Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn immigrated to the United States in the summer of 1967. At the time he began instruction with the R.O.T.C. program at the University of Cincinnati.
After the University of Cincinnati program was established, a commercial school, Ahn’s Taekwondo College, was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio. The first gup certificates were awarded to students in September of 1969.
In 1971 the Untied Taekwondo Association (UTA) was founded by Grandmaster Ahn. His vision was for the UTA to serve as an organization to facilitate the development and spread of Taekwondo in the United States. It was to be a vehicle through which students and instructors who did not have the benefit of a Grandmaster to receive assistance without the politics of the Kwans - which was an issue in Korea.
As the focus of Taekwondo shifted to recognition as an Olympic sport in the 1980’s, the UTA’s influence and operations were confined to a regional, rather than a national scope. The purpose was still the same - to assist students and instructors who approached the UTA in their time of need.
Today the UTA acts as the rank repository for Black Belts and color belts who have tested directly with Grandmaster Ahn or one of his affiliated schools. In addition, the UTA’s Board of Masters is responsible for promotion Testing and curriculum review and development.
Our goal is to expand the influence of the UTA through the development of our existing schools and to attract new schools and club members across the United States. In addition to providing assistance with rank documentation, the plans are to assist member schools and clubs by offering additional benefits.
(Above Bio from www.ahntaekwondo.com)
Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn
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