What is Taekwondo? Print

Translated, Taekwondo means "The Art of the Hand and Foot," and originally comes from Korea, where it is still practiced as a national sport. Taekwondo is an exciting and powerful martial art known for its dynamic kicking and hand techniques. Taekwondo is also one of the world's newest martial arts, formally getting its name in 1953. Its roots, however, are based on techniques tested for thousands of years. Martial arts techniques provide training of both the body and the mind toward the goals of physical fitness, self-defense, self-control, and self-realization.

The focus of our program at the ATA Black Belt Academy is to provide students the highest quality martial arts instruction available in a safe and positive learning environment that people of all ages can enjoy. Our instructors combine excellent student instructor ratios with state of the art training methods.

Today there are hundreds of thousands of Americans studying Taekwondo. The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) is the heart of this martial art. The ATA is Taekwondo's quality control, providing instructor training, belt rank testing, and supervision of competitive contests. The ATA Black Belt Academy in Appleton is proud to be an accredited member of the ATA family. Founded over 40 years ago and having trained more than 300,000 men, women, and children, the ATA has more than 1500 schools in the United States alone. One of the many advantages of the ATA is that all of its member schools teach the Songahm style of Taekwondo uniformly throughout the organization. Therefore, if you are taking classes in one state and then move to another, you can retain your rank and continue your training from where you left off.