Newington Business Spotlight: Connecticut Kenpo Karate

Published on Wednesday, 15 May 2019 07:54
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON - Martial artists from Connecticut Kenpo Karate are here, there and everywhere.

Classes meet four days a week at the 4,500 square foot studio, located at 135 Lowrey Place. But this past weekend, a group of students gave a demonstration at a Yard Goats game at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford. Baseball fans can catch them at a New Britain Bees game sometime this summer.

Husband and wife owners Wayne Tanguay and Lee Ann Brophy encourage community groups to “spread the benefits of karate” by calling upon their studio to give a live demonstration at virtually any event.

The couple opened up their karate school in 1991 on nearby Market Square. Connecticut Kenpo is now entering its 28th year in existence and fourth year in an expanded location in the Local Market plaza.

Classes serve people aged four and up and one-on-one training is available by special appointment.

Four- and five-year-old “Little Dragons” meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Six- to eleven-year-old “Dragons” practice four times a week, with two separate groups divided by skill level and belt color, which denotes rank. Teens are known as “Juniors” and adults of any level are also served.

Students compete against other karate schools across the state. Several tournaments are happening this spring.

Instructors emphasize that the school’s primary focus is teaching the principles of respect, self-confidence and honor, through self defense and traditional martial arts techniques.

Newcomers to the study are encouraged to try a two-week, no-obligation free trial at CT Kenpo.

“This could be the best thing you do for yourself or your child,” Tanguay explains.

He and Brophy are both Sixth-Degree Black Belts. Despite possessing the skill level to handle basically any physical human encounter, they truly believe communication trumps violence.

The martial arts teach non-violent solutions as well as self-defense. No one knows this better than Brophy, who is highly respected among fellow enthusiasts.

As CT Kenpo’s Program Director and Chief Instructor of youth programming, she has a special way with children. She founded the Scorpion Demo Team, which local residents may have seen performing at events throughout the year.

Expect to experience an “action-packed” demonstration at the 2019 Newington Extravaganza, set for July 20 in Mill Pond Park.

Find out more about Connecticut Kenpo Karate at or by calling (860) 665-9822.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Wednesday, 15 May 2019 07:54. Updated: Wednesday, 15 May 2019 07:56.