About ATA

The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) is the premier North American organization dedicated to the martial arts discipline of taekwondo, and is the founding organization of other international affiliates that include the World Traditional Taekwondo Union (WTTU) and the Songahm Taekwondo Federation (STF). Counting both the U.S. and worldwide, our organizations have over 1,500 independently owned and operated licensed schools and clubs, and we are beginning to register over 300,000 members.

Since the first class was taught many years ago, the focus of our program has remained the same: 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 facilities. This has helped establish ATA schools and clubs as the leaders in the martial arts industry. Each instructor is a graduate of an instructor program that represents more than thirty years of research and development. He or she will be with you every step of the way to help you reach your individual goals (and maybe even reach some new goals you never before thought possible).

Eternal Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee

Haeng Ung Lee was the founder, president, and first Grand Master of the American Takwondo Association. Grand Master H. U. Lee’s personal motto, “Today not Possible, Tomorrow Possible” made him successful in many ways. After 64 years of humanitarian efforts and acheivements, Grand Master Lee passed away on October 5, 2000 after a valiant battle against cancer.


Grand Master Soon Ho Lee, 9th Degree Black Belt, is the co-founder of the world’s largest martial arts organization, The American Taekwondo Association (ATA), headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, since 1977. Grand Master S.H. Lee served as Grand Master from 2001 through 2011.


Born in 1955, Grand Master In Ho Lee, 9th Degree Black Belt, is the third and current Grand Master of the American Taekwondo Association. Grand Master I. H. Lee was inaugurated during the 2011 Songahm Taekwondo World Championships.