Asheville Sun Soo Sponsor - The Bair Foundation

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Thanks The Bair Foundation for Sponsoring Our In-House Tournament and Our 2018 April Testing Event

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is excited to welcome The Bair Foundation as the sponsor of our 2018 Annual In-House Tournament and our 2018 April Belt Rank Testing event. We appreciate the work they do in the community and around the country, and are grateful to Rob Edmonson – Asheville Sun Soo practitioner and parent – for facilitating this partnership.

The Bair Foundation is a national non-profit foster care agency with offices located throughout the United States, and was founded by Bill Bair. “Papa Bair” wanted to create an organization to provide quality care and services that restore and empower children, youth and families who are in crisis. The Bair Foundation’s headquarters remain in the small town of New Wilmington, PA where it began in 1967, but has grown and now provides a continuum of care and services with over 30 offices in 9 states across the country; Pennsylvania, Ohio, North & South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. They provide a variety of services for children facing challenges in their current home situation, including foster care placement, foster-to-adoption placement, kinship care services, family services, behavioral health services, and independent living skills training.

Rob is the Intake Coordinator for the Asheville office. His job includes training new families and matching kids with those families. He loves all parts of the job, but especially enjoys bringing kids to their new foster homes where they have the opportunity to see what an excellent home situation looks like.

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is proud of our commitment to excellence and inclusion. The Bair Foundation seeks families with precisely those values, and hopes that by bringing awareness of the work being done by The Bair Foundation to Asheville Sun Soo families, more interested and eligible households will become a part of the Bair family, and that some of these children might also become members of the Sun Soo family – an experience Rob hopes will provide needed consistency and structure in their lives.

For more information about The Bair Foundation, visit their website at http://bair.org.

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Holds In-House Taekwondo Tournament

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts will be holding its annual in-house taekwondo tournament. This event is for all practitioners, regardless of age, rank, or experience level, and is a great opportunity to practice the skills required for belt rank testing!

Students will compete in forms (patterns), sparring/one-steps, and board breaks (blue-red belt and above, Mighty Lions, upper rank Mighty Tigers). The In-House Tournament events will be judged by students in the Black Belt ranks from our school. Competitors will be your fellow practitioners – this event is only open to students from Asheville Sun Soo!

This event is open to the public. Family members of competitors are admitted for free, $5 for general public. 

Concessions will be available for purchase!

8:30am – Doors open, Check-In for pre-registration, Late registration

9:30am – Competition begins, and should be completed by approximately 2pm.

Due to the tournament, we will not hold regularly scheduled classes on Saturday, April 7th. We will resume our regular class schedule on Monday, April 9th.

See you there!!

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts & National Girls and Women at UNC Asheville

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Participates in National Girls and Women in Sports Day Events at UNC Asheville

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 tkdtonymorris@gmail.com or by phone at 505-4309.

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Holiday Gift Certificate

Two Holiday Special Opportunities!

  1. For this month only, in recognition of the holiday season, Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is offering $100 off the first month – for new students who enroll during the month of December 2017! This offer is open to the public.  So feel free to share with your friends and family members and remind them to mention this holiday offer when they call or come in the studio.
  2. In addition, please remember that we have a totally separate, special holiday gift idea and offer – available to EXISTING SUN SOO STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. For more information about this holiday season’s coolest gift offer, please call us or come and see us at the front desk!  We’ll help you give the best gift of the 2017 season!
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Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts at West Buncombe Elementary Career Day

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is proud to have supported Career Day this past Tuesday, October 31st at West Buncombe Elementary School. The purpose of the event was to open the eyes of young students to their possible professional opportunities. Representing Asheville Sun Soo, both Master Michael Dickinson and Ms. Amy Dexter spent the morning helping several classes of young students see bright futures for themselves. During the short 20 minutes they had with each class, Master Dickinson and Ms. Dexter emphasized the importance of three main ideas: 1) – doing well in school and getting a good education – as a foundation for a great professional life; 2) – the importance of goal setting and achievement – as a habit for success; and 3) – the contrast between “excellence” and “mediocrity” as a critical distinction among high-achievers in the professional world. In addition to these primary points, Master Dickinson and Ms. Dexter emphasized the importance and critical roles that teamwork, courtesy and leadership skills play in the work place. They shared with their students the joys of being in a profession that provides so many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of people and the joys of being generous in general. And while 20 minutes is not much time to cover all of that, they even shared a few moves, for an extra dose of fun!! Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts would like to give a giant shout-out to the faculty and staff of West Buncombe Elementary for all that they do every day to make West Buncombe Elementary and excellent school. And we’d also like to extend a special thanks for letting us be an enthusiastic contribution to this year’s Career Day!

If you, or someone you know, would like Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts to contribute to other area Career Days, we would love to share our professional experience and optimism with other young students. Please contact Master Tony Morris, Founding Owner/Senior Master Instructor at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. You may contact Master Morris by phone: 828-505-4309 or through the contact option on our website at: martialartsasheville.com

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Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Participates in Leicester Elementary School’s Fall Festival

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts enjoyed a large turnout for a demonstration at Leicester Elementary School’s annual Fall Festival. It was a wonderful opportunity to show our support for teacher Amy Vaughn, 1st degree Black Belt practitioner at our school and first grade teacher at Leicester Elementary, as well as for families and education in general.

Students demonstrated forms, self-defense techniques, and board breaks for an engaged and interested crowd of elementary school students, teachers, and families.

We love supporting our local community and are proud of the community contributions all our students make on a regular basis. If you are interested in booking Asheville Sun Soo for a martial arts demonstration for your group or organization, please contact Master Tony Morris at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts 828-505-4309.

Taekwondo Bootcamp at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts

2017 TKDI Bootcamp A Huge Success

Asheville Sun Soo was honored to host the TKDI (Tae Kwon Do International) Bootcamp, held August 4th through August 6th, 2017. This event brought together over 100 practitioners of varying ranks, representing schools throughout the TKDI family. All classes & training sessions were run by Grandmaster Kim, who shared his vast knowledge, enthusiasm and many years of experience with students of all ranks.

Bootcamp began Friday night, with registration and a meet and greet. It was wonderful watching students from different schools interacting and getting acquainted with one another. Practitioners then shared a meal, and got prepared for the an exciting and rigorous training session, finishing with a talent show that evening.

Saturday morning, there were many opportunities to learn about the nuances and mechanics of proper kicking technique, as well as words of wisdom from Grandmaster Kim about recognizing that we each practice for ourselves. Practitioners from all participating schools then enjoyed a tubing field trip, and were able to take in some of the natural beauty of this area while resting and relaxing. Students reconvened at Asheville Sun Soo in the late afternoon, and after enjoying a shared dinner, resumed training with a short session, led once again by Grandmaster Kim, in the evening.

Sunday morning’s training session although optional, but was a fantastic turnout despite the tired legs! Each visiting Master Instructor led a session, with the purpose of reviewing material covered during the weekend. Practitioners were able to ask questions, get clarity on techniques, and otherwise absorb additional information.

All in all, TKDI Bootcamp was an excellent opportunity to enhance the practice of all who participated, to meet fellow practitioners from our sister schools, and to receive instruction from other Master Instructors, thereby further contributing to a more whole understanding of the curriculum. Students left inspired and invigorated in their practice.

Many thanks to all of the highly skilled instructors who supported the training. They include:

Grandmaster S.J. Kim, 9th Dan, Founder and President of Taekwon-do International
Master Mark Nathanson, 8th Dan, Glen Ridge Taekwon-do
Master Tony Morris, 7th Dan, Asheville Sun Soo, Asheville NC
Master John Meany, 7th Dan, Taekwon-do International Chief Instructor, Glen Ridge Taekwon-do, Montclair, NJ
Master James Marr, 7th Dan, Master Marr’s Taekwon-do, Shaker Heights, OH
Master Paul D’Ambrosio, 6th Dan, Aliso Hills Taekwon-do, Aliso Viejo, CA
Master Laura Giletti, 6th Dan, Glen Ridge Taekwon-do, Montclair, NJ
Master Keith Klok, 6th Dan, Klok’s School of Martial Arts, Wake Forest, NC, Full Instructor Krav Maga
Professor Thabiti Sabahive, 5th Dan Dansan Ryu Jujitsu, Asheville Sun Soo, Asheville, NC
Master Michael Dickinson, 4th Dan, Asheville Sun Soo, Asheville NC

Next year’s Boot Camp will be held in early August (2018). More details to come as definite plans are made.

Profile in Indomitable Spirit – Pastor Brent Edwards

Brent Edwards is a pastor, a fitness advocate, and an adult student at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts.

As a pastor, Brent provides outreach to various communities in the Asheville area. He uses his presence to tout the benefits of physical fitness, and to share his personal health journey. He has put a great deal of energy into getting healthy – having lost NEARLY 100 POUNDS over the past few years! He considers his Tae Kwon Do practice at Asheville Sun Soo to be the major component of his sustainable fitness regimen.

Brent is an inspiring example of the possibilities available to all of our adult practitioners, as well as an inspiration to all who meet him. We at Asheville Sun Soo are very proud of Brent and the excellent practioner he has become, and happy for all the changes he has made in his journey to optimum health!

Acknowledging his progress, Brent was interviewed by local television station WLOS News 13 regarding his amazing transformation. Please follow this link and enjoy this positive and uplifting testament to possibilities and a life of health and inspiration! http://wlos.com/news/local/asheville-pastor-campaigns-for-mens-health-cover-with-inspiring-story-of-weight-loss

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Thanks United Federal Credit Union for Sponsoring June Belt Testing

We would like to thank United Federal Credit Union, a local banking institution, for sponsoring our June belt testing event.

activities asheville kids sponsorUnited Federal Credit Union has a long and rich history spanning over sixty years. UFCU has grown to serve over 150,000 members worldwide and manages in excess of $2 billion in assets. UFCU provides a vast array of financial products and services, from traditional deposit and loan products to alternative investments and financial planning services. UFCU’s corporate offices and main branch are located in St. Joseph, Michigan, with additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio and, of course, North Carolina. Membership is available to over 900 corporate members and to any individual who either lives, works, worships, volunteers or attends school in designated “investment” areas within proximity of UFCU’s branch offices. UFCU invites you to stop into any of their branches to learn more about becoming a member.