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Long Island Traditional Tae Kwon Do is a Martial Arts School located in East Setauket New York offering a variety of programs from tots to adults in the art and philosophy of Tae Kwon Do. Self Defense classes for Women and girls as well as Tae Kwon Do training for special needs children.

SaBumNim Walter Vendura is a 7th Dan Black Belt with over 35 years experience in the Tae Kwon Do discipline.

SuBumNim Walter began his career in Tae Kwon Do training while serving our country in Vietnam from 1967 - 1968, with Tiger Rock, a group of Korean Tae Kwon Do Soldiers. Upon his return, he found GrandMaster Hyun OK Shin in Laurelton N.Y. who continues to be his revered instructor & mentor. After receiving rank of 1st Dan Black Belt In 1973, he opened his first school under grandmaster Shin’s guidance in Farmingdale. L.I. in 1974. SaBumNim Walter Vendura

 

Continuing under the tutelage of GrandMaster Shin, he earned his 7th Dan Black Belt in March of 2010. He considers the traditional values of the art to be the most important aspect in teaching, seeking to preserve the integrity & character of the art.  

  

He is trained in other Martial Arts disciplines as well,  with many great instructors, including Aikido under the guidance of Sensei Hagihara, Phillipino Art of Arnis/Stick fighting under Grandmaster Remey Peresis, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the Gracie family, Ninjitsu under Professor Felix Vasquez.He  has also studied GoJanRu in the Ron vanCleef system & American Combat Under Kyoshi Richard Barathey. SamBum says that “the knowledge & experience that I have acquired has been extremely valuable.”  

 

Additionally, he attended various seminars & Martial Arts camps, in many different states over the years including Puerto Rico as a guest instructor as well as seminars/certifications with Professor Ronald Duncan, Professor Wally Jay, Mike DePasQuale and George Dillman. 

  

He has participated in GrandMaster Shin and SaBumNimmany tournaments over the years, as well as organizing & hosting his own. In 1988, he won the overall competitor in the Master level division for the Manchester Tae Kwon Do Grand Championship in Massachusetts, taking 1st place in all 3 divisions. SaBum says that, “One of my most rewarding experiences, as a Martial Artist/Instructor, was teaching a blind student who was turned away by 4 other schools. He trained with me for over 5 years & earned the rank of Black Belt at the age of 25.” 

 

In 1997, he was inducted into the  WORLD UNION KARATE HALL OF FAME & named Tae Kwon Do INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR . he was also awarded Teaching Excellence  in the Martial Arts in 1997 by the Martial Arts Business magazine. In 2009, he was inducted into the  USA MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME & named Tae Kwon Do MASTER OF THE YEAR. 

 

In his own words, SuBum sums up his career, “Having owned & operated several schools throughout my journey, I have made it my priority to always give back to the community. I have been a member of all the local Chamber’s of Commerce & Rotary Clubs. I have hosted & organized several FUNDRAISING events for the MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION, the LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES & more recently the CODY CENTER for AUTISM @ SUNY STONY BROOK & AUTISM SPEAKS, as I have several students with special needs/autism spectrum disorders.”

 

 

 

"In my many years living as a Martial Artist, being a student, instructor, businessman, mentor & role model, the many lessons I have learned along the way have been a source of inspiration in teaching my students. Holding on to the basic tenets & philosophy of life in the martial arts, has allowed me to retain my integrity & strength. In the end, it is the strength of one’s commitment & the firmness of one’s resolve that will determine the course & outcome of one’s journey along the noble path."

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