At Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, 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. Our school has the largest memberships for both children and adults in the Asheville area and one of the largest in the southeast region of  the United States.  

Pure Spirit

Our name describes our culture – Sun Soo (pronounced “soon – soo”) is Korean for “pure” or “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 also very rigorous – and yet fun, intense – and yet safe, where everyone is working together to be the best we can possibly be – both as individuals and collectively.  

Martial Arts Classes for All Ages

Pre-School – KidsTeensAdultsFamilies

Now Offering In-Person AND Virtual Classes!

At Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts we offer a robust schedule of classes to meet every stage of life and ability. Included are classes for preschool age, elementary school age, teens, adults, as well as classes for entire families to practice together! Do you want to be excellent? Do you want to be powerful? Do you want to be focused? Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is the place for you. We are so much more than a family activity or a fun thing to do in Asheville.! Even better?… Most of our students begin their practice with no previous experience!

Martial Arts Summer Camp for Kids

Voted #1 Kids Summer Camp in WNC 7 years in a row, Asheville Sun Soo Summer Camp delivers fun, focus and a family away from family during the summer months. During this high energy camp, which follows the current prevailing CDC and ACA safety protocols, school age children ​​will enjoy martial arts classes including self defense and character building sessions, arts & crafts, movies, swimming, games, “mad science,” and two weekly field trips. FUN!!!

All Sessions are 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday unless otherwise noted.

The After School Program That Promotes Fitness, Focus and Fun!

Voted #1 After School program since its inception five years ago, the Asheville Sun Soo After School Program provides school age kids with a space to focus and excel! Offering healthy snacks, homework time, arts and crafts and physical activity, the Asheville Sun Soo After School Program is led by highly-educated, professional, high-quality teachers and instructors and is the preferred choice for choosy parents in WNC.

5 days per week, 3 days per week, or daily drop-in from after school to 6 pm

A Safe and Inspiring Academic Environment For School Age Youth

You want them to succeed even when they are not in school. Currently Asheville Sun Soo is preparing a safe, focused and inspiring environment for local youth to spend school hours during non-traditional periods of the school year schedule. Our Asheville Sun Soo Learning Camps will provide your child the time to work while also offering them a space to focus, play, complete homework and socialize with other school age children. Space will be limited in order to comply with CDC safety recommendations.  Limited enrollments taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Offered during normal school hours. Early pick-up and drop-offs available. Now taking waiting list reservations.

Where to begin... I started attending Asheville Sun Soo back in August. I had originally gone in for my orientation almost a year and a half prior, but I let fear sway me out of following through (you know the whole "starting something new" and "what if I look like an idiot?" kind of fear). The itch to go never left, and I finally sucked up it up and joined this summer. I can honestly say that it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself. The students and teachers have quickly earned a place in my heart. Not only is the school true to the discipline, but it's also a community, a giant family, and not to mention a killer workout. All of the instructors are incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and so, so skilled at meeting all students where they're at. One of my most favorite things about Sun Soo is how the essence of community is embedded into their curriculum-- even though the school is large with many students (adults as "old" as 80 and kids as young as 3) you have the opportunity to get to know and connect with everyone. Even if you're a complete newbie, you are included as if you're a seasoned student. I could say so many things about the palpable integrity, discipline, and care that is Asheville Sun Soo, but I'll let you feel it for yourself, because you will the second you walk through the doors.

Julia A.

I started my own practice here two years ago as a 40-year-old, after decades of wanting to learn a martial art, and years of watching Sun Soo grow and develop in Asheville. The moment I gave myself permission to go for it and begin was a pivot point in my life. While I love the physical nature of the practice - the fitness benefits are wide and large - it is the precise and focused instruction from the staff that has most directly affected my life. Learning how to kick well is cool, but learning how to live well is immeasurable. I have no doubt that each and every one of the staff, as well as my fellow practitioners, want the absolute best for me in all things. The intention, integrity and inspiration in the school is deep. Now, practicing with my wife and four kids as well, I am proud to give to and receive from this school and this practice.

Sam R.

Sun Soo is awesome! We have a 5 year old and have been attending classes twice each week for a few months now. The classes and belt progression is extremely well thought out and very conducive for motivating and keeping a child's interest as well as teaching them valuable life skills both mentally and physically. I have seen growth in our child's coordination, attention span and sense of pride. All of the teachers at Sun Soo are wonderful. They are consistent and dedicated. We have just been so impressed and we are so glad to be a part of the Sun Soo family!

Karly S.

I can’t say enough about the positive environment created by Grand Master Morris and his whole team. It is more than a Tae Kwon Do studio, it is a loving and supportive community. From the youngest students to the most advanced, you are treated with kindness and are encouraged to work hard and have fun in the process. I would highly recommend Asheville Sun Soo!!! Hope to see you there.

Marjorie M.

Sun Soo has been a life-saver for my son. I am forever thankful to the staff there for creating such a warm and welcoming environment where he has learned how to regain his self-confidence and positive self-esteem. As an educator, I work to replicate the high energy and enthusiasm exhibited by Master Morris and his staff. I joined to improve my fitness and spend time with my son. I have found the studio to be one of the most diverse communities in Asheville. What a wonderful place.

Ted D.

My two boys practice at Asheville Sun Soo and have been practicing here for over two years. There are many Tae Kwon Do schools to practice but Asheville Sun Soo is hands down the absolute best in WNC. The family atmosphere embodies the saying it takes a village to raise a child. There are so many parents that attend and practice with their children. It is a small community where everyone becomes a family member. The staff are awesome and have a team of instructors that are extremely knowledgeable and very detail oriented. They challenge their students to do their best and succeed each and every time. I have recommended Asheville Sun Soo to several friends and continue to recommend to anyone wishing to learn true self defense.

Roy W.

VOTED #1 Martial Arts School in WNC 2021:


Asheville Sun Soo would like to give special thanks to the readers of The Mountain Xpress for voting us the “#1 Martial Arts Program for Kids” the last 13 years straight,  “the #1 Martial Arts Studio for Adults” the last 14 years straight, “the #1 After School Program for Kids” the last 6 years in a row and “the #1 Kids Night Out Program for Kids” the last 10 years in a row and “the #1 Kids Summer Camp Program” – in the the Best of WNC voting !   Asheville Sun Soo as also been recognized year after year as a fixture in the Best of Western North Carolina Hall of Fame.

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