Meet the Baystate Takeowondo Instructors!
Master John Alves
Master John Alves holds a 5th Dan from the World Taekwondo Organization from Seoul South Korea. In 2016 I became the President of the USAT Massachusetts State organization responsible for our Annual tournament event in the state of Massachusetts. I’m married to Mary Martin Alves and together we have 3 beautiful children who also are involved in Taekwondo. Master Alves is the Owner of Baystate Taekwondo Academy and has been training in Martial Art since the age of 11. Graduate of Nicholas College from Dudley Mass with an Master in Business Administration. I retired from the US Army in July of 2000 after 22 years, and am the sole owner of Baystate TKD since 2005. One of my favorite hobbies is being a pilot, and flying a single engine planes. I truly enjoy instructing our youth in the sports of Taekwondo.
Master James Montgomery
Jim began training in 1980 under Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee in East Hartford, Connecticut, and has been a senior instructor at Baystate Taekwondo Academy, and its predecessor, Starling TKD Academy, since 1991. A former USATKD Referee Vice Chair and NCTA Referee Chair, he is one of the senior Taekwondo referees in the U.S. He is also a Special Class WT International Referee, and was chosen to take part in the Selection Camp for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Master Montgomery also heads up our Hapkido program, and received his 5th Dan in Hapkido from Grandmaster Bunsong Seng of Utica, New York, with whom he continues to train.
Master Matt Kehoe
Master Matt Kehoe is a 5th Dan Instructor and has been training in Taekwondo for over 25 plus years his method of teaching is motivate and inspiring, and our students enjoys his class tremendously. He brings wisdom and lots of Knowledge to the floor. As one of of Senior instructor he is a valueabel assest to Baystate Taekwondo Academy and is get having him as part of our TEAM….
Master Joe Centeio
Master Joe Centeio 4th Dan black belt in Taekwondo with over 25 years experience. I started my martial arts journey from a very young age. Collecting Kung- Fu classics was an early childhood hobby. By the time I was 15 I began to practice Taekwondo. It was instant love. I quickly advanced through techniques and had a high level of understanding body movements to execute advanced jump kicks and spins. I began teaching at a very early rank of blue belt. I understand everyone is different and has different learning curve so teaching, and relating to students of all ages and making training fun came natural to me. I fell in Love with sparing. I have traveled to many states competing in Sparring and Poomsae, and took home many first place trophies in both categories. Today I no longer am competing. I’m the head instructor for Baystate Taekwondo Academy, and I’m enjoying my position. I have a huge passion in teaching and motivating our future generation to be the best that they can be, and to remind them that there is NO word such as can’t.
Master Alice Dipace
Master Alice DiPace is our Pee-Wee and Tigers/Dragon instructor. She holds a 4th Dan with Kukkiwon and is a World Taekwondo Federation ( WTF) International Referee in both Kyorugi (sparring) and Poomsae (forms). She has been
training and teaching at Baystate Taekwondo since 2008. She loves watching the Pee-Wee’s grow (taller than she is:) and recently had the honor of seeing several of them earn their black belts! She also enjoys training and is
committed to being the best referee she can be.