Who is the ATA or American Taekwondo Association


Who is the ATA or American
Taekwondo Association?


The ATA or American Taekwondo Association is a family oriented martial arts
organization that strives for perfection using the Songahm Taekwondo system
as one of the base to their curriculum.


The "Songahm Star" is the
pattern that is formed on the ground if all 18 forms of the Songahm system are
completed. In a perfect Songahm Star, the distance from the center point of
the star to the top point is nine feet ("feet" being the student’s
foot length). The total distance from the top point to the bottom point
equals 18 feet, representing the number of forms in the Songahm system.

"Martial Art" is a broad term encompassing the many styles of
physical discipline (fighting) arts that have been developed over the
centuries. To say that the style of Songahm Taekwondo is just another
"martial art" would be an oversimplified explanation of the world’s
largest centrally administered martial art. This system of teaching and
training is unequaled in the martial arts community.

During its early years, the ATA used the Chahng-hun style of forms (also used
by the International Taekwondo Federation). But although this style was widely
accepted in the community, Eternal
Grand Master H.U. Lee

felt that its forms did not accurately reflect Taekwondo — particularly the
strength and beauty of Taekwondo kicking
. As a result, he believed the forms contributed little to the Taekwondo curriculum. For example,
white belts were expected to know front kicks and side kicks, but no front kick
appeared until the third (yellow belt) form, and there was no side kick until
the form after that!

From 1983 to 1990, Eternal Grand Master
Lee introduced the eighteen Songahm forms. These forms are part of a
fully-integrated curriculum, in which everything a student learns reinforces
everything else. The forms contain all or nearly all of the techniques that
students are expected to know at each rank, the one-step sparring segments
complement the forms, and all of these patterns lead logically to the movements
required for each succeeding rank.

The Songahm curriculum facilitates a smooth progression from one rank to the
next, so that students who begin Taekwondo feeling they’ll never be able to do
a simple block (for example) suddenly find themselves a few years later doing
360-degree jumping kicks with ease.

Songahm Taekwondo also focuses on personal development of the mind and body. To
say it is just self-defense would be to lose most of the valuable ideas and
philosophy behind this ancient art.

The heightened capacity for self-defense resulting from our Taekwondo is really
a fringe benefit that is gained by dedicating one’s self to the values,
philosophy and training of Songahm Taekwondo. When learning, a student is in a
true, traditional Taekwondo class, focusing not just on the physical but also
on discipline, honor, self-control, respect, courtesy, perseverance and

A beginner does not focus on being a skilled martial artist within a month or
two, as a strong foundation in Taekwondo must be built first. Trying to advance
beyond your level without proper guidance is like building a house on concrete
that has not dried. Though the house may still stand, the foundation would not
be as strong and the appearance of the house may not be as presentable.

The ATA and its affiliated organizations help build a strong foundation of
Songahm Taekwondo in each of its members, a foundation from which advancement
in both the martial art (mind and
body) and in self defense can be built and added on to in perpetuity.


Changing Lives provides you with the
Chesapeake and
Virginia Beach karate, taekwondo a Mixed Martial Arts
Instruction. Changing
Lives Martial Arts teaches karate, taekwondo, kung fu and krav maga to everyone
from tiny tigers and kids to adults and seniors and all levels from beginners
to advanced. These disciplines, be it taekwondo, mixed martial arts, karate, or
kung fu, can be practiced by people of all ages, from the very young, to the elderly.
For adults wishing to practice these disciplines, the benefits of studying them
offer some of the same benefits as it does for children.


Many people consider
various types of martial arts as an extreme martial arts, hybrid martial art or
High Velocity Martial Art sports, taekwondo, and Karate?
Extreme, hybrid or a
High Velocity dynamic style of sport fighting is seen in the world of Mixed
Martial Arts such as in the UFC. Traditional Karate and Sport Karate are two
very different types of training and styles states, Sr. Master Tracy Lee Thomas of
Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Martial Arts


Western Wrestling and boxing along with various
other fighting forms, combat sports, reality based systems are indeed a physical
and mental martial arts forms of practice and theory that has evolved over the
years. The general public perception of the martial arts is thoughtfully seen
or envisioned as an “art” within the martial arts.  The Origins that were brought from the East
to the West are a wide variety and have greatly seen an evolution over the past
few decades. Martial arts such as these include, Taekwondo, Karate, Kung-Fu,
Tai Chi, and Aikido. Tracy Lee Thomas,
a Martial Arts Master Instructor
states; “As seen in the sky, our universe holds an abundance of stars both
known and unknown that are of great value to our world. Traditional martial
arts like the stars in the universe, they hold an unfathomable amount of valued
treasures that await a student training in karate at
and Virginia Beach Changing Lives Martial Arts

programs taught at Changing Lives is more than kicking and punching, it can
define a person and give them a more defined meaning in life. Through the
traditional aspects of martial arts training and life skills utilized within a
training course, one will strengthen and fine tune their mental and physical
awareness, agility and self discipline.


Lives ATA Martial Arts of both Virginia Beach, Virginia and Chesapeake,
Virginia offers all community members a free 3 day karate confidence course.






About changinglivesmartialarts

CHANGING LIVES MARTIAL ARTS A Martial Arts, Karate For Kids, and Krav Maga school located in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia. With his 30 years of vast martial arts experience, Master Tracy Lee Thomas, founder of Changing Lives Martial Arts has five locations and has been opertating the martial arts business since 1991 in Virginia Beach. Married to Kelly Thomas, they have to children and reside in Virginia Beach. Both Mrs. Thomas and Master Thomas have a strong passion for helping others and it is seen as both are very active in the business and within the community. CLMA is a family owned and operated business that thrives on family values and changing lives. Many of the Changing Lives Martial Arts students are attracted to CL Martial Arts because they want to learn to defend themselves, or how to manage bullies. Others come because they want to tap into martial arts’ vast power as a tool for personal growth and life skills. Still, others come merely because they are looking for a way to get in shape that's fun and spares them the tedious repetitiveness of the gym. Master Thomas has utilized his martial arts buisness model throughout the country with various business'. As a business coach and consultant, Master Thomas believes in working with others to succeed with their personal passion. This desire and passion of his is passed down to each of his instructors and students. If you want to know more about Changing Lives Martial Arts, Master Tracy Thomas, or the programs they offer, please feel free to contact the Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts Team by calling 757-471-9002 or visiting us on the Web at www.atakick.com or www.kravmagavirginiabeach.com
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