Risen Taekwondo, LLC Professional Instructors

All martial arts instructors at Risen Taekwondo, LLC in Malta, New York are trained to ensure that our martial arts classes are safe, effective and fun.

Our instructors and instructor assistants are trained to focus on more than just teaching martial arts skills. Risen Taekwondo, LLC staff also are taught how to work with all students, tailoring their martial arts teaching methods to fit the individual child.

Emphasis is put on encouragement and positive correction.

We are committed to teaching the physical skills of martial arts while applying attitude-shaping exercises aimed at bringing out the best character and physical potential in each student.

Through weekly martial arts training, instructors advance their own knowledge, skills, and abilities to become even more effective martial arts teachers.

The Risen Taekwondo, LLC instructors are required to maintain their personal level of martial arts knowledge and a high level of personal growth. They are expected to take classes on a regular basis and test at least once per year.

Our Malta martial arts staff at Risen Taekwondo, LLC looks forward to working with you.

Here is some additional information about our Taekwondo instructors:

Martial Arts Instructors Biographies

MASTER EUGENE REFINO

Master Eugene Refino is a 5th Degree Black Belt and the 2010 USA Taekwondo National Champion. He holds the Level 1 Coaching Certification through USA Taekwondo and is educated and certified to coach at any tournament held within the United States. He was a former D1 Referee for USA Taekwondo, which gave him experience in safety protocols and precautions as well as an in depth look into the rules that govern the sport.

Master Refino believes that one of the greatest aspect of Taekwondo is that there are constant role models in your life; meaning that the instructor or coach that you start with, typically stay until you leave the sport and maybe even after. Master Refino’s family has a strong background in child care, beginning with his mother; who spent countless years nurturing and helping little ones grow into responsible individuals. This has impacted Master Refino to be passionate about helping others grow. Through Amway’s Leadership Team Development, he learned the value of giving back, communication, team work, and being a leader. He loves to challenge others through a tough work out, and to accomplish goals that others have said is impossible.

From coaching and competing in state, regional, and national tournaments to leading day to day classes; he is present, engaged and motivated. After over 10 years as Program Director, he is ready to share his love of Taekwondo, with you and your family at Risen Taekwondo.

​Tournament Team Accomplishments

  • 2016 National Championships held in Richmond Virginia
    • 1 Silver in 12-14 Year Old Sparring
    • 1 Bronze in 12-14 Year Old Sparring
    • 1 Bronze in 8-9 Year Old Board Breaking
  • 31 Medals from 2015-2016 Season (NYS, NJS, CTS, RIS)
    • 21 Gold Medals
    • 5 Silver Medals
    • 5 Bronze Medals
  • 2015 National Championships held in Austin, Texas
    • 1 Silver in 31-40 Year Old Poomsae (Forms) Division
  • 2010 National Championships held in Orlando, Florida
    • Master Refino ranked 1st in the Nation (Gold in the 18-30 Year Old Poomsae Division)
  • Numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island State Tournaments prior to 2010 and between 2010-2015

Coaching Education Accomplishments

  • SafeSport Certified
  • Completed the Coaches Edge Seminar for Coach Education (2018)
  • Completed the Coaches Edge Seminar for Coach Education (2017)
  • Completed the Level 1 Certification for Coach Education (2016)
  • Qualified to coach at the National Level
  • Completed the Coaches Edge Seminar for Coach Education (2016)
  • Completed Associate Coach Certification for Coach Education (2015)
  • Completed the Coaches Edge Seminar for Coach Education (2015)​

 

MS. YUMI KAGEYAMA

Ms. Kageyama is a 4th Degree Black Belt and was ranked 13th in the nation at the 2015 USA Taekwondo National Championships. She is also a Level 1 Coach and former D1 Referee for USA Taekwondo. Ms. Kageyama background comes from a love of children and of the value she sees in education. She believes that education is not limited to what you learn from a book or in a class; it is about the interactions individuals have throughout their lives and the knowledge gained from them.

Ms. Kageyama loves the ability for a martial art to instill self-confidence in individuals because it leads students to hold a higher standard for themselves and their behavior with others. Her experience as a Toddler teacher and Summer Camp Counselor has pushed her to create interactive and difficult curriculums designed to test you and help you achieve.  She is currently at Siena College earning her B.S. in Business Management. She believes in the importance of cross-training with other teams and sports and to promote a fun and challenging class structure. Her favorite part of Taekwondo is seeing the change in values and focus that individuals gain from classes and how it helps them in the world outside of the Taekwondo.

Tournament Team Accomplishments

  • 2016 National Championships held in Richmond Virginia
    • 1 Silver in 12-14 Year Old Sparring
    • 1 Bronze in 12-14 Year Old Sparring
    • 1 Bronze in 8-9 Year Old Board Breaking
  • 31 Medals from 2015-2016 Season (NYS, NJS, CTS, RIS)
    • 21 Gold Medals
    • 5 Silver Medals
    • 5 Bronze Medals
  • 2015 National Championships held in Austin, Texas
    • 1 Silver in 31-40 Year Old Poomsae (Forms) Division
  • Ms. Yumi Kageyama ranked 13 th in the Nation (In the 18-30 Year Old Poomsae Division)​
  • Numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island State Tournaments prior to 2010 and between 2010-2015

Coaching Education Accomplishments

  • SafeSport Certified
  • Completed the Coaches Edge Seminar for Coach Education (2018)
  • Completed the Coaches Edge Seminar for Coach Education (2017)
  • Completed the Level 1 Certification for Coach Education (2016)
  • Qualified to coach at the National Level
  • Completed the Coaches Edge Seminar for Coach Education (2016)
  • Completed Associate Coach Certification for Coach Education (2015)
  • Completed the Coaches Edge Seminar for Coach Education (2015)