youngest son of ATA founder Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee literally grew up in
the organization and now plays pivotal leadership roles. On the brink of
obtaining his Mastership title last summer, Mr. Lee answered intriguing
questions for ATA World, reflecting pride, humility, vision and hope for his
remarkable father’s legacy. Learn more about this accomplished young man and
ever rising star.
Dad decides to physically embody his values for his daughters – and lose nearly
100 pounds in less than a year with ATA’s help. He’s also a champion competitor
and a President’s Challenge winner! ATA World presents his amazing story.
to Miss Monica Dollive of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for earning a brand new
scholarship award from the H.U. Lee Memorial Foundation, and for “choosing to
learn, choosing to lead” in pursuit of a career that will meet the (N)eeds of
(O)ur (W)orld – truly showing Leadership NOW!
Spreads the way of martial arts around the world. Together in global
partnership, Taekwondo devotees commit to the universal language of Songahm. ATA
World explores the past, present, and future of Songahm Taekwondo’s worldwide
impact in this feature article.
ATA World interviewed Chief Master Ozuna recently about his
passion for Songahm Taekwondo and his experiences bringing it to the people of
South American nations and elsewhere. Read his compelling responses in this
An author, Mom, and former deputy prosecuting attorney was
inspired by her 2nd Degree Black Belt daughter, who learned and adopted
leadership life skills through ATA training, to write her second novel for
teens. Discover what she found in the training and in her daughter’s personal
growth that motivated her to include elements of both in her compelling
ATA World Champion and tournament judge Kristy Lipe lets
nothing get in her way – not even cerebral palsy. Read about this young
leader’s determination and victories in an inspiring story from ATA World.
ATA teens who keep up their Taekwondo training use their dojahng skills to stay strong and confident in all aspects of their lives – even during the difficult adolescent years. This generation of leaders is truly ATA Strong! ATA World features several to watch and learn from.
Mr. Miguel Loureiro, 5BD, chief instructor at Shim Jun Songahm Taekwondo School in Lisboa, Portugal, was recently interviewed on leadership by HR Portugal, a major human resources trade journal. He highlighted the importance of Songahm Taekwondo not only for the training of future leaders but also for personal development - "changing the world one black belt at a time."
“…being a leader is not being a bully, not just being in command, but it is a position where we have the opportunity to help others and to contribute actively to the community. For me being a leader is to be someone for the benefit of all.” - Mr. Miguel Loureiro
Here is a PDF of the full interview (in Portuguese):
As featured in the Spring 2013 edition of ATA World, 14-year-old 2nd Degree Black Belt Arturo Escamilla Jr. of Pride Martial Arts in Chula Vista, California, demonstrates his signature move with the Ssahng Nat, a trick which helped him earn second in Creative Weapons at the 2012 Songahm Taekwondo World Championship. His advice: “Focus on feeling the weapon – trying to hear and feel where you are.” The magazine has a step-by-step breakdown, but here’s a live demonstration of the Ssahng Nat Elbow Pop. Thanks to Mr. Escamilla and his instructor, Mr. Sean Berry, for sharing the video on ATALeadershipNOW.com!
Martial Arts dynamo and two-time national champion Miss
Channah Zeitung, age 4, a Leadership color belt student at
Church’s ATA Martial
Arts in San Diego, California, was featured on “Katie’s Wonder Kids,” a special
of Katie on ABC-TV on March 1, 2013. Watch the video clip of Channah and her instructor, Mrs. Trish Church, 5BD. Ms. Couric was officially inducted as an Honorary Black Belt in the ATA. Great job, ladies!
In ATA it’s not about wins, but about learning from your
performance and working toward improvement. (And making friends, too!) Find out
why tournaments make everyone a winner – even without the trophies – in this
article from ATA World.
Rock musician, martial artist, school owner, businessman
and blogger Chief Master William Babin, 8th Degree Black Belt, talks about the
‘Master Skill of Success’ – setting goals and sticking with them – to reach,
achieve, obtain, and become anything we want in life during this recent
interview with ATA World.
In letters sent to ATA World magazine, a young
Leadership member tells about skills that literally were a lifesaver, and a
proud mother describes the amazing progress of her son with autism, now a 3rd
Degree Black Belt!
As candidate for a Doctorate of Philosophy last year,
Master Greg Moody, 6th Degree Black Belt, conducted in-depth field research and
presented his findings in a dissertation on martial arts and bullying
prevention. See what he discovered in this short article from ATA World.
2012 was only the second year for World Champs in Combat Weapon Sparring. And yet, that padded blue Bahng Mahng Ee has powered into our training days. Here’s how it happened and how sparring with a weapon will make you a better martial artist.
Senior Master Mark Sustaire, 7th Degree Black Belt, World Champion competitor and influential school owner, fields questions from ATA World about his martial arts philosophy and amazing career.
More than 50 years have passed since Eternal Grand Master journeyed to the United States to plant the seeds of Songahm Taekwondo. Without his vision and perseverance, the ATA/WTTU/STF would never have grown to reach six continents and change over a million lives!
Use your life skills of courtesy and respect to keep technology in its place. Manners online aren’t that different than in real life.
A Black Belt champion from Georgia survives the first round of auditions for So You Think You Can Dance, while two ATA Black Belts from Nevada and California land starring roles in an independent supernatural martial arts movie now on DVD.
ATA World asked Facebook followers how they are making a difference through their good deeds. Here are some of their responses.
Chief Master Kathy Lee, 8th Degree Black Belt, participates in a Q&A with ATA World about her remarkable career in Songahm Taekwondo.
Twenty years of the H.U. Lee Memorial Foundation has meant more than $750,000 in college scholarships for martial artists around the country. Meet some 2012 recipients and learn why ATA is unwavering in support of this great cause.
Print the page then gather a 6-sided die, some coins, and friends to play this ATA Leadership-themed board game.
He entered the dojahng at age 59. Now, 89-year-old Dr. Harlan Van Over is an instructor and 5th Degree Black Belt, among other honors (like WWII vet). ATA reports on an amazing achiever and inspiration to all.
ATAWorld introduces Mr. Rob Green, 4th Degree Black Belt, from Brandon, South
Dakota, shows outstanding leadership as an ATA Instructor and a medical
volunteer for Operation Smile. With humble service he genuinely shows
“Leadership meeting the Needs of Our World (Leadership NOW)!” Follow the link to
a fascinating blog about his experiences.
In spring of 2012, the world prematurely lost one of its most gifted teachers and best men. A respectful and moving tribute at his service was reported by colleagues in a letter to ATAWorld. Follow the link to a special memorial page on Facebook.
Three young Black Belts compete and win prestigious spots performing at Lyric Opera in Chicago. A young woman receives her 2nd Degree Black Belt after testing – and a big surprise – in a touching episode of ‘Coming Home’ on Lifetime Channel. A Black Belt without arms is highlighted in an episode of ‘Beyond Belief’ on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
A True leader strives to be a living example of what he or she expects from others and will help others grow even if it goes above and beyond him or herself.
ATA Instructors from Region 102 and Region 106 recently seized the unique opportunity to attend a private seminar on "Teamwork and Team Building" lead by Mr. Joe Gilbert, Offensive Line Coach for the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team.
Kaitlyn Mudler, an 11 year old Leadership student and 2nd
Degree Black Belt at
Pride Martial Arts in Chula Vista, California, was selected to
appear on the Lifetime Network show “Coming
Home” about military families being reunited after long deployments.
Not only was she honored to be awarded her 2nd Degree Black
Belt, she was shocked to receive it from her dad who had been away for
quite some time. The episode is scheduled to air on Lifetime Television
Network March 18th at 10pm/9c.
October is honored in the ATA as Founder's Month. It's one time a year when everyone in the ATA family takes some time out of our busy schedules to remember and reflect on the life of Eternal Grand Master. It's the perfect time to do something special to share his legacy with others.
Grand Master is taking the challenge – personally and literally. He is a passionate advocate for daily exercise and balanced nutrition. Now he's inviting everyone to learn why Martial Arts training is one of America's most fun and most effective ways to get and stay healthy and fit.
Martial arts history is being made in the largest centrally-administered martial arts organization in the world, the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), founded in 1969 and based in Little Rock, Arkansas, since 1977. The power and glory of the international association's top position - and its awesome responsibilities - will soon be passed from one capable leader to another.
In October 2010, students from three ATA schools set out to raise $10,000 for breast cancer research with a drive called "Breaking Breast Cancer." Through leadership, hard work and community support, Instructors and students raised 3-1/2 times that much for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Central and Southern New Jersey. The drive, spearheaded by Ms. Laurie McInerney, 6DB, CEO and head instructor of ATA Black Belt Academy in Marlboro, NJ, culminated with a spectacular and exciting demonstration of Taekwondo power before 525 people. Instructors broke 480 boards in one hour, representing the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer each day. "We are very proud of all our students, particularly our Leadership students, who really took the initiative that allowed us to succeed," said Master Jack McInerney, 6DB, owner of ATA Black Belt Academy in Old Bridge, NJ. "This experience allowed them to not only practice public speaking and meeting new people, but also the chance to benefit the local community and affect change for people they may know."