AAU, the Amateur Athletic Union, is a multi-sport grassroots organization offering sports programs for 33 sports. With a total membership of over 500,000 for all sports, the AAU program is the largest multi-sport organization in the country. For more information on AAU, go to www.aausports.org.
Why AAU Sports?
- National Recognition
- Quality Awards
- Coaches’ Education
- Officials’ Enhancement
- Local, Regional and National Competition
- National Networking
The AAU Taekwondo Program has over 16,000 members and more than 2100 AAU Black Belts that have been certified through the AAU Taekwondo Program in the past 12 years.
As a member, you’ll have the advantage of participating in exclusive AAU programs and events, networking with fellow practitioners and Taekwondo enthusiasts, improving your overall image and standards, and expanding your Taekwondo group’s activities.
AAU Taekwondo Programs
1. The AAU Taekwondo Program
The sport of Taekwondo is one of 30 plus sports offered by the Amateur Athletic Union. The AAU Taekwondo Program is open to athletes of all ages and abilities. Athletes may participate in Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Black Belt divisions in Forms, Olympic-style Sparring and Point Sparring. The AAU Taekwondo Program offers professionally run competitions for practitioners of all styles of traditional Taekwondo, including WTF, ITF and Tangsoodo Moo Duk Kwan.
The future success of the program depends entirely on the work of dedicated Taekwondo volunteers across the country. The AAU Taekwondo Program has much to offer:
- District/State, Regional, and National Competition
- Dan Certification Program
- An Accredited Officials’ and Coaches Certification Program
- Comprehensive practice and liability insurance programs for AAU member clubs and athletes
- AAU Junior Olympic Games participation opportunities
- Alliance with Walt Disney World Sports Complex
- Nationwide network of amateur sports administration professionals
Associated with the history and traditions of a national amateur sports organization founded in 1888
AAU members can participate and compete in local, association/state, regional, and national tournaments. Forms, Point Sparring, and Olympic-style is available to beginner, intermediate, advanced, and black belt level athletes in: Youth (5-17), Open (18-34), Senior (35-44), Executive (45-54) and Ultra (55 & Older) Divisions.
AAU Taekwondo competition includes the Youth and Adult National Taekwondo Championship during the July 4th weekend and the AAU Junior Olympic Games–the largest national multi-sport event conducted annually for youth in the United States–and the showcase event of the AAU Youth Sports Program held the first week of August. The inaugural Games were hosted by WashingtonD.C. in 1968 with two sports and 523 athletes. Since then, the popularity of the Games has blossomed to the point where over 12,000 athletes representing all 50 states can participate in 27 sports.
3. DAN Certification
AAU members can have their present rank certified and test for advancement through the AAU Taekwondo Program’s optional Dan Certification. Our goal is to provide a fair, consistent and thorough testing procedure for our members which recognizes and incorporates their differences in style and training methods. We provide an achievable standard in which all AAU certified Black Belts may take pride. Over 2,100 AAU Black Belt athletes have been certified through the AAU Taekwondo Program.
4. Referee/Coaches Certification
The AAU administers the foremost national referee and coaches licensing program in the country. Rigorous certification standards set by the AAU ensure the highest caliber of AAU Taekwondo tournaments recognized by practitioners throughout the country. Officials and coaches must be certified at AAU Taekwondo Clinics to participate at any AAU-sponsored Taekwondo event.
The AAU offers members a District/State organization to assist Taekwondo enthusiasts and sports administrators interested in promoting the art and discipline of Taekwondo. Tournaments, seminars, and programs provide opportunities to interact with colleagues in a sports administration setting.
AAU Sports Insurance
1. Individual Insurance Programs
A benefit of AAU membership is the athlete accident and liability insurance programs.
2. Club Insurance Programs
A Priceless Benefit, Free To Member Schools. AAU chartered schools and clubs receive free liability and sports insurance (provided all the students are AAU members).
For More AAU Information
For more information on the AAU insurance programs visit the AAU website at www.aausports.org.
For more information on the AAU Taekwondo programs visit the AAU Taekwondo website at www.aautaekwondo.org.