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.

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Asheville Sun Soo Welcomes Master John Penn as Our Guest Master Instructor for December Testing

Master John Penn began his martial arts journey in 1986, when he began studying Chung Do Kwan, one of the five primary styles of Traditional Tae Kwon Do. Master Penn started his martial arts practice through the University of Toledo.

After receiving his 1st Degree Black Belt in 1992 in Traditional Tae Kwon Do, he began a martial arts program at the YMCA, which he developed into a full-time program. In 2002, after additional training in complementary martial arts styles, Master Penn opened Satori Martial Arts in its current location in Maumee OH. He is still the primary instructor and is on the mat teaching 7 days a week, including classes in Garamot Arnis, Japanese Jujitsu, Karate, Yoga, and Danzan Ryu healing arts.

Master Penn loves teaching and inspiring people. He is an excellent instructor who has the mission to make each student feel engaged, important, and accomplished. Besides his full-time martial arts and healing arts instruction, he also serves as the State Director for Garamot Arnis.

Master Penn currently holds a 5th degree black belt in Okinawan Karate, a 5th degree black belt in Japanese Jujitsu, and is Shodan in Danzan Ryu healing arts. He is father to 5, all but one of whom have earned at least their 1st Degree Black Belts. His 15 year old daughter is an assistant instructor at Satori Martial Arts, and two of his sons still train.

Master Penn would like to acknowledge all of his instructors:

Guru Baet

Professor Tom Ryan

Hanshi Steven Roensch

Shihan Pete Pukish – founder of Satori in Roswell, GA

Please help us to welcome Master Penn by personally introducing yourself and thanking him for his presence.

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Asheville Sun Soo Holds Autumn Women’s Self Defense Seminar

On Saturday November 11, 2017, Asheville Sun Soo held its Autumn Women’s Self Defense Seminar. “We make an effort to have few Women’s Self Defense Seminars each year, as part of our community outreach mission, to make safety awareness and self-defense concepts available to women in our community,” commented Master Tony Morris, Senior Master Instructor.

We want to thank and recognize the nearly 50 participants, who invested an afternoon in themselves and those they care about! We also want to give special thanks for Instructor, Ms. Amy Dexter for doing an excellent job as the lead facilitator, Mrs. Tina Clark, for her excellence as Assistant Facilitator and to the several gentlemen practitioners at Asheville Sun Soo, who volunteered their time to be available in a support role – including playing the role of simulating attackers.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our next Women’s Self Defense Seminar, to be scheduled in the first quarter of 2018.

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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.

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Welcomes Master Bob Kerr To Our October 2017 Testing

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Welcomes Master Bob Kerr To Our October 2017 Testing

Please join us in welcoming Master Bob Kerr, originally of Charlotte NC, to our October testing event! Master Kerr trains and teaches under Grandmaster Ju Hun Kim (of Kim School of Tae Kwon Do, in Charlotte, NC), who was Master Morris’ first teacher. He has also been the general secretary of the International Black Belt Association (founded by Grandmaster Ju Hun Kim) since 1984, and is a 5th degree Master Instructor.

Master Kerr’s main reason for beginning Tae Kwon Do was to counter the effects of a sedentary vocation – he is a Methodist minister – and to achieve and maintain excellent health. He began his journey in 1974 at 28 years old, when he decided to stop in and observe a Tae Kwon Do class at a school he regularly passed by, and at which he still practices. At the age of 72, he is still teaching and enjoying his practice. He loves embracing exciting challenges and tapping into his potential as a martial artist. In fact, he had hip replacement surgery four months ago, and is back on the mat already. He attributes his speedy recovery to his 43 years of practice.

Master Kerr and his wife have 3 sons, including John Flynn, who practices here at Asheville Sun Soo with his son, Gage. All three of Master Kerr’s sons practiced Tae Kwon Do during their childhood and teenage years, and one is currently a 3rd degree Black Belt in South Carolina.

In his spare time, Master Kerr enjoys woodworking. He is also a songwriter – he and his wife perform together, and he is a regular participant in an annual songwriting workshop held by Bill and Gloria Gaither.

Master Kerr is looking forward to being with Master Morris and the students and other instructors at Sun Soo this upcoming weekend!

 

Asheville Sun Soo Welcomes Additional Guest, Professor Thomas Ryan to Our August Testing

Asheville Sun Soo Welcomes Additional Guest, Professor Thomas Ryan to Our August Testing

Professor Thomas H. Ryan Jr.Please join us in welcoming Professor Thomas Ryan to our August testing event. This will be Professor Ryan’s first visit to our school, and we are excited to have him here!

Professor Ryan has received training in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kodokan Judo, and Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. He has also studied Escrima, Wing Chun, Judo, Aikido, boxing, wrestline, Karate, Lua, Philippino knife, Kun Tao Silat de Thouars, and other styles of jujitsu.

He holds the title of Rokudan (6th Degree) with the title of Professor with Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jujitsu Hombu,Costa Rica. He is Hachidan (8th Degree) with the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and the American Traditional Jujutsu Association. In addition, he is a Sandan (3rd Degree) in Kodokan Judo, a Jujitsu Rokudan and a Master Jujitsu Rank Examiner with the United States Judo Association and also holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

In addition to his martial arts studies, Professor Ryan is also a Certified Okazaki Restorative Massage Therapist, a distinction he earned in 1985 from the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation’s Okazaki Restorative Massage program. He has built upon this by earning his Okazaki Massage Instructor Certificate in 1988, his Massage Therapist Instructor certification from the Human Touch School of the Healing Arts in 1990, and has been a Certified Instructor with American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) since 1993.

He believes that his greatest reason for studying and teaching martial arts is to strengthen his spirit for all of life’s challenges, to be discriminatory so he can gain wisdom, to have a positive impact on the youth and adults in his community, and to be compassionate so he can serve others to the best of his ability.

Professor Ryan is an associate and fellow practitioner of Professor Thabiti Sabahive, the head Jiu Jitsu instructor of Asheville Sun Soo.

sheville Sun Soo Welcomes Master Ron Whitted to Our August Testing

Asheville Sun Soo Welcomes Master Ron Whitted to Our August Testing

Master Ron WhittedPlease join us in welcoming Master Ron Whitted to our August testing event! Master Whitted is president and founder of the North Carolina Taekwondo Organization and has launched an Olympic Taekwondo Development Program in his region.

Master Whitted is a Level 1 Olympic Taekwondo Coach, a B-1 USAT National Referee and a National and International Taekwondo champion – having won Gold medals in Forms and Sparring at the US National Taekwondo Championships and the US Open Taekwondo Championships. As a coach, Master Whitted has guided his team to win over 50 national medals at the US Junior Olympics and National Taekwondo Championships since 1992. Master Whitted is also the Taekwondo Competition Manager of the Powerade State Games of North Carolina Taekwondo Championships.

Master Whitted’s personal motto is “still kickin’,” believing that a committed and consistent practitioner will live a long, happy and healthy life!