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Why Southbury Taekwon-do?

Southbury Taekwon-do teaches Taekwon-do, a Korean unarmed art of self-defense that is similar to Karate, which provides the student many physical benefits at an affordable price.

Participants learn sparring techniques, blocking and striking, age-appropriate self-defense, situational awareness, and much more. For kids, Taekwon-do helps them learn respect for themselves and for others, heightens concentration, and increases self-discipline and self-restraint. Adults gain improved health, better balance and flexibility, and personal protection. Southbury Taekwon-do offers different 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.

Classes are offered though the Southbury Parks & Recreation department by award-winning black belts. As a town program, using the town's facilities and resources, students pay only $125 a semester — about 1/3 of some private martial arts schools.

Latest Happenings

Fall promotions
Some of the students from our beginner's class who received promotions on September 20th.

Congratulations on Student Promotions

Congratulations to all those who earned promotions in September. The instructors of Southbury Taekwon-do are very proud of each student and appreciate their dedication to excellence. Well done students!

Red Cross Certification

Congratulations to Mr. De Carli for renewing his certification from the Red Cross in Adult First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED).

'Thank You' Letter from Really Good Stuff
'Thank You' Letter from Really Good Stuff

Self-Defense Seminar held at Really Good Stuff

On September 9th, Southbury Taekwon-do instructor Jim De Carli gave a free seminar on 'Safety and Self-Defense' for employees of Really Good Stuff, LLC. at their offices in Shelton, Connecticut. In this hands-on seminar, a dozen employees learned approaches for avoiding violent encounters and some basic techniques for defending yourself. Topics included:

  • Understanding the attacker's 'Game Plan'
  • Recognizing and avoiding potentially dangerous situations
  • Knowing what we can do, what we should do, and when we should not fight
  • Effectiveness of different types of resistance
  • Using pepper sprays, personal alarms, and other personal defense devices
  • Legal concerns, such as 'Stand Your Ground' laws
  • Easy ways to get out of grabs and holds
  • What to do after a violent encounter
June 28th Promotions
Some of the students from our beginner's class who received promotions on September 20th.

Congratulations on Promotions

Southbury Taekwon-do would like to congratulate all who tested for promotion. We are very proud of our students' success and how much work they put into their training.

The evening of the test, school was honored to have representatives from The Waterbury Republican-American and Voices newspapers who interviewed our instructors. Keep an eye out for articles to be released from each of these publications.

Jim De Carli Inducted to Hall of Fame

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, martial artists from Asia and the Americas gathered outside Los Angeles in Culver City, California for the 2018 induction ceremony of the USA. Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Inducted that evening was Southbury Taekwon-do instructor, James De Carli.

The USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame recognized contributions of individuals to the martial arts community regardless of the style of their martial art, their rank, or their politics. Originated in 1976, the USA Martial Arts "Hall of Fame" is the longest-running organization of its kind. The USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, along with The USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Museum, is led by Grandmaster James Thomas, Ph.D. More information can be found at

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