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Adult / Family Beginner Rank Classes

Ages Unlimited

Our mission to make the greatest positive difference for the greatest number of people starts at the very beginning of each students’ practice.  Once a week, we offer an Adult Beginner Rank class to allow adults early in their practice to receive instruction at a focused and measured pace. This additional instruction helps them create sound fundamentals to support them in their primary and faster paced mixed-rank classes. Adult Beginner classes additionally feature support by a large number of more experienced color belts and black belts who attend to offer their assistance. From the very beginning, our adult students are off to a great start technically in a welcoming and encouraging community.

Fridays  6:00 – 7:00 pm

Adult / Family Mixed Rank Classes

Ages Unlimited

At Asheville Sun Soo, our Adult/Family Mixed Rank classes are inviting and exciting, with all ranks and experience levels working together in a family-friendly atmosphere to serve our large adult population while also providing opportunities for entire families to practice together. Teens and younger children may join their parents in these classes, making it possible to spend family time together while getting fit and learning practical self-defense.

These highly-aerobic classes provide a full-body workout, including cross-training with equal attention to upper and lower body, as well as the left and right sides of the body. Each class is stimulating both mentally and physically, stress-relieving and empowering, leaving students feeling better than they did when they walked in – each and every time – while developing excellent self-defense skills. Our Adult/Family Mixed Rank classes are facilitated by full-time instructor teams, assisted by multiple black belts and led 50% of the time by 7th degree founder and resident Master Instructor Tony Morris.  

Monday & Friday 8:30 – 9:30am

Tuesday & Thursday 12:30 – 1:30pm

Monday & Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30pm

Tuesday & Thursday  7:00 – 8:00pm

Saturday 11:45am – 1:15pm

Teen Classes

Ages 11-17

At Asheville Sun Soo, our Teen classes serve our middle school and high school-aged students in a high-energy, rigorous and highly socially conscious environment. These classes are designed to help our teens become even more excellent students by giving them one time a week to come together among their peers to push each other to be the best they can be. Fast paced and challenging, this class recognizes the unique opportunities for development and inspiration available during the teen years. Emphasis is placed on excellence, leadership and a commitment to successful habits both currently and ongoing. At Asheville Sun Soo, our teens discover the amazing breadth of their potential and acquire skills to realize the potential within their respective selves, as well as develop the leadership and inspirational skills to stimulate others to do the same.

At Asheville Sun Soo, our teens develop excellent character, and become examples among their peers, respectful and contributing citizens in the community and accomplished martial artists. Academically, over 90% of the teens who have practiced with us over two years, have become straight-A students. The majority of the Teen classes at Asheville Sun Soo are led alternately by Mr. Michael Dickinson, currently a senior 3rd degree black belt and by 7th degree founder and resident Master Instructor Tony Morris – both co-owners of the school.


Fridays 4:30 – 5:30pm

Kids Classes

Ages 6-ish to 10-ish

At Asheville Sun Soo, our Kids classes serve mostly elementary school-aged kids in a high-energy, disciplined, focused, structured and intelligent environment that is rigorous, inclusive and fun. Our Kids classes are led by several highly educated and exceptionally trained adult instructors who dedicate their full-time profession to developing students through traditional martial arts. Kids classes at Asheville Sun Soo are widely known for their unparalleled instructor-to-student ratios and exceptionally high skill standards.

In addition to the teaching of excellent martial arts skills, our Kids classes develop high moral character, discipline and focus, cooperation and contribution, self-confidence and an overall commitment to excellence that resonates in every area of life as they cultivate successful life skills. Kids classes at Asheville Sun Soo are classified according to skill level – Kids Beginner Rank classes, Kids Intermediate Rank classes, Kids Advanced Rank classes – allowing the curriculum for each to be specific and appropriate to the students in each class. All four of Asheville Sun Soo’s full time adult instructors rotate the lead instruction in our Kids classes, over one-third being led by 7th degree founder and resident Master Instructor Tony Morris.  Over 90% of children who have been practicing with us for more than two years have become straight-A students in school.  


This highly structured and organized class is for White and White-Yellow Belts.  These are kids early in their practice, with no prior experience.  We believe in laying a great foundation, so Kids Beginners is all about groundwork and fundamentals for an effective and impactful martial arts practice.  Kids Beginners puts extra emphasis on respect and great social skills, excellent manners, the ability to focus as well as developing good body habits early in their practice for mechanically sound martial arts movements. We focus our attention on each Beginner Kid to assure they are learning well and developing the confidence to be a martial artist. On top of all of this, we’re all having FUN!

Monday & Wednesday 5:00 – 5:45pm

Tuesday & Thursday  4:00 – 4:45pm

Saturday 8:30 – 9:15am


Kids Intermediate builds on the solid foundation already in established in the Kids Beginner class. This class is for our next four belt ranks – yellow, yellow-green, green and green-blue.  With fundamentals in place, our Intermediate kids begin to expand their skill set while simultaneously refining their early skills. Progress continues in all areas during these middle ranks as our kids build their identities as capable, confident, kind and responsible martial artists – moving toward eventual graduation to the Advanced Kids classes.  

Monday & Wednesday 4:15 – 5:00pm

Tuesday  6:15 – 7:00pm

Thursday 4:45 – 5:30pm

Saturday 9:15 – 10:00am


Kids Advanced includes blue belts and above. These students have been practicing a minimum of one year at this point and have made tremendous progress since their start as beginners.  Well established as “martial artists” at this stage in their practice, our Advanced Kids are excellent students in school, high-functioning family members, leaders among their peers and skillful martial artists. In this class, we continue to delve deeper into all areas of practice, while expanding their skill set. Our Advanced students take their practice seriously and have established it as a foundation upon which to support success in all areas of their lives as they aim toward entering the black belt ranks in the future!

Monday & Wednesday  3:30 – 4:15pm

Tuesday  4:45 – 5:30pm

Thursday  6:15 – 7:00pm

Saturday  10:00 – 10:45am

Mighty Tiger Classes

Ages 3-ish to 5-ish

At Asheville Sun Soo, our Mighty Tiger classes serve pre-school-aged kids (3-5) in a playful yet structured and disciplined environment. These classes are designed to develop fundamentals in critical areas for kids at this age. Emphasis is placed on helping our Mighty Tigers develop in a well-rounded manner – socially with excellent manners, taking initiative and being a contribution; physically with balance, coordination, reflex development and left/right distinction; emotionally with emphasis on personal responsibility; mentally with attention to detail, listening skills and the ability to focus; and in the early stages of self defense by learning to distinguish between healthy and harmful situations and how to get away from danger.

Most of our Mighty Tigers develop so well in this program that they graduate to the Kids Beginner classes and are able to continue a long and fruitful practice built on their excellent Mighty Tiger foundation. Our Mighty Tiger classes have superb teaching ratios and are led by Mrs. Amy Dexter, currently a 3rd degree black belt and Director of Mighty Tigers, who holds a degree in elementary and special education. Mrs. Dexter is accompanied by several other adult instructors as well as adult and teen assistant instructors.  

Monday 5:45 – 6:15pm

Tuesday & Thursday  3:30 – 4pm

Friday 4:00 – 4:30pm

Saturday 8:00 – 8:30am



At Asheville Sun Soo, we facilitate a martial arts practice as a life practice. As a result, it is common for our students to continue their practice as a means to provide ongoing support for all aspects of their lives. As our students enter the black belt ranks, we provide classes and curriculum for them to eventually reach master levels of practice. These black-belt-only classes and corresponding curriculum and culture we call Masters Club. In these classes, we practice advanced skills in an environment where existing black belt practitioners work alongside other black belts receive instruction from 7th Degree Master Instructor Tony Morris, all in the continued pursuit of excellence.  

We offer a Junior Masters Club class for our kid and teen black belts, an Adult Masters Club class for our adult black belts and an All Ages Masters Club class where all black belts can practice together. A true martial arts practice is a lifelong practice and there is no end to how much one can learn, grow and improve.

Monday  5:45 – 6:30pm

Wednesday  5:45 – 6:30pm

Saturday  10:45 – 11:00am


In addition to a comprehensive Traditional Tae Kwon Do curriculum supported by a sub-curriculum of Hapkido, Asheville Sun Soo also offers a parallel Jiujitsu curriculum with extra emphasis on falling, rolling, sweeping, throwing, escapes and submissions. This curriculum is offered as an additional and parallel track to Tae Kwon Do practitioners or as an independent stand-alone curriculum. Instruction is facilitated by 5th Degree Master Thabiti Sabahive in a welcoming environment that focuses on attention to detail.  

Monday & Wednesday  7:45 – 9:15pm


The Asheville Sun Soo Adult Black Belt Club is reserved for color belt adult students who show distinguished promise as martial artists. By accepting this invitation, these students take on a personal commitment to themselves and each other to reach at least their 1st degree black belt. As a school, we offer additional resources to these students pursuing their black belts, including twice monthly Adult Black Belt Club classes. These are held every other Friday evening and last one hour. Adult color belts who have made the commitment to become at least 1st Degree Black Belt and are in the Black Belt Club are eligible to participate. In these classes, they are able to practice additional techniques and skills to a higher standard in a culture that supports their long-term goals.  Along with higher levels of physical skill, Adult Black Belt Club classes cultivate exceptional leadership and effectiveness skills and a practice of excellence that becomes foundational to all domains of life. Prepare to take your skills to the next level!

Every Other Friday  6:00 – 7:00pm


At Asheville Sun Soo, we support our color belt students in pursuing a life-long, empowering and inspiring martial arts practice. As a means for creating and sustaining such a practice, we have created a Black Belt Club, providing a structure, culture and curriculum that will support students as they reach the black belt ranks one day. Given the rigor and excellent standards of the martial arts practice at Asheville Sun Soo, the Kids Black Belt Club classes are dedicated to color belts who have made the commitment to pursue black belt ranks into their future. In these classes, they are able to practice additional techniques and skills at a higher standard in a culture that supports their long-term goals. Along with higher levels of physical skill, Kids Black Belt Club classes cultivate exceptional leadership skills and a quest for excellence that becomes a foundation to all domains of life.  

Tuesday & Thursday  5:30 – 6:15pm


At Asheville Sun Soo, we support home school families in our community by offering a class in a setting and at a time that works for their collective schedules. Strategically scheduled in the early-mid afternoon, this class offers instruction with great teacher-to-student ratios in a focused, organized and caring setting.  Our home school classes are taught in a mixed rank model, which include a high level of peer teamwork to complement the formal instruction, adding a layer of social development uncommon to traditional martial arts classes. These are excellent classes for the all-around development of our home school students.  

Tuesday & Thursday  2:15 – 3:00pm


At Asheville Sun Soo, our commitment to excellence goes all the way to the top. The full-time instruction staff practices according to a regular disciplined schedule.  We are constantly improving and maintaining technical and instruction skills, while setting a credible example for our student body. Included in this discipline are our Instructor-Only classes, all taught by 7th Degree Black Belt Master Tony Morris with a focus on excellence and the highest professional practices.  

Monday  2:00 – 3:00pm