We had the good fortune of connecting with Victor Teran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victor, what is the most important factor behind your success?
There are several factors that has made my business/brand very successful. I believe the Marine Corps has instilled and reinforced mental, physical and spiritual discipline. I put 100% in everything that I do, and care for my students and their well-being. I am a firm believer that anyone under my school, should have the proper training. I dedicate my time to ensure everyone is learning and putting it into practice.
One way to know my students are doing well, is by attending local, regional and National competitions. It reinforces and gives parents the confidence that their child is learning and on the right track. There’s a lot of businesses who always worry about the “competition”, in this case similar businesses. I personally, do not worry about others, and usually never categorize my academy as a business. But if you produce a good quality product, then people will notice and will want it.
My purpose is to guide my students and give them the quality of training they deserve. I let my work speak for itself. Instead of worrying about what others are doing; I dedicate my time to produce well trained, quality martial artists. I do not see my students as numbers, I see them as people joining me in this amazing journey while learning new skills. They are my success!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started training martial arts at a very young age. It instilled the discipline, the courage, the intestinal fortitude to continue what I have started. Fourteen years later, I joined the United State Marine Corps, and that reinforced everything I have learned as a child.
To be able to give your very best in everything that you do, is perhaps one of the best traits to have. To love what you do, makes it easier to continue and move forward. It’s about heart and always seeking self improvement. There has been many challenges throughout my time… I have served with the Federal government for many years in Iraq, prior to opening my academy. One of the hardest thing for me, was learning the business aspect of running a school. Teaching came naturally, since I was an instructor in the Marine Corps. Being a new face/school in New Jersey, was something to get use to. But the quality of training never changed… Parents were able to see a difference in their child. Their confidence and stamina grew. Their overall attitude change for the better. They are more focused and their school grades went up.
Just like any instructor, it makes me very happy to see my students wanting to train. It is not about coming for an hour and sweat like a regular gym. It is about growing together as a team! The fact that my students want to stay the extra time, speaks for itself!
We are a very competitive school, and that is something I am bringing to our new home in Arvada, Colorado. Prior to COVID-19, we were training for the World Championship in Bulgaria and Argentina. I opened my academy in September 2013, and within a few short years; we’ve attended local, regional, state and national championships. Giving my students the opportunity to earn their titles as U.S. National Champions.
We take great pride in our schools and ourselves. Their hard work never goes unnoticed, and it makes me proud to see each student grow at they own pace.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’ve only been in Arvada for 9 months. But one of the places I do enjoy going after the gym, is Bluegrass in Candelas; as well as Resolute. Both are in the same center. Would usually go there for a salad and a refreshment/coffee.
There plenty of hiking trails like Ralston Creek and Lookout Mountain. From time to time, we would take our 9 month old pup “Rocco” (German Shepard/Rottweiler mix) to the dog park.
My itinerary is short for now, but then again I have nothing but time to explore our new State!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Great Grandmaster Kwang Duk Chung, who lives in New York City has been my guidance for many years. He is a direct disciple/students of General Choi Hong Hi, who is the founder of Taekwon-Do.