About ATA Tewksbury

Quality students come from quality instruction!

  • All ATA taekwondo instructors are graduates of a three-year intensive internship and Nationally Certified.
  • We have excellent student/instructor ratios, Ongoing private help is available to all students.
  • All teaching methods and course development are derived from over 40 years of national research from over 1500 association schools.
  • Our teaching curriculum is based on the concepts of "positive mental attitude" and "high goal setting".
  • Through the ATA sponsored program of advanced training, our instructors are continuously upgrading their instructional skills.


Our Instructors

Mr Justin Garofano - Chief Instructor / Owner

Mr. Garofano, a 5th degree black belt, began his Taekwondo training in 1990 at the age of 10. He earned his first black belt by age 13 and won the New England sparring championships at age 15. Mr. Garofano has finished in the American Taekwondo Association world top ten for sparring in 1999, 2001 and 2002, finished in the World Top ten for ATA Xtreme form and weapons in 2009, top ten in Xtreme weapons in 2010 and a bronze medal for ATA Xtreme forms in 2010. He has also achieved number one in the state championships for traditional form, sparring and weapons from 2001 to present. Setting the example for his students, he is currently still competing. From 1999-2000 Mr. Garofano was the ambassador to Korea for the American Taekwondo Association. He has also achieved the rank of a certified instructor in Krav Maga. Currently Mr. Garofano is working on achieving his 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo and has the ultimate goal of mastership.

Mr Jimmy Carfagno - Certified Instructor

Mr Carfagno, a 3rd degree black belt, began his Taekwondo training at the age of 10, and earned his 1st degree black belt at age of 13. He has achieved the status of Certified Instructor and has been an on staff instructor for the past 6 years. Currently he is working on earning his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. His goal is to become a 4th degree black belt.

Ms Lauren Melski - Instructor


Certfied Instructors in Training (C.I.T.)

Mr Matthew Levenson - Assistant Instructor

Ms. Krista Stracqualursi - Assistant Instructor & Demo Team Coach

Mr Joey Abruzi - Assistant Instructor

Ms. Fatima Cabral - Assistant Instructor

Our History

1993 - Tewksbury ATA Founded

School was founded at an 850 Square Foot Location by Mr. Michael Stack

2000 - Mr. Garofano becomes Chief Instructor and Owner of the Tewksbury ATA Academy

Upon returning from Korea Mr. Garofano takes over as Chief Instructor and Owner. Mr. Stack goes on to pursue a career as an Architect and continues to instruct at the academy until present day.

2002 - Relocated to Larger Location

To keep up with an expanding student base, ATA Tewksbury was moved to a 1,400 Square Foot Location.

2005 to present- Relocated to Current Location

Again, to keep up with an expanding student base, ATA Tewksbury was moved to a state-of-the-art 3,000 Square Foot facility.