Our UNSTOPPABLE Mission:
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.
Owner of International Taekwon-Do Academy.
Master Teran is a Three-Time American Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Two-Time Martial Arts Hall of Honors. Featured in Chuck Norris’s martial arts masters an pioneers biography book, as well as Ernie Reyes Sr, “Changing Lives”. 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 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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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 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: mvariety.com)
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
USTC’s Red Tiger Cup
15th U.S. Open Masters Taekwon-do Championship
Garden State Cup XXII Taekwon-Do Championships
AAU New Jersey State Taekwon-do Championship
AAU United States Taekwon-do National Championship