Taekwondo World Expo Coming to Little Rock July 7-13

by Lee Hogan  on Friday, Jun. 20, 2014 12:04 pm  

A scene from the American Taekwondo Association's "Strong World Ceremony" in 2012 in Little Rock. (Photo by Dustin Nevill)

The American Taekwondo Association's World Expo is expected to bring an estimated 20,000 people to the capital city for the 24th annual conference July 7-13.

The throng of taekwondo enthusiasts are expected from most U.S. states, as well as South Africa, South America, Europe, Australia and South Korea. ATA is celebrating 45 years, therefore, the conference will be a week-long and feature seminars, training sessions and tournament competitions.

As part of the anniversary celebration, ATA is also bringing back the traditional master's ceremony. 

Among the week's events is the Tournament of Champions, set for July 11. During the weekend, the ATA will also feature the International Team Sparring Competition. 

In addition to the normal activities, ATA has partnered with the American Red Cross for a blood drive, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12 at the Statehouse Ballroom.

The week-long conference is estimated to generate $5.8 million for the local economy.



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