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1404 Tolland Turnpike, Manchester, CT
(860) 646-7993   [email protected]

Who We Are

Started in 1995, the Academy of Martial Arts & Personal Development has grown to become the area's largest martial art style training center. Set in a positive atmosphere of excitement and fun we have dedicated ourselves to empowering children, teens and adults through family-oriented programs. We strive for higher achievement and personal development through Martial Arts training. Just try one class and you'll see why we have such a successful program with over 300 martial arts students.

Hi, I'm Grandmaster Waldron

I founded The Academy with one goal in mind: to enable students to reach their maximum potential. I have 40 years of experience in the martial arts and hold a 7th Dan in Taekwondo, a 7th degree in Daehanmoodo, and a 6th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido.  But, choosing a martial art school is much more than finding an instructor with the highest rank.  At The Academy, we focus on developing the full person - mind, body, and spirit.  Through martial arts and physical fitness we help each person grow into the best version of themselves.  Each student becomes part of our family and we work with them at their level to help them grow both within the martial arts and outside in their lives.

Our instructors have decades of martial arts and teaching experience.  We teach engaging and fun classes that'll give you or your child a great workout while learning life-saving skills.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to talk with us!

Master Fusco

Master Fusco began training at the Academy in June 1996, and began assisting in classes shortly thereafter. Master Fusco is the Director of the Academy’s After-School Program, and is a former high school and middle school teacher, with a CT Certification in Secondary Social Studies. Master Fusco teaches in all of the Youth and Adult martial arts classes. He is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Daehanmoodo and Taekwondo, and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido.

Master Leone


Master Rogers


Master Sheridan


Master Cable


Sahbumnim Cardile


Sahbumnim Carkey


Sahbumnim Drake


Sahbumnim Marvin


Kyosanim Hjalmeer


Kyosarnim Eagan





Come check us out at our new 12,000 sq ft facility.  

The largest martial art training facility in New England!

1404 Tolland Turnpike, Manchester, CT 06042

For more information, give us a call or send us an email!

phone: (860) 646-7993

email: [email protected]