AHN’S TAE KWON DO
March 4, 1974 – March 4, 2019
Macon Karate Academy (Ahn’s Fitness Center) celebrated 45th Anniversary on March 4, 2019! The origin of Ahn’s Fitness Center is historical, interesting and inspiring. Grandmaster Eung Choo Ahn is to be commented and respected for his determination in making his life-long dream to open a martial arts school a reality. Ahn’s Fitness Center celebrates its 45th Anniversary on March 4, 2019. The origin of Ahn’s fitness center is historical, interesting and inspiring. Grandmaster Eung Choon Ahn is to be commended and respected for his determination in making his life long dream to open a martial arts school a reality.
E. C. Ahn was among the group of master instructors selected by General Choi Hong Hi to spread tae kwon do throughout the world. He was allowed to immigrate to the United States due to credentials as a tae kwon do instructor. Inj 1973, he came to the United States where he traveled from Los Angeles to Chicago with aspirations of opening a tae kwon do studio. Not long after arriving, he discovered Chicago already had numerous schools. Taking a friend’s advice, he moved south where martial arts had not yet made an impact.
Looking at the United States map, he chose a city located in the middle of the state of Georgia with access to a major interstate. Fortunately for Middle Georgia, that city was Macon! He opened his first martial arts school on Second Street, March 4th, 1974 as Ahn & Song. His first students were high school senior, Steve Sapp and his two brothers. In 1976, Ahn relocated his school to Pio Nono Avenue where it was renamed Macon Karate Academy. Two years later, he moved to a location on Eisenhower Parkway. In 1982, his operation moved to its present location on Vineville Avenue where he renamed the school, Ahn’s Fitness Center.
Since opening on Vineville, Grandmaster Ahn earned numerous distinctions and awards. In 1981, Bibb County Sheriff, Ray Wilkes, bestowed Grandmaster with rank of Honarary Deputy Sheriff. In 1985, he formed the Hae San Martial Arts Association with its national headquarters in Macon. He received the pinnacle rank in tae kwon do of 9th degree black belt in 1993. The year, 1997 afforded him several recognitions. He completed a goal of running 25,000 miles, equivalent to the circumference of the Earth and the city of Macon honored him by declaring a designated Tae Kwon Do Day. In 1999, Grandmaster Ahn’s first student, Steve Sapp, became the first American born and trained 6th degree black belt in Georgia. Grandmaster Ahn has since trained many masters. The year 2013 marked his 60th year of continuous training and service to tae kwon do. Ahn’s Fitness Center has now returned to it’s earlier name, Macon Karate Academy under the direction of his first student, Master Steve Sapp, 8th degree black belt.
Because of his life long dream, numerous generations of families and individuals have been positively impacted over the past 45 years. Thank you, Grandmaster Ahn for unselfishly sharing your wisdom, knowledge and expertise with thousands of former and current students!
Congratulations on 45 Years of Well Deserved Success!
In loving memory of
Master Greg Deep
February 17th, 1962 – August 9th, 2005
Master Terry jump
April 12, 1954 – April 1, 2013