Kwan Jang Nim Garth Charland (TSDMA #005)
began studying martial arts over thirty years ago. He holds a seventh degree black belt in the art of Tang Soo Do, and has studied other arts extensively. More than that, he has been teaching the martial arts for almost 30 years. He has devoted his life to being a teacher and student of martial arts and incorporate all that he has learned through life in his teaching and training. More...
Sabomnim Cory Lutkus
a 4th degree Master Black Belt (promoted on January 31st, 2015), began in the art of Tang Soo Do at age 4 under the instruction of Master Garth Charland. In 2002 he began to get into the competition scene and in 2004, he became a member of Team Straight Up where he competed under Mr. Joe Greenhalgh. He began to compete on the National and International level. In 2009 he joined the Amerikick World Competition Team. Master Cory actively trains and teaches at the same karate school he started with. He attended and graduated from Sacred Heart University, and is a poplular DJ. He has 27 World Champion titles, in weapons, forms, and fighting. On April 27th, 2010, he was honored by the Watertown Gold Circle of Sports with a special award from the state of CT. In January 2015 was not only promoted to Master, but also was the year's recipient of the TSMDA Codes and Tenets Award. Master Lutkus is now a producer for NBC, and he still teaches at CIKF.
Kyo Sa Nim Dylan Dalessio (3rd degree black belt)
Dylan has been taking karate at CIKF since the age of 6. He has had great success in regional and National competition, especially in weapons divisions. Dylan recently achieved the rank of 3rd degree black belt (November 2014). At age 17 he is very well liked by his karate students and is a great motivator and example setter. Dylan also wrestles for his high school team.
Kyo Sa Nim Matthew DeLuca (2nd degree black belt)
Kyo Sa Nim Matthew DeLuca (3nd degree black belt). Matt will be tested for his third degree black belt in May of 2015! He has been a student here at CIKF for over 14 years and loves to teach children, he is just a great big kid! Mr. DeLuca graduated from Holy Cross High School and is attending college at UCONN.
Instructor Justyn Welsh (3rd degree black belt)
Recently promoted to 3rd degree black belt: Justyn is going into his senior year of high school this Fall, and he is taking on larger and larger roles on the instruction floor. Justyn has been in the martial arts for most of his life and is an excellent role model and life coach to our junior students. Justyn does such a great job at birthday parties that some repeat customers are asking for him to do their party.
Kyo Sa Nim Bonnie Geddes (2nd degree black belt)
is a highly motivating instructor who has her own school through the Parks and Recreation in Morris, CT. We are lucky enough to have her teaching here at CIKF 2 or 3 times per month. She is a very busy lady who runs more fundraisers for more causes than anyone we know. Bonnie run very exciting birthday parties and is in very high demand for them.