At Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do, we offer a martial arts practice that is healthy on all levels, building a smart body, strong mind and soft heart. We believe that everyone can be beautiful, powerful and intelligent all at the same time. Our mission is to make the greatest positive difference for the greatest number of people.  

Pure Spirit

Our name describes our culture – Sun Soo (pronounced “soon – soo”) is Korean for pure spirit.  Our community is inspiringly unique. We are kind, supportive, encouraging, and respectful with each other, practicing within the context of personal responsibility and commitment to excellence. Our practice is rigorous yet fun, intense yet safe, where everyone is working together to be the best we can possibly be as individuals and collectively.  



At Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do we offer a robust schedule of over 40 classes per week to meet every stage of life and ability.  Included are classes for tots, older kids, teens, adults, as well as classes for entire families to practice together!  Every class is well-planned, structured, clear, rigorous, high-energy, safe, inspiring and fun!  We strive to develop the whole person in every class – challenging the mind with a call to presence, focus and attention to detail, building the body with rigor, capacity and skill – and lifting the spirit with inspiration in an atmosphere that builds the highest character.

All of our classes are led by expertly-trained, exceptionally-skilled, and highly-educated, internationally certified, adult instructors.  Our full-time professional instructors are inspiring members of our local community and enthusiastically maintain a practice themselves through multiple classes per week – as examples to our students – constantly striving for higher levels in all areas of our lives.

We promote and operate with the highest levels of professionalism, quality and excellence in every domain.  The primary martial art we teach is Traditional Tae Kwon Do (Korean Karate), led by 7th Degree Master Tony Morris, which we complement with additional concepts from Hapkido, Jiujitsu, Judo, Aikido, Boxing, Kung-Fu and Qi-gong.  Parallel to our Traditional Tae Kwon Do curriculum, we offer a full curriculum to both kids and adults in Danzan-Ryu Jiujitsu, led by 5th Degree Professor Thabiti Sabahive.

Kids Night Out


Once a month, we host a Kids Night Out – parents get an evening out, while the kids have a blast at the best party in town! Our Kids Night Out includes team-building and skill games, arts and crafts, a kid-friendly movie, pizza and a whole lot of excitement – all for more fun and less cost than hiring a babysitter for the evening.

If you want to become a great martial artist, get into shape without having to go to the gym or simply want to meet new people in a fun environment then this is the place for you. I practiced martial arts as a kid and then stopped for 25 years. Now that my kids are old enough, I wanted them to have the same experiences I did when I was younger. I checked out the other facilities in town and I chose Sun Soo because of the many classes available, also they have a family class for kids and adults. Great place with truly dedicated and caring instructors!!


Both my 8 year old son and I have had an amazing experience at Sun Soo! My son has learned a lot about not only the physical aspects of tae kwon do, but also what it means to be a martial artist in terms of integrity, self respect and respect for others. As an adult student, I have found it to be a safe space where I feel pushed to succeed without any aggressive or overly competitive energy. It is truly a community school that uses a well rounded approach to the martial arts.


Asheville Sun Soo is awesome! Not only do I get a great workout I have gained a community of friends who are so dear to me. The school teaches a lot about being in integrity and cultivating a positive outlook on life which I really enjoy. The attention to detail taught of the art by the teachers is incredible I feel my practice is getting better and better all the time. This school is such a great combination of having fun and serious martial art skill, the best of both worlds!!!


The instructors are great with the kids and really take the time to help them and also make this an enjoyable experience for everyone.



Sun Soo was voted Best Martial Arts Studio and Best Martial Arts Practice by the readers of The Mountain Xpress 4 years in a row.