About Us

Welcome to Moonlit Path Martial Arts, a traditional martial arts school where we focus on enriching a student’s mind, body, and spirit.  We teach Korean Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan and Chon-Tu Kwon (Combat) Hapkido in Branford, Connecticut.


Tang Soo Do, translated as “the way of the empty hand,” is a martial art comprised of a combination of Chinese and Korean fighting arts with a heavy Japanese / Okinawan influence from the nearly 50 years of Japanese occupation of Korea in the 20th century. Tang Soo Do uses linear and circular striking and joint manipulation techniques with a constant flow between them using universal energy or “Ki.”

We focus on creating extreme power through the constant and generous use of the hips.  We practice the art of self-defense by preventing conflict with the perfection of mind, body and spirit. Our feeling is that the martial arts are a wonderful bridge into “Everyday Zen,” which keeps us peaceful, healthy and productive.


Combat Hapkido is an extremely effective modern system of self-defense derived from traditional Hapkido and close-quarter military and law enforcement combatives with unarmed and weapons applications. It is a realistic and versatile discipline of self-protection that includes an extensive variety of strikes, kicks, joint locks, pressure points, ground survival and disarming techniques.


Sa Bom Nims Sid Werthan and Noelle Talmon have a combined 55 years of experience in the martial arts, including instruction, competition and real-world experience through personal and private protection.  They each hold master instructor ranks in Tang Soo Do as well as additional dan and instructor ranks in Modern Arnis (Balintawak) and Tae Kwon Do. Sa Bom Nim Werthan is also a master instructor in Chon–Tu Kwan Hapkido and has expertise in joint locks, throwing, grappling, pressure point techniques and weapon arts (blade work and Okinawan Kobudo).

They have long trained in Shito-Ryu (Japanese), Uechi –Ryu (Okinanwan) karate-do and traditional Kung Fu for personal enrichment and continue their search for knowledge with an open mind. They regularly attend seminars and clinics to further their understanding of the arts both physically and spiritually. They are assisted by certified and respected black belt instructors with professional and academic backgrounds.

Master Werthan has traveled to Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and China, as well as the Caribbean and across North and South America and Europe to practice and has had the honor and pleasure to train extensively with some amazing teachers. He plans to keep traveling and searching out new martial journeys and friends in mudo (the martial way). The journey for knowledge is never ending.

Master Talmon also ran a successful Tang Soo Do program at a New Haven, CT, charter school for nearly 15 years and created many black belts from this exclusive program, which catered to middle school students.

Masters Werthan and Talmon also hold bachelors’, ancillary and master’s degrees in academics and art/education and have a desire to gain experience and knowledge in all forms.

Masters Werthan and Talmon have trained with some of the most influential and historical figures in the martial arts world, including Kwang Jang Nim Charles Ferraro, Kwang Jang Nim Andy Ahpo, Shihan Fumio Demura, Sensei Charles Hobbib, Sensei David Palumbo, Shihan Al Sousa, Sa Bom Nim Peter Krause, Sa Bom Nim Seth McCalaster,  Sa Bom Nim Arthur Blair, Master Thomas Pai, Sensei Tadao Imotto, Chun Jae Nim C.S. Kim, Seiyu Taika Oyata, Sensei Shinyu Gushi, Sensei John Spencer, Sensei John Griffin, Sensei Ernie Harriman, Sensei Ed Huff, the late Professor Remy Presas, Professor Michael T. Bates, Sifu Stephe Watson, Grand Master John Pellegrini, Master Jack Guo, Sensei Morio Higaonna, Sensei Zenpo Shimabukuro and Kuya Doug Marcaida.


At Moonlit Path Martial Arts we teach group classes for men, women and children on a weekly basis, and we are also available for private instruction and self-defense seminars by request. Master Werthan also instructs classes and seminars for veterans, law enforcement and private security personnel.