RITKD

INSTRUCTORS

 

Instructors (left to right):

Rati Patel

Mary Ellen Ballantyne

Keshav Patel

Jess Insler

Master Ro Insler

Sergey Grokhovetskiy

Nicholas Blount

Jason Rovetto

John Haley

Alex Rodriguez

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Sah Bom Nim Roseanne Insler (Master Ro) is the founder, Master and Chief Instructor of our school and holds a 6th Degree Master Black Belt, with over 28 years of training in the martial arts and with more than 24 years of teaching Taekwondo. As well as having earned numerous medals and trophies in regional and national Taekwondo and Karate competitions - including being nominated for and receiving the New Jersey Governor's Cup Award for Taekwondo, and qualifying for the 1996 Taekwondo Olympic trials, Master Ro was also a former Member and Inductee of the Garden State Games Karate Hall of Fame, and a Certified Karate Referee and Judge.

 

 

Kyo Sah Nim Mary Ellen Ballantyne (pictured right) is a Black Belt Senior Instructor with over 24 years of training in Taekwondo, and almost 20 years as an Assistant Instructor at our Intermediate and Advanced evening classes. Ms. Mary Ellen is also a Certified Official Karate Scorekeeper and Referee, and currently holds a Fourth Dan Black Belt. Ms. Mary Ellen was heralded by our students and senior instructors as the Best and Most Dedicated Instructor for the past 4 years, and now holds the title of Master Black Belt.

Kyo Sah Nim Jason Rovetto (pictured left) is a Black Belt Senior Instructor, training with our school for over 23 years. Mr. Jason is also one of our instructors at our evening Advanced classes, and has been voted “Best Martial Artist” in our school for the past 6 years. Mr. Jason currently holds a Fourth Dan Black Belt, and is now a Master Black Belt. In addition to teaching Taekwondo, Mr. Jason is also a NJ state-licensed Associate Counselor; he received his undergraduate degree in psychology and a masters in mental health behavior, and currently provides counseling services for children, teens and families. Master Jason was also instrumental in implementing a martial arts "therapy" program in the Stepping Forward Counseling Center of NJ. Mr. Jason is currently on hiatus as he recently got married and moved out of town.

 

 

Kyo Sah Nim Jess Insler (pictured right) is a Black Belt Senior Instructor with over 24 years of experience in Taekwondo. Mr. Jess is an Instructor in our Beginner and Novice evening classes and is also our school's official sparring and self-defense coach. In addition, Mr. Jess is a Certified Karate Referee and Judge, as well as a former tournament Ring Coordinator. Mr. Jess currently holds a Second Degree Black Belt in Self-Defense and is training towards his Second Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo.

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Kyo Sah Nim John Haley (pictured left) obtained his Second Dan Black Belt in December 2015 and is a Senior Instructor. Mr. John has been training with us for 15 years and currently assists at our Intermediate and Advanced evening classes, and is training for his Third Dan belt in the near future.

 

 

Kyo Sah Nim Rati Patel (pictured right) obtained her Second Dan Black Belt after training with us for over 15 years. Ms. Rati is an Instructor, and is currently assisting at our Beginner Tots evening classes, and has also been a Head Counselor at our Summer Camp and Clinic. Ms. Rati will be attending college in the fall of 2016, but plans to continue attending classes with her younger brother, Keshav, when she can.

Kyo Sah Nim Keshav Patel (pictured left) recently obtained his First Dan Black Belt after training with us for over 10 years. Mr. Keshav is an Assistant Instructor, and is currently assisting at our Beginner Tots evening classes. He is also a Head Counselor at our Summer Camp and Clinic.

 

 

Suryun Saeng Nim Dr. Helang Kravitz, (pictured right) is a First Dan Black Belt training with us for over 10 years. Ms. Helang is back to training after sustaining a serious injury, and is now continuing to train towards her Second Dan Black Belt. She will be attaining the title of Kyo Sah Nim (Instructor) and will be taking on the responsibility of assisting in our evening Advanced classes in the near future. Her determination and dedication sets a fine example for her children (who also train with us) and for all of our younger students.

Suryun Saeng Nim Samantha Kravitz, (pictured left) is a First Dan Black Belt training with us for over 9 years. Ms. Samantha has been a Junior Counselor at our Summer Camp and is currently training towards her Second Dan Black Belt.

 

 

Suryun Saeng Nim (pictured right) became a First Dan Black Belt after training with us for over 10 years. Mr. Nick has been a head Counselor at our Summer Camp and Clinic and continues to train while also taking time off for other sports.

Kyo Sah Nim Alex “ARod” Rodriguez (pictured left) is a First Dan Black Belt and Instructor. Mr. Alex trained with us for over 12 years, and occasionally assists in the Intermediate and Advanced summer evening classes. Mr. Alex has also been one of our Head Counselors at our Summer Camp, and is currently attending NJIT. He continues to train with us on his breaks, hoping to earn his Second Dan Black Belt in the near future.

 

 

Glossary of Taekwondo Titles:

 

 

Sah Bom Nim – Master Instructor

Chung Sah Nim – Chief Instructor

Kyo Sah Nim – Instructor

Suryun Saeng Nim – Assistant Instructor

Sun Bae Nim – Senior Student, Jr. Instructor

Hak Saeng – Student