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ATA Leadership NOW

ATA Leadership NOW

Welcome to, the official website of the ATA Leadership program and home to inspiring tales of leadership, honor, and charity – guiding principles of our martial arts system – plus help to keep kids safe from bullies, abduction, poor health, and missed opportunities. The V.I.P. Zone offers special rewards for Leadership members including elite training videos, merchandise discounts, and more. Leadership students may also attend V.I.P. Workouts at national events to train with legendary Songahm Master Instructors. Learn more of the benefits of Leadership training, find an ATA-licensed school or club, and see your Instructor to enroll in the ATA Leadership program today!

What's New on Leadership NOW...

TRICK SERIES: Ssahng Nats Demo

Demitri De La Cruz

NEW Leadership Trick Series! Available exclusively in the Leadership Now VIP Zone! --- Watch as some of your favorite ATA Leadership Students teach the newest tricks and techniques to help take your creative and xtreme forms to the next level! Log in the VIP Zone now to watch the full video.

ASK THE EXPERT:  Chief Master M.K. Lee

ATA's head of instruction, legendary leader Chief Master M.K. Lee, 8DB, shares his wisdom on balance and life in this ATA World, Fall '13, interview.

IN FOCUS: Community Signs

When students and instructors at ATA Martial Arts in Odessa, Texas, met Kaitlyn Pool, who was born deaf, they taught her Taekwondo and she taught them to sign. ATA World has the story.

KIDS' KORNER: Weapons Trick - Body Roll

Heed a true winner’s advice on how to perform the “Advanced Body Roll” with a Jahng Bong in a step-by-step photo lesson and – exclusive to – a new video presentation. Choose to learn, choose to lead!

FEATURE: All in this Together

Take a cue from a DRAGON BOAT CREW and discover how your RELATIONSHIPS with others will get you closer to your GOALS - and make for a fun ride, too!  ATA World charts the course.

KIDS' KORNER: Onward, Great Relationships!

ATA World wants you to put the ship in your relationships! Make a pact with a partner to “be in each other’s boat” – and build strong bonds with your family, friends, and community. We’re rooting for you!

FEATURE: How to Train for Speed

ATA World wants you to put the ship in your relationships! Make a pact with a partner to “be in each other’s boat” – and build strong bonds with your family, friends, and community. We’re rooting for you!

MIND BODY SPIRIT: Protein Prescription

ATA World wants you to put the ship in your relationships! Make a pact with a partner to “be in each other’s boat” – and build strong bonds with your family, friends, and community. We’re rooting for you!

ASK THE EXPERT: Master Lucas Taekwon Lee

The youngest son of ATA founder Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee literally grew up in the organization and now plays pivotal leadership roles. On the brink of obtaining his Mastership title last summer, Mr. Lee answered intriguing questions for ATA World, reflecting pride, humility, vision and hope for his remarkable father’s legacy. Learn more about this accomplished young man and ever rising star.

FOR KICKS: The Nutrient Gap

Add these three top nutrients to get your body on track to perform at peak levels. ATA World reports.

FAMILY TIES: Let's Talk About Health

How do you talk to your kids about obesity and physical fitness without using damaging labels? Think: health. Follow this expert advice for a productive conversation and healthy changes.

FEATURE: Dynamite Defenders

ATA Defenders – instructors, Masters, and an 11-year-old YouTube sensation – fight the good fight against bullying behavior across America. ATA World heralds a few heroes in the on-going battle.

FEATURE: The First Respect is Self-Respect

To respect others, you must first respect yourself! ATA thinks you are worth it – and you should too! Legendary leaders explain why self-respect is “step one” to success in this ATA World article.

ATA Video Throwback: Chief Master Phillip Minton, "The Genius of Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee"

ATA Video Throwback: Chief Master Cesar Ozuna; A Memory of Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee - Starting the STF

Kids' Korner: Weapons Trick - Ssahng Nat Elbow Pop

A young Black Belt in California breaks down the steps needed to pull off a flashy trick with a pair of Ssahng Nats in words, pictures, and video.

In Focus: Living the Example

One Dad decides to physically embody his values for his daughters – and lose nearly 100 pounds in less than a year with ATA’s help. He’s also a champion competitor and a President’s Challenge winner! ATA World presents his amazing story.

ATA Video Throwback: Chief Master Larry Hoover; A Memory of Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee

2nd Degree Instructor Trainee Wins First-Ever "LeadershipNOW" Scholarship

Congratulations to Miss Monica Dollive of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for earning a brand new scholarship award from the H.U. Lee Memorial Foundation, and for “choosing to learn, choosing to lead” in pursuit of a career that will meet the (N)eeds of (O)ur (W)orld – truly showing Leadership NOW!

FEATURE: Arm Yourself

For Strong punches and crisp strikes, and for the total body fitness Martial Artists need for speed, it's time to BUILD POWERFUL ARMS.  ATA World and Songahm Masters show the way.

FEATURE: Global Punch

ATA Spreads the way of martial arts around the world. Together in global partnership, Taekwondo devotees commit to the universal language of Songahm. ATA World explores the past, present, and future of Songahm Taekwondo’s worldwide impact in this feature article.

MIND BODY SPIRIT: Four Facts About Flexibility

Optimal flexibility can increase performance and decrease the risk of injury. Here’s how to get and stay flexible – the right way – in this article from ATA World.

ASK THE EXPERT: Chief Master Cesar Ozuna

ATA World interviewed Chief Master Ozuna recently about his passion for Songahm Taekwondo and his experiences bringing it to the people of South American nations and elsewhere. Read his compelling responses in this brief interview.

FEATURE: Terrific Taekwondo Teens

ATA teens who keep up their Taekwondo training use their dojahng skills to stay strong and confident in all aspects of their lives – even during the difficult adolescent years. This generation of leaders is truly ATA Strong! ATA World features several to watch and learn from.

FEATURE: Kick Up Your Cardio

You need more than a perfect form and a clean uniform to be a physically fit martial artist. For your endurance, heart health, and lifted mood – and for better Taekwondo – you’ve got to cardio.