Asheville Sun Soo conducted its December 2019 belt rank testing on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th.  We welcomed 8th Dan Chief Master Brice Bishop as our Guest Master Instructor for this event. He and his wife, Donna, own and operate National Black Belt Academy in Conway, AR.

Chief Master Bishop contributed to our testing weekend, serving in the capacity of testing judge as well as teaching an informative and exciting Masters Club seminar to many of our practitioners in the Black Belt ranks on Saturday morning. In anticipation of his role as Guest Master Instructor Judge at our December testing, he visited a month in advance so that he could gain some insight into our school, its culture, and our students. We appreciate his dedication to the art, as well as his desire to acquire a contextual understanding of what Asheville Sun Soo in the spirit of ongoing mutual support.

Chief Master Bishop is a recent acquaintance of Grandmaster Tony Morris. The two met while sharing the experience of being Guest Master Instructors at the belt rank testing for Taekwondo University, a group of schools led by recent Guest Master Instructor Grandmaster Terry Brumley.

The sponsor for our December belt rank testing was cJEM Designs, an architectural design firm owned and operated by Jessica Larsen – an Asheville Sun Soo student, currently a yellow-green belt, as well as parent of two of our advanced youth practitioners.

We want to congratulate all of our testing students for all their efforts and accomplishments. We want to give special recognition to the five students promoted to Black Belt ranks:

From L to R:

Ann Batton, 1st Dan

Leah Dickinson, Junior 3rd Dan

Trey Whitaker, Junior 3rd Dan

Phil Jacques, 3rd Dan

Season Jacques, 3rd Dan

We look forward to an exciting and robust 2020!