Uttar Pradesh Taekwondo Association (UPTA)

The Uttar Pradesh Taekwondo Association (UPTA) is the governing body for the sport of taekwondo in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Established in 1985, the UPTA is responsible for promoting, developing, and overseeing all taekwondo activities and initiatives across the region.

President of the UPTA is Mr. Shalesh Kumar Singh (Shailu), an experienced administrator who has been instrumental in growing the sport's popularity in Uttar Pradesh. The General Secretary of the UPTA is Mr. Rajkumar an experienced taekwondo practitioner, who works closely with president and the executive committee to execute the UPTA's strategic plans and programs.

Under their leadership, the UPTA has organized numerous state-level and national taekwondo championships, training camps, and referee development workshops. The association also works to identify and nurture talented young athletes, providing them with world-class coaching and resources to excel at the national and international levels.

Through its various initiatives, the Uttar Pradesh Taekwondo Association is committed to promoting the values of discipline, respect, and physical fitness among the people of Uttar Pradesh. The UPTA invites all taekwondo enthusiasts to join its mission and be a part of the state's vibrant and growing taekwondo community.

Origin of Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art dating back more than 2000 years. Meaning the “way of kicking and punching”, it was initially viewed as a form of military training which varied considerably in form.

For some 2000 years, a range of martial arts were practiced on the Korean peninsula. During the early 20th century, taekwondo became the dominant form of martial arts practiced in Korea. Subsequently taekwondo was designated as the Korean national martial art to be promoted internationally.

In 1973, World Taekwondo (WT; formerly named the World Taekwondo Federation) was created as the sport’s global governing body. The first World Championships were held in Seoul, Korea, that year.

In 1980 it was recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which fast-tracked taekwondo’s development from a Korean martial art to a global sport as it is today.

Vision Statement

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Mission Statement

To inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to achieve greatness in their lives through self-belief, ability and physical fitness. Our guiding corevalues are respect, integrity, honors, honesty and humility.