AMERICAN TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION

logo of the American Taekwondo Association

Tae Kwon Do, which usually translates to " the way of
the foot and the fist," is martial arts that originated
in Korea. 

Axon Martial Arts Academy is part of the American Taekwondo Association, ATA.

The ATA was founded  in 1969 by Eternal Grandmaster H. U. Lee, who was invited to the United States by his student who had been stationed at the Air Force base near his dojang.

Members of the ATA practice Songham Tae Kwon Do, a curriculum whose core consists of poom-sae or forms. A form is a series of planned movements . Eternal Grandmaster created the Songahm forms to better embody the strength and beauty of Tae Kwon Do.

Today, the ATA is the largest martial arts organization in the world. One of the reasons of its success is its continued pursuit to adapt to the changing world without losing sight of tradition.

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AMERICAN TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION

logo of the American Taekwondo Association

Tae Kwon Do, which usually translates to " the way of the foot and the fist," is martial arts that originated in Korea. 

Axon Martial Arts Academy is part of the American Taekwondo Association, ATA.

The ATA was founded  in 1969 by Eternal Grandmaster H. U. Lee, who was invited to the United States by his student who had been stationed at the Air Force base near his dojang.

Members of the ATA practice Songham Tae Kwon Do, a curriculum whose core consists of poom-sae or forms. A form is a series of planned movements . Eternal Grandmaster created the Songahm forms to better embody the strength and beauty of Tae Kwon Do.

Today, the ATA is the largest martial arts organization in the world. One of the reasons of its success is its continued pursuit to adapt to the changing world without losing sight of tradition.

icture of a pine tree in the foreground and mountains in the backgroudn
Chinese characters for pine tree and rock

THE MEANING OF

SONGAHM

"Songahm" means pine tree and rock. Pine
trees that grow out of the harsh environment
of rock cliffs are a testament to their strength and resilience.

H. U. Lee created Songahm forms, for students to acquire and consolidate techniques in a systematic way to become well-trained martial artists.

In addition to martial arts technique, Songahm students learn what it means to persevere, to get back up after failing, to learn to handle successes, to be confident as well as humble, to take care of themselves as well as to be courteous to others.