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Chief Instructor Thomas Festa

  • 6th Degree Black Belt
  • Magna Cum Laude Graduate of C.W. Post College
  • Hall Of Famer: World Martial Arts and World Christian Martial Arts
  • Director of Taekwondo Program At Kellenberg
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    Long Island Tae Kwon Do is honored to be a part of the Kellenberg Memorial High School experience. Since 1993 Long Island Tae Kwon Do Black Belts have been teaching Tae Kwon Do to the students of Kellenberg Memorial High School.

    In 1993 Master Festa created this one of a kind high school program to meet the needs of the Marianist Brothers desire to provide their young men with an alternative to traditional physical education classes. In 2003 Kellenberg added their young ladies to the Tae Kwon Do program. Now all 9th and 10th graders learn Tae Kwon Do for Physical Education class.

    Kellenberg Memorial High School is located in Uniondale, NY, and is run by the Marianist Community. The school has offered a Catholic Education in the Marianist Tradition since 1987.

    Kellenberg Memorial Students can check out what events and happenings are going on by going to the KMHS News page. Students can also get information that will help them with their Kellenberg training and assist with note taking by going to the For KMHS Students page.

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  • U. S. National Kickboxing World Champion Coach
  • W.A.K.O./ K.I.C.K. U.S.A. Task Force Director (World Association of Karate/Kickboxing Organizations)
  • Author “The Adventures of Martial T. Holiday” – a comic book which provides anti-drug and positive messages for children & adults.


To provide the finest instruction in the mental, physical, and character building aspects of the Martial Arts. To create an environment that gives each individual the opportunity to pursue and achieve a greater level of personal success and freedom.


Martial Arts Develops a Positive,
“Yes I Can” Attitude

Turning weaknesses into strengths may sound like a daunting task, but with concentration and a commitment to excel it’s very possible, especially when you have our high energy Martial Arts Instructors dedicated to helping you or your child reach his or her potential. Couple that with the fact that each one of these instructors is under the direct supervision of Master Thomas Festa, He leads by example and has dedicated his life to making a difference in other people’s lives. His greatest accomplishments aren’t the many awards he has received or the trophies won, but the small victories made on a day to day basis with children and adults. He sees the potential in all of his students and works to bring them out. His credentials are many but they fall short of who he is and what he stands for. Watch one of his classes and you’ll see what cannot be seen on the wall covered with awards and accolades.

Mind over matter is a very concrete objective, a concept integral to the study of Martial Arts. Just devote your time and thoughts to the affirmation: “I Can Do It!” If you pick one area at a time, work on it in earnest and repeat as often as possible “I can do it” (replacing “it” with the task at hand), you will be well on your way to improving your skills in all areas. Let us help you develop a “Yes I Can!” attitude, and you will see your very own weaknesses turn into your strengths.

Learn to Become a Positive Thinker

Negative thoughts create limitations. Our outlook determines what we can accomplish. Therefore, we teach our students to think positive, non-limiting thoughts. The higher we point the higher we go. .In fact, the very areas that you consider your weakest points can actually become your strengths - if you are willing to work on them. Martial Arts teaches children and adults to set goals, follow a plan and accomplish those goals. At L.I. Tae Kwon Do & Body Arts you will learn how to work the mental muscle. Students will gain a heightened sense of awareness which will assist them to become leaders in life.

Choosing The Right School

Choosing the right school today will make a big difference in your future. L. I. Tae Kwon Do & Body Arts was established in 1975. We have a dedicated and well trained teaching staff. We have several curriculums in place for age specific groups. The positive results that L.I. Tae Kwon Do & Body Arts has had in the lives of children and adults are without parallel. Our black belt program has aided our students in becoming doctor’s, Military Officers, teachers, and in general, highly productive members of society.

In closing – a quote:

“I shall be telling this with a sigh…somewhere ages and ages hence: two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled, and that has made all the difference.”

- Robert Frost

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