HARLEM TAE KWON DO Located on 116th Street in Central Harlem, the 4,400 square foot dojang boasts two seperate studios where taekwondo, judo, viet vo dao, and atienza kali are taught throughout the week. Classes are dedicated to teaching children and adults of all ages the values of discipline, respect, concentration, and self confidence along with strength training, coordination, and self defense.
"It's not just about martial arts," Master Fall says. "Harlem Tae Kwon Do is about community. Success is not about making money, but about making a difference in someone's life. There are a lot of single parents out there who need that extra bit of discipline for thier children or need a role model for their children to look up to. I know how taekwondo changed and affected my life, and I want to do the same for someone else."
Harlem Tae Kwon Do also has a homework room furnished with desks and dictionaries for kids to complete their homework while waiting for class or parents/care givers to pick them up.
Our Prinicpal Instructor
Master MALICK COULIBALY DIT FALL A Master and world class competitor, Master Fall began studying taekwondo in 1982 in his home country of Mali, West Africa. He was inspired by watching taekwondo training at the nearby Police Academy. His uncle wanted him to do judo, so for almost 2 years, he practiced taekwondo and judo simultaneously. He discovered he preferred the kicking and punching of taekwondo and left judo to devote his time to taekwondo training.
He excelled quickly and was promoted directly to blue belt after 3 years. As a red belt, he won his first national championship and remained the National Champion of Mali from 1986 to 1993. During this time, he received his 1st and 2nd Degree Black Belts from Master Moussa Diarra. In 1993, he went to New York to singly represent his country in the World Taekwondo Championships at Madison Square Garden where he reached the quarterfinals.
After the World Championships, Master Fall decided to move to New York. Shortly after he arrived, he found West Side Taekwondo and began training with Masters Sung Chul and Jung Chul Whang. They soon asked him to teach classes and he worked with them for eight years, spending seven of those as Head Instructor. He also received his 3rd and 4th Degree Black Belts and continued competing.
He left West Side Taekwondo in December of 2001 to open his own school, Harlem Tae Kwon Do, in January of 2002. In 2006, he founded One World Taekwondo Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at providing taekwondo to members of the community that cannot afford to join. Most recently, he received his 5th Degree from Grandmaster Dong Keun Park.
"Success is not about making money, but about making a difference in someone's life," he says. "There are a lot of single parents out there who need that extra bit of discipline for their children or need a role model for their children to look up to. I know how taekwondo changed and affected my life, and I want to do the same for someone else."
1986-1993 National Champion of Mali
1993 Quarter finalist - World Taekwondo Championships at Madison square Garden
1993 Gold (sparring) and Bronze (forms) - NY State Governor's Cup at West Point
1994 Bronze (sparring) - US Open, Olympic Training Center in Colorado
1994 Bronze (sparring) - Queens College All American Open
1994 Bronze (sparring) - NY State Governor's Cup
1994 Third Degree - Masters Sung Chul and Jung Chul Whang, Westside Taekwondo
Ms. ANDREA WOOD Was born in England and spent her teen years in Idaho studying music, art, and writing. She moved to Hawaii in 1994 as a chaperone and pursued commercial art at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. In 1995, she relocated to New York to study art at Pratt Institute and graduated in May 1998 with a degree in Illustration. While in school, she began work in computer graphics and special effects, freelancing for various postproduction houses. In 1998 she joined the graphics department at ABC television and worked for them for 3 years on a freelance basis.
Ms. Wood began studying taekwondo in 1999 at West Side Taekwondo and has been working with Harlem Tae Kwon Do since its inception. She received her First Degree Black Belt from Harlem Taekwondo in December 2003. In 2006, she assisted in the founding of One World Taekwondo Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at providing taekwondo to members of the community that cannot afford to join.
Ms. Wood manages the day to day office and administrative functions of the dojang and designs the literature and maintains the website for Harlem Tae Kwon Do and One World Taekwondo Foundation. Master Fall and Ms. Wood have four children, Lamine (2005), Haroun (2008), Thierno (2011), and Abdoul (2016).