Our Instructors

Learning martial arts has never been easier. With an amazing team of instructors, you can get fit and learn self-defense with some of the best in the area. All of our instructors are trained to provide exceptional lessons through education, encouragement, and motivation. Few martial arts studios in the area are as dedicated to your success as we are. 

Our instructors are black belts and many of them have excelled to achieve higher ranks called -- Dan. The higher the degree of black belt the more knowledgeable the instructor generally is in their given martial arts style(s). 

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our extraordinary team that way when you call or come in, you know exactly who you will be working with. Few other martial arts gyms in the world can provide the level of excellence and experience that Baystate Taekwondo Academy can. 


Master John Alves

Master John C Alves is a 5th degree Dan who is retired military. John’s whole family is involved in taekwondo which shows his level of passion for the sport. Like many of our masters he has been training in taekwondo and martial arts from a very early age. Master Alves is the owner of Baystate Taekwondo Academy and has been since 2005. With a MBA in business from Nicholas College from Dudley Mass he is a dedicated instructor and business owner. With him at the helm you can rest assured that you are receiving the best self-defense training possible.


Master James Montgomery

Master Montgomery is a 6th Dan and international referee with over 25 years of experience training in martial arts. As one of the most commended instructors we have here he is an excellent teacher for anyone looking to learn martial arts the right way. While all of our instructors teach discipline and proper form, Master Montgomery puts an added emphasis on it. Because of his time refereeing competitions internationally he is able to help you learn your stances and techniques to stay within contest regulations.


Master DiPace

Master Alice DiPace is our Pee-Wee and Tigers/Dragon instructor. She holds a 4th Dan with Kukkiwon and is a WTF International Referee in both Kyorugi (sparring) and Poomsae (forms). She has been training and teaching at Baystate Taekwondo since 2010. She loves watching the Pee-Wee's grow (taller than she is:) and recently had the honor of seeing several of them earn their black belts! She also enjoys training and is committed to being the best referee she can be.

Master Kehoe

Master Kehoe is one of our senior instructors and a core part of our team of martial arts instructors. With over 25 years of experience, his knowledge in teaching martial arts and self-defense is unrivaled. Specializing in Taekwondo training he is a leading instructor. Dedicated students love his classes because of the level of wisdom and motivation he brings to the floor each day. 

Master Sugioka

Master Sugioka is a 4th-degree black belt in both Taekwondo and Hapkido making him an asset to our martial arts gym. We are proud to have Master Sugioka as an available option for our students. With over 20 years of experience, he is a great choice for anyone interested in learning self-defense. The best part about Master Sugioka is whether he’s teaching Taekwondo or Hapkido, he’s enjoying himself. Few martial arts instructors love their work as much as he does.


Mr. Ryan Alves

The son of Master Alves, Ryan is a valuable instructor here at Baystate. Teaching anywhere from new students to seasoned champions, he is a very patient instructor that is able to teach a wide variety of classes. He competed in Detroit, Michigan during the 2008 Nationals and received a gold medal in forms. On top of this, he has also coached the students who attended nationals in Virginia in 2016. Today, he is a current sophomore at Framingham State University and is a hardworking student studying Biotech.

Mr. Chris Alves

Christopher began his taekwondo career at the age of 7 and has since fallen in love with the sport. He, his brother, and his sister have all dedicated their lives to become the best black­belts and role models at Baystate Taekwondo Academy. Christopher began competing at the age of 11 and has since gone around the country becoming a national champion in sparring and forms. As one of our sparing coaches, Christopher works extremely hard with the students to get them in peak condition to be able to compete at an extremely high level. Today he is a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, pursuing a degree in Biology.

Mr. Stephen Ngai

Stephen Ngai has trained in Taekwondo since he was six years old. He has competed in four Junior National tournaments and has been to many local and state championships. Stephen continued to teach Taekwondo after moving to Florida to attend Eckerd College, where he lead the Taekwondo team to several collegiate events. After receiving a double major in English and Biology, he moved back to Massachusetts where he has been teaching at Baystate Taekwondo for several years.