Master Teran is a Three-Time American Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Featured in Chuck Norris’s martial arts masters an pioneers biography book. Martial Arts Legend Award recipient 2020. Served and defended our great nation from late 1996 until August 2013. He is 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. (Security Protective Specialist) Agent-in Charge direct hire for the U.S Department of State in the Diplomatic Security Service. Award-Winning children’s book Author. Ambassador for the American Military University.
Mr. Teran was first introduced to Taekwon-Do at age 5, in New York City. Presently training under his Great Grandmaster Kwang Duk Chung in New York. Mr. Teran became a Black belt at age 13, where he first started his initial training as an assistant instructor teaching children ages 8-12 and assisting the adult classes under his instructor’s supervision.
At the age of 15, Mr. Teran had the opportunity to compete at the Tri-State Championship in Virginia taking Gold in sparring and silver in the Grand Master Championship. Mr. Teran was a Silver medalist for the All-American Grand National Championship in New Jersey. In 2015, he competed once again in the 10th Metro Championship in New Jersey bringing home a Gold.
His hard work, dedication and determination has helped him learn and appreciate Taekwon-Do as an art and has been given the opportunity to travel to Seoul Korea to train with the Korean Olympic Team.
Upon his return to the United States, Mr. Teran 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. All these years of training, Taekwon-Do has given him the tools and discipline to take on any challenge life would throw at him. Mr. Teran joined the Marine Corps at age 18, attending Marine Corps Boot camp in Parris Island, SC.
Upon graduation, Mr. Teran was stationed in Camp Lenjeune NC, taking on a new challenge as an Infantryman. In early 1999, he came across a Taekwon-Do Club where he continued his training, and within several weeks Mr. Teran became the Chief Instructor for the U.S. Marine Corps Taekwon-Do team. Mr. Teran’s main focus was on “fighting” drills while he was waiting for the approval to participate on the Pan American Games in late 1999.
In 2002, Mr. Teran attended the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Through hard work, blood and sweat he was able to move up the ranks and graduated as a Marine Corps Martial Arts/Close Combat Instructor trainer. Mr. Teran continue his service in the military for eight years. He then left the Marine Corps to pursue other challenges in life. Mr. Teran not only became a close combat instructor (Hand-to-Hand), but also a Military Operation in Urban Terrain instructor (Urban Warfare), Enemy Prisoner of War instructor as well as attending Sniping and Counter Sniping instructor course. Mr. Teran attended many tactical courses to include intensive weapons training, tactical operations, medical training (John Hopkins), and multiple high threat evasive driving courses to name a few.
In 2011, Mr. Teran became the Chief Instructor for the Baghdad Taekwon-Do Club, where he trained the Iraqi Olympic Committee in Baghdad Iraq under a US – Iraqi Diplomatic program. Shortly after, Mr. Teran reported back to Washington DC for 6 month intensive training. Upon graduation, he gained the title of Security Protective Specialist (Agent-in-Charge), returning to Iraq as his first post as direct hire with the U.S Department of State.
After ten and a half years operating in Iraq, Mr. Teran decided to resign his position with the Federal government to continue his teachings and training in the art that first taught him the basic fundamentals. “Taekwon-Do is a way of life, by following the tenets of Taekwon-Do it can only lead to success. What I have learned over all these years is not just kicking, punching or doing the exercise; but understanding the importance of these fundamentals and guidelines we must abide by. These guidelines are what made me successful in life and kept me alive”.
Mr. Teran’s understanding of the tenets of Taekwon-Do and the Marine Corps core values, is what he plans to bring forth into his school – courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, honor, courage and commitment. In addition, Mr. Teran is also looking forward to teaching zedthe next generation of students and see them grow and learn the art of Taekwon-Do.
“One of the most rewarding things as a teacher is passing my knowledge and the love for the art. The greatest gift that I can receive is having those who want to put that extra effort to learn…”
Mr. Teran has received many awards and letters of recommendations from American Ambassadors in Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Consul General in Basra Iraq, Certificate of Appreciation from the Baghdad Taekwon-Do Club and many other Diplomatic figures/Prime minister(s) who were stationed in High Threat. The International Taekwon-Do Academy has received a ‘Letter of Proclamation’ from the Jersey City Mayor’s office. Letter from Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey and two Outstanding Leadership Awards signed by Mayor McCormac from Woodbridge, New Jersey.
Mr. Teran not only teaches martial arts and teamwork to the youth in our community, but he is also an Ambassador for the Student Veterans of America Chapter for the American Military University. His 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.
Mr. Teran has also partnered with Play4Autism Foundation to provide training to children with autism spectrum disorder. This is a special project, because it is all about giving back to our community; in the belief that the opportunity to lean martial arts should be available to everyone, no matter their condition, setbacks or limitations.
Mr. Teran is specialized not only is personal protection, but also been in the fitness industry for many years. His passion to teach self-defense and fitness to those wanting a positive change in their lives. This passion has earned him the opportunity to partner up with a bodybuilding supplement and fitness company, to one day reach the ultimate goal in becoming a “Sponsored athlete” and “Elite trainer”, within that industry.
In addition, Mr. Teran has also been accepted and is part of the Men’s Health Fitness Council, where he will share fitness strategies/exercises; as well as the opportunity to be a “Sponsored Fitness Apparel ambassador.
Mr. Teran is always seeking self-improvement and whomever is part of his team, he will ensure to do the same for them. “Our training is reality based, as well as the art of Taekwon-Do. I don’t just teach kicking and punching; but alsi share life experiences with my students 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 continue to train and learn from my Great Grandmaster Kwang Duk Chung.
“I must always set the example for my students to follow… If not, what kind of Master will I be?”
International Taekwon-Do Academy has been awarded: Best of Jersey City – 6 Consecutive Years. Business Hall of Fame – 6 Consecutive Years. Best School in championships – 6 Consecutive Years. Martial Arts Excellence Award – 4 Consecutive Years. Ranked Top Ten “Best Master Instructor” in New Jersey for 3 Consecutive Years. Best of Garden State Cup. New Jersey Metro Championship – 5 Consecutive Years. New Jersey State Champions – 4 Consecutive Years, and United State National Champions – 2 Consecutive Years.
Prior to Pandemic, International Taekwon-Do Academy was invited to the World Taekwon-Do Championship in Argentina and Bulgaria.
“We are looking forward to continuing our service in the community and making a difference one student at a time!