ELEVATING TAEKWONDO EXCELLENCE | USA Taekwondo Strikes Historic Partnership with Kukkiwon

Kukkiwon Partnership

USA Taekwondo Strikes Historic Partnership Deal with Kukkiwon: Elevating Taekwondo Excellence in the USA


[Charlotte, NC. May 9, 2024) - In a groundbreaking move set to redefine the landscape of Taekwondo in the United States, USA Taekwondo (USATKD) proudly announces its pioneering partnership with Kukkiwon, the epicenter of Taekwondo excellence worldwide. This monumental agreement names USATKD as the primary partner of Kukkiwon in the USA, ushering in a new era of collaboration and growth for the sport.


Under the terms of this landmark deal, Kukkiwon will become a sponsor of the U.S. National Governing Body with both organizations set to synergize their efforts through a wave of innovation and opportunity for Taekwondo practitioners across the nation. With a shared vision of advancing Kukkiwon Taekwondo, and Taekwondo itself, through education and events, both entities are poised to revolutionize the landscape of martial arts in the USA.


"We are thrilled to embark on this transformative journey with Kukkiwon that strengthens the relationship between two of the biggest names in Taekwondo globally," said Steve McNally, CEO of USA Taekwondo. "At USA Taekwondo, we've been fully committed to fostering a culture of safety and success in the sport and have seen great success at the highest levels. This partnership reaffirms our dedication to being the home for anyone serious about Taekwondo in the United States – whether they are just starting out on their hopefully lifelong Taekwondo journey, or are close to stepping up on to the Olympic medal podium. I’d personally like to thank Jay Warwick, Kukkiwon President Lee Dong Sup and his board and executive team, plus the countless other people who have worked so hard to bring this partnership to reality. Outstanding work by all, and a huge leap forward for Taekwondo in the United States."


This momentous collaboration marks Kukkiwon's ascension as a major partner of USA Taekwondo, joining esteemed allies such as Tusah, the U.S. Performance Center, and the USOPC in providing support now measured in the multiple millions to our community. With USATKD now assuming the mantle of primary partner for Kukkiwon in the United States, the stage is set for unprecedented growth and advancement within the Taekwondo community.


Together, Kukkiwon and USATKD will embark on a journey to cultivate systematic and standardized systems, empowering Taekwondo enthusiasts to pursue excellence at every level with confidence that they are engaging with the best of the best. From education courses to competitions, the partnership aims to bolster the ranks of Kukkiwon and USATKD members, expand the community of Poom/Dan holders, and nurture the next generation of professional Taekwondo masters.


"Through this historic collaboration, Kukkiwon proudly recognizes USA Taekwondo as the official partner for the dissemination and development of Kukkiwon Taekwondo in the USA," remarked a spokesperson from Kukkiwon. "Together, we are poised to unlock new frontiers and propel the sport to greater heights of success and acclaim."


 As the curtains rise on this historic partnership, the world of Taekwondo brims with anticipation and excitement. United in purpose and passion, Kukkiwon and USA Taekwondo stand poised to shape the future of the sport, one kick at a time.


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Donna Allen

USA Taekwondo


About USA Taekwondo (USATKD):

USA Taekwondo (USATKD) is the national governing body for the sport of Taekwondo in the United States, committed to promoting excellence, safety, and inclusivity within the Taekwondo community.


About Kukkiwon:

Kukkiwon is the World Taekwondo Headquarters located in Seoul, South Korea. As the governing body for the sport of Taekwondo worldwide, Kukkiwon sets the standard for excellence and innovation in martial arts education and training.