Pamela Gedman, chief instructor of Gedman's Black Belt Academy at the Westfield Area YMCA, has earned the recognition and achievement of Songahm Taekwondo Master Instructor and has received a national award from ATA International.

Ms. Gedman became eligible for the title of Songahm Master upon achieving her 6th degree black belt, which in itself takes approximately 20 years of training and serving either as a school owner or Head instructor at a school. The year-long journey to achieve Songahm Master Level includes physical tests, demonstration of leadership and servitude within the organization, and continued education curriculum and moves from a Master Candidate to a Master Nominee and ultimately “Master.”

Master Gedman was also recently recognized with the 2020 ATA National Appreciation Award in recognition of her years of dedication to Songahm Taekwondo and servant leadership.

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Under her leadership, Gedman's Black Belt Academy at the Westfield Area Y offers programs for children ages 5 years-teen and adults, beginners through 5th degree black belts. Taekwondo develops overall physical fitness, strength, flexibility, confidence and self-esteem and applies the lessons learned to maintain personal safety. At this time, all classes are in-person at the Main Y Facility with a Zoom option (Intro class is in-person only). 

The location and class schedule allows for social distancing of 200 square feet per student. For more information, contact Greg Hatzisavvas at or 908-301-YMCA (9622) x251.

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Financial assistance for YMCA programs and memberships is available for those who qualify.