2019 U.S. National Taekwon-Do Champions!

The country’s elite athletes competed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from June 30th through July 7th. International Taekwon-Do Academy was among those elite school’s representing the home State of New Jersey. This major event took place at the Fort Lauderdale Convention center with nearly 5,000 competitors from across the nation.

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 U.S. Taekwon-Do Nationals 2019; which was be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

International Taekwon-Do Academy students have trained countless hours, days, weeks and years for the opportunity to represent our hometown and State of New Jersey at the United States Taekwon-Do Nationals. Being that this was our first time representing our State and academy, our team is humbled for this opportunity!

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 International Taekwon-Do Academy 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.

Many congratulations to the following members for their commitment to the martial arts and their outstanding efforts at the New Jersey State Taekwon-Do championship:

Eduardo H. (II Dan), Marisol H. (I Dan), Christopher H. (I Dan), Jeffrey C. (I Dan), Adrianna S. (I Dan), Aaron B. (Red), Isaac D. (Red), Geovannie C. (Red), Faith R. (Red), Adithi S. (Red), Edward P. (Blue), Richelle K. (Blue), Ishaan G. (Blue), Arneesh S. (Blue), Yash K. (Blue), Joshua U. (Blue), Rithvik P. (Blue), Evan J. (Green), Aiden A. (Green), Mikey M. (Green), Heidi K. (Yellow), Samiti J. (Yellow), Ryan R. (Yellow), Amel B. (Yellow), Martin K. (Yellow), Isaiah L. (Yellow), Arya P. (Yellow), Nicholas W. (Yellow) and Luke W. (Yellow).

Congratulations to our United States National Taekwon-Do Champions:

Richelle K. (Red), Arya P. (Yellow) and Amel B. (Yellow)

Congratulations Spartans and look forward to your success!

SahyunNim Victor Teran
International Taekwon-Do Academy


SahyunNim Victor Teran
International Taekwon-Do Academy
523 Palisade Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07307
July 22, 2019

Dear students,

On July 27, 2019; I will be inducted to the master’s Hall of Fame. It is with great pleasure and honor to be able to represent our academy.

Getting inducted to the Hall of Fame is like the U.S Nationals, World Championship and the Olympics combined for martial art masters. It recognizes us worldwide as being the best in our craft. I have 37 years of martial arts training, both military and civilian. To be officially recognized as a Hall of Famer is life changing and humbling.

Our academy has been operating for only 6 years (September 29). Within these years, we have received many accolades, accomplished many goals, produced many State champions and National champions. Our hard work does not go unnoticed.

International Taekwon-Do Academy is 5-time Business Hall of Fame; Best of Jersey City, because of you! Always continue your journey and never let anyone drag you down or veer you off your path.

Our commitment and years of training brings us to where we are today. Nothing in this world is guaranteed, but we have the power to mold our future!

I thank you all for your hard work. Thank you for your commitment and loyalty to our academy. Be proud of who we are and what we represent.

Not everyone gets to join our “varsity” team!

Victor Teran / 7th Dan
 SahyunNim / Master Instructor


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Martial Arts Leaders to be honored at the Masters Hall of Fame

COSTA MESA, Calif. – July 21, 2019 – PRLog — The Masters Hall of Fame is proud to announce the Masters Hall of Fame inductees to be honored at the 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the Hilton Costa Mesa.

“I am excited to be able to announce these remarkable Martial Artists for Induction into the Masters Hall of Fame on our 20th Anniversary,” said Dr. Daniel Hect, Masters Hall of Fame Chairman.

The Red Carpet at the Masters Hall of Fame continues to be the area where Martial Arts Icons and Legends are seen.

2019 Masters Hall of Fame Inductees
Grandmaster  Robert    Alejandre
Rick   Avery
Master  Lin   Barry
Sensei   Gary W.  Baugh Jr.
Sr. Grandmaster  Marc   Behic
Hanshi Dan   Cliff   Belschner
Sensei   Benny   Benavides
Master  Erik C.  Buemaflor
Oso Mfundishi  Tayari   Casel
Sensei   Ric   Chadd
Grandmaster  John J.   Conway
Sensei  John   Fonseca
Hanshi  Margarito   Gaspar
Sensei  Ricardo   Gonzalez
Shichidan   Michael   Gregston
Associate Master  Rich   Hale
Grand Master  George C.   Heath
Sifu   Joshua   Horne
Sifu   Vik   Hothi
Master  Raymond   James
 Sean   Kanan
Professor   Kenneth R.  Kellogg
Senior Professor   Shawn   Knight
Grandmaster  Samuel   Kwok
World Boxing Champion  Dasiy   Lang
Master of Arts  Graham   Lelliott
Sifu   Richard   Limon
Hanshi  Ricardo   Llewelyn
IKBA World Champion  Danny  Lopez
Tuhon  Belton   Lubas
Sensei  Enrique   Mares
Kyoshi Sensei   Garry L.   McKee
 Mike   McLaughlin
Grandmaster  Daniel   Medina
Master  Tanya  Monroe
Grandmaster   Jamie   Moore
Grandmaster  Steven E.   Nemetz
Master   John K.   Olson
Shihan   Chris   Pellitteri
Sensei  Tofan   Pirani
Grandmaster  Guy   Rafaeli
Master  Ken   Rebstock
Grandmaster  David   Rivera
Master   Dr. Davood   Roostaei
Grand Master  Steve   Ross
Renshi Sensei   Ernesto X.  Ruiz
Sifu   Harinder Singh   Sabharwal
Sifu   Hector   Santana Jr.
Sifu   Linda   Sedig
Grandmaster  Howard M.  Singer
Professor   Rod   Smith
Sr. Sifu  Dennis E.  Stewart
Professor   Brian   Strain
Sifu   Patrick   Strong
SahyunNim  Victor  Teran
Si-Sung   Angel A.  Velazquez
Sr Master of the Arts  Lee   Wedlake
ShichiDan  Jacqui Bee   Wendling
Master  Alexander  Witthar
Sensei  Shannon   Wong
Sensei   Dr. Reza   Yaghoubi
Grandmaster  Ted  King

“The Masters Hall of Fame is recognized as a premier Martial Arts event with guests attending from all corners of the world. We recognize exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame,” said Soke David Dye, Masters Hall of Fame President. “We are celebrating our 20th Year honoring Excellence in the Martial Arts, we have Grandmaster Cynthia Rothrock as our Keynote Speaker and Grandmaster Robert Goldman as our Grandmaster of Ceremonies.”

This year’s event will include a day of seminars starting at 8:30 AM.  Seminars are free to inductees and guests; however, donations will be accepted to help support the Royal Family Kids Camp, an organization dedicated to supporting foster children.

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SahyunNim Victor Teran’s Children Books Awarded 5 Stars

HOBOKEN, New Jersey – July 24, 2019 – It is an awesome feeling knowing that our children’s books are being awarded and recognized. There’s a lot of time and thought put in when writing and creating children’s books. We all love storytelling, especially when it is part of our bedtime routine. My inspiration will always be my family and students. Knowing that it brings a smile to children’s faces, is the reason why I continue to write these books.

Read more…

Landon’s First Taekwon-Do Lesson – 

Landon is a brave, intelligent and athletic three-year-old boy; who like many others toddlers, enjoys learning and trying new things. He took an interest in martial arts; and he share his story about what life lessons he has learned during his first training session.

This story focuses on fitness and self-defense; and the importance of respect and love to oneself, his parents and friends.

Our Bedtime Routine

This children’s books is all about bedtime routines. A young boy named Landon narrates the story, and share with the readers what he and his little sister do, every night before bed.

Landon shares the six things in their bedtime routine, and asks the readers related questions about their own bedtime routines. This story focuses on creating positive bedtime habits.

The importance of reading and learning, cleanliness, brushing teeth, and the love and support they have from their parents. This will be a great addition to your storytelling arsenal.

Our Trip to the Zoo – 

This 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.

Want to know what they are? Want to know what Landon saw at the zoo? Come and follow our story to see these 10 cool animals. let’s count to 10 together…

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SahyunNim Victor Teran to be Inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame

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Costa Mesa, CA – SahyunNim Victor Teran, a 7th Dan Black Belt in Taekwon-Do, will be inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame at the 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 27, at the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa, California.

Costa Mesa, CA – SahyunNim Victor Teran, a 7th Dan Black Belt in Taekwon-Do, will be inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame at the 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 27, at the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa. The event will feature Dr. Robert Goldman as Grandmaster of Ceremonies and action film star Sifu Cynthia Rothrock as Keynote Speaker.

Master Teran began his martial arts at an early age, receiving his 1st Dan Black Belt at the age of 13. As a youth he participated in several regional and national competitions, bringing home both gold and silver medals. His dedication and determination resulted in invitations to train in South Korea with the Korean Olympic Team and later to take part in the United States Olympic Team trials.

After graduation, Master Teran joined the U.S. Marine Corps, rising to the rank of sergeant and becoming a Marine Corps Martial Arts/Close Combat Instructor trainer. Following eight years in the Marines, he spent more than ten years in Iraq working with the U.S State Department as a Private Security Contractor and Agent-in-Charge before returning to the United States to concentrate on teaching Taekwon-Do

Currently Master Teran runs the highly successful International Taekwon-Do Academy in Jersey City, NJ, which has received numerous awards for excellence. Master Teran also gives back to his community through organizations such as the Play4Autism Foundation. Meanwhile, he continues his own studies in Taekwon-Do under Great Grandmaster Kwang Duk Chung.

“Martial Arts is a way a life. One must always set the example, seek self-improvement, and let your experience be a guide to others!” says Master Teran. “I am humbled to be nominated for this recognition, and I would like to dedicate this to my family and students for giving me their full support.”

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as the premier Martial Arts event on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to and support of the martial arts and their work in the community.

For more information or to contact Master Teran, visit his website at Find more information on the Masters Hall of Fame at For media information, contact Kamatoy Media Group at 619-940-5648 or

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Nutrition & Supplementation

Proper nutrition and supplementation can get confusing if we do not understand the benefits between whole foods and supplements. It is extremely easy to fall into the “unhealthy” category if we do not watch what we eat.

We all know that healthy eating and fitness goes hand in hand. A healthy eating plan gives your body the necessary nutrients it needs every day while staying within your daily calorie goal.

Emphasize on eating a lot of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products to include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.

Do Limit yourself on the saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars. Can you really see yourself eating fast foods every day? If we want to lose weight, we should definitely be avoiding these kinds of foods. You might be asking, can I have a burger on my cheat day! The answer is Hell yeah you can.. But DO NOT get confused with a cheat meal (Which is what you want) on your “cheat day”. Huge difference!

Everything we eat must be in MODERATION. Period!

When it comes to supplementation, understand that these supplements are not a meal replacement, it’s to supplement/add the calories to pack on weight. I always recommended my students, clients and friends to always start with whole Foods, fish oil, multi-vitamins and post workout shakes.

Last but not least, ensure to exercise portion control.

If you have any questions on supplementation and want to know what I use, comment below.

Stay tuned to your AWESOME transformation!


Congratulations Victor Teran! “Landon’s First Taekwon-Do Lesson” is a 2019 Readers’ Favorite Finalist in the Children – Action genre!

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Readers’ Favorite recognizes “Landon’s First Taekwon-Do Lesson” by Victor Teran in its annual international book award contest, currently available at

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

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.

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

“When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers’ Favorite.” —Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House

Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Landon’s First Taekwon-Do Lesson” by Victor Teran won the Finalist Award in the Children – Action category.

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.

Readers’ Favorite LLC
Media Relations
Louisville, KY 40202


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Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Children – Educational book “Our Trip to the Zoo” 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 Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers’ Favorite

Victor Teran’s Our Trip to the Zoo is a colorful children’s book about a young boy named Landon and his father who visit a zoo and learn to count to ten at the same time by the number of different animals that they see as they make their way through the zoo. Throughout the book, the numbers themselves are even in the shapes of the animals that they encounter on their journey. The narration style is a rhyming scheme which may also help to provide an educational tool for younger children as a way of remembering how to count from one to ten.

Our Trip to the Zoo by Victor Teran really caught my attention, not only with the storyline itself but with the illustrations as they subtly reminded me of comic strip cartoon characters that I might find in the funny pages of a newspaper. There was a nostalgic essence to them that I completely appreciated. If you are a fan of bright and colorful illustrations and rhyming storylines that teach as they go, you will want to share this book with the little ones in your own life, or perhaps as a gift to others with children. I feel it would also be a good resource to have on hand before a trip to a real zoo, as a way to show kids what they will be seeing so that they aren’t overly fearful, and will know what to expect. Victor Teran’s Our Trip to the Zoo will surely not disappoint, will encourage young readers and make learning how to count an enjoyable experience for all.”

You can learn more about Victor Teran and “Our Trip to the Zoo” 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.

Readers’ Favorite LLC
Media Relations
Louisville, KY 40202


Ultimate Taekwon-Do Challenge 2017…

28 students from the International Taekwon-Do Academy took part in the Ultimate Taekwon-Do Challenge in Tenafly, New Jersey. This is our first competition of the year, and our team was comprised of new competitors. It was definitely an exciting feeling for me as well for all of the new competitors who were representing our academy.

A competition is not about winning or losing; but instead it is about learning from your mistakes and competing with oneself to become a better student of Taekwon-Do. It is about testing your mindset and your practice on a spiritual level. When you compete with yourself, you bring out the best in yourself. Time, focus, determination, dedication and patience are examples of a great student.


Their efforts are shown and proven at the event, because every ITA student puts their time and dedication to practice without any excuse or expecting a reward. ITA students understand that this is a discipline, an art guided by rules and regulations and by the 5 tenets of Taekwon-Do. Knowing this at a very young age puts them ahead of their peers as an athlete, academically, socially; but most importantly spiritual growth.

Many can see the difference between schools, and many of us can see the respect one has for another. In martial arts, one must always remain humble. Always show good sportsmanship. Win with dignity, lose with grace even if your opponent loses self control. Always respect the art. Remember, you are there to test yourself and your abilities. Nothing more but a training session against other schools. Give your best, but most importantly have fun and love what you do!

Our Academy participated on the following events:

Sparring – Mr. C. Hernandez, Ms. A. Shanghbag and Mr. M. Amy took 1st place. Ms. C. Martinez, Ms. G. Gomes (2x), Ms. R. Mhajan, Mr. J. Uriostegui, Mr. E. Cuevas and Ms. M. Amy took 2nd place. Ms. A. Martinez, Ms. I. Gomes, Mr. W. Rodriguez, Ms. P. Chen, Ms. A. Somwaru, Mr. Patrick Bebawy, Mr. Shvut Mahuwala, Ms. F. Ranghel, Mr. C. Clarke, Mr. A. Barragan, Mr. I. Diaz and Mr. D. Challa took 3rd place.

Patterns – Ms. C. Martinez, Mr. J. Uriostegui, Mr. G. Cruz, Mr. C. Belichian, Mr. E. Cuevas and Mr. D. Challa took 1st place. Ms. A. Martinez, Ms. G. Gomes, Ms. A. Somwaru took 2nd place. Ms. I. Gomes, Mr. W. Rodriguez, Ms. P. Chen, Ms. R. Mhajan, Ms. A. Shanghbag, Mr. S. Mahuwala, Mr.M. Amy, Ms. M. Amy, Ms. F. Ranghel, Mr. P. Bebawy and Mr. Christian Clarke took 3rd place.

Overall International Taekwon-Do Academy took 42 wins with 9 Golds, 10 Silvers and 23 Bronzes. In addition, our academy was awarded the “Best School 2017” at the Ultimate Taekwon-Do Challenge. Great team effort by everyone on Saturday’s competition. I am very proud of our team.


We may encounter a bias judge(s) from time to time, but that should never affect us. I am very proud of our students, their performance and believe in their abilities. I hope everyone was able to see the difference between our school and others, as well as our own student’s character. Our school promotes kind heart, fairness and care for others no matter where they are from or what school they belong to.

A lot of instructors have lost the essence of being a true martial artist. I intend our school to continue promoting it with dignity, respect and love for the art! No matter the outcome from competitions and judges, rest assure that our students sets the example for others to emulate.

I truly believe our Academy is here for a greater purpose, and I can only accomplish this with you.

I hope that a small rubble on the road doesn’t stop any of you from reaching a greater destination.

The biggest trophies you have is your heart and mind. Without that, everything else is useless! I am extremely proud of your hard work team. Keep up the amazing work!

Be the LION, not the sheep!

Our next event will be on Saturday May 20th in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. We are looking forward to an awesome event…