Monthly Archives: November 2011

Black Belt Practice

Rocco Lombardo practicing with Mike Dealy-May 2009 Brooklyn, NY


A “vintage” photo

    From time to time, we come across a photo from several years ago that we would like to post. Rocco Lombardo freestyling at a special practice held for Black Belts at Bay Ridge Prep school in Brooklyn, NY.- May 2009

Black Belts Practicing in the park in Brooklyn, NY Oct 5, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to all our family and friends!

       Silence and beauty are all around us…..find one and you will find the other.

World Martial Arts Academy in Pocono Record

Your Community Editor
November 18, 2011

A dedicated group heads to the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville every Monday and Thursday at 4:30 to study the arts.

In this case, these 20 individuals of all ages and both genders are students of the martial arts discipline of Tae Kwon Do.

Introduced in the library’s spacious basement area in April 2010 under 6th degree black belt Rocco Lombardo, this black belt program of noncontact exercises often involves entire families.

“It’s more of a self-discipline, of directing energy,” said Lombardo, whose class is a Poconos chapter of the World Martial Arts Association. He studied under Dr. Michael T. Dealy, a ninth degree black belt who is The Headmaster at the WMAA Brooklyn chapter that is the association’s headquarters. “Everybody is excited and talks about how it changes their life.”

The hour-long sessions start with limbering drills and then one-on-one exercises that stress moves, posture, positioning, footwork, body control, timing and accuracy in delivering blows to open areas of the other person that are stopped short of hitting that person. It differs from typical contact version karate. The class at the library concludes with breathing and meditation exercises.

“It helps me test myself and helps me because I have asthma,” said young student Ben Deutsch of Jonas.

Proper courtesies are stressed as students bow before and after every one-on-one exercise.

Students can strive to move up the ladder of belts from the novice white belt on up to yellow, green, purple, brown and black. There are between 18 and 21 students per class at the library and many have earned a purple belt.

Most have competed in tournaments and some recently competed in a demonstration show on Nov. 5 at Pleasant Valley Intermediate School in Kresgeville. The group is competing in a big tournament in forms and freestyle with children and adults from as far as Indiana and Florida through this weekend in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

“I have three sons in it and they love it,” said Donna Cully, whose family has been involved since spring. “One of my children has been diagnosed with Aspergers and  this class really helps him focus. I’ve heard about that with other children who have autism as well.”

Local resident Elise Dorpfeld, 9, started in May, 2010 and her mom, Sally, joined the class a month later when she saw what the merits for her child. They’ve participated in two tournaments already and are looking forward to the one this weekend.

“I think it’s cool,” said Elise. “I got to learn how to defend myself. I love it. I like practicing with my friends.”

“It’s amazing. You step on the mat and learn to advance in belts and have focus,” said her mom, Sally. “I have the ability to maintain skills and not think about anything else when I’m in the class.”

Lombardo keeps an even, calm demeanor throughout the class and students say they never hear him raise his voice. “He never hollers. He doesn’t have to,” said Cully as the students quietly follow his directions.

Hundreds of students have reached black belt status under Lombardo, whose ties to the sport go back to when he first started studying Tae Kwon Do at the age of 14 and later founded the State University of New York-Fredonia Club in 1984. He is a graduate of Accomplished Coaching, one of the most rigorous International Coach Federation accredited coach training programs.

“They really embrace this,” Lombardo said. “It’s physical practices and philosophy. They’re excited about the benefits.”

To join, stop by a class or call 570-269-0096.

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Trip to Gilboa, NY for students of WMAAP

Reprinted from the West End Happenings
Original Publication Date: November 2011

Tae Kwon Do students from the World Martial Arts Academy of Pennsylvania recently traveled to Universal Camping, located in Gilboa, NY, to achieve their newest rank.
Pictured: Eve Hertzburg, who earned her purple belt and Elise Dorpfeld, who earned her high green belt.
Classes are held at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville, PA.
For more information call (570) 269-0096 or e-mail

Reprint from West End Happenings

Original Publication date: November 2011

On October 5, 2011, 9 students from the World Martial Arts Academy of Pennsylvania, along with their instructor, Rocco Lombardo, traveled to Brooklyn, NY. The group practiced at Mr. Howard Latting’s WMA Karate World Martial Arts Studio with their Instructor Rocco Lombardo for several hours before arriving for evening practice at Headquarters with Dr. Michael T. Dealy, Headmaster of the World Martial Arts Association. Mr. Dealy holds a 9th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and has been teaching since the 1960’s. Practice and testing were held outdoors. Four of Mr. Lombardo’s students arrived ready to test for their next belt rank. The students were encouraged and supported by approximately 75 black belts who routinely gather for practice in Brooklyn on a weekly basis.
The World Martial Arts Association standards for excellence have been carefully set in order to establish physical and character performance levels for each belt level. These standards are national objectives for each school and student, and have specific measurable outcomes for each belt level. All four of Mr. Lombardo’s students were successful in attaining their next rank.
Rocco Lombardo holds a 6th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He began practicing the art of Tae Kwon Do in 1980 and teaching in 1984. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Mr. Lombardo conducts regular classes in the art of Tae Kwon Do at the Western Pocono Community Library.
For more information about joining Tae Kwon Do in your area, please call (570) 269-0096.

Reprint from the Pocono Times

Original Publication date: November 2, 2011

The World Martial Arts Academy of Pennsylvania will participate in a Tae Kwon Do demonstration at Pleasant Valley Intermediate School at 11:30 AM with a short history of the art, followed by practice and demonstration of techniques. Immediately following this, the audience is welcome to come give Tae Kwon Do a try under the instruction of sixth-degree black belt Rocco Lombardo. Regular classes are held at the Western Pocono Community Library. For more information regarding this event, call 570 269-0096 or e-mail

World Martial Arts Academy of Pennsylvania in the news again

Original Publication: Pleasant Valley Sports Report
Original Publication Date September 26, 2011

The Western Pocono Community library’s mission statement is to provide free library services to meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of the residents of the Pleasant Valley School District and adjacent communities. In addition to the Computer Lab and Literacy Programs found there, you can also come in for Story Time and Internet Access in a pleasant, quiet environment. That’s not all, there seems to be something else going on at our local library. If you have been to the library recently you may have caught a fleeting image of a quietly moving white figure that enters the building and slips downstairs via the elevator. If you stood very quietly you may have even been able to make out the sounds of clapping and cheering. If you follow one of these white figures, you will come upon by a dedicated group of men, women, children and families assembling in the area of the track to practice the Korean art of Tae Kwon Do. The martial Arts students genuinely care for one another, support one another and they are ready to help one another without hesitation. All ages are represented and all are treated equally with support and respect. Many of the students have been there since the program started in April of 2010 while many more have joined them over a period of time and the new comers quickly learn that they have joined a family. The tenents they ascribed to are: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit. The students all know that they are striving for positive development of the total individual and that a person should be both a positive influence on those around him/her and the community. All of this learning is led by their instructor, Rocco Lombardo, a strong, intelligent, caring individual who believes that each of us possess the ability to reach our own unique goals. He leads his students through example with quiet determination and an energetic positive attitude. Together they have created an environment of kindness and respect where all family members and individuals can participate in a safe healthy atmosphere. Classes are always open to any individual or family who is interested, please call 570 269-0096 with any questions you may have about joining. The first month of practice is free.