The Indiana Taekwondo Academy originally opened in Noblesville, Indiana in 1974 under the name of Korea Taekwondo Academy (KTA) by Master Chul Koo Yoon. In 1979 Master Yoon appointed one of his Black Belt students, James Crays, to instruct at the KTA Noblesville location. Mr. Crays continued to train and teach under Master Yoon for many years, eventually buying and taking over the school when Master Yoon retired. In 1990, Master Crays renamed the school Indiana Taekwondo Academy.
Since 1979, Master Crays has dedicated his life to teaching the traditional styles of Taekwondo and Hapkido to hundreds of hungry students and has promoted more than 300 Black Belts and dozens of State and National champions.
The Indiana Taekwondo Academy has always tried to promote martial arts as more than just sport or self-defense, exercise or character development. Taekwondo and Hapkido as martial arts should be taught as a whole rather than just a piece of the pie.