The Beaudoin Academy of Karate has been teaching Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate) in Waterbury for over 50 years.  We are one of the first and longest continuously operating martial arts schools in New England, with a history of helping our students grow not only into great martial artist but also as individuals.  We have students that start as young as three and we believe no one is ever too old to start their journey in the martial arts.

The Beaudoin Academy of Karate is the proud home of Grandmaster Beaudoin, who is the Grandmaster of World Tang Soo Do Association.  World Tang Soo Do is a worldwide network of Tang Soo Do studios with over 50,000 active members and studios across the US and over 20 other countries.



Grandmaster Beaudoin
Grandmaster Beaudoin8th degree

Grandmaster Robert Beaudoin is a charter Master of the World Tang Soo Do Association and is the father of traditional Tang Soo Do in New England.

In 1962 he began training in Tang Soo Do under Grandmaster Jae C. Shin and on May 12, 1963, Grandmaster Beaudoin tested for his black belt in Inchon, Korea in front of Grandmaster Hwang Kee and Grandmaster Shin.

After completing his military service, he returned to Connecticut and opened the Beaudoin Academy of Karate in 1965. In July 1971, Grandmaster Shin promoted Grandmaster Beaudoin to the rank of Master in a special presentation by removing his own Master’s belt and tying it on Grandmaster Beaudoin. During the succeeding years his studio grew, and through his efforts and those of his students Tang Soo Do spread throughout the New England region.

Grandmaster Beaudoin was promoted to the rank of 8th Dan at the 2010 World Championships at the same event where Grandmaster Shin was promoted to 9th Dan.  Upon the passing of Grandmaster Shinin 2012, he took over as the Grandmaster of World Tang Soo Do and under his leadership World Tang Soo Do has continued to grow.

Master Dan Farrelly
Master Dan Farrelly 4th degree

Master Dan Farrelly has been training with Grandmaster for almost 30 years and is the overall program director for the Beaudoin Academy of Karate as well as his own studio, Waterbury Youth Services.

Master Farrelly has over 25 years of teaching experience. Master Farrelly has traveled and training with Grandmaster Beaudoin at the World Tang Soo Do European and Latin American Masters Clinics and Championships as well as the United States Masters Clinic.  Master Farrelly is also the current Chairperson of the World Tang Soo Do Web Committee.
Ms Lauren Russo
Ms Lauren Russo4th degree

Ms Russo is the Chief Instructor for the Beaudoin Academy of Karate.  Ms Russo is first three time World Tang Soo Do New England Female Grand Champion and has  over 20 years of teaching experience.

Ms Russo is also one of the instructors for the World Tang Soo DO Hwa Rang Dan Youth Leadership program that focuses on developing youth and teen black belts into future leaders and instructors for World Tang Soo Do.  Ms Lauren leads our candidate for black belt and black belt development programs.

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