We have a few simple goals here at Garaguso Karate, and these goals have but one purpose:

To give you the best possible martial arts training experience we possibly can. Everything we do works toward this goal. 

Here's the breakdown:


We strive to achieve the greatest levels of expertise in martial arts that we can. That way, we'll have answers to every one of your questions. We'll have experience and knowledge to help you with every one of your challenges. And wisdom to teach you each technique in the most efficient, effective, and enjoyable way.


From our professional equipment, to the design of our facility - everything is geared toward keeping you safe and injury-free. That way your martial arts experience will be as fun and enjoyable as possible. From stretching every limb of your body, to promoting support and friendship amongst all of our students, we promise to keep you safe and sound.

Confidence. Discipline. Focus.

We strive to not just teach you the raw techniques of martial arts - but to help you uncover its ancient wisdom to better your life. From greatly increasing your self-confidence, to learning how to use your time more efficiently, to developing laser-like focus to go after all of your goals (both in martial arts, and in life)... we aim to guide you through the ancient teachings of martial arts to help you in all areas of your life.


Our facility is cleaned daily to create a productive, enjoyable atmosphere. We take no shortcuts in cleaning to insure that you, and all of our students, stay healthy.


We're here for you in every way we can be. If you need extra guidance in learning techniques... or any struggles with your martial arts training... we're here to consult, console and help you. This emphasis on support creates a bond between student and teacher. It also creates an atmosphere of support among fellow students - who will be glad to help you in any way that they can, too.


And lastly, we strive to make our martial arts training as fun as possible. After all, all work and no play is simply boring. Each class is infused with light-hearted moments to break up the intense focus and concentration. That way you get the perfect balance of serious focus, and light fun. From lion cubs to children - fun play has been used for thousands of years as a powerful teacher. Now, as you embark in the new challenge of martial arts, it'll help you learn and absorb in a way that makes it easy to keep coming back.

Meet Michael Garaguso
Owner at Garaguso Black Belt Leadership Academy in Williamstown, NJ
7th Degree Black Belt

Michael F. Garaguso began his training on April 24, 1977 in the art of Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do) Moo Duk Kwan.

He received the rank of Cho Dan (1st Degree Black Belt) under Master Jae Chul Shin in 1979. He began teaching in 1979 and opened his school in 1984. In 1988, he began his training under Grandmaster H.C. Hwang. (H.C. Hwang is the son of the Founder of Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do) Moo Duk Kwan, Former Grandmaster Hwang Kee.)

Garaguso obtained the rank of 4th Dan (Master) in 1990. He currently holds the rank of 7th Dan (7th Degree Black Belt) in Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan as well as a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is marred with five kids. His daughter and son-in-law opened the 2nd Garaguso Karate Center in 2013.

Master Garaguso continues to actively train under the Grandmaster H.C. Hwang and is involved with all the day to day operation at his studio, including teaching many of the classes personally.

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How to Get Started

Come join our Williamstown, NJ facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Teen Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, and Kickboxing . Choose a program that most interests you and take 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 (856) 728-3315 if you have any further questions. We hope to speak with you soon!