USA Taekwondo

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USA Taekwondo
TypeSports association
Legal statusFederation
PurposeDevelopment of Taekwondo as a sport in United States
HeadquartersOne Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Region served
United States

USA Taekwondo (USAT) is the national governing body (NGB) of Taekwondo for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and thus the United States's official Member National Association of World Taekwondo[1] USAT has complete authority over all decisions regarding US national junior and senior team selections for World Taekwondo events, including the Summer Olympic Games Taekwondo competition event.[2][3][4]


The group formed in the 1970s as the AAU National Taekwondo Association, but later broke away from the AAU and created the United States Taekwondo Union (USTU). In 2005, its name changed again to USA Taekwondo after the USOC took over the governance of the USTU in 2004. In 2006, the first USAT Board of Directors was elected by the membership.[5]

The headquarters of USAT is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[1]


  • Dr. Ken Min (Chairman-National AAU Taekwondo Committee 1974-1978)
  • Dr. Dong Ja Yang (Chairman-AAU National Taekwondo Union 1979-1984)
  • Grand Master Moo Young Lee (US Taekwondo Union 1985-1986)
  • Grand Master Kyongwon Ahn (US Taekwondo Union 1986-1988, 1989–1992)
  • Grand Master Hwa Chong (US Taekwondo Union 1993-1996)
  • Grand Master Sang Lee (US Taekwondo Union 1997-2000)
  • Harvey Berkey (Chair USA Taekwondo 2006)
  • Ronda Sweet (Chair USA Taekwondo 2007-2009)
  • Kevin Padilla (Chair USA Taekwondo 2010–?)
  • David Askinas (CEO USA Taekwondo 2006-2011).[6]
  • Eric Parthen (CEO USA Taekwondo 2011-2012)
  • Bruce Harris (CEO USA Taekwondo 2013–2016)
  • Keith Ferguson (CEO USA Taekwondo 2016-2017)
  • Steve MacNally (CEO USA Taekwondo 2017-present)[7]

USA Taekwondo in the Olympic Games[edit]

During its history many athletes representing the USAT at the Olympics have been successful at obtaining medals.

1988 – Seoul, South Korea (Demonstration Sport)[edit]


1992 – Barcelona, Spain (Demonstration Sport)[edit]


2000 – Sydney, Australia[edit]


2004 – Athens, Greece[edit]


2008 - Beijing, China[edit]


2012 - London, England[edit]


2016 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil[edit]



  1. ^ a b "About Us". Team USA. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Black Belt". October 2000. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  3. ^ "USAT Announces UFC Partnership Agreement". Team USA. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Being Prepared for Any Outcome". Team USA. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  5. ^ Ferrand, Alain; McCarthy, Scott (2008-08-20). Marketing the Sports Organisation: Building Networks and Relationships - Alain Ferrand, Scott McCarthy. p. 100. ISBN 9781134053452. Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  6. ^ "Under fire, Askinas out as CEO of USA Taekwondo". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  7. ^ Zirogiannis, Marc (December 2017). "USA Taekwondo Confirms Steve M c N a l l y a s N e w Ex e c u t i v e D i r e c t o r Upon Keith Ferguson's Departure" (December 2017). Taekwondo Life Magazine.