The first two of the United TaeKwonDo Academies were established in 1987 by Mr. Michael Crocco and Mr. Bryan Klein in North Brunswick and Manalapan, New Jersey.
The organization grew and opened locations in Clinton, Matawan, Jackson, Montgomery, Union and Hamilton. Over the years most of the schools were given to their students that were teaching for them, allowing Mr. Crocco and Mr. Klein to concentrate their efforts on a single school each.
Today, there are thirteen Martial Arts Academies in New Jersey that owe their success to the structure and curriculum that Crocco and Klein created.
At the United TaeKwonDo Academies, the core style is of course TaeKwonDo. However, in order to present students with a well-rounded curriculum, techniques from Aikido, Jujitsu, Kung Fu and Boxing have been added to enhance your skills as a martial artists. This will give you the ability to better defend yourself in any situation.
1987- UTA was founded in No. Brunswick and Manalapan
1988-First UTA Tournament
1989- UTA Instructor Manual
1990- National Demo in FL.
1992- Clinton and Jackson Academy
1993- Russia Tournament
1994- Matawan Academy
1995- Bricks broken for kids with cancer $10,000 raised
1996- World Cup of Martial Arts Sydney, Australia
1997- Montgomery Academy and Pan-Am Games Mexico
1998- Humanitarian of the Year presented to Mr. Klein
1999- Weapons added to curriculum
2000- Forms modified for the 21st century
2001- Union Academy
2002- Bully-proofed 50,000 children
2003- Real-life self defense added to curriculum
2004- Martial Arts with Heart was founded - $33,000 raised for March of Dimes
2005- Hamilton Academy and $55,000 raised for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
2006- Mr. Crocco and Mr. Klein earn 5th degree Black Belts and $92,000 raised for Embrace Kids Foundation
2007- A new beginning for UTA expansion and growth. $88,000 raised for C.O.S.A.C
National TV coverage as Mr. Crocco breaks 10,000 boards for Autism Awareness
Here is what your neighbors are saying:
"Now I have strong sense of confidence & discipline"
-Melissa N. age 11
"I remember when I was a White Belt and couldn't stand still for 30 seconds! Now I feel I can control my body all the time."
-Derron M. age 14
"My first reason for taking Karate was to learn Self Defense. I was tired of being everyone's punching bag at school. Now, I have a much higher level of confidence. Along with the ability to defend myself, I learned to have more respect not just for myself but also my parents and other family members."
-David W. age 16
"I was nervous when I took my first class but everyone welcomed me and made me feel special. I have a lot of respect for all the Instructors,they are great role models."
-Brian S. age 8
"A Black Belt is not just a piece of cloth we wear around our waist. A Black Belt in the UTA means you are a person with integrity, perseverance, self-control and courtesy."
-George D. age 33