timeline

  • 1954

    Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee received 1st degree Black Belt.

  • 1956

    Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee begins teaching taekwondo to Korean military.

  • 1961

    Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee meets Chief Master Reed in Korea.

  • 1962

    Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee arrives in the United States and begins teaching taekwondo in Omaha, NE.

  • 1969

    ATA is founded!

  • 1970

    ATA holds the first ever Instructor Camp for a week long in Fremont, NE.

  • 1975

    Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee marries Mrs. Sun C Lee.

  • 1977

    ATA moves to Little Rock, AR and Grand Master Soon Ho Lee opens the first taekwondo school in Milwaukee, WI.

  • 1978

    The first Grand Nationals tournament is held!

  • 1983

    Songahm Taekwondo, created by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee, is first introduced at Leadership Camp.

  • 1986

    The Karate for Kids program begins.

  • 1988

    The first ATA Instructor group travels to Korea.

  • 1990

    H.U. Lee receives title of Grand Master, as well as Soon Ho Lee becomes Sr. Master, In Ho Lee becomes Master Instructor, and the first ATA World Championships is held. 

  • 1994

    ATA travels to space as a patch on the shuttle.

  • 1995

    The first weapons competition is held.

  • 1999

    The first formal Master Candidate Training happens in Red Rock Canyon, NV.

  • 2000

    Grand Master H.U. Lee passes away and becomes Eternal Grand Master. The Founders Council is formed to continue the legacy of ATA.

  • 2001

    Sr. Master Soon Ho Lee is inaugurated as Grand Master. 

  • 2006

    ATA passes the 1 Million member mark of students impacted by Songahm Taekwondo.

  • 2009

    The H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden is erected in downtown Little Rock, AR and serves as a memorial to the work, dedication, and commitment of ATA Founder, Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee

  • 2010

    ATA inducts new Master Council members: Chief Master Michael Caruso, Chief Master Robert Jagar, and Chief Master Cesar Ozuna.

  • 2011

    Inauguration of Grand Master In Ho Lee.

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