Advanced Taekwon-Do Europe ATEU was established in 2011 as an independent, business-oriented alternative to leading Taekwon-Do organizations. At the first ATEU congress held in Sofia, Bulgaria with the participation of GM James Lim, the representatives of the Bulgarian Taekwon-Do Federation BUTF and Advanced Taekwon-Do Norway ATN are committed to promote Advanced Taekwon-do.

In the past, BUTF works with the International Federation /ITF-V/ and the European Federation /AETF/. BUTF is the only organization in Bulgaria that develops Taekwon-do as a martial art without a sports and competitive focus. To realize its innovative ideas in 2010 BUTF headed to Advanced Taekwon-Do .

Advanced Taekwon-Do Europe ATEU together with BUTF organized and conducted three seminars with GM Lim in  Bulgaria in  2011,  2013  and 2017.

In 2015, Master B. Atanasov was elected president of the organization.


The overlap of BUTF’s functions and vision with those of the ATEU, as well as BUTF’s desire to distinguish it from the sport of Taekwon-Do (taekwondo), led to the idea of uniting BUTF and ATEU.

In 2017 ATEU merged with BUTF, as a step forward in the development of Taekwon-Do, allowing Advanced Taekwon-Do to be promoted as a modern martial art.

For the realization of its goals, ATEU maintains contacts with international organizations and Grand Masters developing martial arts around the world. ATEU masters and instructors participate in international events, maintaining a high and up-to-date level of knowledge and skills in martial arts.