The annual Ahn Taekwondo Classic was held on April 27, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. This was the 51st anniversary for the event. The honorary chairperson for the event was Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn. The Tournament Director was Master Jamie Hamilton.
The events showcased at the tournament were breaking, forms, Olympic style sparring, and point sparring. 550 competitors form 66 schools and clubs competed throughout the day – with the final match ending at 7:00 pm. Is was a great day thanks to all the referees, volunteers, and competitors.
The Ahn Classic is one of the larges Taekwondo events in the mid-west. With competitors coming from five states this year, we are already looking forward to next year’s tournament. This will be our 52nd anniversary, and the planning has already begun.
To learn more about the event, please visit our website:
We are pleased to announce that the logo for the United Taekwondo Association (UTA) has been issued trademark status by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The certificate of registration was received on May 1, 2018.
Securing a trademark for the UTA is just one of the projects that we have in process to secure the legacy of Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn. This is an important step for the UTA, and we appreciate the support htat we have recieved from our Grandmasters, Masters, Black Belts, schools, and clubs in the efforts to accomplish the goal.
Moving forward, the UTA logo will be seen with notice that it is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This is notice to the public that we have federal trademark rights in the mark.
Last month, one of our UTA Masters, Master Rob Gerhardt was promoted to Lieutenant of the Blue Ash Police Department. Master Gerhardt is the owner and cheif instructor of Budokai Taekwondo. Congratulations Master Gerhardt! Thank you for protecting our community, and thank you for representing the United Taekwondo Association so well.
We are very excited to invite you to join us for the 51st annual Ahn Taekwondo Classic. This year’s event will be held at Courts for Sports in Mason, Ohio on Saturday, April 28th.
We are excited to offer competitors a variety of events including: Forms, Breaking, Olympic-Style Sparring, and Point sparring.
In addition to the tournament, there are plenty of family friendly activities very close by.
We will look forward to seeing you in April!
The Ahn Taekwondo Classic celebrated its 50th anniversary in April of 2017. In spite of the inclement weather, more than 500 participants spent the day competing in forms, breaking and sparring competition.
Grandmaster Ahn was the Honorary Chairperson for the Classic – traveling to Cincinnati from his home in California to be with us. This year’s competitors and dignitaries came from Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, New York, Kentucky, and California. And, more than 60 schools were represented by competitors.
We want to thank all of the referees, sponsors, volunteers, and parents who helped to make the event a success. Note that preparations have already begun for next year’s event which will be held on April 28th, 2018. For details, visit the tournament website at http://www.ahnclassic.com.
The United Taekwondo Association was founded by Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn, and the association continues to hold his lineage and follow his direction now and into the future. For those of you who don’t know Grandmaster Ahn’s biography, we’ve posted it here for you to enjoy.
Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn was born in Seoul, Korea. His training in the martial arts began when he was twelve years old and continued through his residence in Korea. He served an internship with his instructor, Master Chang Bok Lee, as the Master Instructor for the Korean and American armies from 1955 through 1967.
He emigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio to begin teaching Taekwondo in August of 1967. In 1971, he founded the United Taekwondo Association (UTA) to help bring reputable martial arts instruction to the U.S. The goals of the UTA were to promote uniformity and standardization for the martial arts. In 1967, Grandmaster Ahn began instruction at the University of Cincinnati, where he still serves as an advisor. He has also taught at Miami University of Ohio and Xavier University.
During the 1970’s when Taekwondo was beginning its climb to national and international status, Grandmaster Ahn was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the National AAU Taekwondo Committee (which later became the United States Taekwondo Union (USTU)). His work was adopted by the Technical Standardization Committee. From 1986 to the end of 1992, he served as President of the USTU, which is the national governing body for Taekwondo. Grandmaster Ahn, as President of the USTU, lead the United States Olympic Taekwondo teams in 1988 in Seoul, Korea and in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain. He contributed greatly to Taekwondo becoming a full medal sport at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
In addition to his other activities, Grandmaster Ahn has served as the Chairman of the Ohio AAU Taekwondo Committee, Acting Chairman of the National AAU Taekwondo Promotion Committee, and head of the United States team at the 3rd World Taekwondo Championships in 1977. As a 9th Dan Grandmaster Instructor, Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn is licensed and accredited by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) as a Class 2 International Referee and Master Instructor. He is widely known and respected nationally and internationally as a leading figure in Taekwondo—and as a tireless organizer and a dedicated master teacher.
Grandmaster Ahn has trained over 1000 black belts, including some to the level of Master, and over 50,000 students. Many of his students have received national recognition in competition and international recognition for their instructor and refereeing skills.
The United Taekwondo Association has established the following testing schedule for color belt and black belt promotion testing this year:
Friday, January 27th – Color Belt Test
Saturday, March 11th – Black Belt Test
Friday, March 31st – Color Belt Test
Friday, May 19th – Color Belt Test
Friday, July 14th – Color Belt Test
Friday, September 15th – Color Belt Test
Saturday, October 14th – Black Belt Test
Friday, November 10th – Color Belt Test