About ATA Tewksbury

Quality students come from quality instruction!

  • All ATA Taekwondo instructors are graduates of a three-year intensive internship and Nationally Certified.
  • We have excellent student/instructor ratios, Ongoing private help is available to all students.
  • All teaching methods and course development are derived from over 40 years of national research from over 1500 association schools.
  • Our teaching system is based on the concepts of "positive mental attitude" and "high goal setting". Our physical curriculum is focused on fitness and practical application.
  • Through the ATA sponsored program of advanced training, our instructors are continuously upgrading their instructional skills.

Our Instructors

Mr. Justin Garofano - Chief Instructor / Owner

Mr. Garofano, a 6th degree black belt, began his Taekwondo training in 1990 at the age of 10. He earned his first black belt by age 13 and won the New England Sparring Championships at age 15. Mr. Garofano has finished in the American Taekwondo Association World Top Ten for Sparring in 1999, 2001 and 2002, finished in the World Top Ten for ATA Xtreme Form and Weapons in 2009, World Top Ten in ATA Xtreme Weapons in 2010 and a bronze medal for ATA Xtreme Forms in the 2010 World Championships. He has also achieved number one in the Massachusetts State Championships for Traditional Form, Sparring and Weapons from 2001 to 2014. Mr. Garofano won the 2014 District Championship Title covering the east coast states from Maine to Virginia/West Virginia in Traditional Forms and Sparring in 2014. He also finished in the World Top Ten for Traditional Forms and Sparring in 2014. Setting the example for his students, he is currently still competing. From 1999-2000 Mr. Garofano was the ambassador to Korea for the American Taekwondo Association. He has also achieved the rank of a certified instructor in Krav Maga. Currently Mr. Garofano is working on achieving his Mastership Title in the ATA.

Mr. Michael Stack - Certified Instructor

Mr. Stack is a 4th degree black belt and founder of ATA Tewksbury. He has been training in the martial arts for over 30 years. Mr. Stack has finished in the ATA World Top Ten several times and was a silver medalist at the 1992 Olympic trials.

Mr. James Carfagno - Certified Instructor

Mr Carfagno, a 3rd degree black belt, began his Taekwondo training at the age of 10, and earned his 1st degree black belt at age of 13 and has achieved the status of Certified Instructor. His goal is to become a 4th degree black belt.

Certfied Instructors in Training (C.I.T.)

Mr. Matthew Levenson - Level 2 Instructor

Ms. Krista Stracqualursi - Level 1 Instructor

Mrs. Brenda Bryan - Level 1 Instructor

Ms. Fatima Cabral - Asst. Instructor

Ms. Jamie Quintiliani - Jr. Instructor

Mr. James Ministeri - Jr. Instructor

Our History

1993 - Tewksbury ATA Founded

School was founded at an 850 Square Foot Location by Mr. Michael Stack

2000 - Mr. Garofano becomes Chief Instructor and Owner of the Tewksbury ATA Academy

Upon returning from Korea Mr. Garofano takes over as Chief Instructor and Owner. Mr. Stack goes on to pursue a career as an Architect and continues to instruct at the academy until present day.

2002 - Relocated to Larger Location

To keep up with an expanding student base, ATA Tewksbury was moved to a 1,400 Square Foot Location.

2005 to present- Relocated to Current Location

Again, to keep up with an expanding student base, ATA Tewksbury was moved to a state-of-the-art 3,000 Square Foot facility.