Get to know International Taekwon-Do Academy

About International Taekwon-Do Academy
in Arvada


International Taekwon-Do Academy is committed to inspiring and empowering you to reach your full potential.

Our focus is on bringing you the best martial arts lessons in the Arvada area to give you the tools you need to defend yourself, maintain great health, and become the best version of yourself for a successful living. 

International Taekwon-Do Academy has earned the reputation in New Jersey, and now bringing it to our new home in Arvada, as well as West Arvada, Golden, Westminster, of being the top martial arts school for enriching our students’ lives and equipping them to face life with the winning edge.

Many people believe the martial arts are about just fighting, but our program is much, much more than that. When you train in our martial arts classes you take advantage of the best self-improvement system in the world.

Master Victor Teran

Owner of International Taekwon-Do Academy. 

Master Teran is a Three-Time American Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Three-Time Martial Arts Hall of Honors. Actor. Fight Choreographer. Author. Featured in Chuck Norris’s martial arts masters and pioneers biography book. Ernie Reyes Sr and Bill “Super foot” Wallace, “Changing Lives”. Master Teran has been featured in several news article. Martial Arts magazines. Commercials. Film(s).

Served and defended our great nation from late 1996 until August 2013. Master Teran served in OEF/OIF, serving in Iraq for 10.5 years. He is currently an 8th Degree Master Instructor Trainer. U.S Marine Corps Combat Veteran. Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Diplomatic Private security for Blackwater and Triple Canopy. Agent-in Charge for the U.S Department of State in the Diplomatic Security Service. Award-Winning children’s book Author. Ambassador for the American Military University.

Now, he proudly serve the Arvada community and feel an overwhelming sense of pride and humility when seeing students grow into happier, healthier, more confident children, teens, and adults!

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Victor Teran


Antonio Portugal

BoSabumNim 3rd Dan

Mr. Antonio Portugal was born and raised in Lima Peru, prior to moving to the United States. He was a member of the Peruvian soccer National team Sub 17.

Mr. Portugal attended San Martin University receiving his bachelor’s degree in hotel Management. In addition, he was a soccer coach at the University, while continuing his martial arts training. After graduation, he moved to Puerto Rico, his father’s homeland, where he started working for an international cruise ship for 6 years.

Mr. Portugal moved to New Jersey, where he continued his martial arts training. He is an active member and assistant instructor at the International Taekwon-Do Academy in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Not only he continues his Taekwon-Do training but brings a lot of knowledge to the academy. He has trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Tai, Wrestling and Boxing.

After 17 years of training, Mr. Portugal attained his 3rd degree black belt. He continues his training under SahyunNim Victor Teran in Jersey City, who is a direct disciple of Great Grandmaster Kwang Duk Chung.

Richelle Kautz

BoSabumNim 2nd Dan

Richelle Kautz was Born and raised in the island of Saipan, part of the Northern Mariana Islands. Prior to moving back to the United States, she was a freshman at Northern Marianas College, was an athlete representative and coach. Ms. Kautz played golf in grade school. She later played softball for the Glazers and basketball from 7th through 12th grade.

Ms. Kautz went to Duke University Basketball Camp after her freshman year in high school. While in high school, she joined the basketball and soccer leagues and played for the U17 national team. Kautz also played softball during her sophomore and senior years in high school. Ms. Richelle Kautz also played soccer for the Marianas Pacific United Women’s Division. (Source:

Ms. Kautz joined the International Taekwon-Do Academy in 2017. Ms. Kautz currently holds a second degree black belt in Taekwon-Do, participated in many Regional, State and National competition with ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) and WTF (World Taekwon-Do Federation).

Ms. Kautz is a very diverse practitioner and athlete competing in both sparring and patterns. Her kickboxing experience has giving her a base in becoming an outstanding Taekwon-Do student and martial artist.

Ms. Kautz dedication and hard work has giving her the opportunity to represent our academy in the 2019 AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) United States Taekwon-Do National Championship, held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Bringing home, a bronze medal in the advanced division in Olympic style sparring.


Ultimate Taekwon-Do Challenge

  • Gold medal – Free Sparring 2018
  • Silver medal – Patterns 2018
  • Gold medal – Free Sparring 2019
  • Gold medal – Patterns 2019

USTC’s Red Tiger Cup

  • Gold medal – Free Sparring 2018
  • Bronze medal – Patterns 2018

15th U.S. Open Masters Taekwon-do Championship

  • Gold medal – Olympic 2018

Garden State Cup XXII Taekwon-Do Championships

  • Gold medal – Olympic Sparring 2018

AAU New Jersey State Taekwon-do Championship

  • Gold medal – Olympic Sparring 2019

AAU United States Taekwon-do National Championship

  • Bronze medal – Olympic Sparring 2019

See the Results for Yourself

What people are saying about International Taekwon-Do Academy

Marcia Clarke
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My son started about 8 months ago and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. The teacher is amazing, he's firm and patient but make no mistake he expects the students to do their best and nothing less. But, let me not leave out the most important aspect, my son wants to be there! Don't hesitate try it!!!
Shirley Gaviria
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My daughter has been attending classes for a short time but enough to realize that the teaching is very good as well as the discipline and respect that is very important, I recommend this school.
Richelle Kautz
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Master Teran is highly skilled, knowledgeable, and dedicated teacher. You can't help but feel motivated and determined to give your 100% every class session. He truly cares for his students and encourages them to do and be their best in and outside of Taekwon-do. His classes are engaging, technical, and thoroughly explained. If you're looking for something challenging, energetic, and highly rewarding in a team environment, this is the place to be. Highly recommend for all ages, this is a great school if you wish to learn self-defense and self-discipline.
Leah Marizan
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My son is taking classes here and I couldn't be happier with the level of professionalism and personal attention the instructor pays to the kids. I can see that the firm but encouraging coaching has given my son great confidence in his ability to try new things that would otherwise seem difficult. I would highly recommend this class for anyone of any age, even my husband and I want to take Tae Kwon Do now (and we're anything but athletic)!
Vipin S.
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Most genuine hardworking Taekwondo teacher I have every found. He connects with kids and help them making physically and mentally stronger and better person for society. I was lucky to have him as Taekwondo teacher for my kids. My elder one became red belt and younger one yellow belt when I had to move out of Jersey City and relocate to Florida. I couldn't find any ITF teacher near to my location so the only option left was WTF where all forms were different than ITF. We hesitantly went to WTF teacher for demo classes and to my surprise my kids excelled and demonstrated what's they learned in ITF. My elder one has defeated all WTF Black belts there and became star in very first day. He is awarded WTF red black stripe belt and soon to become black belt. Even the younger one performed well and was given yellow belt in WTF. This is very heart touching to us as it was big change for my kids but due to hard work and mental strength they learned from Master Vic Teran, they could adapt the change and excelled. Thanks again to Master Vic Teran. May God bless him!
Derrick M.
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My son has been training under the tutelage of Master Victor Teran for more than two years and I couldn't be happier with how much he's grown as a person and as a student of Taekwondo. Master Vic's commitment to his students is unparalleled. He instills discipline, respect, teamwork and much more in all those he trains. He treats his students like family and pushes them to realize their full potential. He's an amazing instructor! If you have a child or children who are interested in learning the art of Taekwondo, bring them to Master Vic. You will not be disappointed!
Yolanda Amato
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Master Vic is passionate about teaching & helping his students learn Taekwondo. His military background is very, very impressive. He also takes pride in his work & is proud of his students' accomplishments. He is friendly with the students and gives them encouraging words to always do better. The school participates in a couple of competitions throughout the year. This is very good exposure for the students that participate because they put all they've learned into effect. As a parent, it's such a happy feeling to see your child put all these forms/techniques together to defend himself or herself! In addition, we have a yearly picnic trip & an annual anniversary award dinner which both events are so much fun for the kids & parents as well. We signed up our son after being at another school for two years. We are very happy & more than satisfied with our son's accomplishments under Master Vic's training & guidance. He's gained self confidence & enjoys going to his training classes! The cost of the classes are very reasonable! You will not find a better school, than our school! In 2015 & 2016 we were awarded the "Best School!"
Matt Ranghel
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Master Vic has a passion for teaching Taekwondo. He is a great motivator and is very enthusiastic about helping his students reach goals and break barriers. My son and I both attend classes and I have seen great improvements in our training. Even when training gets difficult Master Vic gives you the confidence to keep pushing on which has been helpful. His leadership and guidance is much appreciated and it inspires greatness out of his students.
Neena S.
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My two boys have been going to this martial arts school for over 4 months now. These days most of the kids leisure time is consumed by playing computer games, watching TV and other sedentary activities. My primary goal was to provide them with some form of physical exercise. To my pleasant surprise, ITA is much more than physical activity and self-defence. Vic Teran plays the dual role of a martial arts instructor and a life coach. Kids become both mentally and physically fit, and hopefully, they also become better human beings. This institute is very unlike other institutes that mostly run for money. It is extremely hard to find a dedicated teacher. If you do find one, you know well enough to not let him go.
Vaishali P.
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Passion is infectious. You learn the best when your teacher is passionate and Master Vic Terran is martial arts passion personified. In addition to teaching martial arts, he also inculcates an important set of values that help you as grown up. Respect, timeliness, discipline, hard work and perseverance are some of them. He maintains a fine balance by being a tough task master and courteous/caring at the same time. I see a lot of respect and admiration in the eyes of students and he has earned every bit of it. Unlike other Taekwondo classes in jersey city, belts are not for sale. One has to EARN them. One week free trial session is available. Go ahead and give it a try. You have nothing to lose.
Daya S.
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Teaching Taekwondo is Master Victor Teran's passion. His profile is very impressive, having served in the marine corp during Iraq war as well as being involved in military training. Each batch runs three times a week and each session lasts for an hour. Students wanting to practice more are welcome to come for a fourth session on Saturdays. Passion and not money is his primary motive. A passionate teacher ignites the same zeal and enthusiasm in all his students. He is strict, caring, jovial and manages to strike a perfect balance of all these qualities. He pushes students to do well by positive motivation and takes them to championships to encourage them to do bring out the best in them. My daughter has been taking classes for over two months now and I am seeing positive changes in her. She is more active and more confident. Taekwondo way of life is not just about achieving physical fitness and self-defense. Students are bound to achieve mental strength and discipline as well. Most schools in US lack adequate training in mental strength and discipline and these qualities go a long way in achieving academic success. Taekwondo learnt from the rights masters would compliment school education. I highly recommend learning it from Master Victor Teran.
Morisa M.
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Out of everything I've tried to get physically in shape (fitness classes, the gym, etc.), ITA is the only place where I feel like I'm truly bettering myself, mentally and physically, while also becoming part of a family. Master Victor is a phenomenal instructor, he pushes you physically to bring out the best you while also being considerate of your fitness level. Classes are personal and informative, with a good mix of technical training and fast paced exercises to build stamina. With good people and kick-butt training, I always look forward to coming to class!
Jadore O.
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Master Victor is the best instructor we have EVER come across. He really cares about the kids in his class and puts so much love and effort into each session. The parents and students become like family and Master Vic is the father of the group. I noticed a huge improvement in the attitude and behavior of my daughters who attend his class. His sessions are not like your typical "commercial" Tae Kwon Do studio. They typically last 30mins + 3 days a week with minimal results. His session lasts longer and he focuses on the mental and physical aspects of each student. I have a LONG list of positives when it comes to Master Victor and you can't find ANY Instructor like him! I highly recommend ITA
Kat F.
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If I could, I'd rate ITA even higher. Vic is a tremendous teacher and role model for the kids and the parents too! Yes, I have seen my son progress immensely in TaeKwon-Do since he started there 6 months ago, but more importantly his character has progressed as well. He's learned helpfulness, mindfulness, dedication, and has a stronger work ethic and confidence because of his time at ITA and has forged a sense of camaraderie with his teammates. I couldn't possibly be happier with our experience here.
Thea M.
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I give the International TaeKwon-Do Academy a 5 star for this simple but extremely important fact, the owner is over-the-top dedicated and will do anything and everything to help make you or your child's experience the very best it can possibly be!
Dalen G.
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Victor Teran is a fantastic instructor. He is passionate, driven and very skilled in TKD as an art-form. He utilizes a deep, military self-defense background to give his students a well-rounded education, and his "bootcamp" style workouts could make Tony Horton cry. In under two months of training, my stamina has nearly doubled, I feel stronger and my skills as a martial artist have grown. If you want to get in shape, master your body and mind and learn to defend yourself, ITA is the school for you. Come try his free introductory class and you will see for yourself!
Robert D.
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Vinny is probably one of the most knowledgeable and professional martial arts instructors, I have ever had the pleasure knowing. Working alongside Vinny in Iraq for a number of years, we would spend hours discussing martial arts history and forms. You cannot find a more patient and understanding instructor than Vinny. Additionally, the work he has done for Veteran community is remarkable. Vinny has worked very closely with the Wounded Warrior Project, by offering special classes to our Veterans. Thank you Vinny!
Bethany O.
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One word! WOW! My friend and I signed up for a series of classes at the academy, and expected it to be a class that would simply go alongside our regular gym sessions, we were happily mistaken. The class with Vic challenged us physically and mentally and was so rewarding that we felt better every time we returned. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and because of the intimacy of the space and the size of the classes you have the attention you need to learn and grow. I will always return! Thank you so much!
Sam Tareki
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Excellent program, Victor came highly recommended. His support and that of his team truly demonstrates his expertise and love for the sport. Add that to his past service and goals of helping so many, truly without doubt he leads by example helping mold the kids in his classes to be bright leaders. Victor pushes the kids to not only train in his class but to take hold of their studies and their futures helping guide them to be better, stronger and more humble members of society. His training experience helped me achieve my weight loss goals and helped me become more active in other activities and sports I had avoided in the past. I definitely 100% recommend him for any weight loss or martial art program. Vic teaches discipline and respect in his young athletes, with nothing but good reviews from teachers and coaches alike. Excellent defense training for law enforcement officers like myself. I enjoy training after work before my commute home everyday. Well worth it *****

International Taekwon-Do Academy

Although many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself.

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