“My intention is to share my extensive knowledge of Taekwon-Do with our OTFA schools. My objective is to ensure that our students are updated on all the technical aspects of TKD, as well as keeping our members updated on umpire/referee revisions. My knowledge as an international coach will assist in the continual development of elite athletes in the United States.”
Master Alvin Bernard is a 7th Degree Black Belt and Olympic Coach. His formal training in Taekwon-Do began in Aachen, Germany under the direction of Mr. Peter Koch in the early 1980’s. He has trained and competed in numerous styles of martial arts in order to expand his abilities and knowledge. Master Bernard is the owner and chief instructor of Team USA Taekwon-Do Fitness, the longest operating Taekwon-Do school in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Team USA TKD Fitness has proven to be one of the most successful Taekwon-Do schools in the United States. Master Bernard has produced national champions, international champions and Olympic athletes. Some of Master Bernard’s notable students include: Four time USA National Team member, Merissa Pico, 2014 World Cup Champion, Marc Akda and 2012 Olympian and World Cup Champion, Kenneth Edwards.
For many years, Master Alvin Bernard was the coach of the USA National team. He is also a Certified International Instructor as well as an International Class “A“ Umpire/ Referee. In 2014, he was selected to referee not only on Center Stage at the World Cup in Montego Bay, Jamaica, but also the 2015 World Championships in Jesolo, Italy. On multiple occasions, Master Bernard has been featured on ESPN as the center referee at the ISKA U.S. Open Nights of Champions. Each year, Master Bernard completes multiple International Instructor Training Courses with some of the world’s most renown Grand Masters including GM Hector Marano, GM Wim Bos, GM Trajtenberg, GM Ung Kim Lan, GM Charles E. Sereff, and GM Tran Trieu Quan. He has also completed General Choi Hong Hi’s last seminar in 2002.
Master Alvin Bernard has represented the United States on several USA National Teams at various National and International Championships. His most prestigious achievement as an athlete, was at the International Australian Open in October 2003, where he placed 1st in both individual and team sparring. Additionally, Master Bernard won 1st place in Team Breaking and 2nd place in Patterns/Forms, overall bringing home 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal.
“I have worked very hard in the martial arts for countless years and as a result of this, I have proven that if you set a goal, stay focus on that goal, work hard and never give up, you will accomplish amazing things.” - Master Alvin Bernard
As the director of the OTFA, Master Alvin Bernard will be responsible for overseeing all events organized by the OTFA. Master Bernard will bring to the OTFA immense knowledge as a result of his extensive training in Martial Arts coupled with his continual training in International Instructor Courses.