USA Taekwondo CEO Bruce Harris announces that USA Taekwondo and the United States Taekwondo Grandmasters Society have entered into an agreement that will allow both organizations to partner and to work together to provide increased membership services to the members of USA Taekwondo by initiating the USA Taekwondo National Dan Promotion Test.
The United States Taekwondo Grandmasters Society is an organization of senior, high-ranking Taekwondo Grandmasters in the United States of America. Their primary purpose is to provide leadership, information, and guidance in the area of the Martial Arts aspects of Taekwondo. USA Taekwondo is the officially recognized National Governing Body for the Sport of Taekwondo by the US Olympic Committee. Taekwondo is more than just a sport; it is also a Martial Art. As such, the member Club Organizations that comprise the membership of USA Taekwondo, teach a martial arts curriculum in addition to teaching sport Taekwondo in most instances. Not everyone enrolls in a Taekwondo school to become an Olympic athlete. Many enroll for the aspects that are traditional to the martial arts side of Taekwondo- respect, self-control, discipline, self-defense, etc. As a result, they usually attain improved self-esteem, improved health benefits, and they become better citizens who respect others. Where USA Taekwondo provides the only path to competing and earning the right to represent the USA in Olympic Taekwondo competition, we now have a way to assist our member clubs in developing the martial aspects of their schools.
Partnering with the US Taekwondo Grandmasters Society is a very good way to combine sport and martial arts. The way the partnership is designed to work is to allow the US Taekwondo Grandmasters Society to participate in the National Dan Promotion Test by providing staffing for the USA Taekwondo National Test Commission. This Test
Commission will consist of three (3) to five (5) senior Taekwondo Masters/Grandmasters who will conduct the National Dan Promotion Test at our USA Taekwondo National Championships. The US Taekwondo Grandmasters Society will conduct an Instructional Seminar on the morning of the 2014 National Dan Promotion Test in San Jose, Calif., that is designed to review all of the Test Criteria on which applicants will do their practical test that afternoon. In the future, we are already making plans for the US Taekwondo Grandmasters Society to provide instructional seminars in Poomsae, and in other areas that will be done in conjunction with the USA Taekwondo National Championships, and which will be a requirement for future Dan Test applicants.
USA Taekwondo CEO Harris said “I am very pleased and excited for this partnership between our two organizations. This will be a great benefit for our membership, and it marks a milestone of cooperation with Taekwondo organizations in the USA.”