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See what people all over the Randolph (Mendham, Chester, Flanders, Denville) area are saying about Elite Toma Martial Arts


Elite TOMA Martial Arts is the place to be! Our whole family, my children, my husband and I, all attend class together and we are determined to become black belt leaders! We have set our goals with the guidance of Master Jo. Class is energetic as well as empowering! The positive energy directed in class transfers into everyday life. We love Elite TOMA!

Lori Cavagaro Nields



Not all schools are created equal…

I have two boys in the program my 11yr old has been training for 7years and is a Black Belt. My 8yr old is a Red Belt.

When I was looking for a school I did my homework… I called, visited and asked a lot of questions at each school.

I consider myself an educated lead…
I myself have studied and taught Martial Arts for many years.I knew and recognized when I stepped into Elite TOMA that this was the place for my children to learn the values of becoming leaders and roll models for others.

I highly recommend anyone looking for a School to come see Elite TOMA.
I want to thank Master Jo for his continuous efforts in developing and teaching my children. TOMA has become our second family.

Krista DeFinis


This do jang is nothing like any other! 

This do jang is nothing like any other! My daughter started studying at Elite TOMA at age 6 (now 13 with a 1st degree black belt) and I joined at the young age of 50! Master Jo is exceptionally talented and teaches well above that of other schools, not only martial arts forms, weapons, sparring and self defense, but also life skills needed for personal growth and goal achieving. Definitely a unique, fun and social experience for kids and adults alike. No age limit!

Lori Lazar

True authentic martial arts.  

We have joined Elite TOMA almost 5 years ago when my son was just 4 years old and it became not only a place of important self-defense and physical strength development training for him, but a place of leaning where he consistently, class after class, gains lessons of respect, discipline, integrity, kindness, confidence and leadership – all things so important to me as a parent.

Master Jo created Elite TOMA to follow the authentic principals of oriental martial arts – where character development comes first and I am very happy to have found it.

My son is almost 9 now and Elite TOMA has long become a part of our life and our weekly routine. We have made so many friends here and with so many activities, from TOMA annual festival, Break-a-Thon fundraiser (another activity that teaches our kids leadership and humanity), marching at 4th of July parade, kids movie nights and anti-bullying performances in Times Square – it feels great to be a part of Elite TOMA.

About 2 years ago, I started my own training at Elite TOMA and it’s been an amazing experience for me. As a busy working mom, it’s hard to find the time but this training has become a #1 priority I do for myself and my own health. When I take my classes, not only I feel stronger and healthier, it’s my “miracle pill” for feeling more balanced and recharged.

Elena Dattolo

My 10-year-old son and I both attend classes at Elite TOMA.  

We came for the martial arts but stayed because there is so much more to Elite TOMA. It is truly a family where the instructors care about the students and their successes and struggles, both in the Do Jang and out of it. This is not just a casual activity, like soccer or swim team. Master Jo keeps tabs on the students, from reviewing their report cards to receiving updates from teachers and parents. He helps parents address discipline problems at home and at school. The martial arts training is top notch, but Master Jo also focuses on developing the whole person by teaching confidence, self-discipline, self-control and how to maintain a positive attitude in the face of obstacles. I joined because I’ve always had an interest in martial arts and wanted to get fit. But I’ve gained so much more than that by training at Elite TOMA. Master Jo has taught me how to set new goals, both personally and professionally, and how to achieve them. I’m happier, more patient with my children, and more confident because of my training. I cannot more highly recommend TOMA.

Roberta Burhart

I would like to thank Master Jo, and the entire Toma family for giving my 5 year old daughter confidence and the joy of learning Martial Arts. I have tried many extracurricular activities with her, and the Toma experience was what she enjoyed most. Just from watching her grow and improve through each class, I decided that it was something that I wanted to do for myself, so enrolled in the adult classes…I enjoy taking on new challenges and look forward to pursuing this new endeavor. Karen, and the instructors, are very professional and kind. Master Jo is very encouraging and always provides words of wisdom each class. As a teacher, I love that he is an excellent role model for young people. He teaches them respect, leadership, responsibility, as well as other valuable lessons. Thank you all for this amazing new experience for both my daughter and myself. This is an incredible school and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Martial Arts!!

Andrea Danysh

TOMA has been nothing short of a gift to my son and my family. There are so many schools that can teach a student how to punch or kick, but it is TOMA that teaches that child how to carry themselves with honor, respect and confidence while doing it. I am honored to be part of this school and have been mesmerized watching my son mature both physically and emotionally since being under Master Jo’s instruction.

Jeannette Mackey

I can’t even begin to explain how much Elite Toma Martial Arts has impacted my life. I started here almost 9 years ago as a shy little kid with no confidence or self control. I was afraid to talk to people and always wanted to be by myself. I have learned over the years how to break out of my shell and grow not mentally, but physically as well. Master Jo teaches his students that martial arts is not just about kicking and punching, but it is a way of life. I have gained more confidence in myself and learned how to become the person I want to be by leading myself and others. Elite Toma is my second family and I don’t know where I would be without Master Jo and all of the amazing staff members.

Jessie Smith

I have no idea of how to start this review because of all the positive experiences I’ve had here are simply some of the greatest ones I’ve had and will have in my entire life. All I can say is that this is the place where I have grown the most. I have come here for 8 years now and I can honestly say that this school has been an extremely beneficial part of my life. When I was a little kid I could not control myself; I was probably the most shy little boy on the playground and coming here has changed everything about me. In school I was never able to focus because I moved around too much and I did not want to listen to the teachers. No matter what anybody did I was still unable to pay attention to what was going on in class. When I joined Elite TOMA in 2005 I saw an immediate difference in my school work and in my attitude towards others. Even on the first day of class I learned about respecting others. I learned that doing this will help you succeed in life in unimaginable ways. I learned how to control myself and how to focus on more important things than just playing video games all day and night. Throughout my life I have used all of these lessons and I have been very successful in and out of school. Without them I would not be where I am today. I would have become a couch potato that wouldn’t want to go outside or even to school. Instead, today I am a senior in high school with many accomplishments under my belt. I love coming here everyday and it is a pleasure coming here. Everybody here is like family to me and that includes Master Jo.

Jack Mandrake

I’ve been here for almost ten years and I cannot express how much this place has impacted me. Master Jo is a one of a kind human being, someone who has taught me beyond kicks and punches. I have become such a passionate and motivated person because of the values I have been taught here. Not to mention I have made lifetime best friends who I can safely say are some of the most incredible people I have ever met.

Thank you thank you and thank you.
I hope to visit this place again soon!!

Ami Park

I have studied traditional martial arts at Elite TOMA for nine years, and I can’t say enough good things about the program and especially about Master Jo. You couldn’t ask for a more highly skilled, intelligent and caring instructor. Master Jo grew up and trained under Grand Masters in South Korea and he passes down to us not only traditional Taekwondo techniques but many other forms of martial arts, such as Hapkido and Judo. In addition to excellent fighting and self-defense training, Master Jo also instills in each student values like respect, having good moral character and making the right decisions in life. At the end of each of the childrens’ class they sit down around him and he talks to them like a father or a mentor, about things like being responsible and reliable. As a result, they do better in school and at home. The program is very well organized; each student works at his/her own pace getting both individual attention as well as working together with a friendly, positive-attitude group. This is the best martial arts school in New Jersey for both adults and children and I am very fortunate to be a part of it!

Elanie Debiaso

I am a physical therapist with over 25 years of experience working with people from 6 months to over 100 years old. I can say with the utmost confidence that martial arts is the BEST thing to do for physical as well as mental well being.

Elite TOMA Leadership Academy (TOMA for short) is the best martial arts school in the area. Master Jo is the most skilled and authentic martial artist you will find anywhere and his staff is an extension of his excellence.

At TOMA, we learn the ancient art of Tae Kwon Do along with character development. As an adult, you may think that you have already developed good, solid character and you probably have. That’s what I thought before I started training with Master Jo. At Elite TOMA, Master Jo teaches you to continue to develop your character so that you reach a level even greater than where you are now and greater than you ever thought possible. Our lives are filled with work, family and daily challenges that can make us feel beaten and discouraged. When you walk into Elite TOMA, you get an instant boost of positive energy from staff and members alike that are friendly, non-judgmental, supportive and genuine.

Children, teenagers and young adults are faced with many obstacles that can lead them down the wrong path. As a mother of a high school aged teenager, I am very aware of the challenges our children face such as drugs, alcohol, bullying, suicide, and many other negative influences that as parents, we don’t even want to think about. With the help of Elite TOMA and Master Jo, my son is turning out to be everything I had hoped for and more. I have other TOMA members that approach me to let me know how respectful, helpful and nice my son is. They actually seek out my son to ask him to talk to their young child when they are having difficulties with their child being respectful and responsible. That makes me feel very proud of my son, and his positive attitude continues at home. I can honestly say that I know that Master Jo and Elite TOMA were (and still are) a huge part of why my son is and will continue to be a productive member of society; and that is what we all want for our children.

Diane Tavares

The time, money, sweat and hard work that I have put into my training the past 5 years has led to my achieving first degree black belt. The confidence, discipline, inner and outer strength that I have gained is invaluable. Thank you Elite TOMA. I am proud to be a member of this remarkable academy and I look forward to continuing my training.

Carmela Cuccio

Elite Toma has genuinely changed my life! I started my journey here as a 6 year old with my mom, who was looking for something we could do together while also hopefully improving my focus both in and out of school. Needless to say, 15 years later, it is a decision I am eternally grateful for! As a child, I struggled both in school and with my attitude at home. Elite Toma has guided me through those many struggles; teaching me patience, discipline, integrity, perseverance, focus, social skills, and how to be a leader in every aspect of my life. Throughout the years I have genuinely been left in ‘awe’ at the heights I have learned to push my mind and body to, all because of the teachings I’ve received through my training at Toma. What I am most thankful for though, are the bonds I’ve created with the extraordinary people there. You walk into the doors and are immediately greeted with the sense that you are surrounded by family. Master Jo, Karin, and my fellow students are my sources of inspiration and motivation in every area of my life. Master Jo puts his entire heart into his craft and cares deeply about the mental and physical growth of each of his students. As an adult now, I remain overwhelmed at the monumental Impact Toma continues to make on my life. When I have kids of my own in the future, I am thrilled to bring them on this amazing journey with me at Toma! It truly is a Way Of Life!!

Mackenzie Schoener

Elite Toma is the best place for a child to grow up. When I was younger I had no control over myself, I constantly lashed out at people, and I constantly back talked to my parents. When I was invited to Elite Toma my whole life changed for the better. Slowly but surely I saw a change in myself. I became more friendly and considerate while also learning how to defend myself from bullies. I no longer had trouble with my own confidence allowing me to grow in new ways. This growth made it so that I can respect others through discipline and patience. If you want to learn martial arts the right way, Elite Toma is your best choice because its not like every other martial arts school that you find. Its a way of life and I would recommend it to everyone.


Matthew Biehl

Having been a student at elite toma for 5 years, I can say without a doubt that elite toma is the best martial arts school that one could ask for. I was a student at a different TKD school, and my experiences were far from beneficial. Master Jo has not only improved my physical condition, but has also shaped my mentality throughout the years. Master Jo one hundred percent cares about each of his students, and makes you feel as if you’re part of a family. This dojang does not only offer a place to get fit and participate in a great form of exercise and way of life, but also offers a second home.

John Gochoco

I have been training at ELITE TOMA for more than 12 years now and it has been a wonderful experience; I should say a wonderful Journey!.
Master Jo, is not only an amazing Martial Artist, super lethal in its efficiency but he is also a super motivator and an amazing leader. Under his guidance I was able to reach the level of 1st degree Black Belt and I can only say that it is thanks to him that I reached this level. I was on the verge of quitting quite a few times over the years because I was not progressing properly, fast enough or what ever (excuses are easy to find) and the frustration was sometimes difficult to overcome. But there was always a part of me that did not want to disappoint him. I felt that if I quit I would be kind of cheating on his amazing patience over the years, his talent, his energy and his encouragements. So I kept training and finally I passed the test.
Master Jo Today is not only my mentor but I also feel blessed to have him as a friend.
Master Jo, Thank You for everything you have helped me to accomplish but also for your superb dedication to all your students. All the best for you and your wonderful TOMA family. 

Thierry Darche

Elite Toma is much more than a Martial Arts School. It is a vibrant and wonderful community. Students learn discipline, respect and gain a sense of responsibility in an accepting and nurturing environment. The adult program offers an awesome way to stay fit, for both mind and body. I strongly recommend Elite Toma

Michelle Bauer

This school has helped me develop so much into a confident and effective adult, I started my experience at TOMA when I was Middle School, now I am in college. Every moment you spend at TOMA is something worth remembering and such a key part in your life when you join. I highly recommend this to parent so you can teach your kids the positive life lessons that a important in there development!

Leo Jake

Elite TOMA has been absolutely everything we have looked for in raising our son with discipline, strength, skills, values, and dedication. We get every bit of that from Master Jo and all of the staff. I recommend TOMA for anyone that looks for all of this!

Rick Mackey

Elite TOMA is an amazing school! We researched many schools and put a lot of thought into where we wanted our son to go, and their program blew us away! The students of Elite TOMA don’t just learn self defense, they learn about having confidence, becoming leaders, taking pride in everything they do, community service and so much more! Master Jo and his staff have become family to us in the 1.5 years we have been part of TOMA. My son Tristan, is extreme high energy and started in Elite TOMA when he turned 4 years old. In the past year and a half Tristan has grown, become a part of their Leadership team, gained friendships that are priceless and they have provided so much guidance and support to our family. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a little more for their child that isn’t just a self defense program.

Jenna Meissner

My daughter has been coming to TOMA for the last 18 months. She is 4 years old and in the Leadership program. She has developed confidence and is quite focused. Master Jo and the instructors are all very motivational and patient with her. They have become such a strong influence in her life. We are so happy with the program and how it not only teaches the discipline but also character building. We love TOMA!

Barbara Lesser


My 6 year old daughter began studying martial arts at Elite Toma 1.5 years ago. The personal growth my wife and I have seen in her has been tremendous. She had become more responsible, mature, respectful and confident around friends and family. Master Jo and his entire Team of Instructors are by far the most knowledgeable, dedicated and kind people who take pride in teaching each and every student the values of what it means to be a leader. Master Jo’s combination of intelligence, commitment, perseverance, creativity and compassion make him the ideal teacher, mentor and friend to all students. With the highest regards, I recommend Elite TOMA Martial Arts to all children and parents, just like me (who also started at Elite TOMA a year ago at the age of 40) alike!

Joseph Salerno


We moved around a few times in the past 7 years attending different martial arts schools. TOMA is by far the best. Great teaching philosophy focusing on the balance between forms quality, physical power and emotional strength.
My girls have developed a greater love for the arts and I have also been taking class.

Joseph Salerno


Elite TOMA is a top-notch facility with dedicated instructors, an amazing leadership program that teaches both skill and personal development, and a fabulous community for both students and families! We are very lucky to call this school and the staff home. Our son is thrilled with everything he learns and how the program is run and as parents, we are extremely pleased at the type of learning, dedication and character he is experiencing. You can’t go wrong choosing Elite TOMA.

Sarah Jacobs

Elite Toma Martial Arts Reviews

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