The mission of Master Pius Martial Arts is to empower individuals of all ages, regardless of size or physical condition, to excel mentally and physically through TaeKwonDo and martial arts training.


A History of Taekwondo

mpma_tkd_historyTaekwondo is the name of the unique martial art-turned-international sport, which has been developed over 20 centuries in Korea. The prominent feature of taekwondo is the varied powerful kicking techniques. It is a free-fighting combat sport using bare hands and feet to repel an opponent. Since taekwondo was developed as a defense against enemy attacks, all of its movements are defensive in spirit. The art incorporates both the rapid straight-line movements of various Japanese styles and flowing circular movements of Chinese styles. It is also known as an art that focuses on the moral development of students.

Taekwondo-trained individuals are self confident not only about their physical prowess but also of their mental discipline. They have developed superior techniques for personal defense by using their entire bodies. For the student, the entire body is a weapon, and the individual is able to attack and beat off an aggressor with the hands, fists, elbows, feet, or any part of the body, as well as using their brain to assess the situation appropriately. A student can stand equally against any opponent, but the code forbids unfair assaults. The virtues of modesty and generosity are fundamentally based on self confidence.

Taekwondo has become a modern amateur sport, but it also has maintained the original martial art tradition and spirit. In Korea, it has been incorporated into the regular curriculum of primary schools, college and military training.

Taekwondo has become a major entry in annual, national and international athletic competitions. Constitution, competition rules, regulations, and promotion test rules were all developed to meet the requirements as an international amateur sport.

The World Taekwondo Federation was admitted by the International Olympic Committee in 1980. In light of this, taekwondo was a demonstration sport in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. It was accepted as a full medal sport at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games — the only martial art to be accepted by the International Olympic Committee.


Junior Black Belts (Pooms)

staff1All under the age of 16, each of these young Black Belts has received an official Kukkiwon certificate that entitles their entry into international Black Belt events such as the U.S. Open and the World Cup Tournament.

  • Mohamed
  • Lamon
  • Kordel
  • Conor
  • Nick
  • Mercedes

Parent volunteers are also very important at Master Pius Martial Arts. They make it possible for Grandmaster Pius to share the taekwondo spirit with more children and aspiring students.



KyleKyle was the first Black Belt certified by Grandmaster Pius in Atlanta, Georgia. He has trained under Grandmaster Pius for ten years at three different locations. He is adamant in never ceasing to advance techniques, skills, physicality, and mentality.  In December of 2010, Kyle received his second dan in the loving presence of his family and fellow students.


Jeff has been a loyal and dedicated student of Grandmaster Pius and taekwondo for nearly three years, and he trains to achieve his black belt while aiding as an office manager for the school.  When he is not working or kicking, he is teaching classes at select public schools to continue sharing the gifts and benefits that his martial arts education has bestowed upon every aspect of his life.

Grandmaster Pius Ilukhor - Chief Instructor

Master Pius 2013Grandmaster Pius Ilukhor - Chief Instructor

Grandmaster Pius Ilukhor was born in 1957 in Fugar, in the state of Delta, Nigeria. In 1975, after finishing his classical education with Marianists, he moved to Lagos, Nigeria. There, he had the life-altering occasion to meet his first martial arts instructor, Master Aikpa Aime, an Ivorian who had trained under the tutelage of the Korean Grand Master Kim Young Tae, the official instructor of the Ivory Coast government. In 1976, Grandmaster Pius joined the local taekwondo club that specialized in the Jidokwan style. His distinction is still recognized and registered in Aikpa Aime's attendance books for his record-breaking, unbroken attendance for the next five years. In 1980, he was verified by the World Taekwondo Federation as a Black Belt.

In the 1980s, he created the Nigerian United Taekwondo Association. He formed local training clubs at community centers and parks in Lagos, had 66 Black Belts and 19 second-degree dan training under him. He enjoyed the generous backing of the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, as well as Coca-Cola and 7-Up of Nigeria, as sponsors of his local competitions.

In 1987, Nigeria was represented in the 4th All-Africa Games in Nairobi, Kenya. Grandmaster Pius captained the national team and won the gold medal and best player of the tournament. That same year, Nigeria was represented in the 8th World Taekwondo Championships held in Barcelona, Spain, with master_piusGrandmaster Pius as team captain.

In 1989, Grandmaster Pius immigrated to Ottawa, Canada, where he attended Ottawa University and majored in physical education. From 1990 to 1993, Grandmaster Pius was the undefeated heavyweight champion in the Olympic-style Taekwondo in local and national competitions, including Canada vs. USA and Mexico in 1992 in Columbus, Ohio.

In 2001, Grandmaster Pius moved to the United States. In Atlanta, he was recruited by Joe Corley Karate to design a curriculum and was the chief instructor in taekwondo and kickboxing. He also trained students at a local gym in College Park with Master Sheraton Moreland. In 2013, he was promoted to 7th Dan Kikkiwon in Chicago.

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Master Pius Martial Arts

Roswell (Next to Family Dollar just south of the Chattahoochee River)
8811 Roswell Road 
Atlanta, Georgia 30350

Alpharetta(in the Grass Land Plaza next near Dollar Tree)
5620 Commerce Blvd
Alpharetta, Georgia 30004

(770) 992-8254

Business Hours

Monday: 10 am – 9 pm 
Tuesday : 10 am – 9 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 9 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm
Friday: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 12 pm
Sunday: Closed