Mixed Martial Arts
Martial Arts School in Bel Air, MD
When you're looking for a martial arts school in Bel Air or Churchville, the name you need to remember is U.S. Taekwondo Academy. We're proud to say that when you train with us, you're learning from some of the best. All of our instructors are either current or former United States national champions, and they also teach the college students at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus. We make sure that our owner is always on-site so that you know you and your children are safe with us.
Our instructors are what makes our academy so special. We're:
- Highly experienced
- Prompt and professional
- Attentive to detail
- Locally owned and operated
U.S. Taekwondo Academy is your hometown martial arts school based in Bel Air, MD. We have more than 10 years of experience serving the community, and our academy is open flexible hours. We're proud to be the headquarters of the Maryland State Taekwondo Association. When you call us, you can count on a fast turnaround time getting your questions answered. Call us today to experience the difference in world-class taekwondo teaching for yourself.
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This is a great place for you or your child to be. This is a very structured environment . They like to laugh, play, and have a great time while teaching and being aware of each individual mistakes/accomplishments. I wouldn't recommend any other place. I love the way they teach the children to focus, use their manners, and teach them respect.
I Can’t Thank USTA Chang for all they have done for my Grandson Carson Freeman. Carson has been in Taekwondo since he was 5 years old However when his First mentor and Master Left the Baltimore Area Carson decided to take a Break from Taekwondo. He was 12 at the time he is now 16. Carson asked me if he could go back to Taekwondo about 2 Years ago. At first, I was reluctant as there are so many Taekwondo Schools that really don’t care one way or the other about the Student except that they get paid. Carson has always been a Great Kid, Smart, Polite, Creative, Handsome, Respectful, and just an all-around Great Person…. Yes, I am Bias he is my Grandson after all, however all of this is True. I was concerned however as Carson didn’t really care for any Sports or Extracurricular Activities except maybe his XBOX. There is nothing wrong with that except no Growing Young Person should only have School and XBOX in their Life. So, I started looking for a Good Taekwondo School where Carson would be Happy, Learn but Learn the Right Way. I not only found a Good School but a GREAT SCHOOL in USTA Chang and a GREAT MASTER & MENTOR in Master CJ Chang. Carson has Grown so much and in Only the Best way being a Part of USTA CHANG. I am usually always at Carson’s Classes as I love to watch him Grow in his Sport. I have watched over the last 2 years as Master CJ Chang teaches his Students. Master CJ always takes the time to help each of his students and is always there to help & advise his students. That means so much to a Parent and/or Grandparent as our Young and Growing Children need the kind of Support Master CJ Chang gives them as they find their way into their teen years as well as into Respectful Productive Young Adults. I am Thrilled I made the decision to choose USTA Chang as the Taekwondo school for my Grandson and would Recommend it to anyone looking for the Best of the Best in Taekwondo Training as well as a Caring School, that sees All their Students and Student’s Families as a Part of their Own Extended Family. Carson certainly sees Master CJ Chang as his Master, Mentor and most importantly his Hyung. For that I am eternally grateful. I know what Master CJ Chang teaches Carson will stay with him throughout his Life! Thank You USTA Chang and Especially Master CJ Chang. I have put Carson in Your hands and You have not disappointed me. Sincerely, Mary Camalier
Family first atmosphere! Not only is the instruction top notch with the emphasis on the appropriate techniques/styles, discipline, respect, loyalty and honor, they also create a family first atmosphere. My kids (8 & 6) are enrolled in their afterschool program which provides them a safe and structured environment day in and day out. They are also enrolled in their summer camp which is a great way to keep my kids safe and active while sharpening their already growing taekwondo skills! Can't be beat!!!
My kids love going to USTA. Master Chang, Master Julia, Master Jenifer, Master James and all of the upper level students do a great job with the children. The skills that they teach go far beyond self defense.
Hi my name is David R., and I love tkd. I do afterschool. I am a super red belt. I can't wait till I get my black belt. Master Chang, Master Jennifer, Master Julia, and Master James are the best!!!! Hi my name is Brian R., and I love tkd. Don't tell anyone, but Master James is really Wolverine's long lost brother.
My 8-year old daughter Libby has been taking Taekwondo at USTA for about two and a half years. She is now one belt away from earning her black belt! When she started, she attended Master Jennifer’s Churchville school, but when she started 2nd grade, she transitioned to the After-School Program at Master Chang’s Main Street school. This program is very well run and incorporates after-school pickup, homework time, snack time, and TKD class time. They also pick a “Star of the Month” and reward a child with a certificate and gift for demonstrating respect, good behavior, and helpfulness, among other things. In addition to the After-School Program, my daughter is part of Team Chang, which has special training on Fridays and Saturdays at the Main Street school. This training focuses on developing the skills that the athletes need to compete in both local and national tournaments. It pushes the students to new extremes, both physically and mentally. Master Chang, Master Jennifer, and their teaching staff have an amazing ability to motivate the team - they are on the floor working with the students and demonstrating techniques, not sitting on the side-lines. They want the students to be the best-of-the-best. They recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each of their students and have the uncanny ability to get through to the students while taking into account their individual idiosyncrasies. Our experience at USTA has been amazing and has promoted the evolution of TKD as a “fun thing to do” into a competitive sport for my daughter. Not only does TKD at USTA develop strength, flexibility, and grace, it teaches respect, discipline, honesty, and self defense, all of which are invaluable assets to possess. Master Chang and his USTA staff are outstanding role models for all their students and are well worth the investment. Jennifer Gross
USTA family was a blessing in disguise! I enjoy the beliefs USTA demonstrates and applies to everyday life with our children! They are all great! I tried putting my son in other programs, but he would get bored or not want to practice. My son has been with the USTA family for a little over a year in the afternoon program. He has never complained or not want to go, in fact, doctor appointments need to be scheduled in the morning so he can get to school and get to USTA in the afternoon. My son has done a 360 in many things with school and home, being in this program! He is more confident and disciplined that he does better in everything he starts. Thank you Master Chang, Master Julia, Master James, and Master Jennifer for all you do. You make every child feel special, every day!
I originally enrolled my son in the Churchville Academy with Master Jennifer Chang. She brought things out of my son at a young age: confidence, inspiration and determination. I have to say the USTA was there for our family during the hardest of times and continue to be there daily for my son, as role models and positive influences in his life. I consider the USTA instructors, other kids and their parents as part of our "family". I love and respect how they are with all the children. After 6 months of the program, I decided to take my son out of the Y before / after care and enroll him with the US Taekwondo after-school program at the Bel Air school. He has now been with the program almost 3 yrs. Whenever he is not with his USTA family he is talking about them (Master James) which only reinforces my beliefs in the program. Master Chang, Master Julia, and Master James are amazing. They work daily with all the other children to complete their homework and retain value in their education. The best part of this is that my son always wants to impress his instructors, and in doing so has begun reading (after a long battle with doing so). You will never meet a better group of people to care for the ones you love. Thank you Master CJ Chang, Master Jennifer, Master Julia, and Master James for all that you do for our kids. If you ever question spending the money, this is truly and investment in your childs future. The program builds confidence, discipline, respect, friendships, etc. I recommend the USTA to everyone I meet because I STRONGLY believe in the program. -- Shane M
Originally enrolled my son in the Academy when he was having problems with mild bullying in school. The USTA had done a bully busting demonstration at his school. My son has no problems with anyone anymore and not because he has learned "how to fight". My son has learned confidence taught by the best instructors I have ever come accross. Everyone associated with the USTA becomes part of a "family", and from the top down, everyone strives for excellence in all aspects of their lives, not just Tae Kwon Do. I would recommend the USTA for much more than simply learning how to protect yourself. The students are taught a lifestyle based on respect and hard work. I could continue with accolades for the US TaeKwonDo Academy all day, but I think my point has been made.
U.S. Taekwondo Academy is an excellent school for not only instruction in the martial arts, but in discipline, confidence, respect, honor, and good sportsmanship. My two sons have been attending Master Chang's school for two years now and I am always impressed by the level of commitment and care that go into each lesson. Master Chang and his staff are always willing to go that extra mile with each and every student.
Awesomeness! My twins have been studying here for a little over 3 years and I encourage all people of all ages to check this place out! Master Chang and staff are truly inspiring, He teaches respect, confidence, discipline and to believe you can do anything you set your mind to and praises you for always trying your best! It's a great atmosphere, you feel as if you are family. I've watched my son develop into a very confident young man and that was our goal putting him into this program. No more shy guy in the back of the room! :-)
The instruction at the Bel Air Academy is outstanding. My son not only receives excellent instuction in the martial arts but also the discilpine and structure needed to become a good citizen. Master Chang and his staff are professional and patient. They recognize each students abilities and work with them to improve their skills at every session.
I love the USTA because every one is so caring. It is really easy to get close to the students and the teachers. They are always willing to spend extra time to help with anything! I always look forward to class and strive to get better. The masters spend a lot of time preparing for belt tests to ensure everyone is as ready as possible. I love the USTA and recommend it to anyone that is interested in martial arts.
High quality and professional
I transferred to U.S taekwondo academy 2 years ago from another taekwondo school and I can proudly say that this school is far superior. Every time I go to adult class it is always a great workout surrounded by friends and encouragement. But it's not just about the work out its about learning taekwondo as well. The master pays close attention to detail and makes sure that you are doing everything correctly. Since every class is fantastic is goes by so fast and you don't want it too end. Plus if you are very competitive U.S Taekwondo Academy has an outstanding competition team called "Team Chang" that is a separate class and is solely dedicated for competitions. I highly recommend U.S Taekwondo Academy for anyone who wants to learn self defense or wants to compete in Olympic taekwondo.
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