Southbury Taekwon-do SOUTHBURY​ TAEKWON-DO Taekwon-do International
A PART OF THE SOUTHBURY COMMUNITY FOR 35 YEARS
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Why Southbury Taekwon-do?

Southbury Taekwon-do teaches Taekwon-do, a Korean unarmed art of self-defense 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 $145 a semester for the first family member and $120 for each additional family member — about 1/3 of some private martial arts schools.

Getting Started

It is very easy to get started with the program.

First of all, register for the class use the town's online registration portal or in-person at the Parks & Recreation Office. Taekwon-do classes are listed under 'Sports & Fitness'.

Next, order a uniform and protective gear. The equipment page offers a number of recommendations for where to get these. Everyone should get a uniform, mouthguard, gloves, and foot pads. If you are still waiting for these items to arrive by the time classes start, just come in loose, comfortable clothes, such as a t-shirt and sweats.

If you have a Facebook account, like our page so you can more-easily get notices and other helpful information.

Show up! At your first class, one of our instructors will give an introduction and walk through how classes take place.


 


Latest Happenings

Southbury Taekwon-do Winter 2024 Schedule
Southbury Taekwon-do Winter 2024 Schedule

Southbury Taekwon-do Winter Schedule

Registration has opened for the Winter 2024 semester of Taekwon-do. Due to New Year's Day falling on Monday, January 1, the first class of this semester will start Wednesday, January 3.

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

  • 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Beginners (Ages 7 through Adult)
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Advanced (Ages 7 through Adult)

Please note that certain safety precautions are still in effect. These include the following:

  • Students are asked to not drink directly from the building's water fountains. Instead, you may use the water fountains to fill your water bottles.
  • The Senior Center side of the building will be off limits. We may use the P&R lavatories located off the mat room.
  • No one is allowed to attend classes if they exhibit any symptoms of any illness. This includes parents and other family members.
  • Students must sanitize their sparring equipment prior to use in class.

We recommend that students bring with them a towel to help remove perspiration. Parents are asked to minimize the number of non-participants that they bring with them, when possible.

Featured Article on Destruction
Breaking Down Board Breaking

Featured Article on Destruction

The November 2023 edition of HOONLYUN: The Journal of the United States Taekwondo Alliance is featuring an article written by Southbury Taekwon-do Chief Instructor, James De Carli and ITF Master Simon Scher, the chief instructor at Northampton Martial Arts in Northampton, Massachusetts.

The article, "Breaking Down Board Breaking," discusses all aspects of destruction in martial arts, including the different types of breaks, how each type works, how to optimize your striking force, and "forging" your body to prevent injuries.

Breaking Seminar
Breaking Seminar

Special Breaking Seminar

On Monday, September 18th, Southbury Taekwon-do held a special seminar on board breaking.

Students were presented with the underlying concepts behind how wood breaks, how to orient the board for optimal efficiency, the importance of proper trajectories, the different types of breaks and how each delivers force to the target, as well as understanding the differences in breaking wood, concrete, and bricks. The finest (and most fun) in mass destruction!

Southbury Taekwon-do Summer 2023 Schedule
Southbury Taekwon-do Fall 2023 Schedule

Southbury Taekwon-do Fall 2023 Schedule

Registration has opened for the Fall 2023 semester of Taekwon-do. Due to Columbus Day and municipal elections, there will be no classes on October 9th or November 6th.

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

  • 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Beginners (Ages 7 through Adult)
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Advanced (Ages 7 through Adult)

Please note that certain safety precautions are still in effect. These include the following:

  • Students are asked to not drink directly from the building's water fountains. Instead, you may use the water fountains to fill your water bottles.
  • The Senior Center side of the building will be off limits. We may use the P&R lavatories located off the mat room.
  • No one is allowed to attend classes if they exhibit any symptoms of any illness. This includes parents and other family members.
  • Students must sanitize their sparring equipment prior to use in class.

We recommend that students bring with them a towel to help remove perspiration. Parents are asked to minimize the number of non-participants that they bring with them, when possible.

Southbury Taekwon-do Summer 2023 Schedule
Southbury Taekwon-do Summer 2023 Schedule

Southbury Taekwon-do Summer Schedule

Registration has opened for the Summer 2023 semester of Taekwon-do. Due to the Labor Day holiday, there will be no classes on Monday, September 4.

Please note that certain safety precautions are still in effect. These include the following:

  • Students must bring their own water to class since the water fountains in the building have been turned off.
  • The Senior Center side of the building will be off limits. We may use the P&R lavatories located off the mat room.
  • No one is allowed to participate in class or even enter the building if they exhibit any symptoms of any illness. This includes parents and other family members.
  • Students must sanitize their sparring equipment prior to use in class.

We recommend that students bring with them a towel to help remove perspiration. Parents are asked to minimize the number of non-participants that they bring with them, when possible.

New Promotions for Spring 2023
New Promotions for Spring 2023

New Promotions for Spring 2023

June 21st, 2023 saw over a dozen students earn promotions. Ceremonies were held at the Southbury Parks & Recreation Building in Southbury. These promotions acknowledged the skills and knowledge developed by the students in such areas as offensive and defensive techniques, patterns, age-appropriate self-defense, and power breaking. Congratuations all! Well done.

Flexibility Seminar with Simon Scher
Stretching Seminar with Simon Scher

Special Stretching Seminar

On Monday, June 5th, Southbury Taekwon-do was honored to have Master Simon Scher conduct a special stretching seminar.

Master Scher -- an internationally known flexibility instructor, 7th degree black belt, and chief instructor at Northampton Martial Arts in Northampton, Massachusetts -- explained the principles behind flexibility in the human body and then guided the participants in a series of stretching activities. By the end of the session, every one of the participants demonstrated increase extension and flexibility. A very worthwhile evening, indeed!

National Instructor Award for James De Carli
National Instructor Award Presented to Master James De Carli

National Instructor Award

On May 27, in Orlando, Florida, Master De Carli was honored at the 31st annual World Head of Family / Sokeship Council awards ceremony.

The Council is comprised of accredited, internationally recognized Masters and Grandmasters of various martial arts from across the globe. The “Korean Martial Arts Journeyman of the Year” is a national instructor recognition.

Concussions and the Martial Artist
Concussions and the Martial Artist

Featured Article in HOONLYUN Magazine: "Concussions and the Martial Artist"

The May 2023 edition of HOONLYUN: The Journal of the United States Taekwondo Alliance is featuring an article written by Southbury Taekwon-do Chief Instructor, James De Carli. The article, "Concussions and the Martial Artist", discusses how inadequate the martial arts community is at detecting and responding to concussions as well as discusses what we, as martial artists, can do to help identify and prevent such severe trauma.

New Promotions for Winter 2023
New Promotions for Winter 2023

New Promotions for Winter 2023

Southbury Taekwon-do held its latest color belt promotions on March 22 at the Southbury Parks & Recreation Building in Southbury.

Promotions were in recognition of successful testing performed a week earlier before Master James De Carli and a panel of distinguished black belts. Students demonstrated their skills in fundamental techniques – such as hand techniques, kicking, and blocking – as well as forms, sparring, age-appropriate self-defense, and board breaking. All-in-all, sixteen students advanced one step closer to earning black belt honors.

Southbury Taekwon-do Spring 2023 Schedule
Southbury Taekwon-do Spring 2023 Schedule

Southbury Taekwon-do Spring Schedule

Registration has opened for the Spring 2023 semester of Taekwon-do. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, there will be no classes on Monday, May 29 although there is a tradition that the school marches in the town's Memorial Day Parade.

Due to the ongoing COVID endemic, certain safety precautions are still in effect. These include the following:

  • Mask use is optional although recommended.
  • Students must bring their own water to class since the water fountains in the building have been turned off.
  • The Senior Center side of the building will be off limits. We may use the P&R lavatories located off the mat room.
  • No one is allowed to participate in class or even enter the building if they exhibit any symptoms of any illness. This includes parents and other family members.
  • Students must sanitize their sparring equipment prior to use in class.

We recommend that students bring with them a towel to help remove perspiration. Parents are asked to minimize the number of non-participants that they bring with them and to wait outside the building or in the mat room, when possible.

While we whole-heartedly support these safety protocols, we will re-evaluate them as conditions change. In the meantime, we expect everyone to adhere to these new policies.

Hall of Honors Award for James De Carli
Excellence in Publishing in the Martial Arts

Master De Carli Inducted into Hall of Honors

On Saturday, January 28, 2023, Southbury Taekwon-do instructor, James De Carli, was inducted into Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall of Honors during a ceremony in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Master De Carli was recognized for "Excellence in Publishing in the Martial Arts" for his numerous contributions to such noteworthy publications such as HOONLYUN: The Journal of the United States Taekwondo Association and Totally TaekwonDo magazine.

Safety & Self-Defense Seminar Raises Money For Shelter
Seminar Raises Money For Shelter

Seminar Raises Money For Shelter

On Saturday, January 7, 2023, the current and former instructors of Southbury Taekwon-do conducted another seminar on 'Safety and Self-Defense'. The participants, who ranged in age from teens to mid-seventies, learned about topics such as:

• Recognizing and avoiding dangerous situations
• Using safety devices such as pepper sprays and personal alarms
• Utilizing escapes from grabs and holds
• Legal concerns and 'Stand Your Ground' laws
• What to do after a violent encounter

The seminar also raised money for Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter and free comprehensive support services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Safe Haven relies heavily on support from our community. If you would like to make a donation, please make Checks payable to:

Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury
P.O. Box 1503
Waterbury, CT 06721


You can make donations online using Safe Haven's website, SafeHavenGW.org.

Southbury Taekwon-do Resumes Operations
Southbury Taekwon-do Winter Schedule

Southbury Taekwon-do Winter Schedule

Registration has opened for the Winter 2023 semester of Taekwon-do. Due to New Year's Day being observed on Monday, January 2, the first class of this semester will start Wednesday, January 4.

Due to the ongoing COVID endemic, certain safety precautions are still in effect. These include the following:

  • Students must bring their own water to class since the water fountains in the building have been turned off.
  • The Senior Center side of the building will be off limits. We may use the P&R lavatories located off the mat room.
  • No one is allowed to participate in class or even enter the building if they exhibit any symptoms of any illness. This includes parents and other family members.
  • Students must sanitize their sparring equipment prior to use in class.

We recommend that students bring with them a towel to help remove perspiration. Parents are asked to minimize the number of non-participants that they bring with them and to wait outside the building or in the mat room, when possible.

While we whole-heartedly support these safety protocols, we will re-evaluate them as conditions change. In the meantime, we expect everyone to adhere to these new policies.

New Registration Website for Southbury Park & Rec
New Registration Website for Southbury Park & Rec

New Registration Website for Southbury Park & Rec

Please note that the Southbury Park & Recreation department has started using a new online registration system so links to the previous system will no longer work. To register for Taekwon-do classes, you must first create a new profile. Taekwon-do classes are in the 'Sports and Fitness' section.

New Promotions for Fall 2022
Fall 2022 Promotions

New Promotions for Fall 2022

Congratulations to all of our amazing students who earned promotions at the December 2022 test week. Well done!

New Promotions for Fall 2022
Fall 2022 Promotions
Moss Takes Gold!
Moss Takes Gold!

Moss Takes Gold!

Congratulations goes out to Demetric Moss, who took a home the gold sparring and a silver medal in forms at the 6th annual CMA Founder's Championship in Fairfield, NJ. Well done, sir!

Taekwon-Do and Science Frogs, Joe Rogan, and the Left-Handed
Featured Article in HOONLYUN Magazine

Featured Article in HOONLYUN Magazine

The November 2021 edition of HOONLYUN: The Journal of the United States Taekwondo Association has featured an article written by Southbury Taekwon-do Chief Instructor, James De Carli. The article, "Taekwon-Do and Science: Frogs, Joe Rogan, and the Left-Handed", discusses the misinformation and dogma we as martial artists must face when looking for answers in our art.

Birthday Wishes for GM Kim
Birthday Wishes for Grandmaster Kim

Birthday Wishes for GM Kim

Happiest of birthday wishes to Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim from all of us at Southbury Taekwon-do!

New Promotions for Spring 2022
Spring 2022 Promotions

New Promotions for Spring 2022

Congratulations go out to the students who received promotions after the June test. Your hard work and perseverance have paid off. Well done, all!

New Promotions for Spring 2022
Spring 2022 Promotions


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