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New Taekwondo Center Opens at Site of Former Candy Shop and Gym Studio

Jan. 7, 2017 Staff Report

A new Taekwondo center opened last month at 19-31 Ditmars Blvd, the same location that  had been occupied by Live Fit Fitness Studio and the Candy Bar over the past two years.

Pulse Taekwondo Center, owned and operated by Astoria resident and 5-time U.S. National Team member Master Eleni Koutsilianos, held its grand opening ceremony on December 3rd, introducing a wide range of Taekwondo classes for the new year.

“We currently have four age levels for daily Taekwondo training Monday to Saturday; 4 to 6 year old children at 3:45 pm, 7 to 9 year olds at 4:30 pm, children aged 10 to 14 years at 6:00 pm, as well as a class for teens and adults at 8:00 pm on certain nights,” said Koutsilianos.

Sparring and Olympic level training is offered for more advanced students on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Additionally, cardio kickboxing will be taught Monday to Thursday at 7:15 PM, and mornings through out the week.

A full list of list of Pulses’s scheduled classes can be found here.

“Opening my own center has always been a dream of mine, as I have over 21 years of martial arts experience,” Koutsilianos said.

Koutsilianos, who is certified by the World Taekwondo Federation as a 4th Dan Black Belt, believes Taekwondo can help encourage and empower any individual that learns it, and credits the martial art for giving her the courage to open her own studio.

“I want to help students become the best version of themselves,” she said. “My goal is to teach more than just any skill or technique, but to instill positive values through the art of Taekwondo.”

Those interested in learning more about the different classes offered can call 718-440-3233

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Taekwondo is a very popular martial art and is becoming more popular all the time, especially with young people. Most Taekwondo organizations publicly agree that Taekwondo was derived from other Korean martial arts. There is however, arguably a Japanese influence from Karate resulting from the lengthy Japanese occupation of Korea in the last century.


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