Master Garth Charland (TSDMA #005) <Email Him Here> began studying martial arts over thirty years ago. He holds a sixth 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 more than 26 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...
Master Scott Hanson (TSDMA #012) a 5th degree black belt, has been teaching with Master Charland since 1988, when they taught once per week running the Parks and Recreation program in Watertown, CT. He continues to be a valued staff member of the Charland Institute, instructing advanced juniors, and all adults. Master Hanson was named the "Codes and Tenets Award winner in 1998, which is the TSDMA's highest honor. He started the Litchfield Karate Club in 2000. His club continues to grow and his students do very well in competition. Master Hanson was promoted to 5th dan on January 26th of 2010.
Kyo Sa Cory Lutkusa 3rd degree black belt, 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. Cory actively trains and teaches at the same karate school he started with. He attends 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.
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 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 enought 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.
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