Taekwondo originated from the country we now know as Korea. An ancient martial art, it began its development in the 1st to the 6th century AD.
Taekwondo, as we know it today, began with the liberation of Korea in 1945 after World War II. Korea wanted to eliminate Japanese influences (in martial arts) and began to unite the various martial arts schools and styles into a single style and national sport. In 1955, the name Taekwondo was chosen to represent this unified style of Korean martial arts.
Black Belt Academy is a member school of the World Traditional Taekwondo Union, WTTU The WTTU was founded by Grand Master H.U. Lee in the fall of 1990.
The WTTU is a branch of the Songahm Taekwondo family that also consists of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) and the Songahm Taekwondo Federation (STF). The ATA encompasses member schools in the United States and the STF includes member schools in South America. The WTTU covers the remaining portion of the world.
At this time, the WTTU has schools in Canada, England, Portugal, Germany, South Africa, Guam, Japan, Sweden, and South Korea.
Through the Songahm Family, students at Black Belt Academy join over 30,000 students in 16 countries.
In 1973 the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) came into existence. The first World Taekwondo Championships were also held in 1973. In 1980 the World Taekwondo Federation was granted recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Then the adoption of Taekwondo as an official event was followed by the World Games in 1981, the Pan-American games in 1986 , and finally by the 2000 Olympics held in Australia.
The Founder of the World Traditional Taekwondo Union, of which Black Belt Academy is a part of, was Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee.
Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee was born on July 20, 1936 in Manchuria, China. One of the original pioneers that brought martial arts to America, he founded the American Taekwondo Association, the World Traditional Taekwondo Union, and Songahm Taekwondo Federation, which presides over 250,000 members worldwide including schools in South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the United States. The students of Grand Master Lee include over 14,000 black belts and over 3,000 certified instructors in more than 900 schools and clubs in the U.S. alone. He strived to make the world a better place by teaching the values of life through martial arts. Grand Master Lee passed away on October 5,2000 after a hard fought battle with cancer. He left his legacy to the hundreds of thousands of students across the world.