Among 6,000 competitors at ATA World Songahm Taekwondo Championships
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 15, 2010) – Joseph Feser of Virginia Beach, VA, was among the big winners when the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) convened its annual World Songahm Taekwondo Championships June 24-27 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
Joseph earned second place in Weapons and third place in Forms and Sparring; he competed in the category of boys 12 and younger with black belts and special abilities. Joseph is a student of Tracy Lee Thomas at ATA Black Belt Academy in Virginia Beach.
The World Championships are the most important competition held by North America’s largest martial-arts organization. This year an estimated 20,000 people, including visitors from most U.S. states as well as South Africa, South America, Europe, Australia and South Korea, attended dozens of individual events. Approximately 6,000 Taekwondo Masters and students, each of whom earned their eligibility for World Championships, competed over the four-day period.
For competitors such as Joseph, these championship events marked the culmination of a year of hard work at regional and national ATA tournaments to earn a coveted spot among the Top 10 students in their respective divisions. Students competed in divisions based on age and belt rank.
The week of World Championships also included martial arts seminars, special training sessions and the elaborate Opening Ceremonies. The Opening Ceremonies at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock had more than 9,000 attendees and, for the first time, a worldwide pay-per-view webcast audience at ATAondemand.com.
As ATA begins its fifth decade of martial arts leadership, it chose “Determination. Destination.” as not only the theme for this year’s World Championships but also a rallying cry for the international ATA family over the next 12 months. ATA students are being challenged to make their own “Determination. Destination.” pledges to use the life skills they learn through ATA to improve themselves, their families, schools and communities.
About the American Taekwondo Association
With active membership exceeding 300,000 worldwide, including more than 53,000 Black Belts, ATA is North America’s largest martial arts organization. Since its founding 41 years ago, more than 1 million lives have been changed through ATA’s Songahm teachings. For more information about ATA or the Songahm Taekwondo World Championships, visit ATAonline.com.
For more information on the five local ATA Martial Art Schools between Chesapeake, Virginia and Virginia Beach, Virginia please contact Master Instructor Tracy Lee Thomas at Changing Lives Martial Arts headquarters in Virginia Beach at 757-471-9002.