Adults Program

The West Haven Academy of Karate, Inc., is the oldest full-time martial arts institution serving Southern Connecticut area. Established in 1975, the Academy believes in traditional values. We teach the classical art of Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan (The American School of the Way of the Empty Hand Defense) which was founded by Grandmaster and chief instructor Charles J. Ferraro. We augment our training in Tang Soo Do with the art of Hai Dong Gumdo (the Way of the Korean Sword), Aikido, Jui-jutsu, Tai Chi and Philippine Martial Arts (Kali, Escrima, Arnis).

Kids Program

We here at the West Haven Academy of Karate are very concerned with the well-being and education of our children. We understand that younger students have shorter attention spans than the typical adult student. Our unique children's program uses interesting and enjoyable methods to keep the student's attention and to teach our young students skills that they can use for life.

  • We promote non-violent resolution to conflict. Our methods help children to explore and understand the conflicts that can confront them in their lives.
  • Children will learn confidence, self-discipline and self-control as they learn to act and react to the world around them.
  • Our young students are treated with respect and are taught to return the same respect to others.
  • We believe in praise, encouragement and positive reinforcement. We have incentives for good academic report cards, which we have termed our "Academic Achievement Program". We encourage our students to maintain good academic grades, impressing upon them the importance of balancing their physical, as well as, their mental growth.
  • We teach our students the value of making goals and working towards meeting them. In this way we can assist them in getting into the achievement / self esteem spiral. The more they achieve the greater their self-esteem. The greater their self-esteem the more they want to achieve.


  • 766 Boston Post Rd West Haven,
    CT 06516 United States
  • Phone: + 1 (203) 932-5335
  • Email: cferraro04@snet.net
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