The Instructors

  • Grandmaster Joseph Lupo, Sr.

    Born October 11, 1948 in Borgetto, Sicily (Italy); Grandmaster Joseph Lupo came from humble beginnings with the dream of always coming to America. Upon arriving, he began working hard to support his family and future family. In March of 1972, he walked into a small store where he noticed a man laying tiles on the floor; the small store, in Astoria Queens, turned out to be the Moon Sung Lee Taekwondo Institute. It was from this institute that Joseph Lupo Sr. became Grandmaster Moon S. Lee’s first student and black belt.

    Through years of dedication and love for the Martial Arts, Joseph Lupo Sr. became a Grandmaster and, along with Grandmaster Moon S. Lee, opened a school in Whitestone. It was there that GM Joseph Sr. and his wife Grace would instill their love for Taekwondo to countless students, especially their children. Their oldest daughter Jennie became a second degree black belt and is now a practicing Dentist. His youngest son Vincent, who is a pre-black belt, runs the family restaurant. His oldest son Joseph Jr., a fifth degree Master instructor, who wanted nothing more to make his father happy, would follow in his footsteps and dedicate his life to Taekwondo.

    The greatest philosophy he taught was – “your belt is worn around your heart, never your waist.” Taekwondo always comes from the heart; this is something students of the New York Black Belt Center will learn for generations to come. Grandmaster Joseph Sr. was taken from us way too soon, but his teachings will never be forgotten.

  • Headmaster Joseph Lupo, Jr.

    Over 30 years of Martial Arts Experience (May 1983)
    Established the New York Black Belt Center in Corona, NY (2016)
    Established New York Black Belt Center within The Family Center for Autism (March 2015)
    Established the New York Black Belt Center in 2010
    Black Belt under Grandmaster Moon Sung Lee & Master Joseph Lupo Sr. (1993)
    Pan American Games Open Gold Medalist (1997)
    Multiple times State Champion (Junior & Senior)
    National & International Competitor
    Registered USAT Level 1 coach
    Member of the Pope Francis Society to promote Anti-bullying in Catholic schools (2013-2014)
    Certified 5th Dan Black Belt by the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Federation)

  • Instructor John Rodriguez

    Taekwondo practitioner since 1994 (age 16)
    Head Instructor New York Black Belt Center Corona
    Studied under Grandmaster Joseph Lupo Sr.
    Studied under Master Joseph Lupo Jr. since 2010
    Captain of Team Wolfpack competition team since 2010
    9 time NY State Champion
    6 time NJ State Champion
    3 time CT State Champion
    Gold Medalist in numerous local and regional competitions
    National Competitor
    Started Taekwondo program in Jackson Heights with Master Joseph Lupo Jr. 
    Fitness Instructor at The Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights (2015)
    Certified 3rd Dan Black Belt by the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Federation)

  • Instructor Chet Bridgewater

    Taekwondo practitioner since 1996 (age 11)
    Studied under Master Joseph Lupo Jr. since 2010
    Member of Team Wolfpack competition team since 2010
    8 time NY State Champion
    3 time NJ State Champion
    1 time CT State Champion
    Gold Medalist in numerous local and regional competitions
    National Competitor
    Certified 3rd Dan Black Belt by the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Federation)

  • Instructor Stelios Hiotis

    2nd Dan Black Belt
  • Instructor Kevin Kelly

    2nd Dan Black Belt
  • Instructor Jae Young Jeong

    3rd Dan Black Belt
  • Alessio Joseph Lupo

    Future Master instructor