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.
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.
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:
RJ Gerhardt – Gold Medal in Forms
Master Robert Gerhardt – Silver Medal in Olympic Sparring, Bronze Medal in Forms
Zion Ivery – Bronze Medal in Forms
Nick Magaletta – Bronze Medal in Olympic Sparring
Master Ryan Newburn – Silver Medal in Olympic Sparring
Cassie Parkos – Silver Medal in Olympic Sparring
Jaylee Sowders – Bronze Medal in Olympic Sparring
Brett Updike – Bronze Medal Forms
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:
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.
2nd place traditional forms
2nd place team traditional forms
1st place power skipping side kick breaking
The United Taekwondo Association has a long and rich history, with an estimated 10,000 students since 1967. What many members (and past members) are not aware of is that the UTA has a rank database that contains the names and dates of all students that have been awarded a Gup or Dan rank throughout the history of the association.
In less than sixty seconds time, a UTA member or past member can see all of their past promotion dates and certificate numbers. Past Gup and Dan certificates that may have been lost or damaged can also be replaced for a small fee. Are you interested in looking back into your martial arts journey?