Taekwondo (also known as Tae Kwon Do) is a Korean martial art with defining characteristics of speed, agility, and high kicks. Taekwondo, which means “the way of hand and foot’, is an Olympic sport practiced around the world. Built from a combination of the Japanese martial art, karate and mixed with influences from Chinese martial arts, Taekwondo’s history is rich in culture from long ago.
Songahm Taekwondo brings together, what we feel, is the best training available. Below are our featured programs that help master Songahm.
This program is designed to turn our students into leaders in every facet of their lives. Leadership students receive training in team building, public speaking, management, dealing with superiors effectively and understanding the value of life skills. We also use this program to train some more advanced martial arts techniques that teach non-verbal presentation skills and advanced choreography.
Leadership students aim to excel, and as such are open to pursuing State, District and World Championship titles. This is also the program we use to look for our next generation of instructors.
The ATA was founded in 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska by Haeng Ung Lee of South Korea. It is one of the largest taekwondo organizations in the United States, and has extensions in both Europe and South America with over 350,000 members. The ATA is currently headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas and led by Grand Master In Ho Lee.
Songahm Taekwondo is the style of martial arts practiced at ATA affiliated schools. Songahm means “Pine Tree and Rock.” The term Songahm itself represents “Evergreen strength the year round, long life and a symbol of unchanging human loyalty” as represented by the pine tree and the rock. ATA’s second Grand Master, Soon Ho Lee, gave the name, Songahm, and its meaning to his brother, Haeng Ung Lee years before H.U. Lee founded the ATA. In the ATA, the student is compared to a growing pine tree, from a seed (white belt) to a massive tree (black belt).
The true ATA difference is the staff development. Although each location is independently owned and operated, the instruction staff is required to constantly undergo testing and recertification. They utilize nationally-tested best practices to bring the most effective teaching into the school and benefit your family.