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:

http://www.ahnclassic.com

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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

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

The UTA Represented at TKD US Open Hanmadang

We recently had two UTA Black Belts participate in the Tae Kwon Do US Open Hanmadang in Denver, Colorado.  Congratulations to both Master Debbie Gutzwiller and Mr. Tom Myers for their outstanding performances!

Results are as follows:

Master Gutzwiller

1st place traditional forms

1st place creative forms

2nd place team traditional forms

1st place power spin back kick breaking

1st place power skipping side kick breaking.

Mr. Myers

2nd place traditional forms

2nd place team traditional forms

1st place power skipping side kick breaking

 

The UTA Represented at TKD US Open Hanmadang

Spring 2016 Black Belt Test

The Spring 2016 Black Belt test was held on March 12th at Ahn Taekwondo Institute in Cincinnati, OH. This was the first of the two scheduled UTA Black Belt tests to be held in Cincinnati, OH in calendar year 2016. The second Black Belt test will be held in October of 2016 – also in Cincinnati, OH.

The March 2016 Black Belt test saw nine candidates test for rank and three credit test toward their next rank. The Test Board was:

 Grandmaster Kim Limes

 Grandmaster Roy Bushman

 Master Charles Moore

 Master Chuck Beyersdoerfer

 Master Jamie Hamilton

 Master Jeff Martin

 Master Rob Gerhardt

There was also a special guest, Master Mike Ruff, of Martin Martial Arts in attendance.The following candidates were promoted by the UTA:

 Mr. Payne Ackermann                     1st Poom

 Miss Alexandria Zimmer                1st Poom

 Mr. William Bradley                         1st Poom

 Mr. Saketh Balakumar                     1st Poom

 Miss Thamilini Pathmarajah         1st Dan

 Mr. Anthony Zimmer                       1st Dan

 Ms. Mary Feldman                            2nd Dan

 Miss Cassandra Parkos                    3rd Dan

 Mr. Sumitro Chakravarti                 3rd Dan

Also credit testing toward their next rank were Master Ryan Newburn, Mr. Jacob Feldman, and Mr. James Kopcha.

The United Taekwondo Associaiton congratulates all of the candidates for an excellent performance.

Spring 2016 Black Belt Test