Chief Master Richard E. Anderson
Chief Master Richard E. Anderson is the highest ranking African American out of almost 400,000 members of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), World Traditional Taekwondo Union and Songahm Taekwondo Federation. He has been involved with Taekwondo and the ATA for over 39 years.
Chief Master Anderson is the pulse behind Anderson’s Taekwondo Center Camp Positive. This camp is a non-profit martial arts school, which runs a high profile program with about 120 members. Camp Positive offers an outlet to inner city youth and their families, which strengthen them through the moral standards of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA). The emphasis at Camp Positive is its motto: “Go to Church On Sunday, Practice Free On Monday.”
As evident in the creation of Camp Positive, Chief Master Anderson has dedicated his life to helping inner city youth and children from all walks of life. His school consists mainly of students from single parent homes or raised by grandparents or guardians with little or no income. He provides them with a positive path to gain self confidence and a stable support system in their lives.
Chief Master Anderson and the instructors at Anderson’s Taekwondo Center (ATC) reach out to one child, youth or family and give those individuals life lessons. They are then able to teach other children, youth and those around them that there is a positive alternative to the streets.
Chief Master Anderson and his staff specialize in counseling youth with a lack of discipline, low self-esteem and low school achievement. He teaches discipline through Taekwondo and he stresses the importance of academic achievement by encouraging good grades and a “Yes I Can” mindset. Chief Master Anderson is not only concerned with a child graduating from high school, but also with aspiring to graduate from college and becoming an active contributor to society and their community.