2018 Ahn Taekwondo Classic

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:


2018 Ahn Taekwondo Classic

United Taekwondo Association Trademark

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.UTA_patch_hangul

United Taekwondo Association Trademark

2017 Ahn Classic

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.

2017 Ahn Classic

Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn

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.

Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn

UTA Testing Schedule for 2017

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

UTA Testing Schedule for 2017

The UTA has outstanding performance at AAU Nationals

This past week, three of our UTA schools had teams that competed in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the AAU National Taekwondo Championships.

Competitors from all three schools have been training and competing since September 2015 in preparation for their performance at Nationals, and all of the preparation truly paid off!  All of the competitors exceeded our high expectations.

Congratulations to the following UTA competitors:

Aiden Bullard

RJ Gerhardt – Gold Medal in Forms

Master Robert Gerhardt – Silver Medal in Olympic Sparring, Bronze Medal in Forms

Sean Herzig

Kayin Ivery

Zion Ivery – Bronze Medal in Forms

Jim Kopcha

Miranda Kopcha

Miguel Manganese

Nick Magaletta – Bronze Medal in Olympic Sparring

Austin McGinn

Master Ryan Newburn – Silver Medal in Olympic Sparring

Cassie Parkos – Silver Medal in Olympic Sparring

Dan Scheid

Jaylee Sowders – Bronze Medal in Olympic Sparring

Brett Updike – Bronze Medal Forms

Dalton Updike

Preston Whitehead



The UTA has outstanding performance at AAU Nationals