Michael Diettrich-Chastain has had an interest in martial arts since childhood. As a young boy he studied Tae Kwon Do which sparked his interest in the arts. In high school he studied Aikido. In January 2007 Michael began studying at Blue Ridge Kung Fu in Boone, NC. Michael is currently ranked as a 4th degree black belt in Sil Lum Kung Fu. Michael also holds rankings in Emperors Long Fist (Tai Chi, Hsing-I, Ba Kua), Kali Arnis and Tai Yang Tzu Jan Men. He is currently involved in a private apprenticeship under Grandmaster Rick Ward.
Originally, Michael started training martial arts for the interest in physical development and self-defense. Over the years the martial arts philosophies of discipline, integrity, focus, relaxation, leadership, courage, connection and synergy have become more and more important. The arts are truly a way of life. Michael enjoys teaching as it is a way to consistently learn the complexities of the arts as well as nuances of even the simplest of movements. “Teaching allows for us to become better practitioners while at the same time fostering growth in others”, says Michael. He also says “Teaching gives us the opportunity to truly synthesize our knowledge, test our ability to break down concepts and movement, build patience, work with different learning styles and truly develop our own practice. Teaching is critical for learning. I’m grateful for all opportunity to share knowledge.”
Michael is also the founder of Arc Integrated in Asheville, NC. Arc Integrated provides assessment, training and professional coaching for individuals and organizations. Content areas that Arc Integrated focuses on include leadership development, communication and emotional intelligence. Michael holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish and a MA in Counseling with a concentration in Body/Mind Therapy and is also certified in multiple personality assessment tools.
Michael often incorporates philosophies from martial arts into his work with individuals and organizations. He has facilitated trainings on leadership, stress reduction, communication and conflict resolution while infusing concepts from his martial arts study and background.
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Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is thrilled to have done a demonstration and class in support of the local events associated with National Girls and Women in Sports Day!
Created as a means of celebrating the achievements of women and girls in athletics, as well as provide exposure to different types of physical activity, National Girls and Women in Sports Day is celebrated during the first week of February every year. This year’s event was coordinated by the Asheville Parks and Recreation department, and was held at UNC Asheville.
Asheville Sun Soo performed an exciting demonstration, and held a short class that was open to all participants in the events of the day. Many of our female practitioners participated, and event attendees were treated to an inspirational example of what is possible with a martial arts practice!
As a school, Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is intentional about supporting healthy community events.
We are particularly excited about supporting women and girls being involved in sports of all types. Our students had a great deal of fun being a part of this community event, and we look forward to participating in other such events in the future!
If you are interested in having Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts do a demonstration or class for your group or event, please contact Master Tony Morris at email@example.com or by phone at 505-4309.
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Asheville Sun Soo is excited to celebrate our birthday today! We opened on January 3, 2007 – making it our 11th anniversary!
We want to thank our students and their families for their ongoing support and dedication!
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