Today we’d like to introduce you to Victor Teran.

Victor, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.

I was first introduced to Taekwon-Do at age five, training under my instructor SahyunNim Rodolfo Carrera in New York City. Presently training under my Great Grandmaster Kwang Duk Chung in New York. I became a Black belt at age 13, where I first started my initial training as an assistant instructor, teaching children and assisting the adult classes under my instructor’s supervision.

At the age of 15, I had the opportunity to compete at the Tri-State Championship in Virginia taking Gold in sparring and silver in the Grand Master Championship. I also became a Silver medalist for the All-American Grand National Championship in New Jersey. Throughout my martial arts training, I have competed in many Regional, State and National level championships. In 2015, I competed once again in the 10th Metro Championship in New Jersey bringing home a Gold in sparring.

Hard work, dedication and determination has helped me learn and appreciate Taekwon-Do as an art and it gave me the opportunity to travel to Seoul Korea to train with the Korean Olympic Team.

Upon my return to the United States, I was offered six more months to train in Seoul with the Olympic committee, as well as an opportunity to travel to Colorado Springs for the United States Olympic team trials. Martial arts has given me the tools and discipline to take on any life’s challenges.

Has it been a smooth road?

It has never been a smooth road. In fact, a serious practitioner has to decide what they want out of it. Have to weigh in the good and bad, whether it is hanging out with friends, or make your own destiny and train hard to become a high-level competitor.

Time is all we’ve got. We must be able to know how to manage it and be productive. Martial arts has taught me that at a very young age.

Just like any other sport, there will be injuries. You can push hard but know your limits. We must be patient and willing to have an open mind to learn new things. We will encounter many obstacles during our training, the fact of the matter is, How bad do we want it?

Challenges are always good, it makes us better. Without it, we will never learn!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with International Taekwon-Do Academy – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of  and what sets you apart from others.

Served and defended our great nation from late 1996 until August 2013. I am a 7th 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 direct hire for the U.S Department of State in the Diplomatic Security Service. Served in a combat environment (high threat) for 10.5 years. Published children’s book Author. Ambassador for the American Military University.

I don’t only teach martial arts and teamwork to the youth in our community, but also am an Ambassador for the Student Veterans of America Chapter for the American Military University. My focus is to work with veterans’ outreach programs, partnering with other organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project to provide mentorship and training for the wounded veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and traumatic brain injury.

While in New Jersey, I have partnered with the Play4Autism Foundation to provide training to children with autism spectrum disorder. This is a special project, simply because it’s all about giving back to our community in the belief that the opportunity to learn martial arts should be available to everyone, no matter their condition, setbacks or limitations. If another opportunity arises in Colorado, I’ll be more than happy to assist.

Not only am I a subject matter expert, specializing in personal security protection (Diplomatic Protection in high threat), but have been in the fitness industry for many years. My passion is to teach self-defense and fitness. This passion has giving me the opportunity to partner up with a bodybuilding supplement and fitness company, and to one day reach the ultimate goal of becoming a “Sponsored Athlete” and “Elite Trainer”.

In addition, I have been accepted as part of the Men’s Health Fitness Council, where I will be able to share fitness strategies/exercises, meals plan, etc. and be featured on future fitness articles.

I am always seeking self-improvement, as well as those who are part of my team. Our training is reality-based, as well as the art of Taekwon-Do. I don’t just teach kicking and punching; but also share with my students the experiences that has helped me become a better person in life. I teach the DO in Taekwon-DO. We do this as a way of life, not as a sport but as a Martial Artist, elevating our Martial Spirit in every training session. In order for my students to progress and learn about the DO, I must train and learn from my Great Grandmaster KWANG DUK CHUNG. I must always set that example for students/disciples to follow… If not, then what kind of Master will I be?

International Taekwon-Do Academy has been awarded the following:

– Best of Jersey City in the Martial Arts category for six consecutive years (2015-2020)
– Business Hall of Fame for six consecutive years (2015 – 2020)
– Awarded “Best School” in Championships six consecutive years. (2014-2019)
– Martial Arts Excellence Award for four consecutive years (2017 – 2020)
– Ranked Top ten “Best Master Instructor” in New Jersey for three consecutive years (2017-2019)
– Best of 2018 Garden State Cup Taekwon-Do Championship
– Five-time New Jersey Metro Taekwon-Do Champion (2015-2019)
– Four-time New Jersey State Champion (2016-2019)
– United States National Taekwon-Do Champion (2019)

As a martial arts master instructor trainer, I have been awarded the following in recent years:

– Two-Time Martial Arts Hall of Fame for class 2019 and 2020
– Featured in Chuck Norris’s martial arts masters a pioneers biography book 2020
– Martial Arts Legend Award recipient 2020

Under the United States Marine Corps and U.S. Department of State:

– Marine Corps Martial Arts/Close Combat Instructor trainer
– Military Operation in Urban Terrain instructor
– Enemy Prisoner of War instructor
– Advance sniping and Counter sniping instructor course
– Attended many tactical courses, intensive weapons training, tactical operations, medical training (Johns Hopkins
   hospital and field related) and multiple high threat evasive driving courses
– Personal Security Specialist
– Tactical commander
– Quick reaction force commander
– Advance /reconnaissance commander
– Air reconnaissance and reaction force
– Shift leader
– Detail Leader
– Agent-in-Charge for the U.S Ambassador /Consul General protective detail in Iraq and any other high level
   Diplomatic Advisors under the U.S Department of State and U.S – Foreign government relation.

So your last question was, what sets us apart from others?

My response to you is the love I have for the art. For the outcome and changes I will see in my students. For the quality of training my students will receive. Whoever wants to learn, I will be there!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?

I have only been in Arvada, Colorado for a couple of months. So far, I love all of it! The views, the weather, the community!

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Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Children – Picture Book book “Our Unforgettable Halloween” by Victor Teran, currently available at

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

“Reviewed By Rylanne Burdette for Readers’ Favorite

In Our Unforgettable Halloween by Victor Teran, Landon and Leah come up with a fun idea for trick-or-treat night. They decide to host a haunted house, and with the help of their parents, they put together a super spooky and fun event for other children in the neighborhood. Although the kids who visit are scared at first, their trip through the different sections of the house are worth it in the end when they find an amazing selection of candy. Landon and Leah’s haunted house becomes a huge success, and they are so happy with how it turns out!

Everything about this book was absolutely adorable and perfect for young children. With Halloween right around the corner, Our Unforgettable Halloween is such a fun book that really captures the exhilarating experience of trick-or-treating for kids everywhere. The entire book is beautifully made, from the writing to the illustrations. Victor Teran did a wonderful job with the illustrations on each page, and I think the rhythm of the book really drives the story and makes it an easy read for all young kids. For parents who are working with their children and teaching them how to read, this could be a great stepping stone. The language is simple, and the story reads like a song due to the lyrical manner in which it is written. Our Unforgettable Halloween has put me in the mood for October, and I think it could get other kids really excited about dressing up and trick-or-treating. This was a super cute book, and I cannot recommend it enough for children.”

You can learn more about Victor Teran and “Our Unforgettable Halloween” at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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Author receives national recognition through the NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD®!

Arvada, Colorado — The NYC BIG BOOK AWARD recognized ‘Our Trip to the Zoo’ by Victor Teran in the category of Picture Book – Pre-School as a winner.

The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award winners and distinguished favorites are based on overall excellence.

‘Our Trip to the Zoo’ by Victor Teran, is an educational, beautiful, and colorful story about a little boy and his dad visiting the zoo. They see 10 different animals and Landon shares his excitement and description with our young readers.

‘Our Trip to the Zoo’, is a great book and tool to teach young readers to count to ten, which encourages number association. By manipulating the numbers as the animal, it teaches the young reader to associate numbers and develop organizational skills.

In 2020, the NYC Big Book Award once again achieved worldwide participation.  Entries remained strong during the worldwide pandemic. Book submissions streamed in from six continents and over 100 cities. Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America all participated.  Across the globe, book entries poured in from places such as Budapest, Cape town, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York City, Port of Spain, Vancouver, and Victoria to name a few.  Winners were recognized globally from Australia, Canada, England, India, Singapore, Uganda, and the United States of America, among others. 

The breadth of publishers ranged from Amazon to Wiley, from Black Rose Writing to She Writes Press.  Our award-winning authors are from all kinds of different backgrounds and enrich the program.  We are proud of such diversity of winners and distinguished favorites in the annual NYC Big Book Award. 

“We are pleased to highlight these books, recognize their excellence, and share their achievements.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.  The awards program “foments a strong interest in these authors and publishing houses and we expect our winners and favorites to receive a heightened level of attention.”  Olczak went on to say that “excellent books can be found globally, and we are happy to help bring them to a larger audience.” 

For more information, please visit:  To view the list of award winning books, visit


SahyunNim Victor Teran is a seventh degree master instructor, three-time American Hall of Fame and an Award-winning author. Master Teran was honored and featured in Chuck Norris’s, “Who Who in the Martial Arts” Pioneer and Legends autobiography.

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Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Children – Picture Book book “Landon’s First Taekwon-Do Lesson” by Victor Teran, currently available at

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

“Reviewed By Samantha Coville for Readers’ Favorite

…Victor Teran’s picture book for children, titled Landon’s First Taekwon-Do Lesson, is an absolute delight to read. I appreciate a children’s book that not only provides fun pictures and a cute, pleasant story line but inspires children to ask questions and learn. Within these pages kids will learn about different types of kicks, proper etiquette in a dojo, and why you start with a white belt, which even as an adult I found interesting. There’s a lot of great content in here and Teran ends it with a sweet passage to kids teaching them to respect their teachers, which I think is an especially valuable lesson that can often be overlooked when the excitement of learning Taekwon-Do is in the forefront of their minds. 

This picture book would be a perfect gift to a child or grandchild who is about to start martial arts lessons. Or you can simply use this as a bedtime story by itself. Landon’s First Taekwon-Do Lesson is a home run on all fronts from art to writing and I think you’ll find this a worthy addition to any child’s library.”

You can learn more about Victor Teran and “Landon’s First Taekwon-Do Lesson” at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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International Taekwon-Do Academy located in Jersey City, New Jersey was founded on September 29, 2013. Our academy has taken part in many local and State competitions.

As a training and promotion requirement, students compete at least 8 competitions a year. Our students have trained countless hours, days and years for the opportunity to compete at a higher level competition(s). Our academy will be competing at the New Jersey State Championship on May 11, 2019. Those competitors who qualify will represent International Taekwon-Do Academy (Jersey City) at the U.S Taekwon-Do Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Over the years, International Taekwon-Do Academy has produced some of the finest martial artists in Northern New Jersey. We have produced many local and State Champions in Forms and Sparring. It is often said that a student could walk into a major martial arts competition in the Tri-State area, and the competitors and organizers will know about International Taekwon-Do Academy.

That tradition of top fighters and form competitors continues today with ITA members being top competitors in both International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) and World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) championships. Although most beginners students may not be ready to be world-class competitors, it is nice to know that the training they are receiving is of world-class quality.

5 Benefits of competition – 

1. Learning experience. Click here to watch video

Taekwon-Do competitions can provide young students with valuable insights into their own strengths and weaknesses, both in terms of skills and abilities to perform under pressure in a competitive environment.

By comparing themselves with others, students will understand their own strengths and weaknesses. Which in turn, it will give the students invaluable motivation to improve their skills and achieve excellence.

2. Test of skill level. (ITA red)

Participating in a Taekwon-Do competitions is an impartial way for students and their parents to understand the student’s skill level relative to other competitors, and to gauge the gaps that need to be filled. Since competitions give a direct comparison between students from different schools, teachers/instructors can gain valuable insights into the strengths and weaknesses of each student’s performance.

The best way for students to improve their performance at competitions is to work hard and hone their skills, but this cannot happen until the student has a full understanding of the areas that needs improvement.

3. Overcome fear.

It is recommended that children get the opportunity to compete in a safe environment, as it is an excellent way for children to come to understand their own inner fears and learn appropriate methods of mastering self-control.

Regular participation to competitions and other competitive environments reduces the chances for that young student to have that “Frozen by fear” response, should they need to defend themselves against an unknown attacker.

4. Develop self-confidence.

Taekwon-Do competitions are an excellent way for young students to build their own self-confidence, giving them the opportunity to display their skills and knowledge. The results of their own hard work, while being supported and encouraged by parents, instructors, and fellow teammates.

For some students, having their name shouted is encouraging during a noisy tournament, and understanding that there is a whole team of people eager to witness their success can be a turning point in their self-confidence.

5. The opportunity to set and achieve short-term goals.

Taekwon-Do competitions provide valuable motivation for students to work hard to achieve a short-term goal. With New Jersey State being one week away, students can find additional motivation to train harder and become stronger and more resourceful during a short period of time than they otherwise might have.

It is often in the weeks leading up to a tournament that Taekwon-Do students make enormous progress in their training.

How many tournaments should you participate in?

While there is no magic number of tournaments that will provide the greatest benefit to the student, most coaches agree that the more competition the student is exposed to, the better. Every competition makes the student more focused, determined, and provides additional motivation to become stronger and sharpen their techniques.

Every competition gives students the opportunity to learn valuable methods to achieve their own goals. While students may not realize it at the time, every competition will provide at least some form of valuable lesson, insight, or a new technique that will shape that students’ progress in the future.

At International Taekwon-Do Academy, students compete at least 8 competitions a year as supplemental training and promotion requirement.

Representing International Taekwon-Do Academy

ITA students who qualify this weekend, will represent our academy at the U.S Taekwon-Do National Championship!

Ryan R. / Rikki K. / Amel B. / Adrianna S. / Jeffrey C. / Geovannie C. / Isaiah L. / Evan J. / Faith R. / Chris H. / Edward P. / Martin K. / Adithi S. / Arya P. / Nico W. / Luke W./ Isaac D. / Aiden A. / Ishaan G. / Wesley R. / Arneesh S. / Eduardo H. / Marisol H. / Mikey M. / Yash K. / Joshua U. / Samiti J. / Rithvik P. / Aaron B.


SahyunNim Vic Teran / BoSabumNim Eduardo H. / BoSabumNim Marisol H. / BoSabumNim Christopher H. / BoSabumNim Adrianna S. / BoSabumNim Wesley R.

Best of luck to all of my students. I am very proud of you. Let’s go to NATIONALS!


SahyunNim Victor Teran
International Taekwon-Do Academy
523 Palisade Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07307
May 13, 2019

Dear members,

Congratulations on your well-deserved success. You are this year’s New Jersey State Taekwon-Do Champions!

I would like to extend my congratulations for the amazing work done by you, at the New Jersey State Taekwon-Do Championship this past weekend. The endless hours that you have spent training for this major event has impressed the entire team immensely.

Every single one of you contributed in their own way. This is the first time, you will be representing our academy at the U.S Taekwon-Do Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

It makes me so happy to know that you will have the opportunity to participate and possibly become this year’s National Champion. You have the creativity, the knowledge, heart and determination to do whatever you dream. I hope you are proud of your accomplishments and confident in your abilities to rise to your next challenge.

I commend you on this latest success, and I look forward to seeing even more great things from you!

Congratulations to the team members and coaches. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!

Victor Teran / 7th Dan
 SahyunNim / Master Instructor


On May 11, 2019, 29 students from the International Taekwon-Do Academy, Jersey City; participated in the New Jersey State championship. All 29 team members qualified to participate at the US Taekwon-Do Nationals 2019; which will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from June 30th – July 7th.

ITA students have trained countless hours, days, weeks and years for the opportunity to represent our hometown and New Jersey at the Nationals. Being that this is our first time representing our State and academy, our team is humbled to have this opportunity!

With your assistance and support, we will be able to give these students the opportunity to compete at a world class event, as well as being able to represent New Jersey and our proud academy.

If you would like to donate, click here. Thank you all for your support!

Go team Spartan!


Press Release


International Taekwon-Do Academy Receives 2019 Best of Jersey City Award

JERSEY CITY April 13, 2019 — International Taekwon-Do Academy has been selected for the 2019 Best of Jersey City Award in the Martial Arts category by the Jersey City Award Program.

Each year, the Jersey City Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Jersey City area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Jersey City Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Jersey City Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Jersey City Award Program

The Jersey City Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Jersey City area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Jersey City Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Jersey City Award Program

International Taekwon-Do Academy Receives 2019 Best of Jersey City Award