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About Taekwon-do

Taekwon-do is a Korean unarmed art of self-defense that is similar to Karate. Taekwon-do is more than just kicking and punching. The core principles of Taekwondo stress self-discipline and a high code of personal conduct. While there is a sport/competition aspect to Taekwon-do, this makes up only part of the entire curriculum.

Although its roots reach back over 2,000 years, what we know today as Taekwon-do was developed only after World War II. Using their understanding of biomechanics and physics, the founders of Taekwon-do analyzed the best parts of an ancient Korean martial art called Tae kyon, Japanese karate, and other well-known martial arts to assemble an effective system of self-defense.

For example, Taekwon-do emphasizes kicking since the leg is the longest and strongest tool the martial artist has readily available. To facilitate fast, turning kicks, Taekwon-do uses stances that are, generally, more narrow and longer than the broader, wide stances used by martial arts such as karate.

Southbury Taekwon-do

About Southbury Taekwon-do

Southbury Taekwon-do is the martial arts program offered though the Southbury Parks & Recreation department. Started in 1988 by William Evans, it is the longest-running program in the department and has taught generations of Southbury residents the value of sportsmanship, discipline, and physical fitness. In 2018, these contributions to the community were recognized by both the Town of Southbury and the State of Connecticut.

We offer three levels of classes to provide the most-appropriate lessons for every student: one class for beginner students, one for advanced students, and a special class for very young children.

All classes are held at the Parks and Recreation Building located at 561 Main Street South, Southbury, CT on Tuesdays and Thursdays:

  • 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm Tikes (Ages 4 - 7)
  • 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm Beginners (Ages 7 through Adult)
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Advanced (Ages 7 through Adult)

Semesters run January through March, April through June, July through September, and October through December. Usually, there is a week or so break between semesters and no classes on holidays.

Classes cost only $125 per semester for Southbury residents and $145 for non-residents. By offering classes through the town, using the town's facilities and resources, students pay only about a third of what they might at private martial arts schools in the area.

You can enroll using the town's website or in person at the Parks and Recreation Building.

Master William Evans

William Evans has been a martial artist since his early teens. He started his training in Taekwon-do in 1981. He received his first degree black belt in Taekwon-do in 1987 and, in 1995, Mr. Evans earned Master honors.

Mr. Evans also earned his 2nd degree black belt in Kali Escrima, a martial art of the Philippines that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives, bladed weapons.

He has won numerous local, state, and national tiles and, in 1998, held the record for the fastest knock out. Mr. Evans qualified for 1988 U.S. National Olympic Team.

William Evans

James De Carli

James De Carli earned his black belt in Taekwon-do in 2011, achieved second degree status in 2013, and his third degree honors in 2016.

Mr. De Carli has been active in several regional and international martial arts leagues. He has earned National Champion in 2011 for sparring, in 2012 for traditional forms, and 2013 for traditional forms within the KRANE International martial arts league. Since 2015, Mr. De Carli has repeatedly earned a Top 10 World Ranking from the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA). In May 2018, James De Carli was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

James De Carli

            "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times" - Bruce Lee

Southbury Parks & Recreation Department     (203) 262-0633