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.
There is never a martial art student too young to start their own journey. That’s why at ATA, the foundation of our values and character traits are formed very early in our students. Start your child on the path to confidence, focus and discipline with the ATA Tigers program, designed for preschool and kindergarten aged children. Some of the highlights of this program include:
•ATA Tiger classes provide students with entertaining, exciting training that helps nurture socialization and fine motor skills.
•With custom designed characters, ATA’s youngest students can experience interaction as they set goals to move up in belt rank.
•These small, but mighty, martial artists practice the same Songahm principles as the older students, but with instruction methods best suited for this age group.
•Each student practices goal setting and begins to understand the power of achievement as they move through the ATA Tiger ranks.
•Students are given a fun and engaging environment to learn life skills they will use as they grow into the older martial arts programs.
Let your youngest family member begin taking the steps toward achieving their black belt! It’s never too early to begin practicing confidence!
Black Belt Club
Do you want to be part of an elite group that’s filled with confidence and driven by personal goals? That’s exactly what the Black Belt Club can offer! The ride to achieving this prestigious rank entails a variety of achievements, which are enhanced through our Black Belt Club Program. If you think earning an ATA black belt is in your future, consider this program because of the following:
•Students will have the opportunity to master the teachings of Songahm Taekwondo through personalized training programs dedicated to helping enhance physical abilities and moral characteristics.
•With well-rounded curriculum based on a positive attitude and high goal setting, the Black Belt Club program can provide students the achievement of a lifetime.
•You will further develop a strong martial arts foundation in the basics and begin maximizing your skills on the next level.
•In the Black Belt Club, we are focused on the complete personal development of each student.
•Black Belt Club students will work closely with instructors to build strong character, powerful leadership, and good values.
Students who know that black belt is the goal insight should consider being part of the ATA Black Belt Club.
In ATA, it is our goal to build a generation of leaders who have success far beyond the walls of the martial arts classroom. As part of the Leadership Program, you will be challenged more physically and mentally and will enhance your martial arts experience through the following:
•The six Leadership life skills - Honesty, Discipline, Belief, Communication, Self-Esteem and Respect
•More advanced specialty martial arts seminars and classes
•ATA Xtreme — a fusion of traditional martial arts and creative interpretation
•More opportunities in ATA’s elite competition circuit
•Learning how to be an effective leader in Taekwondo, at home, at school and work
ATA’s ability to shape and mold people’s lives in a positive way has significantly contributed to the success of its members worldwide. If you want to achieve greatness—and help others achieve greatness—maybe the ATA Leadership program is for you!
Through the course of martial arts teaching, there are times when instructors find students who possess qualities of a truly great leader and they know that student has what it takes to rise a step above the other programs offered by ATA. The ATA Legacy Program will take these students to new heights in their martial arts training, character development and managerial skills to assist them in the next steps to success. Want to know if Legacy is right for you? Check out what our instructors have to say about ATA Legacy.
•These students possess leadership qualities needed to create an impressive legacy of their own.
•Eternal Grand Master Lee had a vision to create a pathway for any ATA student to become successful in life.
•Whether you want to be a lawyer, doctor or instructor, this program will plant the seeds to help you succeed in any career or path you desire.
•For those interested in a career in martial arts, this program is essential to providing the necessary tools and resources to guide you through the process.
•ATA Legacy students want to leave something of value to others.
•Legacy means hard work and sacrifices with unparalleled reward.
In a world full of followers, dare to be a leader. Dare to leave your own ATA Legacy.