Grandmaster Les Zampino:

8th Degree Black Belt

45 years experience

Founder of Northeast Taekwondo Academy

Began training in 1969 under Master Sang W. Lim

Opened first location on Broadway in Schenectady, NY in 1977

Was a member of the ATA under Grandmaster H. U. Lee

Later trained under Master Suk Joon Kim with the ITF and Grandmaster Won Keun Bai

Has been on the AAU Taekwondo Executive Committee for over 20 years

NE TKD has been at our current location in Rotterdam, NY for over 25 years.


Master Shirley Favata:

6th Degree Black Belt

26 years experience

Human Resource Manager for Tully Rinckey PLLC


Master Lee LaGrange: 

5th Degree Black Belt

30 years experience


Master William Just:

5th Degree Black Belt

18 years experience

Paramedic for GAVAC


Master Thomas Reynolds: 

5th Degree Black Belt

19 years experience

Retired Engineer


Mr. Antoni Favata:

4th Degree Black Belt

18 years experience

Certified Head trainer for Golub Corp.


Miss Tammy Price:

4th Degree Black belt

15 years experience


Christopher Woods:

Assistant Instructor

2nd Degree Black Belt

15 Years Old

Forms Grand Champion

Attends Schalmont HS