Sabomnim 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 27 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 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.
Sabomnim Cory Lutkusa 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 is the year's recipient of the TSMDA Codes and Tenets Award.
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). Matt will be testing for his third degree black belt this month! He has been a student here at CIKF for 12 years and loves to teach children, he is just a great big kid! Mr. DeLuca will be graduating from Holy Cross High School this year and will attend college in the Fall. Rumour has it that the college will be close by, so we still get to see him at the school!
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 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.
Matthew Deluca and Justyn Welsch not yet pictured.
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