The United States Taekwondo Association is a non-profit professional organization devoted to the development and progression of taekwondo both as a traditional martial art and a world sport. The USTA provides professional guidance in establishing national standards of practice and competition, testing, and accreditation for its members. It is an active member of the World Taekwondo Federation, the prime force in the recognition of taekwondo as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee.
It Is the Goal of the USTA to Promote Excellence In the Learning, Practice, and Teaching of Traditional Taekwondo.
The United States Taekwondo Association will help organize curricula for accredited schools and assist instructors plan and implement their programs more effectively. It will also aid in the application of World Taekwondo Federation guidelines and standards
The Association maintains a National Registry of individual and group members at its headquarters. It provides identification certificates for individuals and membership certificates to schools and clubs. It conducts technical seminars and assists with special training for masters and instructors towards higher Dan levels. Additionally, the USTA organizes local tournaments, and provides testing and accreditation of black belts and color belts. Direct testing is provided through member schools under the supervision of headquarters. The USTA annual membership fee is $30 renewable the first of each year.each year.
Dr. Richard Chun is a 9th Dan International Grandmaster. He graduated from Yonsei University in 1957 where he served as team captain of the Taekwondo Club. Immigrating to the United States in 1962, he earned an M.B.A. in marketing and a Ph.D. in education. He is a retired Professor of Health and Physical Education at Hunter College, City University of New York. Dr. Chun has been teaching taekwondo at his center in New York for over four decades. In 1973, he was appointed head coach of the USA Taekwondo Team for the first World Taekwondo Championships in Seoul. The USA Team placed second after Korea. He has traveled and lectured extensively at taekwondo schools around the world and has made several appearances on TV talk shows. He went on to establish the United States Taekwondo Association in 1980 and has continuously served as its President. Moreover, he assisted in the organization of taekwondo as an event in the 1988 Olympics. Dr. Chun has since served as Senior International Referee for the Olympics. Dr. Chun was inducted to the Black Belt Hall of Fame by Black Belt Magazine in 1979. In 2004, he was inducted to the Taekwondo Hall of Fame by TaeKwonDo Times Magazine. He is the author of five important books on taekwondo which have been translated into several foreign languages. Dr. Chun has been a member of the Lions Clubs International for over thirty years where he has served as District Governor in New York. He is married with two children.