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Master Michelle Golino-Crisco has studied the art of authentic, ITF Taekwon-Do since 1980! Throughout her years of insuperable dedication, she has managed the martial arts careers of hundreds of individuals. Master G. is a 2nd generation TKD student and advanced instructor of the art with a long history dating back to the founding father of TKD. She is a 2x champion of the US Women's Taekwon-Do team, a Certified International Instructor, trauma-trained professional and self-defense guru.  Master G. is the only ITF Taekwon-Do instructor representing Seminole County. She has studied since the age of 10 under the Taekwon-Do pioneers presented on the about us page. In 2022, Master G. started a non-profit named A Charity Empowered to Save Souls or ACETSSThe purpose of ACETSS, Inc. is to empower souls through self-defense education.



I degree 1985

ITF-USTF# A-1-3910

II degree 1988

ITF-USTF# A-2-744

III degree 1997

ITF-USTF# A-3-682

IV degree 2001


V degree 2005

ITF-UITF# A-5-13

 VI degree 2015

ITF-UITF# A-6-24

VII degree 2019

ITF-UITF #A-7-17



Master Golino-Crisco graduated Southern CT State University as Michelle Ann Trickett in 1993 with a BS in Business Administration

and Accounting. She also studied Accounting and Contract Law at Quinnipiac University from 1990-1991.


Began training age 10, Branford, CT (1980)

First Female Promoted to I Degree in Original School (1985)

Member in Good Standing, ITF/USTF (1985 - 2002)

Member in Good Standing, UITF (1997-Present)

Authentic ITF Certifications (as pictured on this page):

1st through 4th issued/stamped under authority of General Choi Hong Hi, after the General's passing

in 2002, 5th and 6th degrees signed/authorized by Grand Master Hwang, Kwang Sung.

Certified International Courses & Seminars with Grand Masters & Masters (1985-present)

General Choi Hong Hi IX degree, founding Father of Taekwon-Do (CT, NY and NJ, 1985-1989)

Grand Master Hwang (Kwan Sung Hwang) IX degree, KATU, now UITF. (CT, MA, FL, 2003-2019)

Grand Master Charles E. Sereff, IX degree, USTF. (CT, NJ, PA, VT, MA, 1985-2002)

Grand Master Osvaldo Rios Olivero, IX degree, ATF,  President PANAM GAMES, (FL, 2017)

Master Michael Bonfiglio VIII degree GTF. Ms. G.'s original Taekwon-Do instructor (CT, 1980-1995)

Master Harris Bonfiglio VIII degree, GTF. Ms. G.'s original Taekwon-Do instructor (CT, 1980-1995)

...and many others such as the late Master Benny Rivera, and Master Choi Jung Hwa.


World Championships

1989 New Haven, CT USA, 1st Place Individual Female Pattern, 1st Place Individual Female Sparring

Present: General Choi Hong Hi

2003 Thessaloníki, Greece, 3rd Place Individual Female Pattern

Present: Grand Master Hwang, Kwang Sung

Present: Grand Master Rhee, Ki Ha


Career Accomplishments

Founder, A Charity Empowered to Save Souls,, a non-profit organized to empower souls through self-defese education. 

Most accomplished power break: 9-board turning back kick (video here) - Circa '98.
Most accomplished power hand: 2-board suspended knife hand, 4-board downward reverse knife hand. 

Fierce competitor and champion of numerous awards for pattern (tul), board-breaking (kyulpa) and sparring (kyoruggi) from 1983-2008

Guest Instructor for various Taekwon-Do schools throughout New Haven and Fairfield County CT, (1989-1997)

Owner/Chief Instructor Eastern Taekwon-Do, Monroe, CT 1997-2010, World Class Taekwon-Do, Lake Mary FL 2010-present.

Coach, Mentor, Trainer and Choreographer for Multi-Award-Winning Eastern TKD Demonstration Team

Chief Instructor for anti-bullying, self-defense (ho-sin-sul) program throughout New Haven, CT Magnet schools from 2004-2006

Founder Eastern Comradeship Awards, 2005-201.

Guest Instructor for various Taekwon-Do schools throughout Seminole County, FL (2013-2014)

Chief Instructor, World-Class Taekwon-Do (J. Douglas YMCA 2015-2020, post-covid Reiter Park, Longwood.)

Creator, 911 Women's Self-Defense Program (2016)

Founder Central Florida ITF TKD Championships (2018-2020)



Irfan Ali-Amin, I Dan 8/8/20

Irfan Ali-Amin, II Dan 3/26/22

Rey Arriaga, I Dan

David Aucello, I Dan

Alex Beaupre, I Dan

Amanda Benson, II Dan

Thomas Cicarelli, I Dan

Laia Demartino, I Dan 3/26/22

Christopher Dodge, I Dan

James Dodge, I Dan

James Donnelly, I Dan

Toni Fiorillo, I Dan

Toni Fiorillo, II Dan

Toni Fiorillo, III Dan

Richard Fisher, I Dan

Paul Friedman, I Dan

Michael Gibilicso, I Dan

Michael Gibilisco, II Dan

Mason Golino, I Dan 8/8/20

Mason Golino, II Dan 8/26/22

Neal Gosain, I Dan

Neal Gosain, II Dan

Sonya Gosain, I Dan

Sonya Gosain, II Dan

Brian Griffin, I Dan

Linda Halko, II Dan

Robert Halko, I Dan

Christian Hays, I Dan 8/8/20

Nathaniel Hays, I Dan 10/8/22

Zoe Hays, I Dan 3/26/22

Kai Hedin, I Dan

Dorian Hernandez, II Dan, 8/7/19

Luc Hoefle, I Dan

Persephone Hoefle, I Dan

John Hurley, I Dan

Eric Julian, I Dan

Eric Julian, II Dan

Mary Rose Julian, I Dan

Mary Rose Julian, II Dan

Ashley Kuligowski, I Dan

Eric Lambert, I Dan

Dan Manuzzi, I Dan

Dan Manuzzi, II Dan

Karen Manuzzi, I Dan

David Martin, I Dan 8/8/20

Joseph Martin, I Dan 8/8/20

Billy Martinski, I Dan

Jordan Miles, I Dan

Jordan Miles, II Dan

Jordan Miles, III Dan

Paul Monks, I Dan

Alan Montesdeoca, I Dan 8/8/20

Justin Nicolett, I Dan

Mark Palmer, I Dan

Hersh Parikh, I Dan

Hersh Parikh, II Dan

Hersh Parikh, III Dan

Bill Piacitelli, II Dan

Andrew Pokladowski, I Dan

Renee Powell, I Dan 8/8/20

Rene Powell, II Dan 10/8/22

Derek Redfern, I Dan

Mathew Romaniello, I Dan

Greg Socha, I Dan

Mathew Socha, I Dan

Mathew Socha, II Dan

Nia Smith, I Dan

Nikhil Tasker, I Dan

Nikhil Tasker, II Dan

Nikhil Tasker, III Dan

Rahul Tasker, I Dan

Luc Walker, I Dan

Mike Walker,  I Dan

Mike Walker, II Dan

Justin Way, I Dan

Marc Wobschall, I Dan

Alexis Zeko, I Dan

Alexis Zeko, II Dan

Timothy Zeko, I Dan

Timothy Zeko, II Dan

Jeremy Zimmerman, II Dan 


Forgive me if I have forgotten anyone. Please email me to be added to this list. 

Yours truly in Taekwon-Do, Master G.

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