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Students of the Month

June

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH
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Armaan Singh
Certified 1st Degree Black belt ; 11 yrs old
Hobbies: Taekwondo, poetry, biking, swimming, going on long walks with family
Armaan is one of the brightest and hardest working students in the Academy. The biggest lesson that Armaan has learned from TKD is to do your best and to never give up. He has gained more respect, courage and it has helped him manage his time better and overall helped his character. He enjoys learning how to improve with each class because he feels he improves more as a person. He also loves the family atmosphere where he can feel like a part of a great community. He wants to be a doctor and writer when he gets older. He is a member of the TEAM YH Park Demonstration team.
Favorite food: Indian & Korean food
Favorite book: Anything by Rick Riordan & J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite subject: Math and Science
Favorite kick: Back hook kick
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May

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH
   

 Lucas Zenobio

Blue belt ; 14 yrs old

Hobbies: Bowling, video games, taekwondo

Lucas says that the best lesson taekwondo has taught is to push his limits even further. He enjoys training with his friends at the Academy and building lasting relationships. He trains to gain confidence in yourself and for physical training. His goal is to become the best version of himself through training.

Favorite food: Chinese food
Favorite book: Hunger Games
Favorite subject: Science
Favorite kick: Roundhouse kick

Evelyn McBrien
Red/black belt ; 8 yrs oldHobbies: Have friends over, watch Youtube, play video gamesEvelyn trains with her older brother Cavan and love taekwondo for all that it has taught her. She enjoys training with nunchucks and learn new forms. It is helped her become more focused in school and disciplined at home. She doesn’t fool around anymore and is serious in her studies. She likes to have fun while at TKD and that always helps her relax. Her long term is to run her own TKD school one day.Favorite food: Ravioli
Favorite book: Chocolate Touch
Favorite subject: Spelling
Favorite kick: Hook kick

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Cavan McBrien
Red/black belt ; 9 yrs old

Hobbies: Socialize with friends, use social media, reading

Cavan trains with his younger sister Evelyn and is a great example for her and the other students at the Academy. Tkd has taught him not to figit and to focus and stand still. It has also taught him to be humble and to treat everyone with dignity and respect. He is undecided on what he wants to be when he is older..

Favorite food: London Broil
Favorite book: Last Kids on Earth Book Series
Favorite subject: Gym
Favorite kick: One step forward back hook kick

April

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH
 
 

Dulce Kobayashi
Blue belt
Hobbies: Arts & crafts, Taiko drums, everything about martial arts
Dulce trains with her sons Caio and Anderson. The best lesson taekwondo has taught her is to be strong in mind and that it is never to late to start. She trains because she loves martial arts and wants to be healthy and keep her mind sane. Dulce loves to learn the forms because it is a beautiful way to express oneself with movements. Her goal is to keep training and become a black belt which inspires her to be better and better each day. She would like to train with weapons as her training moves forward.
Favorite food: Rice
Favorite book: The Secret
Favorite movie: Moana
Favorite kick: Spinning Roundhouse kick
Caio Maziero
Red/black belt; 12 yrs oldHobbies: Drawing, playing in the yard, taiko drumsCaio trains with his mother and younger brother Anderson. Healways does his best in class so the others can follow. Tkd has taught him that you don’t have to stay stagnant, you can change for the better and be the best version of yourself. He enjoys with his friends at the Academy and relating to them and sharing experiences with them. His dream is to become a biologist.Favorite food: Ramen
Favorite book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Favorite subject: Art
Favorite kick: Spinning Roundhouse kick

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Anderson Maziero
Red/black belt; 9 yrs old

Hobbies: Drawing, Arts and Crafts, Taiko drums

Anderson trains with his mother and older brother Caio. Tkd has taught him how to defend himself against bullies and not to hurt anyone intentionally. He enjoys improving his skills and training with his family, especially his brother. His goal is to achieve his black belt and his dream is to become an artist one day.

Favorite food: Lettuce, Tomato, pickle sandwich
Favorite book: Weird but True
Favorite subject: Art
Favorite kick: Back hook kick

MARCH

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Leah

Julia

Daniel Glavan

Certified 1st Degree Black belt; 12 yrs old

Hobbies: Basketball, viola, piano, keyboard, math problems, study and of course TKD

Daniel trains with his mother and older sister. He loves spending more time with his family while training and becoming closer to them. He has grown since training by becoming way more respectful and more disciplined at home. He is a lot more happier as a person since he started training. Daniel is a NY State Bronze Medalist for forms and won 3rd place at the Long Island Science Fair. His #1 dream is to go to MIT or Michigan University. He would like to be a data scientist one day.

Favorite food: Salmon
Favorite book: Navigating Early
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite kick: Spinning roundhouse kick

Leah Pelletier

Red/Black belt ; 6 yrs old

Hobbies: Read, play music, sing

Leah trains with her mother and brother at the Academy. She loves practicing the kicking combinations when training and always tries her best. She’s has improved tremendously in her behavior and indomitable spirit. Leah goal is to become a black belt. Her dream is to be a farmer.

Favorite food: Apples
Favorite book: Princess and Black
Favorite subject: Reading
Favorite kick: Roundhouse kick

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Julia Baudo
Red/Black belt ; 6 yrs old

Hobbies: Dance, coloring, swimming

Julia trains with her mother and brother. She loves everything about Taekwondo and how she has benefitted from it. Julia is a more confident individual and self-sufficient since she started TKD. Julia’s goal is to represent Team YHPark on the Demonstration Team. She wants to be the best she can be for the future.

Favorite food: Fruit
Favorite book: Mix it Up
Favorite subject: Gym
Favorite kick: Back hook kick & Botachagi

FEBRUARY

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Michael Hand
Brown belt; 13 yrs old

Hobbies: TKD and sports

Michael loves breaking boards in class and likes the art and sport of Taekwondo. Taekwondo has taught him to have better manners and to learn how to defend himself. He is more confident in himself and believes he is able to achieve any goal he sets out for himself. His goal is to become a black belt. His dream is to live a successful happy life.

Favorite food: Steak
Favorite book: Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief
Favorite subject: Gym
Favorite kick: Back hook kick

Liam Anderson
Red/Black belt ; 7 yrs oldHobbies: Playing iPad, Gymnastics, TKD, playing with sisterLiam trains with his younger sister Amei. He loves learning new skills while training and working hard every class. Taekwondo has taught him to always be honest and respectful. His goal is to continue to learn new things all the time. His dream is to be a teacher like Master Edward.Favorite food: Cheeseburgers
Favorite book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite kick: Back hook kick

JANUARY

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Nicholas Aloisio
Purple belt ; 12 yrs oldHobbies: Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Hang out with friends and familyNicholas started taekwondo because his older brother and father had previous experience and he was curious. He really enjoys learning new kicking combos and how to learn to be a black belt. Taekwondo has made him a better person by changing his attitude to be more positive and influential. His goal is to do well in school and one day become a black belt.Favorite food: Veal Parmigian
Favorite book: The Ender’s Game
Favorite subject: Social Studies
Favorite kick: Skipping side kick
Ari Rabanal
Red/black belt ; 7 yrs oldHobbies: Drawing pictures, play with toys, give love to parents and grandparentsAri’s favorite thing about taekwondo is the constant growth and levels to achieve. He has improved his behavior immensely since he started taekwondo and credits it for his turnaround. His goal is the become a black belt and one day the President of the United States.Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite book: Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus
Favorite subject: Science
Favorite kick: Back hook kick

DECEMBER

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Noah Guzman

Leslie Molina

Orange belt; 16 yrs old

Hobbies: Dancing, drawing, painting, singing

Leslie trains with her brother Josh. She trains to learn self-defense, for self-improvement and goal setting. One of her goals is to become a black belt. She enjoys everything about Taekwondo such as the forms, exercise, and meditation. She wants to become a forensic psychologist when she’s older.

Favorite food: Pupasas (Salvadorian dish)

Favorite book: The Book Thief

Favorite subject: Social Studies

Favorite kick: Roundhouse kick

Noah Guzman

Red/black belt ; 7 yrs old

 

Hobbies: TKD, reading, play games

 

Noah likes learning how to defend himself and doing kicking combinations. He has learned Anti-bullying techniques to protect himself. His goals include to be a leader. He wants to be a fireman when he grows up.

 

Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite book: All
Favorite subject: Reading
Favorite kick: Fast kick

NOVEMBER

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Bethannie Riche
Esther Riche

Josh Molina

Green belt; 10 yrs old

Hobbies: TKD, play video games, hanging out with friends

Josh trains with his sister Leslie. He started TKD by watching his cousin Brandon and seeing the respect and discipline it gave him. He realized he needed the same type of training to be a better person. He likes the hard work and hanging out with the students who have the same passion that he does for the art. His goals include becoming a black belt and eventually a Grandmaster and open up a school of his own. Also he would like to take care of his parents when he’s older so they have a good life.

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite book: Dog man

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: Roundhouse kick

Bethannie & Esther

Bethannie Riche
Red/Black belt ; 7 yrs old

Hobbies: playing iPad, eat snacks, doing daily schedule

Bethannie trains with her sister Esther and likes the style of kicks and learning how to defend herself. She has learned how to do a split through hard work and is a positive influence for the other students. Her goal is to know everyone’s name in the school. She wants to be a teacher when she’s older.

Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite book: The book with no pictures
Favorite subject: Science
Favorite kick: One step forward spinning axe kick

Esther Riche
Red/Black belt ; 8 yrs old

Hobbies: reading, playing on IPad, jogging

Esther trains with her sister Bethannie and always works hard in class. She enjoys stretching and the exercises we do in class. She has learned about perseverance and to always give her best effort. Her goal is to get her black belt. Her dream is to be a professional martial artist when she is older.

Favorite food: Spaghetti
Favorite book: How to survive middle school
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite kick: jumping back kick

OCTOBER

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Connor Schmidt

Alex Pace

Green belt ; 15 yrs old

Hobbies: TKD, video games, sports, studying

Alex loves how he can push himself to his limits and reach his max potential. He has learned to have a great work ethic by training Taekwondo. His goal is to become a black belt before going to college. He wants to follow in his sister’s footsteps in becoming a YH Park black belt and go past her. He wants to be an engineer when he’s older.

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite book: Night

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: Roundhouse kick

Connor Schmidt

Red/black belt; 7 yrs old

Hobbies: Football, wrestling, reading

Connor loves sweating while training TKD because he works so hard every class. He also like learning new techniques and moves to defend himself. TKD has taught him how to defend against bullies and respect parents and friends. His goal in TKD is to be a 9th Degree Black belt. His dream is to be a famous NFL football for NY Giants.

Favorite food: Hot dogs
Favorite book: Mariano Rivera Yankee Book
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite kick: Jumping back kick

SEPTEMBER

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

 Tyler Chatterton

Bobby Giannattasio
Ralphy Giannattasio

Tyler Chatterton

Black belt ; 14 yrs old

Hobbies: Playing the guitar and train for Taekwondo

Tyler feels like Taekwondo at YH Park is one big community and he really appreciates that. It keeps him healthy and he loves the respect aspect of it. He has learned that sometimes you feel like you want to give up but you find out that if you don’t, you will exceed your expectations and keep hope. His dream is to become a Taekwondo Instructor one day and give back because Taekwondo has done a lot for him. Tyler is 3rd in the nation for Sparring in his age group.

Favorite food: Filet Mignon
Favorite book: The Percy Jackson Series
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite kick: Back hook kick

Bobby & Ralphy

Bobby Giannattasio
Red/Black belt ; 7 yrs old

Hobbies: Video games, play with brothers, watching tv

Bobby G. likes kicking the most in Taekwondo. TKD has helped him to be his best always. He trains with his older brother Ralphy. He would like to be a video game maker one day. His tkd goal is to be smarter and work on life skills.

Favorite food: Oreos & Chicken nuggets
Favorite book: Pete the Cat
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite kick: Axe kick

Ralphy Giannattasio
1st Degree Black Belt ; 8 yrs old

Hobbies: Playing with brothers, tkd, video games & TV

Ralphy loves to learn new techniques and forms and self defense in TKD. He has learned to be the best person he can be by training tkd by helping others, working hard and never giving up. His dream is to be a video game maker and his tkd goal is to become a 2nd degree black belt and demo team member.

Favorite food: Mommies noodles
Favorite book: The Lego Movie
Favorite subject: Art
Favorite kick: Jumping front snap kick

AUGUST

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Kartik Subramanian

Bradley Singh

Kartik Subramanian

Purple belt ; 13 yrs old

Hobbies: Computer, video games, robotics, programming

Kartik trains taekwondo to learn the art aspect of it. He also likes to perform demonstration kicks. He loves the discipline and performing the forms. Tkd has taught him self discipline and self control. He wants to attend MIT for college and to be a demo team member.

Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite movie: Suicide Squad
Favorite subject: Science
Favorite kick: 540 kick

Bradley Singh

Red/Black belt ; 7 yrs old

Hobbies: basketball, video games, tkd

Bradley says taekwondo is really fun because of all the different techniques and kicks you learn. He has learned to improve his kicks by constant practice. He is an excellent student who always tries his best. He wants to be an animal rescuer when he is older. His tkd goal is to become a black belt one day.

Favorite food: Bread
Favorite book: Call of the Wild
Favorite subject: Science
Favorite kick: Jumping back kick

JULY

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Navreet Singh

Marvin Colato

Navreet Singh

7 yrs old; Red/Black belt

Hobbies: Legos, writing, reading

Navreet loves that taekwondo makes him a better person and its good for you in every way. He has learned to respect yourself and others. His goal is to become a black belt before he’s in fourth grade. His dream is to be a movie star actor.

Favorite food: Apples
Favorite book: Geronimo Stillton
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite kick: Roundhouse kick

JUNE

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Kate Maliugina

Hanna Zamana

Kate Maliugina

Purple belt

Hobbies: Enjoying learning foreign languages and making presents

Kate trains with her daughter Hanna. She always wanted to train TKD and once the opportunity arose, she started. She also wanted to learn how to defend herself and feel confident if a situation arose. She enjoys learning self-defense and practicing her forms, especially outdoors on her own. She is still working her future goals.

Favorite food: Salmon Teriyaki

Favorite book: National Geographic

Favorite kick: Jumping Front Snap Kick

Hanna Zamana

6 yrs old ; Purple belt

Hobbies: Play games with grandparents, roller skating and Arts & Crafts

Hanna trains tkd with her mother and loves it. Hanna likes performing in the belt tests to level up. She also loves to break boards to improve her technique and power. She has learned to have a positive attitude and never complain. She works hard all the time during class. Her goals are to become a black belt and one day be an Astronaut.

Favorite food: Pancakes & apple

Favorite book: Wizard of Oz

Favorite subject: Music

Favorite kick: Flying side kick

MAY

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Abigail Agatep
Ahren Agatep
Ashley Agatep

Juliana Cardenas

Abigail/Ahren/Ashley Agatep

TBA

Juliana Cardenas

TBA

APRIL

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Dylan Arnold
Nicole Arnold

Megan Rebosa

Dylan & Nicole Arnold

TBA

Megan Rebosa

7 yrs old ; Red/Black belt

Hobbies: Singing, Tkd, Soccer

Megan trains with her younger brother Alex and is an excellent example for him. She loves training with weapons such as the nunchucks. She appreciates the taekwondo journey and the valuable lessons it has taught her. It has taught her how to defend herself and has helped her gain more confidence. Her future goal is to become a black belt. Her dream is to be a school teacher.

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite book: Poems

Favorite subject: Reading & Math

Favorite kick: Roundhouse kick

MARCH

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Stephen Kim

Alex Na
Ethan Na

Stephen Kim

14 yrs old ; Purple belt

Hobbies: Sports

Stephen joined tkd to improve athletically and push himself to his limits. He loves the conditioning tkd gives him and the intense curriculum. He has learned that he is better than he thinks and he could push himself even more. His future goals include attending a good college and get a soccer scholarship.

Favorite food: Pasta & Spaghetti

Favorite book: The Giver

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: Spinning roundhouse kick

Alex Na & Ethan Na

Alex

9 yrs old ; Brown belt

Hobbies: Bicycling, playing on iPad, hanging out with brother

Alex trains with his older brother Ethan. He loves to spar and train with his friends at the Academy. He has learned that hard work and effort is needed to achieve Black belt and it is a goal he plans to attain. His future goal is to go to MIT and get a Porsche.

Favorite food: Anything noodles

Favorite book: The Frank Einstein Series

Favorite subject: Computer Lab

Favorite kick: Hook kick

Ethan

10 yrs old ; Red/Black belt

Hobbies: Swimming, reading, hanging out with his brother

Ethan trains tkd with his brother Alex. He loves to train tkd because of the disciplines it instills in him. He has learned that if he never gives up he will succeed. It has taught him valuable life skills that he takes into his everyday life. His future goal is to become a black belt. His dream is to become an engineer one day.

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite book: Number the Stars

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: Axe kick

FEBRUARY

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Michael Kim

Sean Che

Michael Kim

11 yrs old; Purple belt

Hobbies: Read, playing the saxophone

Michael joined tkd to be healthier and develop discipline to work harder in life. Michael likes tkd because it forces him to push himself and challenge his mind and body. He has learned that he can do more than he ever thought he could and push himself to great heights. His future goals include to earn his black belt and attend a good college.

Favorite food: Bibimbap

Favorite book: Percy Jackson series

Favoriet subject: Math

Favorite kick: Skipping side kick

Sean Chae

9 yrs old; Red/Black belt

Hobbies: Electronic games, math, exercising his brain and body

Sean loves the feeling when he graduates to a new belt. He says its the best feeling in the world. He has learned to always be a good person and improve his attitude. His goals is to become a grandmaster and rank higher than his father.

Favorite food: Ramen

Favorite book: Percy Jackson series

Favorite subject: Math & Art

Favorite kick: Jumping back kick

JANUARY

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Juan Kim

Leaira Clagnaz
Kayla Clagnaz

Juan Kim

12 yrs old ; Purple belt

Hobbies: TKD, sports, reading

Juan Kim joined our Academy to learn self-defense and develop discipline. He likes the Academy’s curriculum and how well it is balanced. He has learned self-discipline while training. His goal is to become a black belt in TKD and his dream is to go to Harvard. He wants to be a doctor/researcher.

Favorite food: Kim Bap (Korean sushi)

Favorite book: Percy Jackson series

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: Roundhouse kick

Leaira Clagnaz & Kayla Clagnaz

Leaira

8 yrs old; Red/Black belt

Hobbies: Basketball, play with dad, math, and play with friends

Leaira started tkd because of her sister. She loves tkd because you learn new kicks and forms. She says its so much fun. She has learned to how to be sharper in her focus and improve her attitude. Her goal is to be a grandmaster one day.

Favorite food: Chicken nuggets

Favorite book: Goosebumps series

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: Flying side kick

Kayla

10 yrs old; Deputy

Hobbies: Drawing, playing basketball, baseball

Kayla started tkd to improve her balance. She loves tkd because it teaches her discipline and how to respect others. She has learned to not use her tkd to fight but for self-defense. Her goal is to become a black belt. Her dream is to be a lawyer or teacher.

Favorite food: Chicken

Favorite book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite kick: Jumping back kick

DECEMBER

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Krista Burdi

Isabella Sorrentino

Krista Burdi

Blue Belt

Hobbies: TKD, Racquetball & Traveling

Krista started taekwondo bc it was something she enjoyed as a child and wanted to learn how to protect herself. She’s loves the stress relief it provides her and how she feels like family at the Academy. She has learned to be more patient by her training and takes the lessons on the mat and applies it to her everyday life. Her goals include achieving her black belt and one day become an instructor.

Favorite food: Steak & potatoes

Favorite book: Never where

Favorite kick: Fast kick

Isabella Sorrentino

10 yrs old ; Red/Black Belt

Hobbies: Singing, art and TKD

Isabella loves all the respected values tkd provides her and Master Edward helping her be more confident. Her positive attitude is contagious and she is always loving to everyone. She has learned that to never give up and always try your best. Her goal is to be a black belt and famous singer one day.

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite book: Dork Diaries

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: Flying side kick

NOVEMBER

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

R.J. Lewis

Grace Migliore

R.J. Lewis

15 yrs old ; Blue belt

Hobbies: Playing piano, drawing & playing video games

R.J. loves tkd for the discipline and how it teaches you to show respect to elders and senior belts. He has appreciated the respect and discipline it has taught him that he can apply in his everyday life. His future goals include becoming a master in tkd and one day become an animator.

Favorite food: Ravioli

Favorite book: The Kain Chronicles

Favorite subject: Social Studies

Favorite kick: Any 4 of the roundhouse kicks

Grace Migliore

7 yrs old; Red/Black belt

Hobbies: Singing, being flexible, math & TKD

Grace loves to help the lower belts and younger children. She likes to take charge in class and show a great example for others. She has learned that when you earn a new belt, you are improving yourself and you must act better. She is a very hard worker and gives it her best every day in class. Her goal is to become a teacher one day and a black belt.

Favorite food: Shrimp & Sushi

Favorite book: Fancy Nancy & Judy Moody

Favorite subject: Art

Favorite kick: Jumping front snap kick & Flying side kick

OCTOBER

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Brendan Pigolt

Joseph Migliore

Brendan Pigolt

12 yrs old ; Red/Black

Hobbies: Likes nature, walking dog, video games

Brendan loves tkd bc its just physical but also mental and philosophical. He likes learned new techniques and forms as he moves up the ranks. Tkd has helped Brendan control his emotions and develop self-control. His goal is to become a black belt and beyond and one day become a biochemist.

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite book: Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite kick: Back kick

Joseph Migliore

7 yrs old ; Red/Black belt

Hobbies: Art and reading

Joseph loves learning new kicks and how to defend himself. He has learned to work hard and that sweating is a good thing. His never-ending high energy is remarkable to see everyday. His goal is to make himself a better person and become an excellent black belt.

Favorite food: Macaroni

Favorite book: Mind Your Monsters

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: One step forward jumping back kick

SEPTEMBER

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Fran Pelletier

Kylie McCaffrey

Fran Pelletier

Blue Belt

Hobbies: Animal rescue, reading, yoga, writing

Fran trains with her daughter and son. Fran trains for physical and mental fitness, helps to decompress and relieve stress. She loves the art form and performing the forms. She enjoys the physical component and the challenge of class. She has gained a lot more self-confidence in putting herself forward and putting herself in a position to try something new and demonstrating to her children that she can do anything you set your mind to. Some of her life goals include becoming a positive influence for the world by leading by example. She believes in the Golden Rule and leave a positive impact in the world through her actions. She loves to help people in the healthcare industry.

Favorite food: Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

Favorite book: Weathering Heights

Favorite kick: Back kick

Kylie McCaffrey

7 yrs old ; Red/Black belt

Hobbies: Reading, dancing, taekwondo, schoolwork

Kylie trains with her older sister Kaelin and Mother, Kristi. She has improved so much in her skills and is developing into a fine young girl. She loves to practice her forms and learn different kicks. She has learned that the forms get harder and she has to practice more to improve. Her goal is to achieve her black belt and try her best in Taekwondo. She would like to become a teacher when she grows up.

Favorite food; Banana

Favorite book: Magic Tree House Series

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: Side kick

AUGUST

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Michael Hand

Maverick Melendez

Michael Hand

12 yrs old ; Blue Belt

Hobbies: Basketball, Soccer, Tennis

Michael loves to learn new curriculum and work on his kicking combinations. He has learned to be more respectful to parents, teachers and friends. He loves the physical exercise and mental discipline of training. His goal is to make it to 3rd Degree Black and become an instructor. His dream is to be a computer programmer.

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite book: I Funny

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite kick: Back hook kick

Maverick Melendez

9 yrs old; Red/Black Belt

Hobbies: Soccer & Football

Maverick is a hard worker who always has a great attitude in class. He loves to learn new kicks, break boards and advancing in rank. He has learned about responsibility, confidence and perseverance while training. His goal and life dream is to become a Master in Taekwondo.

Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Book: White Fang

Favorite Subject: Science

Favorite Kick: Roundhouse kick & Back Hook kick

JULY

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Kevin Keane

Alfonse Pirozzi

Kevin Keane

15 yrs old ; Purple Belt

Hobbies: Taekwondo, skateboarding, guitar

Kevin always watched martial arts movies which inspired him to train. He loves every aspect of his Taekwondo training and learning how to defend himself if a dangerous situation may arise. Taekwondo has helped him feel safer and more confident. He wants to become a black belt and have taekwondo be part of his lifelong journey. He also wants to become a Private Investigator one day.

Favorite food: Chicken Lo Mein

Favorite book: Mystery

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: Spinning Roundhouse kick

Alfonse Pirozzi

9 yrs old; Red/Black belt

Hobbies: Taekwondo, play outside

Alfonse is an excellent student who likes learning new forms and challenging himself in class. He always tries the best he can in everything he does in his life. He has learned more about respecting others, himself and focusing better. His goal is to achieve his black belt.

Favorite food: everything

Favorite book: magic Tree House

Favorite subject: Social Studies

Favorite kick: Botachagi

JUNE

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Ryan Ackerman

Jason Kelly

Ryan Ackerman

Blue Belt

Hobbies: Taekwondo, Sports, Working out

Ryan loves taekwondo and started training because he believes in achieving high goals in life. He wants to master the art of himself and the ability to control himself better. Taekwondo has changed his life by becoming more humble, confident and self aware. He loves goal setting and trying to be the best version of himself. His ultimate goal is to be the best of his abilities. His future goals are to be an Olympic sparrer and to promote leadership to the youth. He also wants to provide guidance to the youth and lower belts as well as being a role model for the community. Ryan doesn’t believe in setting limitations, he always is looking for improvement.

Favorite Food: Chicken

Favorite Movie:

Favorite Kick: Spinning Roundhouse kick

Jason Kelly

Red/Black ; 8 yrs old

Hobbies: Baseball and Taekwondo

Jason is a great young martial artist who is developing into a leader. He states that he loves to learn all different forms and cool moves while in class. He always wants to come to class and really enjoys the training. He has learned that Taekwondo is not used to fight but actually for self-defense. His future goals are to be a Black Belt and a professional baseball player.

Favorite Food: Peanut Butter & Jelly

Favorite Book: Matilda

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Kick: Roundhouse Kick

MAY

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Mary Neftleberg

Aiden Noh

Mary Neftleberg

Coming Soon!

Aiden Noh

Red/Black Belt ; 5 yrs old

Hobbies: Taekwondo and play with friends

Aiden is a wonderful young boy who has a bright future ahead. He likes to use the nunchucks when he trains and loves to learn new kicks and forms. He states that taekwondo has helped him be able to defend himself better and gain more confidence. He wants to become a black belt and a crystal scientist when he is older.

Favorite Food: Vegetables

Favorite Movie: The Incredibles

Favorite Subject: Reading

Favorite Kick: Jumping Back Kick

APRIL

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Kim Haxton

Kenneth Aristondo

Kim Haxton

Blue Belt

Hobbies: Laying on the beach, Scrap booking, puzzles, dance

Kim trains with her family (husband, 2 daughters and 1 son). Kim is a school teacher who started training bc of Grandmaster insisting. She enjoys the forms the most in her training because it reminds her of dance. She is impresses herself in what she has been able to accomplish. She is reaching her goals and surpassing them. She is able to understand the art itself and also love the meditation at the end of class to relax. She loves spending her time with her lovely dog Riley, boating with family and friends, massages and spending time with the people that she loves. Her future goals include learning how to play the piano, have a house on a lake one day, study interior design and see her kids develop into amazing adults who are happy, healthy and safe.

Favorite Food: Porterhouse Steak

Favorite Movie: The Notebook

Favorite Kick: Fast kick & Skipping side kick

Kenneth Aristondo

Red/Black Belt ; 8 yrs old

Hobbies: Sports, reading and drawing

Kenneth enjoys taekwondo because he gets to discover more about himself and have fun with friends. He has gained many friends and believes perseverance is the key to success. He has learned to never give up on his goals. He would like to be a construction worker when he is older and a 9th Degree Black Belt and Grandmaster.

Favorite Food: Chinese Food

Favorite Book: Charlotte’s Web

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Kick: Spinning Roundhouse kick

MARCH

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Katie Baudo

Jake Baudo

Katie Baudo

Purple belt

Katie trains with her son and daughter. She is a social worker at a Northshore LIJ.She started training bc she was inspired by her son Jake. She appreciates the whole mind, body and spirit aspect of training. She really loves the team atmosphere at the academy where everyone supports one another. She has learned to meditate more and it has kept her challenged so she can grow in every way. Her goals include growing spiritual and becoming more self aware and understanding how the two effect each other. She wants to continually stay physically fit and be a positive role model for her children.

Favorite food: fruit

Favorite book: the notebook

Favorite kick: side kick

Jake Baudo

Brown belt; 6 yrs old

Hobbies: Play with friends, read, flying his kite

Jake trains with his mother and younger sister. He loves learning new kicks and using the pads to improve his skills. He states that being good to one another is the best thing he has learned throughout his training. He is a hard worker and always gives his best effort in class. He wants to be a 9th Degree Black Belt one day, soccer player and to have the best attitude possible.

Favorite food: Spagetti

Favorite book: Taekwondo Dinosaurs & Press Here

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite kick: Hook kick

FEBRUARY

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Frankie Nieves

Ayah Nimir
Kareem Nimir

Frankie Nieves

Purple Belt

Hobbies: Taekwondo, swimming, video games

Frankie trains with his daughter Ava and it has always been a lifelong dream of his to be in the martial arts. Training helps him cope with emotional and physical stress and is a good outlet. He states that the most valuable thing he has learned while training is the self-discipline. His goal is to be a 4th Degree Master in Taekwondo.

Favorite food: Seafood

Favorite book: The Bible

Favorite kick: Jumping front snap kick

Ayah Nimir & Kareem Nimir

Ayah

Red/Black belt ; 12 yrs old

Hobbies: Draw, paint, pottery, playing cello

Ayah trains with her younger brother Kareem. Ayah finds taekwondo to be very fun because of the people and the environment. It is a good activity to get her energy out. She has learned to never give up and have great dedication and peserverence to achieve her goals. Her future goals include to be a black belt and become a painter one day.

Favorite food: Mom’s homemade chicken cutlets

Favorite book: The Selection Series

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: Double kick

Kareem

Red/Black belt ; 7 yrs old

Hobbies: Soccer, reading and playing with friends

Kareem trains with his sister and is a fantastic young boy. He likes tkd so much bc he learns new things and gets great physical exercise. He has learned to always do his best and work hard to reach his goals. His goal is to become a black belt and an astronaut one day.

Favorite food: Mom’s chicken cutlet

Favorite book: Ting and Ling

Favorite subject: Gym

Favorite kick: Spinning roundhouse kick

JANUARY

ADULT/TEEN STUDENT OF THE MONTH

CHILD STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Charlie Chacon

Marcus Chacon

Charlie Chacon

Purple belt

Hobbies: TKD, reading current events, spending time with family

Charlie trains with his son and daughter. Charlie trains to improve his health and spiritual growth. Through tkd he has increased family unity and increased his self-esteem. He enjoys seeing himself progress in his training and sharing his art with his family. His goals include helping his family increase their skills in the school. He wants to bring the spiritual essence of tkd into his everyday working life and inspire others.

Favorite Food: Japanese

Favorite Book: Hamlet

Favorite Kick: Spinning roundhouse kick

Marcus Chacon

Brown belt; 7 yrs old

Hobbies: TKD, helping with chores and helping mom cook

Marcus trains with his father and younger sister. Marcus loves to learn how to protect himself and learning new techniques and curriculum along the way. Marcus likes helping others in class and enjoys giving back to younger students. He states that he is very happy to be training at our school. His goal is to be a leader in taekwondo class. His dream is to help everyone in the world.

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite book: Taekwondo for Dinosaurs

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite kick: Jumping back kick

Past Students of the Month