Facts About ATA:
- The American Taekwondo Association was founded by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee in 1969.
- The ATA is the single largest martial arts organization in North America and is dedicated to the martial arts discipline of Taekwondo.
- There are more than 350,000 members of the organization worldwide.
- The ATA is internationally headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas.
- The ATA has nearly 1,500 independently owned and operated licensees in current operation on five continents.
- There are programs for all ages and abilities the ATA utilizes in its education of Taekwondo:
- Tiny Tigers Program- ages 2 to 6 years old
- Karate for Kids Program- ages 7 to 13 years old
- Black Belt Academy Program- adults
- Protech Training Weapons Program
- ATA Xtreme
- The ATA family lives by the philosophy of Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee, “Today not possible, tomorrow possible.”
- Grand Master Soon Ho Lee is the leader of the American Taekwondo Association as the highest ranked (9th degree black belt) individual in the organization.
- Mrs. Sun C. Lee, widow of Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for ATA and Chairman of the H.U. Lee Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program.
- The ATA Master's Council is the supreme group of decision makers and leaders for the organization with the guidance of Grand Master Soon Ho Lee.
Facts about the 2007 ATA World Championship Tournament:
- Expected attendance for the World Championship Tournament 2007 is 20,000 (competitors and spectators).
- The World Championships rank as the largest convention in the Little Rock area for 2007.
- 2007 is the 30 year anniversary of ATA Headquarters moving to Little Rock.
- On June 22, the ATA will officially open the H.U. Lee International Gate & Garden, a memorial to Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee and his legacy as founder of the organization.
- 2007 marks the year of the ATA's "Changing One Million Lives." Since the organization's inception in 1969, one million students have experienced Songahm Taekwondo and made it a part of their lives.
- International visitors will make special appearances the week of the event.
- Competitors and spectators from five continents will be represented.
- The opening ceremonies at ALLTEL Arena on Friday, June 22 will celebrate "Life: Powered By ATA." Main attractions will include the traditional Masters ceremony, ATA-Xtreme Team competitions, high rank testing, and performances by the ATA World Demo Team.
- Two days of the tournament will include almost 6,000 competitors matching skills in 72 divisions, ranging from traditional forms and sparring to the newer ATA X-Treme divisions.
- Individuals ranging in ages from 3 to 83 will be represented.
- The first World Championship competition was held in 1990.