Karate at Flip-Flop Gym


The Karate schedule will resume September 6, 2016 for the 2016-2017 season. The monthly tuition is $100 per month per child for 45 minutes, 2 times per week.

We hope you had a great summer. Master instructor Steve Voelker, owner of Middlesex Tang Soo Do Academy of Old Saybrook, is back again this season. Steve and his staff are excited to work with you on your formations, self defense, combinations kicks and punches! We are excited to see the children towards the next belt! Please see the Bio below on Steven

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Steve Voelker – Bio – With over 40 years in the Martial Arts, and an Instructor in the greater shoreline area for 35 years, Master Voelker is a wealth of knowledge. He opened and has continuously operated Middlesex Tang Soo Do Academy since 1985. He is a 7th Degree Black Belt in the Korean style of Karate, Tang Soo Do and a 5th Degree in the Japanese based style Shio Karano Jui Jitsu. He has trained and promoted over 500 students to the rank of Black Belt and 18 to the Rank of Master.

Voelker has coached teams to numerous National Championships, and Internationally he coached TEAM USA in UK 1999, Greece 2001, Holland 2002, UK 2003, South Africa 2005, Greece 2006 and Korea 2010. Master Voelker has often noted, “we don’t just teach kick and punch, we develop Champions for Life.”

The purpose of Tang Soo Do is three fold; Self Defense, Health and Character Development. The most important being character development, “we strive to improve the lives of our students and our community one black belt at a time”


What does the word “KARATE” mean? – “Karate” (pronounced “Kah-rah-tay”) is a Japanese word that means empty hand and refers to a karate student’s ability to offer defense without the use of weapons.

Why is good form important? – Good form means you know how to use your body in a way that will allow you to get the most power.

Will I get a new rank every 3 months? – No. Yo must earn your rank. The style is known for its high standards. Almost everyone will not pass at least one test. Sometimes you’l decide that you need more time to prepare for a test. Your time is valuable and the high standards of training make your training time even more valuable. As you advance you’ll discover that high standards mean better karate.

Whate is the goal of Karate training? – Goals are personal things and people take Karate for a variety of reasons. For example, self-defense, physical fitness, fun, competition, or confidence to name a few.

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Fun, energetic teachers!

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Great facility that offers multiple programs!