness, and character-building.

Training Place

1159 NE Rice Rd. Lees Summit, MO 64086

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As a parent, I can also vouch for the excellent children's program offered by Vertical Taekwondo. They not only teach self-defense skills but also promote values like respect, discipline, and humility, which are invaluable life lessons.
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Our mission

Vertical Taekwondo

To support you in your path of self-discovery, personal development, and expertise. Our programs cater to various age groups and skill levels, with a strong commitment to instilling discipline, respect, and resilience, not just within the training arena but also in your everyday life. Join us today and witness firsthand the profound impact of Vertical Taekwondo.

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Our Programs

Proudly Serving Lees Summit, Blue Springs, Raytown, Greenwood, and Independence, MO

At Vertical Taekwondo, we are honored to extend our martial arts excellence to the vibrant communities of Lees Summit, Blue Springs, Raytown, Independence, and Greenwood, Missouri.


The Little Dragons Program at Vertical Taekwondo works with ages 4-6 years old. This program is more than a sequence of classes; it's a transformative journey for young minds while Implementing focus

YOUTH - 7 - 11

The Youth Program at Vertical Taekwondo is designed to inspire and guide young individuals toward becoming confident, disciplined, and well-rounded individuals.

TEEN - 12 - 16

Vertical Taekwondo's Teen Program offers a transformative journey for adolescents aged 12 to 16, harnessing their energy and passion into a path of growth and self-discovery.


Vertical Taekwondo's Adult Program is a gateway to self-improvement, empowerment, and holistic well-being for individuals seeking a dynamic and enriching experience.

"Vertical Taekwondo Parents say"

“Mr. Catana is an excellent instructor and is so patient with all of the kids. He does a great job of making sure that his students understand the tenets behind the practice, teaching them to practice respect and self-control in addition to the physical practice. He keeps things moving while still letting everyone have fun. My kids have really enjoyed the lessons and we plan to stick with Vertical Taekwondo!”

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“I've been taking my son to Vertical Taekwondo for several months now and it's been a fantastic experience. The instructor is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about teaching Taekwondo. The classes are well-structured and provide a challenging workout while also teaching self-defense skills. I highly recommend Vertical Taekwondo”

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“My daughter has been attending classes for about six months now and loves it. She's always excited to go and to demonstrate her forms afterwards. We also see a real improvement in her self-control, especially with other groups/classes”

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In the world of Vertical Taekwondo.

We focus on the embodiment of passion, discipline, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

Our journey is an invitation to discover the depths of our potential, harness the power of discipline, and transform our lives through the art that unites mind, body, and spirit. Join us as we continue a remarkable journey and explore a path of self-discovery, growth, and triumph.


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General Questions

Children will learn two sets of skills from Taekwondo. The physical skills like kicking, punching, blocking, and the mental skills like focus, self control, confidence, and listening.

Students take class with an expectation that the first rule is listening and being respectful. But students learn best when they WANT to be in class. Our classes are designed to keep children both engaged and learning, giving them the best of both worlds.

Yes! The three priorities for every class are Safe, Engaging, and Challenging. With safety being the number one priority.

Why would this be any different? Experienced teachers, engaging material, and recognition for success. Martial Arts helps students WANT to build skills, which makes a world of difference.

Students starting at youth Beginner take 4-5 years to earn a Black-Belt. Building the skills for lifelong excellence takes time and effort. Black-Belt is an Incredible achievement and the time it takes reflects that.

Maybe. Sometimes finding the right sport takes a few trys. Many times students who dislike organized, or team sports enjoy Taekwondo more than other sports because its a sport when you get to improve individually instead of being sidelined or punished for not being the top of the team.

We offer classes for every age Monday - Saturday to provide a flexible schedule for busy parents. You can find the exact class times here.

You can schedule your first free lesson here. Or you can reach out to us at 816-500-1197 or email us at info@verticaltkd.com

Classes cost between $39 and $49 a week depending on commitment level.

Yes, self control is one of the core tenets of Taekwondo. Learning to control their minds and bodies is KEY is what we do here at Vertical Taekwondo.

Cost - Free
Event Time- 45 Min
Size 5-15 
For more information contact us at info@veticaltkd.com or give us a call at 8165001197

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We understand that life is busy, so we’ve designed our class schedule to accommodate busy lives while providing dedicated time for growth, training, and self-improvement.