Master Meggie Presti

Instructors

Meggie Presti

Owner and Chief Instructor

Master MeggieMeggie founded Core Taekwondo in 2012 and is a master in Taekwondo.

With over 10 years experience teaching Taekwondo, a B.A. in Elementary Education & Curriculum Design, and many years of inclusive classroom teaching experience, Master Meggie brings a unique perspective to Taekwondo.

Interesting Facts

  • Meggie has practiced 7 different styles of martial arts, and obtained a black belt in 4 other styles for a total of 5 black belts.
  • Meggie’s teaching experience ranges through 5 different states and 5 different styles of martial arts.
  • Meggie speaks English and conversational Spanish.
  • Meggie began her teaching career at 13 years old when she was hired to be a paraprofessional for students with autism-spectrum disorders.
  • During college Meggie performed as an acrobat in a traveling circus troupe.

Why do you teach Taekwondo?

After reflecting on my own education, the thing which made the most difference in my life was Taekwondo.

I can think of nothing more rewarding than helping my students build these qualities in themselves

Taekwondo taught me discipline, goal setting, respect, perseverance, self confidence and built me into the person I am today.

I can think of nothing more rewarding than helping my students build these qualities in themselves.


Tomohiro Kawano

Instructor

Hiro Kawano
Tomohiro (or Hiro) started Taekwondo in 1992 and is a 4th dan black belt.

He has taught Taekwondo in Japan for 15 years to both children and adults, with a focus on basic forms and sparring techniques. In addition, Tomohiro holds a B.S. in Business Marketing and was a photographer in Japan for 20 years.

Interesting Facts

  • Tomohiro used to have a lunch box business in Japan.
  • Tomohiro can speak and write Japanese.
  • Tomohiro can teach Taekwondo using entirely Korean terms.
  • Tomohiro used to teach Taekwondo demonstration to students for festivals in Japan.

Why do you teach Taekwondo?

Taekwondo helps students build confidence and learn to create positive relationships with those around them.

Taekwondo helps students build confidence and learn to create positive relationships with those around them.

Teaching Taekwondo affords me the opportunity to work on these skills in myself each day so that I can share with others.

Juliet Bost

Instructor

Juliet Bost
Juliet has been teaching since 2009 and is a 3rd dan black belt, and assisted the master she trainded under in New Jersey until she moved to California in 2013.

Interesting Facts

  • Juliet has competed in more than 25 competitions, both ITF (International Taekwondo Federation) in New Jersey and WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) in California.
  • Juliet trained with the Stanford Taekwondo team for a year.
  • Juliet has experience with 4 weapons and in kickboxing.
  • Juliet can play the ukulele.
  • Juliet made it to regionals in pole vaulting at the end of her second season.

Why do you teach Taekwondo?

I cannot imagine a life without Taekwondo.

I have gained leadership skills, self-confidence, perseverance, and respect that I use in my daily life.

In my Taekwondo journey so far, I have gained leadership skills, self-confidence, perseverance, and respect that I use in my daily life.

Teaching allows me the opportunity to pass on what I have learned and watch students train through their own Taekwondo journeys. Although I am an instructor, I find myself learning from students everyday.

Craig Presti

Instructor


Craig is the first adult to receive a black belt from Core Taekwondo and is married to the school owner, Master Meggie. Despite this union, she didn’t take it easy on him during his training!

Interesting Facts

  • Craig comes from the land down under
  • Craig is one of the few Australians that does not know how to surf (he loves to boogie board though!)
  • Craig built the attendee app that students use to sign in to class
  • Craig has visited 5 of the 7 continents
  • Craig grew up on a farm

Why do you teach Taekwondo?

I find it extremely rewarding to spend my time teaching others and I’ve been fortunate to find myself in many situations through the course of my life where this has been possible.

I find it extremely rewarding to spend my time teaching others

Teaching Taekwondo feels a little different for two main reasons.

Firstly, when teaching adults, I am often instructing students that are very accomplished in other parts of their lives and are opening themselves up for a new challenge. This pushes me to function at a higher level.

Secondly, as a father, teaching children is equally as rewarding; not only does it feel great to help an individual master a technique, it also allows me the opportunity to become a more patient and understanding parent.