NEWINGTON - The last few months have been eventful for students and instructors of Connecticut Kenpo Karate.
The school, located at 135 Lowrey Place, is run by husband-and-wife team Wayne Tanguay and Lee Ann Brophy.
“It’s been a busy fall,” Tanguay said this week. “In the summer it slacks off because people take vacations but once school begins we start picking up more students.”
About 55 children are currently enrolled in classes, as “Little Dragons” and “Dragons.” The school also teaches adults, but there are significantly fewer at this time.
Programs are designed for people ages four and up. Students not only learn principles and techniques of the ancient martial art, but also how to handle themselves mentally and physically in any life situation.
The couple encourages communication as the solution to problems, rather than violence.
“A lot of people think the martial arts are just punching and kicking, but it’s a whole way of life,” Brophy says. “No matter how serious or rough a situation can get, it teaches you how handle yourself verbally, finding non-violent solutions.”
Brophy is well-respected among students and fellow instructors alike, for her gentle but straightforward teaching style.
“She’s a great teacher and she’s great with the kids,” Tanguay said.
The school has performed many demonstrations recently. They’ve been spotted at the Hartford Yard Goats, the New Britain Bees and at the Run for the Fallen in Middletown.
They also compete against other karate schools to challenge themselves and put their skills to the test.
“There are several schools we associate with,” Tanguay said. “We get together a few times a year and compete. There’s one in Ashford, Cromwell, also Rocky Hill and another in Wolcott.”
Several tournaments are coming up next spring.
Local residents can also expect to be wowed by by CT Kenpo Karate at the annual Newington Extravaganza next summer. The school always plans a special demonstration for its hometown event.
“We’re coming into our 28th year in Newington,” Tanguay said. “That’s pretty darn good. Right now, we’re planning on staying in the Best Market Plaza, keeping our classes going. Why mess with something successful?”
Find out more at CTKENPO.com or (860) 665-9822.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.