Asheville Sun Soo Participates in National Girls and Women Day events

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts To Be A Sponsor of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Events at UNC Asheville February 16th

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is thrilled to be a sponsor for our local National Girls and Women in Sports Day events this Saturday, February 16th, held on the campus of UNC Asheville!

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 in February every year. This year’s event is being coordinated by the Asheville Parks and Recreation department, and will be held at UNC Asheville.

Asheville Sun Soo will be conducting 40 minute classes with 10 minute intervals in between. These start at 9:30am, 10:20am, and 11:10am, and are followed by an exciting demonstration beginning at noon. Clinics will be open to all participants in the events of the day! Asheville Sun Soo looks forward to treating event attendees to an inspirational example of what is possible with a martial arts practice!

Students who wish to participate should arrive at the Student Recreation center no fewer than 20 minutes before the event  they plan to attend. Please wear your white uniforms!

With the exception of the Mighty Tigers/Mighty Lions class scheduled for 8am, Asheville Sun Soo will not be holding classes at our location in the River Ridge Market Place on Saturday, February 16th . Instead, all students wishing to attend class on Saturday can choose from among the clinic sessions and demonstration opportunity. Students are invited to come to one or more of these sessions. Class credit will be available – be sure to sign in upon arrival!

Sessions are as follows:

Saturday, February 16th

  • 9:30am-10:10am, arrive by 9:10am
  • 10:20am-11am, arrive by 10am
  • 11:10am-11:50am, arrive by 10:50am
  • Demonstration at 12 noon

White uniforms only!

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. We are excited about being a part of this year’s event!

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 1-828-505-4309.

Grandmaster Barry Partridge

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Welcomes Grandmaster Barry Partridge to Our February 2019 Testing Event

Grandmaster Barry PartridgeWe are pleased to have Grandmaster Barry Partridge as our guest Grandmaster Instructor for the very first testing event in our new space at the River Ridge Market Place, which will take place this weekend, February 8th and 9th, 2019.

Grandmaster Partridge holds an 8th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has been practicing for 45 years.  He is a three-time former USTA heavyweight champion and has been a coach to several US Tae Kwon Do Olympians. Grandmaster Partridge is completely devoted to teaching and spreading Tae Kwon Do. He is a superb athlete, and a warm and charismatic person.  Grandmaster Partridge is also a devoted father.  He has a son, Dominique, who also practices and is currently a senior in high school, as well as a daughter, Sophie, who will be testing for her 1st Dan later this year.

Master Morris and Grandmaster Partridge have much in common.  They share two previous teachers and they both attended NC State University in Raleigh at the same time, in the 80s.  Grandmaster Partridge played college football for NCSU.  He was a Traditional Tae Kwon Do stylist up through 3rd degree and then transitioned to Olympic-style Tae Kwon Do, which he has practiced and taught professionally for over 20 years.  Grandmaster Partridge is the Master instructor of two schools, both called United Taekwondo Academy – one of which is in Winston-Salem and the other of which is in Chapel Hill.  He shares his teaching time between the two schools. He chooses to instruct martial arts for a living as he feels like it’s the way for him to make the greatest difference for people.

Grandmaster Partridge loves teaching and loves teaching teachers – which is another thing he shares with Master Morris.  He enjoys facilitating people’s discovery of their own resources to become more effective.  As a practitioner – he loves staying physically fit and enjoys running in addition to Tae Kwon Do.  Although he is very accomplished, he is very humble about these accomplishments.  He believes that when people develop self defense skills, it actually creates a peaceful community because “when people are confident that they can take care of themselves, they are relaxed and comfortable and they don’t overreact – they are able to maintain peace.”  Grandmaster Partridge has great respect and appreciation for other healing modalities beyond martial arts.

We are excited to welcome such an accomplished and enthusiastic teacher, as well as an awesome human being, to our school for testing this weekend.  Grandmaster Partridge will be teaching our Masters Club Seminar, Saturday morning at 10 AM, covering sparring and in-close self defense techniques .  Grandmaster Partridge is looking forward to seeing our students, stating that he loves our family-oriented community, and always feels motivated to infuse his own schools with some of our energy. Please give Grandmaster Partridge a warm welcome when you see him in the studio this weekend!

2019 Asheville Kids Spring Break and Summer Camp Registrations Are Now Open!

At Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Spring Break and Summer Day Camps, children will enjoy a variety of activities including self-defense, character building, arts and crafts, movies, swimming, games, “mad science” and field trips! No prior martial arts experience necessary, and your child does not have to be a student with us in order to participate.

2019 Asheville Kids Spring Break Camp Dates:

April 15th-19th, 2019

2019 Asheville Kids Summer Camp Dates:

Week 1: June 17 – June 21

Week 2: July 8 – July 12

Week 3: July 15 – July 19

Week 4: July 29 – August 2

Week 5: August 5 – August 9

*Standard camp schedule is from 9am – 3pm.

**Extended day available for additional fee.

Early registration discounts are available!

Sign up at the front desk!

For more information, please call us at 828-505-4309 or stop by the Asheville Sun Soo front desk.

Registration is limited to 30 students. Register early to reserve your child’s spot!

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Welcomes Shihan Alex Ormaza

Please join us in welcoming Shihan Alex Ormaza to our August 2018 testing event. Shihan Ormaza will be our Guest Master Instructor, and will be conducting a class for our students in the Black Belt ranks on Saturday morning.

Shihan Ormaza is 40 years old, a 6th degree Black Belt in Kempo/Karate, was born in Colombia, South America and raised in New Jersey. He has been living in NC since 1996. Shihan Ormaza has been married almost 18 years and is father to two boys aged 15 and 11.

Shihan Ormaza began martial arts when his mother enrolled him at the age of 4. While he originally started it to learn self-control, he fell in love with martial arts and found it to be the perfect way to channel energy and aggression, and by the time he was a teenager, he knew that he would practice martial arts for the rest of his life.

It was also during this time that Shihan Ormaza realized he had a passion for helping others reach their goals in martial arts. As a member of a Leadership Team, he was often tasked with helping to teach fundamentals to new students. The feeling he got in his heart after teaching them something or watching them progress, then passing a test, was amazing! It’s a feeling that still fuels his fire to this day.

Shihan Ormaza was the first Martial Arts Instructor at the Gaston County College, in Dallas, NC. He has owned his own school, known as Ormaza Family Martial Arts, for 17 years and is very grateful for all the blessings that come with this responsibility.

Currently, Shihan Ormaza is focused on developing his Leadership Team, which helps him manage over 40 classes every week. He is also very fond of Martial Science, so he dedicates a lot of time to developing a deeper understanding from both a modern western and traditional eastern point of view. This knowledge also helps him become a better Healing Artist, as enjoys healing friends and family through massage.

Above all, he derives the most joy from maximizing the potential of each student and helping them achieve balance in life through the practice of martial arts.

Please join us in welcoming Shihan Ormaza as our featured Guest Master Instructor for our August 2018 testing!

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Thanks eleEOS for Sponsoring Our 2018 June Testing Event

eleEOS logoAsheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is excited to welcome eleEOS as the sponsor of our 2018 June Belt Rank Testing event. We are excited about the range of eco-friendly products they offer, and are thrilled to be able to share more information about this local company with our students. The owner of eleEOS is Tom Gadsden, a student at Asheville Sun Soo. He is the father of 2 children, who are also practitioners.

eleEOS offers eco-friendly products that save you money on your utility bills, improve air quality, soften your water, and condition your environment more efficiently. Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is a customer and user of eleEOS products. We have a PowerPerfect Box and have realized at consistent 15% decrease in our power bills since its installation! For more information about their products and services, please visit their website at eleEOS.com.