KAT 25th Anniversary – 2005
Feb 12th 2005 KAT celebrated 25 years of Martial Arts excellence with a School Olympics.
Many records were set by students – some of which still stand, while others were challenged and broken in later years.
The Korean Academy of Taekwondo (KAT) celebrated its 25th year of service to Aurora on February 12, 2005. The KAT was founded in February of 1980 by Grandmaster J.K. Chung. Grandmaster Chung is one of the world’s foremost martial artists. He served as a US national team coach and led the US to a near sweep in the 1987 Pan Am Games, winning 7 of 8 gold medals. He left the US to serve as head of security for the President of South Korea.
The school has led a storied existence with many state, national, and international champions at the junior and senior levels. We have been very active in the community, with our members donating tens of thousands of hours of community service. Developing future leaders has always been a priority of the school. Over the years we have trained thousands of students to be positive role models in the community. Our students have reached many areas of academic and professional success, including serving as police officers, professional athletes, business leaders, teachers, and doctors.
Reaching its 25th anniversary is a milestone for any small business, and the KAT would like to express its deepest gratitude to the people of Aurora for their support. We could have never reached this point without the help of countless students, parents, and friends. The school continues to get stronger and looks forward to the next quarter-century of providing the benefits of martial arts to the city of Aurora.
About KAT School Olympics:
Since our School’s 25th Anniversary party – the KAT School Olympics has been a fun way to challenge our students. Hanging at the entrance of our Dojang is the KAT School Records Board where all of the current records are displayed.
There are many different types of records for children and adults alike to challenge themselves to break. Each record has different record holder areas for men, women, boys, girls and children under 5.
A few examples of the record challenges are: Highest kick, longest jump kick, longest crane stance, longest handstand, longest wall sit, most kicks in 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min and 1 hour. We also have some non-physical School Records such as the most hours trained in a month and the most classes attended in a week.