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About the ATA


The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) is the premier North American organization dedicated to the martial arts discipline of taekwondo, and is the founding organization of other international affiliates that include the
World Traditional Taekwondo Union (WTTU) and the Songahm Taekwondo Federation (STF).  Counting both the U.S. and worldwide, our organizations have over 1,500 independently owned and operated licensed schools and clubs, and have registered over one million students since the ATA's inception in 1969.

Since the first class was taught many years ago, the focus of Songahm Taekwondo has remained the same: to provide students the highest quality martial arts instruction available in a safe and positive learning environment that people of all ages can enjoy. The instructors combine excellent student instructor ratios with state of the art training facilities. This has helped establish licensed schools and clubs as the leaders in the martial arts industry. Each instructor is a graduate of an instructor program that represents more than thirty years of research and development. He or she will be with you every step of the way to help you reach your individual goals (and maybe even reach some new goals you never before thought possible).

Rank promotions
ATA Martial Arts holds promotional testings approximately every three months. These testings are judged by certified instructors. The judges' scores are submitted to ATA headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, to insure that uniform standards are applied in ATA schools worldwide. Based on the judges' assessments, headquarters issues new ranks and printed certificates to each student, and these ranks are respected by every ATA school in the world.

At testings and in class, the emphasis is on individual accomplishment rather than competition or comparisons with other students. All students are encouraged to fulfill their potential -- to achieve "personal victories" -- and when they test for rank promotions they are judged on that basis alone.



As the ATA event begins:

Sir, I will practice in the Spirit of Taekwondo,

With courtesy for fellow students,

Loyalty for my instructors, 

And respect for my juniors and seniors, Sir!

As the ATA event ends:

Sir, I shall live with perseverance in the Spirit of Taekwondo,

Having honor with others, 

Integrity within myself,

And self-control in my actions, Sir!

Songahm Taekwondo Belt Ranks

white belt

 9th grade

orange belt

 8th grade (recommended, decided)*

yellow belt

 7th grade (recommended, decided)

camouflage belt

 6th grade (recommended, decided)

green belt

 5th grade (recommended, decided)

purple belt

 4th grade (recommended, decided)

blue belt

 3rd grade (recommended, decided)

brown belt

 2nd grade (recommended, decided)

red belt

 1st grade (recommended, decided)

red-black belt

 1st degree recommended

black belt

 1st degree decided

black belt

 2nd degree (recommended, decided)

black belt

 3rd through 9th degrees

* Each belt from orange through red includes two rank levels. The lower level (no stripe) is called "recommended." The higher level (one stripe) is called "decided." For Tiny Tigers, the "decided" level is designated with an animal patch rather than a stripe.

For 1st and 2nd degree black belts, the "recommended" rank is a probationary stage. Upon receiving a 1st degree or 2nd degree recommended, students must test successfully for the "decided" rank within six months, or else they return to the rank immediately below the recommended one. They then are allowed to test again for the recommended rank. There are no recommended levels for 3rd through 9th degree black belts.