MARTIAL ARTS FOR BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS!

Lupo Taekwondo proudly serving Downingtown since 2011

Lupo Taekwondo has Classes in Downingtown, Perfect for Kids, Teens, and Adults Martial Arts Lessons.

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Master Robert Fox – 5th Dan Kukkiwon

Owner

Mr. Fox began training in martial arts in his early 30s when his close friend, Frank Lupo, Jr., opened a school. Mr. Fox never expected to fall in love with Tae Kwon Do and never even considered that he would earn a Black Belt one day. Martial arts were a way to stay in shape and support his friend’s new business endeavor. It was the camaraderie amongst the students that drew him in. Mr. Fox earned his First Degree Black Belt from the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) in 2007.

In January of 2009, Mr. Lupo passed away suddenly at the age of 37. It left all those who were privileged to know him in deep shock. At the time, Mr. Fox was a market research executive working with the largest organizations in professional sports, entertainment, consumer goods, and pharmaceuticals. Following a merger and a layoff in 2010, having reflected on Mr. Lupo’s untimely passing, Mr. Fox decided to leave corporate America and teach Tae Kwon Do full-time.

Master Fox opened his first Lupo Taekwondo location inside United Sports Training Center in 2011. The program moved to the Caln Village Shopping Center in 2021. The second Lupo location, BucksMont Taekwondo, is currently owned and directed by Master Brian Ahern in Hatfield, PA. Master Fox currently holds a 5th Degree from the Kukkiwon and a 2nd Degree in Combat Hapkido.

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Master Richard Trevisani – 5th Dan Kukkiwon

As a present for his sixth birthday, Master Trevisani began training in Tae Kwon Do in 1994, under Master Thomas Wilson at Black Belt Academy in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

In the summer of 2001, he received his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

While attending Temple University for a degree in Film and Media Arts, Master Trevisani joined the university’s Tae Kwon Do club, competing in the ECTC from 2009 to 2011.

In March of 2009, Master Wilson passed away, leaving behind an incredible legacy of family, friends, and martial artists, the lives of whom were forever improved through knowing him. Master Trevisani says that he strives to live up to this legacy and be as great a person as he was.

After Black Belt Academy’s closing in 2014, the search began for a place to train. On the recommendation of a fellow instructor, Master Trevisani joined United Sports Tae Kwon Do. Master Fox’s attitude, professionalism, and dedication were proof that this was the right place to be.

In addition to Tae Kwon Do, Master Trevisani has trained in Cheon-Tu Kwan Hapkido (Combat Hapkido), Ju Sool Kwan Hapkido, kali-silat, and Pekiti-Tirsia kali.

Master Trevisani currently holds a Kukkiwon-certified fifth-degree black belt and is certified as a 3rd Class International Master Instructor in Kukkiwon Taekwondo. He also holds a first-degree black belt in Cheon-Tu Kwan Hapkido.

Thanks to the training provided by Master Wilson, his cadre of amazing black belt instructors, and the countless number of others who have helped and influenced his martial arts training over the years, Master Trevisani developed a deep love for martial arts. As a result, he wishes to pass on the same incredible training to the next generation, all while helping to build the best martial arts school possible.

Outside of martial arts, Master Trevisani is a fan of videography, photography, and videogames.

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Master Judy Braddick – 5th Dan Kukkiwon

Master Braddick started training in Tae Kwon Do in 1996 after her eight-year-old daughter. She trained for about 12 years under Master Thomas Wilson at Black Belt Academy in West Chester, PA. In this time, she was promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt in TKD and 1st Degree Black belt in HapKiDo. She has also trained in Kali (stick and knife fighting). Sadly, Master Wilson passed away far too young in 2009.

Master Braddick has been teaching children TKD since 2000 when as a red belt, she started helping with classes. She has found a love for the children and continues to devote many hours a week to helping children grow into responsible adults.

In 2015, Master Braddick was lucky enough to meet Master Fox. The positive energy in the dojang attracted her from the moment she entered the space.

When not at the dojang, Master Braddick is a computer professional. Her other hobby is hiking and back-packing. She still lives in West Chester with her husband and daughter.

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Ms. Lauren Dale – 2nd Dan Kukkiwon

Ms. Dale started her martial arts training in 2002 when she brought up the idea to her parents. She earned her Black Belt in 2008 and continued to train until college. She took six years off of training to pursue her degree in Psychology from Penn State University. She came to Master Fox to begin training again. She never expected to become an Instructor, let alone becoming Assistant Program Director of the dojang. When she is on the floor during class, she tries to connect with all students to ensure they know that their hard work is being seen.

With her degree in Psychology, she understands the many challenges that kids can face in different settings. During the day, she works as a Personal Care Assistant in the school setting. This experience allows her to help redirect students back to focus without drawing attention to the situation. Along with redirecting students in the school setting, she helps with behavioral modifications by being aware of things that cause them in each individual.

Ms. Dale has been with Lupo Taekwondo since 2016. She currently holds a Second Degree Black Belt from the Kukkiwon.

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Mrs. Karen Butala – 4th Dan Kukkiwon

Mrs. Butala started her Tae Kwon Do training after watching boys she babysat take martial arts classes. She earned her Black Belt from Black Belt Academy in 2000. Unfortunately, Mrs. Butala had to take a break from Tae Kwon Do just after earning her first degree Black Belt. Several years later, she returned to her Tae Kwon Do training and went on to earn her 2nd & 3rd Degree Kukkiwon Black Belt.

Mrs. Butala also trains in Kumdo (Korean Sword Martial Art) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mrs. Butala grew up in an athletic family. She was surrounded by sports all her life; growing up on the baseball field and being her brother’s lacrosse partner in the summers. Mrs. Butala was competitive in bowling as a child. As a teen, she went on to become State Champion and a national competitor in Inline Speed Skating where she had the opportunity to train with and compete with Olympic champions.

Mrs. Butala has been teaching Tae Kwon Do for almost as long as she has been a student, starting to instruct as a Green Belt. She takes what she has learned as a graduate in Kinesiology from West Chester University and her 15 plus years of training to create fun classes with fitness, basic Tae Kwon Do skills and pushing each student to their greatest potential. In her spare time Mrs. Butala enjoys hiking and camping, listening to music, and attending concerts. Mrs. Butala lives with her husband, 3 dogs, and 4 cats in West Chester, PA.