News & Events

March 2019

Congratulations to all participants of this year’s U.S. Champions Poomsae Performance Camp and USATKD Poomsae Referee Certification Seminar held March 15 – 17, 2019!  We had over 40 participants from 7 states this year!  Thanks again to all camp leaders and good luck to all with training and competition this year!   We look forward to seeing everyone on September 14th at the 9th Annual U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup!  

U.S. Champions Poomsae Performance Camp Participants 

USATKD Poomsae Referee Certification Participants

See photo galleries and more under the Regional Seminars & Events section!

September 19, 2018
Thanks to all participants for another great competition last Saturday!  We hope you enjoyed your experience and were able to establish a benchmark and set some new goals!  Good luck this Fall and into 2019 as you train and compete at other events! 
Best wishes to our 2018 U.S. National Team Members who competed at this year’s event at the upcoming World Poomsae Championships in Taipei in November!  Thanks for performing and setting such a great example!
  • Erica Linthorst – Female Master 4 Division
  • Kristi George – Female Master 2 Division
  • Master David Turgeon – U.S. Team Coach
  • Master Ron Southwick – U.S.A. Head of Team  
Results will be posted in the next few days, so be sure to check this page.  We are also finalizing next year’s U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup date as well as dates for the U.S. Poomsae Champions Sport Poomsae Camp next Spring!  Stay tuned!
April 2018KTA hosted the 2018 U.S. Poomsae Champions Camp on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday – March 23, 24, & 25!  This was a highly specialized technical training camp for Black Belts led by Master Cooley and his fellow U.S. Teammates.  Over 50 participants from Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, & Indiana attended this year’s camp! 

See the photo gallery under the Seminars & Camps link!
December 20, 2017
Mark your calendars today and plan for our 2018 events!
U.S. Champions Midwest Regional Sport Poomsae Camp – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – March 23, 24, & 25 – KTA (Indianapolis, IN)
8th Annual U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup – Saturday, September 15 – IMMI Conference Center (Westfield, IN)
Additional information will be posted here in the coming months. Please check back periodically.  
Please contact us if you are interested in a Poomsae Seminar for your school or organization.  Click the “Seminars by Master Cooley” tab above to learn more.
October 29, 2017
Thanks to all 2017 U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup participants for a great day yesterday!
Congratulations to all competitors on your performances! Regardless of your placement, you all gained and grew.
Coaches and families-thank you for your continued support and dedication to your special competitors!Special thanks to International Referees-Master David Turgeon, Master Brian Jang, and Mr. Eric Gilson for your leadership of our officials which ensured consistent scoring and judging throughout the day.A BIG thanks also to all KTA families and friends for working cohesively to host a first-class event!We hope to see everyone back next year!
The 2017 U.S. Champions Midwest Regional Sport Poomsae Camp was held in Indianapolis on March 24-26, 2017.  

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This was are largest and most talented group of any previous event!  Over sixty participants attended from Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Indiana.  Click on Regional Seminars & Events for additional details and photos of this event.

September 30, 2016
Dear Taekwondo Community,I am excited to announce an unprecedented response for this year’s U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup on Saturday, October 29th!  We have confirmed athletes and coaches from eight states so far with many other teams organizing and planning to attend!   Thanks in advance to everyone for your support.Sincerely,Master Garth Cooley, DirectorU.S. Poomsae Champions Cup – Saturday, October 29, 2016Competition Venue:  IMMI Conference Center -18880 N. East Street Westfield, IN  46074Tournament Headquarters:  9340 Castlegate Drive Indianapolis, IN  46256317-841-8000
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July 26, 2016
The 6th Annual U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the IMMI Conference Center in Westfield, IN.  Please mark your calendar today. Details to follow in the coming weeks!
March 27, 2015
Congratulations to all participants and thanks to our Camp Staff for an outstanding weekend of poomsae training and development!  Over 30 participants from Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Washington (D.C), and Indiana attended our U.S. Champions Midwest Regional Sport Poomsae Camp on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – March 20-21-22, 2015!
Check out the photos under the Poomsae Camps & Seminars link!
 September 23, 2014
Dear Poomsae Athletes, Coaches and Referees,
My sincere thanks to all participants of the 4th Annual U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup held on Saturday, September 20th! We had a great event thanks to the dedication of many outstanding Taekwondo leaders!  This year we hosted 117 competitors and had the highest turnout since our first event in 2011!  This is a credit to many Masters and Instructors who have embraced competition poomsae and worked tirelessly to encourage participation.  
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and referees, our event ran very smoothly and professionally; which gave competitors and coaches a great experience.  We were privileged to have several U.S. National Poomsae Team Members support our event again this year; lending their expertise and providing feedback to the competitors.
In the coming weeks we will post complete results on this site and hope to have a date for the 5th Annual U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup soon! 
Again, thanks to all for your support!  I look forward to seeing you at other events soon!
Master Garth Cooley
 September 2013
 The 3rd Annual U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup held on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  KTA was the host of this event.  Over 75 athletes and 20 officials from Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana were part of this special event which featured Poomsae Pro Scoring!Each participant had the opportunity to perform two poomsae for each round!  In addition, joining Master Cooley were several U.S. Poomsae Team Members on hand to offer the athletes immediate feedback on their performances!
  • Grandmaster David Turgeon – 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 U.S. Poomsae Team Captain & Poomsae IR
  • Master Ron Southwick – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 U.S. Poomsae Team Member & 2012 U.S. Poomsae Team Coach
  • Dr. Kristi George – 2010, 2011 U.S. Poomsae Team Member & 2012 World Poomsae Silver Medalist
  • Master Sarah Lavan – 2011, 2012 & 2013 U.S. Poomsae Team Member 


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Ko’s Martial Arts – Columbus, IN – was recognized as the “Most Supportive School” at our event. 


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International Referee Master John Connors – Philadelphia, PA – was recognized for his continual dedication to the U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup.

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Master Cooley demonstrates at the U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup


August 2013

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Participants of the 2013 Improving & Perfecting Your Poomsae Performance Seminar
On Saturday, August 17th, KTA hosted the 2013 Improving and Perfecting Your Poomsae Performance Seminar.  Over thirty participants from seven states attended this event led by Master Cooley, Master David Turgeon, Master Ron Southwick and Dr. Kristi George – all U.S. National Poomsae Team Members.  Participants included several high-ranking Masters and Instructors as well as high-level Taekwondo Referees!