Founded in August of 2000, Pil Sung Taekwondo is an internationally recognized Taekwondo school based out of Guilderland NY. Pil Sung operates a full time location within Karner Plaza (10 New Karner Rd). The core curriculum is designed to build a strong mental and physical understanding of the Korean martial art, while instilling the five tenets of Taekwondo in everyone who steps into our dojang. Since 2000, Pil Sung Taekwondo has developed black belts, state champions, national champions and strong future leaders.
Founder and head instructor Joe Hasan brings over 30 years martial arts experience to Pil Sung Taekwondo.
Mr. Hasan began his martial arts training around four years old. His initial training was studying the Indonesian Art of Penjak Silat under his father, the late Jusuf Hasan. In 1986, Master Hasan began his Taekwondo training under Master Michael D Friello.
Competitively, Mr. Hasan was very active and successful from 1987 through 2004, competing in numerous local, state, national, and international competitions. In 1992, Mr. Hasan took his first referee certification course in order to become more knowledgeable in the rules he was competing under. Between 1998 and 2004, Mr. Hasan split his time between competing and officiating; however, since 2004 Mr. Hasan has shifted his focus to officiating and directing tournaments as a way to give back to the future of Taekwondo.
Outside of the martial arts world, Mr. Hasan earned a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in management with a concentration in information systems (2002). Prior to pursuing a full time career in Taekwondo, Mr. Hasan worked as a business analyst, technical analyst, and as a product manager both in the private software industry as well as in the state government.
Presently, Mr. Hasan is a 7th dan (as of 8/11/2018) and can be found in the school nearly every day of the week working with students and instructors to take their training to the next level.
Below is a listing of all certified black belts that have completed their promotion test through Pil Sung Taekwondo
5th Degree Black Belt
4th Degree Black Belt
3rd Degree Black Belt
2nd Degree Black Belt
1st Degree Black Belt
David Jesse Mathis
Edgar Monroy Jr