A Bel Air Taekwondo school participated in an exchange program that brought athletes and instructors from Tajikistan to the area this past weekend. Here are the details:
U.S. Taekwondo Academy Chosen to Lead Training with Tajikstan Taekwondo Team
(Bel Air, MD) The U.S. Taekwondo Academy (USTA) together with SportsUnited and The University of Tennessee Center for Sports, Peace and Society recently hosted 14 female Taekwondo athletes and instructors from Tajikistan on Saturday, January 10, 2015 in the spirit of sports diplomacy.
SportsUnited is an international exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. SportsUnited helps youth around the world learn to translate athletic success to life skills. The University of Tennessee Center’s uses sport, physical activity, and recreation to promote cultural understanding, to enhance student learning, to improve community welfare, and to foster social change.
The leaders of U.S. Taekwondo Academy maintain a strong presence in the local, national and international Taekwondo communities. From creating Taekwondo Day in the State of Maryland to representing the country in international competitions, USTA boasts an impressive resume to lead training sessions with the Tajikistan team.
Senior Master CJ Chang said, “In 2011 we were elated to learn that we were chosen from all the schools in this country to train with a team from Tajikistan. We knew we were representing the United States and encouraged our athletes to train and interact with our guests with an open and welcoming attitude. Four years later, we are excited to be chosen again working with Tajikistan. We are honored by this visit”.
U.S. Taekwondo Academy (www.USTAchang.com) is a family-owned and operated Taekwondo chain with locations in Bel Air, MD, Churchville, MD, Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University, and Fairfax, VA. USTA offers high-caliber Taekwondo instruction to students of all ages: children, teens, adults and families. It was founded by Grandmaster Se Yong Chang in 1972.