Indianapolis Martial Arts Classes


Taekwondo became an official full medal Olympic sport at the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia and has been confirmed as an Olympic sport until at least the 2020 Games.   As a result, participation in the sport has exploded.

To meet the needs of our students looking to take their training to another level, KTA offers special training opportunities each week.  These additional classes not only offer a more rigorous workout, they prepare our tournament competitors for the many events our team attends throughout the year.  Clearly with Master Cooley’s extensive background and competitive success, our school is sought out by many looking to become successful in competition.

At KTA, we believe that Sport Taekwondo is one part of the martial art.  While some schools focus strictly on competition and other schools avoid participation in tournaments altogether, we feel that competition is healthy for students who have the interest and enjoy the challenge.  Competing in a tournament is not a requirement to progress in rank at KTA, however we encourage students who we feel have potential to succeed in competition to consider giving it a try.  Many students find competition to be a worthwhile experience that helps build their confidence.

KTA trains students interested in Sport Taekwondo in three different disciplines – Sparring, Forms, and Board Breaking.   In addition to Sparring (Kyoroogi) being an Olympic sport, Forms (Poomsae) competition has recently come on board as an official international sport.  Forms competition can best be described to those who are not familiar as a performance of Taekwondo techniques in a systematic format that is judged similar to a gymnastics floor routine.  Although Board Breaking competition is not as frequently found in competitions as Sparring and Forms, it is another event in which students enjoy competing and performing.  It is also judged much like Forms competition.

There are different levels of competition that KTA students may progress through during their training.  Local events encompass competitions around the city and state.  Regional events, the next level up from local events, are tournaments throughout the Midwest Region.  National events include the U.S. National Senior and Junior Championships as well as other Opens.

For students with a competitive spirit, looking for a less intense training schedule, KTA also hosts “Intra-school” events throughout the year in which students of all ages and ranks can compete and have fun right in our own facility!   Students are also assured that we will only encourage tournament participation at a level in which will best suit that student’s need and level – enabling them to grow stronger and more confident through competition experience.

Since 1996, Master Cooley has directed the Indy Cup Taekwondo Championships – one of the most popular tournaments in our region.  Since 2011, Master Cooley has hosted the U.S. Poomsae Champions Cup, which is one of a handful of Forms-only events in the United States that is judged using official international standards.


KTA 2013 National Junior Team

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KTA 2012 National Team


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Kristi George – 2012 World Poomsae Championships – Silver Medalist

Indiana and the Midwest’s only World Poomsae Medalist to date!