Since its establishment in 1980, the United States Taekwondo Association was diligently overseen by its founder, Grandmaster Richard Chun, 9th dan black belt and one of the highest ranking master instructors within the borders of the United States. Shortly before his passing in November of 2017, Grandmaster Chun appointed Grandmaster Doug Cook as his sole successor in leading the organization forward. During Grandmaster Chun’s tenure, taekwondo dojangs across the country and around the world, flocked to affiliate with the USTA based on its primary mission: to promote the traditional and evolving art of taekwondo.
Sensing the encroachment of sport over art in taekwondo early on, Grandmaster Chun chose to steer the USTA in a direction that many of the original kwans, or institutes, took during the formative years of the discipline, not the least being his root school, the Moo Duk Kwan, or Institute of Martial Virtue. Subsequently, the USTA curriculum is intended to support and enhance basic technique, self-defense skills, character enrichment, physical fitness and, most urgently, poomsae, or formal exercise practice.
Today, under the direction of Grandmaster Cook, the mission of the USTA, while eager to recognize innovation, remains steadfast in its quest to preserve the rich traditions of taekwondo as intended by its founder and forefathers.
Grandmaster Doug Cook, CEO
Patricia Cook, CFO
Cheryl Crouchen, VP Dojang Relations
Mark Damia VP, Information Technology
Harold Pike III, VP Marketing