Instructors

Master 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 Master Instructor. Along with Grandmaster Moon S. Lee, they 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 2nd Degree Black Belt and is now a practicing Dentist. His youngest son Vincent, who is also a 2nd Degree Black Belt, runs the family restaurant. His oldest son Joseph Jr., a 6th 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.

Coach
Peter Bardatsos
(Bayside)

Bio

  • 8x USA National Team Member
  • USA Team Captain
  • 4x USA National Champion
  • International Medalist
  • 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Coach
  • USA National Team Coach
  • Founder CBP (Coach Bardatsos Program) sport specific Taekwondo training program
  • Began Taekwondo training in 1980 under Grandmaster Lee, Moonsung
  • 1992 began training under Grandmaster Herb Perez (1992 Olympic Gold Medalist)
  • Developed over 20 National Champions (all levels) and over 10 National Team members

Master
Joseph Lupo, Jr.
(Bayside)

Bio

  • Over 30 years of Martial Arts Experience (May 1983)
  • Certified 6th Dan Black Belt under Grandmaster Lee, Moonsung/Master Joseph Lupo Sr. & Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo)
  • Established the New York Black Belt Center (2010) , NYBBC Corona (2016), NYBBC Westchester (2017)
  • Established Taekwondo program within the Family Center for Autism (2015)
  • Member of the Pope Francis Society to promote anti-bullying in Catholic schools (2013-2014)
  • Team Manager/Coach Team Wolfpack/CBP (2010-present)
  • Registered Level 1 Coach (USAT)
  • AAU National Champion 2019 (Ultra Black Belt)
  • Member USA Masters Games Team for European Masters Games in Torino, Italy 2019

Master
Chet Bridgewater
(Westchester)

Bio

  • Taekwondo practitioner since 1996 (age 11) under Grandmaster Kim, Byung-Min
  • Certified 4th Dan Black Belt under Master Joseph Lupo Jr. & Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo)
  • Head Instructor New York Black Belt Center Westchester
  • Member of Team Wolfpack competition team since 2010
  • 8x NY State Champion
  • 3x NJ State Champion
  • 1x CT State Champion
  • Gold Medalist in numerous local and regional competitions
  • National Competitor
  • Electrical Engineer

Instructor
John Rodriguez
(Corona)

Bio

  • Taekwondo practitioner since 1994 (age 16)
  • Certified 3rd Dan Black Belt under Master Joseph Lupo Jr. & Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo)
  • Head Instructor New York Black Belt Center Corona
  • Captain of Team Wolfpack competition team (2010 - present)
  • 2004/2018/2019 National Championships medalist (USAT)
  • 12x NY State Champion
  • 7x NJ State Champion
  • 4x CT State Champion
  • Kuie Luck (youth enrichment program) head summer camp instructor (2018-present)

Assistant Instructor
Carlos Villanueva
(Corona)

Bio

  • Kukkiwon Certified 2nd Dan Black Belt October 2018
  • Taekwondo Practitioner since 1990 under Master Luis C. Villanueva
  • WolfPack Team Member Since 2018
  • 2x Breaking USAT National Bronze Medalist 2018/2019
  • 1x Sport Poomsae USAT NY State Champion
  • 2x Sport Poomsae USAT NJ State Champion
  • 1x Sport Poomsae USAT CT State Champion
  • Head Coach Sport Poomsae/Breaking NYBBC Team 2019-Present

Assistant Instructor
Jacqueline Loiacono
(Bayside)

Bio

  • 1st Dan Black Belt May 2019
  • Wolfpack/CBP Team member
  • Safe Sport Certified
  • NYS Certified Special Ed Teacher/Early Intervention Provider (EIP)
  • NYBBC Bayside Tutoring/Mentor Program Director
  • 2019 AAU National Championships Gold Medalist (Ultra Black Belt)
  • 2017/2018 USAT National Medalist (Colored Belt)
  • Toronto Open Gold medalist (Colored belt)