Like any martial art properly taught and properly practiced, Taekwondo is a non-agressive and ethical system of self-defense.
Taekwondo developed from humble beginnings over 1,000 years ago and has since spread internationally to become one of the world's most successful and popular martial arts. Its practitioners enjoy physical and mental discipline, as well as excellent fitness and the ability to defend themselves if necessary. Taekwondo is not only a combat sport, but is also a way of life for enthusiasts around the globe.
The word Taekwondo itself is made up of three Chinese/Korean words: Tae, meaning to kick or jump; Kwon, meaning fist or hand; and Do, which means "the way." Loosely (if not literally), it can be thought of as "The Way of the Hand and Foot."
While famous for its wide range of kicks, Taekwondo also emphasizes breaking power, such as splitting wood and bricks using only the bare hands and feet. Training involves a variety of techniques, to include punching, kicking, dodging, jumping, parrying and blocking. Taekwondo also focuses on sparring and learning formal patterns of movement called forms.
The style of Taekwondo supported by the ATA is known as Songahm Taekwondo, a style specifically developed over 20 years' time by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee to make it accessible to anyone willing to learn, and to truly reflect Taekwondo and the strength and beauty of its kicking techniques.
For more information, please use the links to the left, or choose from the convenient list below:
- History: A brief history of Taekwondo, from its humble beginnings to its current place in our world
- Songahm Taekwondo: Why is our style of Taekwondo so special and effective? Find out!
- Belts: Completely lost when it comes to our belt ranking system? Learn how it all breaks down here
- Benefits: Taekwondo doesn't just look cool, it can also help improve your life
- Life Skills: Our Taekwondo helps people learn and master several important skills
The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) is the premier North American organization dedicated to the martial
arts discipline of taekwondo, and is the founding organization of other international affiliates that include the
World Traditional Taekwondo Union (WTTU)
Songahm Taekwondo Federation (STF).
Counting both the U.S. and worldwide, our organizations
1,500 independently owned and
operated licensed schools and clubs,
and have registered over one million students since the
ATA's inception in 1969.
Since the first class was taught many years ago, the focus of Songahm Taekwondo has remained the same: to provide students the highest quality martial arts instruction available in a safe and positive learning environment that people of all ages can enjoy. The instructors combine excellent student instructor ratios with state of the art training facilities. This has helped establish licensed schools and clubs as the leaders in the martial arts industry. Each instructor is a graduate of an instructor program that represents more than thirty years of research and development. He or she will be with you every step of the way to help you reach your individual goals (and maybe even reach some new goals you never before thought possible).
For more info, use the links to the left, or choose from the convenient list below:
Leadership: Learn about the masters who founded our organization and those who shape it today.
Media Gallery: Media and Information.
Join ATA: Get involved in taekwondo; find a school in your area.
Careers: Become an instructor or start a school.
Fast Facts: Facts about ATA
Contact : How to get in touch with us
*NOTE: EACH ATA LICENSED LOCATION IS AN INDIVIDUALLY OWNED AND OPERATED, INDEPENDENT BUSINESS. ATA HQ DOES NOT HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER TUITION CONTRACTS AT THESE LOCATIONS.