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We Help Parents Raise Confident Leaders
& Adults Reach Their True Potential!

Since 1969, ATA Martial Arts has provided its members with a road map to success based on
self-defense, confidence and goal-setting skills.

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Eternal Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee

Founder of the ATA

Eternal Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee

In 1968, Korean General Hong Hi Choi (the man responsible for originally standardizing Taekwondo in 1955) met with then Master Haeng Ung Lee (now Eternal Grand Master), who at the time was teaching Taekwondo-Japanese mixed martial arts to his organization of followers. General Choi quickly taught Eternal Grand Master Lee the first 16 Cheon-jee forms of Taekwondo in only 4 days and three nights (this system of forms was the first set of forms developed under the new Taekwondo of Korea).

From this first meeting almost half a century ago, the stage was set for the founding of The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) in 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska by Eternal Grand Master Lee.

DISCIPLINE

Discipline is to obey what is right. Discipline begins with obedience. When we are children we must obey our parents, teachers and mentors, since they are the ones who are responsible to show us the right path.

BELIEF

Belief is having the “YES I CAN” attitude always and no matter what. It is the ability to see the invisible and look beyond the obvious. Belief is our inner power used with our core values towards the fulfillment of our goals.

COMMUNICATION

Communication is how we relate to ourselves and everything around us. It is so important that the success of a society depends on how well it communicates. 

RESPECT

Respecting ourselves means doing things that are good for us. Self-respect also means thinking positively, making the right choices, and caring for our possessions and our personal appearance. When we show self-respect, others learn that they must also treat us with respect.

SELF-ESTEEM

Self-esteem is the joy of being who we are. It describes how we see and value ourselves. We can build our self-esteem by making a choice to see everything in our lives positively. This way, in time, we develop a positive attitude towards life. 

HONESTY

Honesty is the first step to a rewarding life. To be honest is to obey our conscience. It means having the courage to confront the consequences of our actions no matter what price we may have to pay. It is to take responsibility for our actions and to be accountable.

What Makes ATA Schools Different From other
Karate & Taekwondo Schools?

The country’s largest martial arts organization.

130,000 active members and over 1 million students trained since 1969.

Each instructor has passed an intensive certification process based on 40 years of tradition, research and development.

The ATA Promise:

To Train in the
Highest Quality Martial Arts
Program Available

To Focus On
Personal Development
in a Positive Environment

To Offer Programs
Accessible & Enjoyable
by People of Any Age

WHAT IS THE ATA?

ATA International is the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching martial arts to the entire family! With Licensed Locations around the globe, there are over 950 independently owned and operated licensed facilities. Licensees of the ATA have trained over one million students since ATA’s inception in 1969.

Since that first class was taught many years ago, the focus of ATA International has remained the same: to provide students with the highest quality martial arts curriculum available in a fun and positive learning environment that people of all ages can enjoy. Each Instructor is the graduate of an intensive certification process that represents more than forty years of ongoing curriculum research and development.

Your Certified Instructor should be with you every step of the way to help you reach your current individual goals, as well as some new goals you never before thought possible!

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