History in Sweden

The history of Songahm Taekwondo in Sweden began in 1994, when Nils Bastedo first started training under present day (2016) Senior Master Jordan Schreiber at the Harvard-Radcliffe ATA. Graduating from Harvard in 1995 as a recent green belt, he returned to Sweden and worked on the materials of the first 4 belts until 1997, when he travelled to ATA Headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. There, under the guidance of Mr. Anton Hattingh, he achieved the rank of 1st degree blackbelt. Upon his return to Sweden (August-September 1997) he started WTTU Lund, which today lives on as Lunds Songahm Taekwondo Klubb, LSTK. In 1998, he travelled to Little Rock again to attend the annual instructor camp led by Eternal Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee. The following year, he travelled to the World Championships in Little Rock and has since then regularly visited major international events and started such in Europe with the 2007 international camp, which resulted from several years of efforts to find and create a network between instructors of Songahm Taekwondo outside the United States and South America.


Since its founding in 1997, LSTK has had many successes in the form of a World Champion, several European Champions, and as the home of the first Master Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo outside the Americas and Korea. However, most importantly, LSTK continues to be a place where young people and adults have fun training whilst developing and reinforcing attitudes that help our students achieve happiness in their lives and build a better society in which they and their children can live.


For more information on the history of Taekwondo in general and on Songahm Taekwondo in particular, please visit the main ATA website.