YWCA's Institute of Martial Arts empowers all of our students, regardless of what their training goals are, to strengthen their mind, body, and spirit through the practicing of martial arts. We provide each and every one of our students with self-confidence, great health and fitness, discipline, and the skills needed to defend themselves and succeed in life. Beginners always welcome and no experience is necessary.


  • Tang Soo Do Karate curriculum

  • A positive, encouraging atmosphere

  • A focus on respect and self-discipline

  • Dedicated, caring, and knowledgeable instructors

  • Regular grading/belting ceremonies

  • Classes available for ages 3 years – adult- all levels are welcome


For more information or questions about martial arts programs, contact Chris Kuzia at 860-225-4681 x213 or email at ckuzia@ywcanewbritain.org.

"What an awesome time I had at the family/parents’ class that was hosted during my daughter’s class!  Each child could bring someone to class to participate. My daughter Olivia was so excited to have me there to teach me “her moves” and watch mommy try and outdo her.  It was definitely a workout, but watching those kids watch us was worth it... Olivia is so proud of what she has learned. 

Olivia is a proud member of YWCA New Britain (she dances there as well), and I let everyone we know what an awesome place it is. Thank you all so much for the programs and services you offer. The New Britain community is lucky to have you!"

-Cori Brown, karate and dance parent


Meet Our Teacher

Darcy Needham, 3rd Degree Black Belt, Cheezic Tang Soo Do

Since before she can remember, Darcy was participating in karate in some way. Whether it was eating cheerios on the counter while her mom taught Karate class, or learning how to teach alongside her dad, she was always doing Karate. She believes the thing about Karate is that all you are trying to do is get a little better than you were the day before.  It's not about winning and losing, it's about so much more. Karate taught Darcy respect, courage, discipline, leadership, and teamwork- and now it's her turn to teach that to the next generation of Karate athletes.


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