Modern Instruction

At Core Taekwondo we understand that while we kick and punch for a few hours each week in class, our students spend all 24 hours a day being humans!

Our instructors goal is to train students to become confident, productive members of society and role models to their peers.

Master Meggie has designed Core Taekwondo's curriculum with this in mind and all of our instructors bring a positive attitude to the mats.

Meggie Presti

Owner and Chief Instructor
Meggie founded Core Taekwondo in 2012 and is a master in Taekwondo.

With over 10 years experience teaching Taekwondo, a B.A. in Elementary Education & Curriculum Design, and many years of inclusive classroom teaching experience, Master Meggie brings a unique perspective to Taekwondo.

Interesting Facts

  • Meggie has practiced 7 different styles of martial arts, and obtained a black belt in 4 other styles for a total of 5 black belts.
  • Meggie’s teaching experience ranges through 5 different states and 5 different styles of martial arts.
  • Meggie speaks English and conversational Spanish.
  • Meggie began her teaching career at 13 years old when she was hired to be a paraprofessional for students with autism-spectrum disorders.
  • During college Meggie performed as an acrobat in a traveling circus troupe.

Why do you teach?

After reflecting on my own education, the thing which made the most difference in my life was Taekwondo.

Taekwondo taught me discipline, goal setting, respect, perseverance, self confidence and built me into the person I am today.

I can think of nothing more rewarding than helping my students build these qualities in themselves.

Craig Presti

Instructor
Craig was the first adult to receive a black belt from Core Taekwondo and is married to the school owner, Master Meggie. Despite this union, she didn’t take it easy on him during his training!

Interesting Facts

  • Craig comes from the land down under
  • Craig is one of the few Australians that does not know how to surf (he loves to boogie board though!)
  • Craig built the attendee app that students use to sign in to class
  • Craig has visited 5 of the 7 continents
  • Craig grew up on a farm

Why do you teach?

I find it extremely rewarding to spend my time teaching others and I’ve been fortunate to find myself in many situations through the course of my life where this has been possible.

Juliet Bost

Instructor

Juliet has been teaching since 2009 and is a 3rd dan black belt, and assisted the master she trainded under in New Jersey until she moved to California in 2013.



Interesting Facts

  • Juliet has competed in more than 25 competitions, both ITF (International Taekwondo Federation) in New Jersey and WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) in California.
  • Juliet trained with the Stanford Taekwondo team for a year.
  • Juliet has experience with 4 weapons and in kickboxing.
  • Juliet can play the ukulele.
  • Juliet made it to regionals in pole vaulting at the end of her second season.

Why do you teach?

I cannot imagine a life without Taekwondo.

In my Taekwondo journey so far, I have gained leadership skills, self-confidence, perseverance, and respect that I use in my daily life.

Teaching allows me the opportunity to pass on what I have learned and watch students train through their own Taekwondo journeys. Although I am an instructor, I find myself learning from students everyday.

Melanie Felman

After School Program

Mel graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in American Studies and Womens Studies before going on to receive a Masters in Education from Smith College.

After completing her education, Mel worked at a prestigious boarding school for dyslexic students where she was trained as a reading specialist.



Interesting Facts

  • Mel loves music and even worked for a small record label, although she does not play an instrument.
  • Mel loves to read and finishes about two books per week.
  • Mel's dog has an interesting name and is often part of the crowd during belt testing at Central Park.
  • Mel is Master Meggie's sister
  • Mel has lived in over 10 US states

Why do you teach?

My favorite thing about teaching is watching students grow into people. Inspiring a love of reading, crafting and thinking outside of the box are just perks of the job!

Testimonials

We have been so happy at Core Taekwondo. My 3 and 5 year old both love taking classes with Master Meggie and her staff, and have learned so much in the past 8 months.

- Crystal, parent of students in Children and Little Kicker programs

The camp was filled with fun-packed activities such as swimming and playtime at the park. When summer ended, she asked us to sign her up again for the next summer.

- Galen, parent of student from Summer Camp

My son embraced Core Learning's fun, afterschool learning program from Day 1. He comes home talking about oceans, animals and all the facts that he has learned. Core has ignited his curiosity and love for learning, and the fact that he also gets all the taekwondo training that he can handle is icing on the cake!

- Rod, parent of student in Afterschool Program

Core Taekwondo just brings out the best in our son. He's become more physically coordinated, as well as more confident in his approach to everything from school work to hitting a baseball. We credit Core with playing a pivotal role in his overall development. It’s the one activity that seems to have the greatest positive effect on all the others. And above all our son loves being there.

- Eugene, parent of student in Afterschool Program

I have noticed that when my children are irritable, going to class settles them down. My son especially benefits, because he is a very physical kid. The combination of physical exercise and self-awareness is a big win for both kids. These skills will serve them well into their adult years.

- Elizabeth, parent of teenage students

As a beginner adult, it’s been difficult to find a martial arts class where I’m not surrounded by children. After all, one doesn’t need to be a kid to want to try something new. I’m learning self-defense strategies, memorizing forms, strengthening, varying my boring elliptical routine, and having fun with like-minded adults!

- Geri, Adult program

Jumping into a martial arts program as an adult can be incredibly daunting. Core Taekwondo took me back to the basics, working at a pace that is individualized, and pushes me to grow and do better in a safe and fun way. The classes give you a fantastic cardio workout, in addition to focusing on self control, self esteem, and safety in self defense. Amazing, dedicated instructors, that treat each student like family!

- Daniel, Adult program

I come from a background in Olympic lifting and have always felt like I had a good base level of strength and fitness. What I was missing was flexibility and confidence in my skills to defend myself. The adult program has been tremendously beneficial in improving my flexibility and educating me on how best to get out of a difficult situation.

- Craig, Adult program
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Core Taekwondo
86 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401