75 S. Colony Street, Meriden, CT 06450
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Who We Are

About Valentin Karate in Meriden, CT

Efrain Valentin Jr.

Owner and Chief Instructor at Valentin Karate in Meriden, 6th Dan

VALENTIN KARATE - Your Family Martial Arts Training Center!

We are extremely passionate about family, martial arts, and community! We are family friendly school and many of our adult students have children training in our school. We participate in Relay for Life events, Conduct Food and Toy drives, and try to be as involved as possible in the community we serve.

Valentin Karate will celebrate its 27th year in business on June 5th 2016 and has promoted over 200 students to Black Belt in the WTSDA.

Family owned and operated by the Valentin Family. Master Valentin prides himself at his school being a TRUE family Martial arts training center and understands the important role that the school has in the community. Through Valentin Karate he has participated with the students at local Relay for life Events where students serve the Survivors dinner, organized numerous food drives, Fundraisers for St. Judes and the Exclusive Supplier of toys for the Meriden Boy's & Girls Club.

Passionate about education and community success! Valentin Karate has also worked with the Meriden public schools where he teaches assemblies on the ABCs Of Success & Bully prevention for no cost. He and his instructors teach after school programs for the students and donates 100% of the proceeds to the PTO for field trips and other functions. He has supported every request from local public & parochial school as well as neighboring towns and cities.

Are you a total beginner or nervous to start something really cool but new? That's ok!

Our students come from all walks of life and start at different fitness levels. We love to work with beginners and elite athletes alike. No matter what your starting level is, you'll get a great workout, gain lean muscle, and learn techniques to keep you and your family safe.

In addition to all of those amazing benefits above, our students ALSO experience:

  • Boosted Self-Esteem

  • Better Teamwork & Goal Setting Skills

  • Outrageous Core Strength & Hip Mobility

  • Mind Blowing Gains in Fitness & Boundless Energy

  • Fit Friends For Life

Students use our classes as a highly effective training tool for personal defense, a stellar boost to weight loss and fitness gains, or even as a stand-alone martial art.

Get ready to experience the best prices, the most amazing staff, and have the most fun you've EVER had getting fit! Check out our amazing web special for the best deals and the opportunity to take advantage of the 100% risk free, money back guarantee. You won't regret it!

Please read a little more about our schools leadership below to get a feel for the vibe at our school. Looking forward to training with you soon!

Master Efrain Valentin is a lifelong Meriden resident born here after his parents Efrain Sr. and Teresa moved here after marrying. He is the eldest of their nine children and is married to Master Rachel Valentin a teacher in the Meriden school system. He and his wife have eight children.

Master Valentin went through the local school system and graduated from Wilcox Tech and is a licensed plumber in Connecticut. He served the in the Army reserve from 1988 - 2000 where he worked as an electrician and Military Police.

He started training in Tang Soo Do karate at the Academy of Karate under Grandmaster Dr. Robert E. Beaudoin in 1978, earning his Black Belt in 1981 at Moo Duk Kwan headquarters Springfield, NJ in May of 1981 in front of its Founder Grandmaster Hwang Kee. He then opened Valentin Karate in 1989 upon returning from Army reserve training. The first location was on the corner of Twiss and Miller Street. Master Valentin now operates three locations with his wife, children, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and staff.

At the age of 21 he was invited to test for his Master's Rank (4th Degree Black Belt) at Lake House Benedictine Monastery, Saint Leo FL.

He was awarded the Master Rank at the age 22 and became the youngest student ever promoted to Master's rank by Grand Master Jae Chul Shin in 1992. A record that still stands today. He was awarded 5th Degree at 30 in Anaheim, CA. in in 2000, 6th Degree in Orlando, FL. in 2008 all of these at the prestigious WTSDA World Championships. He is currently scheduled to receive his 7th Degree @ 2016 WTSDA Championships in Greensboro, NC on July 16th.

Currently, he is the Regional Director for New England in the World Tang Soo Do Association and serves on its Executive committee.

Chief Master Instructor Efrain Valentin Jr is ranked as a 6th Dan Black Belt and has been teaching for over 32 years. He is assisted by Rachel Valentin, ranked as a 5th Dan Black Belt, and has been teaching for over 27 years.

How to Get Started

Come join our Meriden, CT Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Adult Martial Arts, Birthday Parties, Cage Fitness, Kids Martial Arts, Summer Camp, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Capoeira. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (203) 238-0427 if you have any further questions. Valentin Karate hopes to speak with you soon!