As an ATA student you will be expected to learn:
- Tae Kwon Do techniques and stances - these get more challenging as you increase in rank!
- Songahm forms - with each promotion everyone MUST learn a whole new form!
- One-step sparring Techniques - techniques get more challenging with each increase in rank!
- Self Defense Techniques - with each promotion more techniques are required!
- Board Breaking
- Weapons training
- Jumping kicks
- Gun, Knife and Carjacking defense techniques (ADULTS ONLY)
You may find yourself asking, what is the difference between ATA and the other styles of Tae Kwon Do that I can go and study? While Tae Kwon Do styles share many traits the biggest and best aspect of ATA is our curriculum. ATA Tae Kwon Do is UNIQUE and CHALLENGING with a flow specifically designed to transition new students though a nine level journey to their black belt and beyond!
During the early years of ATA, the Chahng-hun style of forms (also used by the International Taekwondo Federation) were a part of the curriculum. Although this style was widely accepted in the Tae kwon do community, ATA's Eternal Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee felt that its forms did not adequately reflect the nature of Tae kwon do -- particularly the strength and beauty of Taekwondo kicking techniques. He also believed the forms were not aligned with the rest of the existing curriculum. For example, white belts were expected to know front kicks and side-kicks, but no front kick appeared until the third (yellow belt) form, and there was no side kick until the form after that! ATA Eternal Grand Master Lee then developed and introduced the eighteen Songahm forms giving ATA its signature unique, challenging but well-designed flow to its teachings. ATA has three principle Tae Kwon Do programs oriented towards young children (ATA Tigers), youths (ATA Karate for Kids), and adults (ATA Adults).
Tae Kwon Do is a traditional Korean martial art that can literally be translated into "the way of the foot and fist". This system has its roots in the over 5000 year old history of Korea as it developed from ancient martial art styles "Subak" or "Taekkyon". It encompasses a way to develop the mind and body to ultimately enhance one's spirit and life. You'll often find that during Tae Kwon Do training physical lessons are branched into moral or ethical lessons. Tae Kwon Do teaches that it is important to live a life of honor and control as well as maintaining one's personal strength and physical conditioning. Tae Kwon Do made its Olympic debut at the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul, South Korea and became an official Olympic medal sport in 2000.