Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is Proud to be a Recipient of the 2019 Sky High Growth Award!

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is proud to have been awarded a 2019 Sky High Growth Award by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. The Sky High Growth Awards recognize businesses for their growth and contribution to the local economy.

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was selected as one of only 20 businesses in the greater Asheville area, from among the tens of thousands in its business community. Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was chosen in acknowledgement of its exceptionally high professional standards, innovations within the martial arts industry as well as the business community at large, along with its 12 ½ year continuous history of sustained growth, #1 ranking in the annual “Best of WNC” area voting, and contribution to the local economy and quality of life in Asheville.

Grandmaster Tony Morris and Master Michael Dickinson received the award on behalf of Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. Also present at the ceremony were Instructors Master Amy Dexter, Master Thabiti Sabahive, Ms. Tina Clark, and Ms. Cyd Smith, as well as Krisy Williams, our Operations Manager.

The award ceremony was held at Sierra Nevada Brewing in Mills River, and was well-attended by many local businesses, many of which also received a Sky High Growth Award. Asheville Sun Soo is thrilled to have been recognized by the Asheville Area Chamber for its business excellence.

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts would like to congratulate its fellow 2019 Sky High Growth Award Winners!

Asheville Arborists,  Asheville’s Fun Depot, Avadim Health, Inc., Blue Ridge Orthodontics, Center for Craft, Center for Massage & Natural Health, Hi-Wire Brewing, The Market Place Restaurant & Lounge, The Matt & Molly Team, LLC, Mind Your Business, Inc., Mosaix Group, Inc., PHYSIO Physical Therapy and Wellness, Shoji Spa & Lodge, SimplyHome, Sona Pharmacy + Clinic, Spherion, Vannoy Construction, YMCA of Western North Carolina, and Zoe Dental.

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Asheville Sun Soo Participates in the 2019 US Masters Invitational Taekwon-do Championship

Once again, Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts took a contingent of students to the annual TKDI Invitational Tournament, known as the “US Masters Invitational Taekwon-do” Championship. This event was hosted by Glen Ridge Taekwondo, which is owned and operated by Master John Meany and Master Laura Giletti.

Asheville Sun Soo would like to congratulate Master Meany and Master Giletti for running an excellent tournament this year. As expected, this year’s tournament was characterized by positive energy, a high degree of professionalism, and an all-around healthy competitive spirit!

Grandmaster Morris is proud of and would like to recognize the students from Asheville Sun Soo who made the trip to NJ to compete. All of them did well, and were a pleasure to have on the trip!

This year’s competitors include:

Photo of tournament participants from Asheville Sun Soo John Rivera, 3rd Dan

Shallon Jacques, 3rd Dan

Jennifer Marshall, 2nd Dan

Cyd Smith, 2nd Dan

Jillian Hintz, 1st Dan

Devin Martin, 1st Dan

Eve Flaum, 1st Dan

Tabitha Morgan, Blue-Red Belt

We would like to give special recognition to 2nd Dan Black Belt, Ms. Jennifer Marshall for winning the Forms Grand Championship trophy! This trophy is awarded to the top forms competitor in the Black Belt ranks, which this year included 17 different schools!

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Asheville Sun Soo Thanks Christine Priola, Publisher of the Montford & North Asheville Neighbors Publication for Sponsoring April 2019 Belt Rank Testing

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts would like to thank Christine Priola, Publisher of the Montford & North Asheville Neighbors publication for sponsoring our April 2019 Belt Rank Testing event.

This event was even more special than usual, as it was also our Grand Opening celebration. In addition, founder Tony Morris was awarded his 8th Dan, designating him a Grandmaster in our system of Tae Kwon Do! Congratulations Grandmaster Morris!

The inaugural issue of Montford & North Asheville Neighbors will be available in June! Each issue will feature a family local to the coverage area, and will highlight businesses that provide goods and services to people who live and work in Montford and North Asheville. Like Asheville Sun Soo, Ms. Priola is committed to building community and helping local businesses and families. We look forward to the growth of this partnership!

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Had an Amazing April 2019 Testing Weekend and Grand Opening Celebration!

We would like to congratulate all who tested, and are very proud of our students and how much work they put into their practice. HIGHLIGHTS OF TESTING INCLUDE:

montford and north asheville neighbors logoWe would like to thank Christine Priola, Publisher of Montford & North Asheville Neighbors, for sponsoring our April testing event. Each issue will feature a family local to the coverage area, and will highlight businesses that provide goods and services to people who live and work in Montford and North Asheville. Like Asheville Sun Soo, Ms. Priola is committed to building community and helping local businesses and families. We look forward to the growth of this partnership!

photo of taekwondo black beltsAsheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was grateful to have several high-ranking Guest Master Instructors in attendance. They conducted a fun and informative Master’s Seminar on Saturday, and served on our judging panel! Thanks to:

Master James Marr is a 7th Degree black belt who, along with his wife Master Elaine Bayless, a 5th degree black belt, runs Master Marr’s Taekwondo in Shaker Heights, OH. Masters Marr and Bayless are both students of Grand Master Suk Jun Kim.

Master John Meany is a 7th Degree black belt with over 25 years of experience practicing and teaching Taekwon-do.  Master Meany is a student of Grand Master Suk Jun Kim in New York City. He and his wife, Master Laura Giletti, a 6th Degree black belt, run Glen Ridge Taekwondo in Montclair, NJ.

Master Paul D’Ambrosio (Master D) is certified as a 7th Degree Master in the original traditional style of Taekwon-do, as well as a 4th Degree Master in Olympic sport Taekwondo. This uniquely qualifies him to teach to a very wide range of students, from the young Olympic hopeful to the more mature practitioner. He is the founder and primary instructor at Aliso Hills Taekwondo in Aliso Viejo, CA.

Master Ethan Morris is a 4th Degree Black Belt, and hold the distinction of being the first student promoted to the rank of Master in Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. Master Ethan Morris is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, and will be graduating with honors this year with a dual major in Economics and Spanish.

Also in attendance was Master Bob Kerr. We always appreciate his presence in our space, and while he did not sit on our panel, we would like to acknowledge his being here!

The April testing also served as our Grand Opening Celebration. While not the first belt rank testing held in our current location at River Ridge Market Place, it was certainly the first in which we truly felt like we were settled in at our new home.

We would like to acknowledge all the students who advanced in rank at this testing event. Special acknowledgment to (now) Grandmaster Tony Morris, who was awarded his 8th Degree during the April testing. Congratulations Sir!

The following students tested for Black Belt Ranks during the June testing. Congratulations to all of you!

Jonathan Ortiz – 10, promoted to Junior 2nd Degree

Emily Orozco – 12, promoted to Junior 2nd Degree

Katie Parsons – 13, promoted to Junior 2nd Degree

Sterling Bishop – 16, promoted to 2nd Degree

Aria Cronin – 10, promoted to Junior 1st Degree

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Asheville Sun Soo Welcomes the Montford & North Asheville Neighbors Publication as The Sponsor for Our April Belt Rank Testing Event!

montford and north asheville neighbors logoMontford & North Asheville Neighbors is a is an exclusive community publication that builds and strengthens authentic relationships between Montford and North Asheville neighbors and local Asheville Businesses. Their micro targeted full color glossy magazine goes directly into the mailboxes of 2500 families every month.

Founder and Publisher Christine Priola originally hails from Hoboken, NJ. She and her twin daughters, now 16, moved to Asheville 4 years ago. She believes in community, and knows the sacrifice it takes to raise a family and to run a business. Christine believes in providing a positive example to others, especially children, so that they know that they can work towards any goal!

At Asheville Sun Soo, building strong community is one of our primary accomplishments – one that we value greatly. Our mission statement is “To make the greatest positive difference for the greatest number of people.Building high-functioning, supportive, engaging, inspiring, and healthy communities is an accomplishment that both Asheville Sun Soo and the Montford & North Asheville Neighbors publication both share. We look forward to our continued partnership!

“As the Publisher of Montford & North Asheville Neighbors, I have been inspired! Inspired by the many Local Asheville Businesses I meet daily. Inspired by families I meet every day. Everyone has a Story. Sharing our stories is essential to building a strong Community. By listening to what motivates our local business owners’ journey[s], to learning about the dreams of the kids at the bus stop, to [offering] a “Good Morning!” to the guy on the corner, we are building connections. WE walk our dogs together, [WE] go to yoga together, [WE] grab coffee together, [WE] hike with our kids together. [WE] are Neighbors. Let’s CELEBRATE US!! “
Christine Priola

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Asheville Sun Soo Thanks First Bank for Sponsoring February 2019 Belt Rank Testing

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts would like to thank North Carolina-based First Bank for sponsoring our February 2019 Taekwondo Belt Rank Testing event. We’d like to give special thanks to Jarrod Perkins, a practicing student at Asheville Sun Soo, and local Branch Manager, for his coordination of this partnership.

First Bank has been serving NC since 1935. They offer a complete array of banking products including mortgages, commercial loans, and insurance, as well as personal checking and savings accounts. There are 13 locations here in Western North Carolina, so please stop by and see what they have to offer!

We’d like to additionally thank First Bank for providing some of the commercial financing for our relocation. They made the process easy and have been excellent partners in this endeavor. Thank you First Bank!

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Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Had a Great February 2019 Testing – The First in Our New Space!!

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!