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Master Maggie Cole Messina

Master Maggie Cole Messina

Founder and President of Taecole Tae Kwon Do and Swerv.ChangeMaster Instructor, Founder, Author, Entrepreneur, and Game Changer, I am proud to be at the forefront of the martial arts industry.

With an impressive 8th Dan Black Belt (ITBA), 6th Dan Black Belt (ITF), 6th Dan Black Belt (AKA), and Black Belt in Shotokan karate (GM Takahashi), Maggie has dedicated her life to mastering the art of self-defense and empowering others through martial arts.

Being among the first generation of women to own and operate a martial arts school, Messina is a trailblazer in her field. In 1996, Maggie founded Taecole Tae Kwon Do and Fitness Inc., and since then, it has operated continuously, becoming one of the most successful martial art schools in New York State.

Throughout her career, Maggie has had the privilege of serving tens of thousands of individuals, helping them build confidence, discipline, and mental resilience. Messina's passion for martial arts extends beyond the physical aspects, as Maggie believes in nurturing personal growth, fostering positive mindsets, and shaping well-rounded individuals.

As an author, Maggie has shared her knowledge and insights through various publications, further contributing to the martial arts community. Alongside her entrepreneurial endeavors, Maggie strive to inspire others to reach their full potential and make a positive impact on their lives.

Master Messina is a firm believer in continuous learning and innovation. Maggie embraces new challenges by staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends, Magggie constantly evolves as a martial artist and educator. Maggie is committed to providing her students with the highest quality instruction, ensuring they receive the best martial arts experience possible.

With her extensive experience, expertise, and unwavering dedication, Maggie is confident in her ability to make a lasting difference in the lives of those she teaches. 



 Professional Accomplishment's:

  • 8th Dan Black Belt (ITBA), 7th Dan (KMK)
  • Appointed Vice President of the (ITBA) International Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Association.
  • 2022 Lifetime Presidents Award From President Joe Biden
  • 6th Dan Black Belt (ITF, AKA) 2023 New York State Congressional PTA Community Service Award for her dedication to the youth and children in NYS (Helen Hoffman, President 2023).
  • 7th Dan Black Belt Shotokan Karate (USA Martial Arts Org./GM Takahashi).
  • 2023 Appointed Sport Karate Museum History General USA (Professor Gary Lee)
  • 2023 Women of Distinction Hall of Honors, North Shore, Long Island, NY
  • 2023 Inducted into the International Black Belt Hall of Fame (Rocky Dirico)
  • 2023 Inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall Of Honors  
  • 2023 Silver Lifetime Award for dedicating more than thirty-five years to Martial Arts (American Martial Arts Alliance). 
  • 2023 Inducted into the Women's Hall of Honors (AMAAF)
  • 2022 Martial Artist Legacy Award (AMAA)
  • Awarded The Most Powerful Woman in Business for NYS(Schneps  Media). 
  • 2022 Inducted into the Ocean State International Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • 2021 Inducted into the Amerikick Internationals Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • 2019 Presented Special Congressional Recognition for her outstanding and Invaluable service to her community and everywhere she makes her mark.
  • 2019 New York Assembly Certificate of Merit for Female Fighters Matter Too (Founder and President) mission to bring equality to young girls and women worldwide.
  • She was recognized by NYS Senator Joseph P. Adabbo, Jr. for her selflessness and tireless commitment to the State of New York and her Loyalty and Dedication to the betterment of the State of New York.
  • 2019 Marquis Who's Who Woman of Integrity, Excellence/ Entrepreneur Award 
  • 2019 Consultant for New Startup Martial Arts Businesses 
  • 2019 Cover of Tae Kwon Do Life Magazine (First woman to make the cover edition). 
  • 2018 TKD Director Meadow Drive Elementary TKD program (Albertson)
  • 2018 #FFM2 (#Femalefigtersmattertoo) World Wide Campaign, Bringing attention to equality for Female Athletes Worldwide. 
  • Founded SWERV.CHANGE is an Organization helping "at-risk" youths and adults and promoting various campaigns to promote equality and empowerment for young girls and women. 
  • 2018 Member USA 2018 USA Martial Arts Team (WKC) USA GOLD MEDALIST.
  • 2018/19 Voted Best Martial Arts School Long Island, NY
  • 2017 Awarded Women of High Honors Distinction award
  • 2016-2019 Voted Best Martial Arts Business (Long Islands, North Shore, NY) 
  • 2017 TKD Director Hampton Elementary TKD (Mineola, NY)
  • 2017 TKD Director Jackson Elementary TKD (New Hyde Park, NY)
  • 2015 NASKA World Champion Women's lightweight BB fighting
  • 2015 NASKA World Champion in BB Tradition and Creative Forms               
  • 2015 WKC USA Team (Ranked #1 Traditional Forms) 
  • 2015 Team USA GOLD Medalist  (Traditional Forms)
  • 2015 WKC USA Team (Ranked #1 Traditional Forms)
  • 2014 Twin Towers Hall of Fame 
  • 2014 ISKA Forms Champion 
  • 2014 NASKA World Champion Women's Forms
  • 2014 LIWO is the Northeast Regional Championship for the World Class Martial Arts Organization
  • 2014 Director of Temple Sinai Nursery School Martial Arts program
  • 2013 Master Instructor of the Buckley Day School After-School Martial Arts Program
  • 2012 Earned her 7th Dan under GGM S.C. Kang (Kuk Mu Kwan Kang System)
  • 2012 Hosted her first tournament (Long Island Martial Arts Winter Open)
  • 2012 Inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • 2011 Published her (memoir) book, making Maggie "Little Miss Tri-County."
  • 2011 Personal Fitness Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America
  • 2011 Earned CDA National Credentials
  • 2011 Awarded 6th Dan Black Belt by the ITF (A-6-95)
  • 2011 BBB A+ Accredited since 2006-Present
  • 2011 ITF Certified
  • 2010 Hall of Fame Golden Warrior Lifetime Achievement Award
  • TKD Times School of the Month (March 2010)
  • NYS 2009 Champion in Woman's Black Belt Fighting
  • 2008 Woman's Grand World Champion in Fighting (WCMAO)
  • Master Instructor of the Beth Shalom Early Childhood Programs (East Hills, NY)
  • Master Instructor of the JCC of East Hill Martial Arts Programs
  • 2007 New York / New Jersey U-ITF Regional Director
  • Master Instructor of the Herricks Junior / High Schools Community Center Martial Arts Program
  • Certified International (#A-17-Class A) Instructor
  • Master Instructor of the Shelter Rock Early Childhood Programs
  • 2006 World Champion Forms & Sparring (WCMAO)
  • 2004-2006 New York State Champion for Forms (Open & Traditional) & Fighting
  • Awarded Instructor of the Year 2004 (Buzz Martial Arts, LLC)
  • Best Adult Black Belt of the Year  2001-2003 (WCMAO)
  • 2001 Master Instructor of the JCC/Searingtown After School Tae Kwon Do Program
  • Founder/President at TaeCole Tae Kwon Do & Fitness, Albertson, New York
  • World Champion Korean Traditional Forms / Fighting / Breaking (2000*2004)
  • Director of TaeCole Tae Kwon Do & Fitness House Call Network
  • Earned 5th Dan / Chief Instructor Status Under Grand Master Hwang 9th Degree Black Belt 9U-ITF)
  • KATU-ITF U-ITF Certified
  • 1996 Founder/President of TaeCole Tae Kwon Do NYC  KIDS
  • Earned 1st and 3rd Dan Black Belt under Grand Master Suh Chong / GM Tae Sun Kang
  • Lennox Hill Fitness NYC Group/Solo Fitness Instructor
  • American Black Belt Certified
  • Volunteer for Girls, Inc.
  • Volunteer for Isaacs Park/Recreation
  • Teach Self Defense / Fitness Awareness to NYC Youth Organizations
  • Has trained World / National Champions in Forms / Fighting / Breaking & Self Defense
  • CPR Certified / Certified Life Guard/EPI PEN
  • 15 Years of Medical Experience with Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital.

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