OUR INSTRUCTORS

Chris Leyesa - Head Instructor

Sifu Chris with Staff

Sifu Chris Leyesa started his martial arts training at the age of 7 and currently holds a 5th Dan Black Belt in Taekwon-Do and a 4th Degree master level in Wushu. He has over 20 years of experience teaching students of all ages, including those with special needs. Sifu Leyesa also teaches Tai-Chi Chuan in assisted living homes throughout NJ to improve the quality of life in the geriatric community. Mr. Leyesa is also an International Certified Instructor in the ITF and has competed and coached very successful athletes and teams on a national and international level.

Chris Leyesa has trained for over decade under the tutelage of Grandmaster Nick Gracenin (Washington, DC) in various forms of internal and external styles of Chinese martial arts.  When it comes to his Taekwon-Do training he learns from Master Nick Malefyt (7th Dan & Regional Director of the USITF, West Caldwell NJ) where he continues his studies in fundamentals, patterns, various forms of sparring, breaking, and self defense.  These instructors are highly respected in their own disciplines and have been an inspiration to Mr. Leyesa.  He is a married father of two sons and one daughter.

Sifu's award history

 

Terry Besch - Taekwon-Do Instructor

Ms. Besch's newly earned Third Dan Black Belt in ITF Taekwon-Do

Ms. Terry Besch began her Taekwon-Do training in 1969 and trained through college. She received her first black belt in NYC in 1978. After a 20 year hiatus, she earned her 1st Degree Black Belt again in 2007, her 2nd Degree Black Belt in 2010 and most recently earned her 3rd Degree Black Belt in the ITF in 2013. Ms. Besch finds Taekwon-Do to be a very important part to her mental and physical fitness. She is a seasoned instructor and an inspiration to all female martial artists for her dedication and lover for the art.  Currently, she works in IT for Hunterdon Medical Center. 

Scott Raff - Wushu and Taekwon-Do Instructor

Coach Scott with Staff

 

Coach Scott is a 3rd Dan in Taekwon-Do and a 1st Degree in Wushu. He has been training martial arts for more than 17 years, 15 of which he has spent training under Mr. Leyesa. He recently graduated with a degree in Business from Temple University.  Currently, Coach Scott works for KPMG and assists Mr. Leyesa part-time in both Wushu and Taekwon-Do.

Our Coaches

Coach David with Spear

Coach Sher with broad sword

Coach Franco with staff

 

Coach Angela with straight sword

Coach Kate with southern saber

Tim siessel - coach and program manager (pictured with staff)