Dear Asheville Community:

Thanks to all of you for visiting us at this time. We are currently closed for in-person practice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to re-opening as soon as it is safe to do so!

In the meantime, in service to the community, we will continuing with our online class structure for actively practicing students. In addition, we will also be offering one weekly class to the public, for FREE! This class will be conducted via Zoom! (Meeting ID is 975-4312-2799. Password is 279182.)

-Grandmaster Tony Morris & Master Michael Dickinson

Dear Sun Soo Students:

We can’t wait to be together with all of you again! We love and miss you all, and have been so happy to see so many of you in the online classes! If you have any questions or need assistance accessing the material available through Zoom and ZenPlanner, please contact us via email or phone.

-Grandmaster Tony Morris & Master Michael Dickinson



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 one of the largest memberships for both children and adults in all of Asheville. 

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.  

CLASSES FOR ALL AGES: Children, Adults, Families

Toddlers – KidsTeensAdultsFamilies

At Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts we offer a robust schedule of over 40 classes per week to meet every stage of life and ability.  Included are classes for preschool aged toddlers, elementary school aged children, 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! 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 offer so much more than a family activity or a fun thing to do in Asheville.

Transformational Personal Development: Focus, Balance, Awareness, Confidence, Connection and Skill

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. We even offer classes in which your entire family can practice together.

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.

Traditional Tae Kwon Do (Korean Karate) & Jiu Jitsu

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 8th Degree Grandmaster 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 6th Degree Professor Thabiti Sabahive.

Be sure to check out our Kids Night Out and other events for more fun things to do with the kids in Asheville.

What Sets Sun Soo Martial Arts Apart…

“We have students practicing with us from all parts of the area – North, South, East and West Asheville, many families passing several other martial arts schools to receive instruction at Asheville Sun Soo. We have a thriving adult membership as well as children and teens. Entire families practice here on a regular basis.”

“An exceptional number of our school-age students excel in school.  In fact, the majority of these students who have practiced with us for greater than two years have become straight-A students.  Many were not operating at that level in school when they initially began their martial arts practice with us here at Asheville Sun Soo.  We also are not doing school work here.  What we are doing however, is practicing focusing, being disciplined, setting goals and following through to achieve them — and all with attention to detail and an aspiration for excellence.  Those qualities applied to school and everywhere else creates great results.”

“Some parents come to us looking for things to do or activities for their toddlers or children. Once they learn about Sun Soo, they find the instruction and the environment here is so much more than just another activity.  We build character, achievement, confidence, respect, focus, awareness, break-through, possibilities and much, much, more.  Practice at Asheville Sun Soo becomes a practice of healthy behaviors and habits that empower our students to create for themselves accomplishment and success. ”

Grandmaster Tony Morris

Kids Night Out in Asheville

Fun Things to Do Including Fitness

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 night. Kids will have lots of activities,  fun things to do, and get some fitness in all in the same evening.

Kids Night Out Asheville NC

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 2019:


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 12 years straight,  “the #1 Martial Arts Studio for Adults” the last 12 years straight, “the #1 After School Program for Kids” the last 3 years in a row and “the #1 Kids Night Out Program for Kids” the last 5 years in a row – in the the Best of WNC voting !   The school has also been recognized for the last several years as a fixture in the Best of Western North Carolina Hall of Fame.