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.

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Hosts 2017 TKDI Bootcamp

Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do is excited to be hosting the 2017 Annual TKDI Bootcamp, which will be held from August 4th -6th. This is our second year hosting this event, and we at Asheville Sun Soo are honored to host the event once again. Last year marked the largest attendance ever for a TKDI Bootcamp event at over 130 practitioners. We expect this year’s attendance to set another record!

There are under 3 weeks left until this event, so see your school’s Master Instructor for registration and details. In order to help with the logistics of planning this event, we are offering a free t-shirt to all participants who register by Wednesday July 26. Anyone who registers after this date can purchase the t-shirt once they arrive at Bootcamp.

Host families are available for out-of-town students who would like to avoid the cost of lodging while attending Bootcamp. Please let your Master Instructor know if you would like to make this arrangement.

We are happy to announce that Grandmaster Kim will be lead instructing ALL of the major training sessions during this year’s Bootcamp – and he is excited to see and work with everyone’s Tae Kwon Do. Supporting Grandmaster Kim’s lead instruction will be more than a dozen additional TKDI master ranks.

In addition to all of the awesome training seesions, we will also hold a talent show, share 5 meals together in the dojang, and hit the river for tubing!

Don’t miss this awesome TKDI training experience!

We look forward to seeing you at Bootcamp!

Special Note: Remember that Asheville is a fantastic vacation destination, and we invite you to consider staying and enjoying additional vacation days in our city. For more information on things to do while in Asheville, please visit http://ExploreAsheville.com

 

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.

 

Martial Arts Demonstration by Asheville Sun Soo at Weaverville Spring Fling Festival

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was pleased to be a prominent participant in the Weaverville Spring Fling Festival, held at Weaverville Primary School, and involving students and staff from Weaverville Primary and Elementary schools. It was a beautiful evening for the festivities, and the event was well-attended by Weaverville residents.

While Asheville Sun Soo was closed for classes due to the demonstration, we were well-represented at the event. We performed 2 separate onsite demonstrations, providing fun family entertainment for the diverse and engaged crowd. Our students enjoyed two great public demonstration opportunities, as well as multiple class credits through this extra dimension of their practice – all while helping to make the 2017 Weaverville Spring Fling all the more fun for all in attendance.

Stay tuned for more demonstrations, and enjoy the associated photos from this year’s event. Special thanks from Masters Morris and Dickinson to all students and staff who participated!

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2017 Asheville Kids Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

At Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do Summer Day Camp, children will enjoy a variety of activities including self-defense, character building, arts and crafts, “poetry with a punch”, movies, swimming, games, “mad science” and a weekly field trip!

2017 Asheville Kids Summer Camp Dates:

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

**Extended day available for additional fee.

Summer Camp Fees (includes snacks):

Early registration discounts are available!

Register in March for $220 / $320 for extended day
Register in April for $230 / $330 for extended day
Register in May for $240 / $340 for extended day
Register in June (or later) for $250 / $350 for extended day

Uniform for non-students: $40 (required)
One-Day camp: $60 for 3pm pickup, $75 for 5pm pickup
Family Discount: $20 discount for additional family members
Multiple Week Discount: Register for multiple weeks, receive a $20 discount on subsequent weeks.

Sample Summer Camp Schedule:

**7:30-8:00: Extended Early Drop-off (Available for a charge of $20/day)
**8:00-8:30: Early Drop-off (Available for a charge of $10/day)

8:30-9:00: Standard Drop-off
9:00-9:30: Icebreaker games
9:30-10:00: Character trait art activity
10:00-10:15: Snack
10:15-11:00: All levels combined TKD class (with a team of instructors)
11:00-12:00: Poetry with a punch (with poet Allan Wolf!)
12:00-12:30: Lunch
12:30-1:15: Art Project
1:15-1:45: Focus games
1:45-3:00: Demo Team Practice (with snack break)

**3:00- 5:00 Extended Day Activities**

Note: Activities may vary daily

What to bring to :

  • Water bottle with your name on it
  • Bag lunch and snack
  • Tae Kwon Do uniform with belt
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Swimsuit, towel and sunscreen (on pool days – Tuesday and Thursday)

Sign up at the front desk!

NOTE: There will be a charge of $5 for every 15 minutes for early drop-off or late pick-up. For your convenience, an extended care program is available – with early drop-off and/or extended pick-up for an additional fee. 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!

February 2017 Testing

TKDI 2016 Summer Boot Camp

Asheville Sun Soo was pleased to be the host school for this year’s Taekwon-do International Summer Boot Camp August 5th through August 7th, 2016. The weekend consisted of practice in a variety of areas, with the intent of improving and inspiring all who attended.

Skills Draw from Krav Maga & Jiu Jitsu

Sessions held included generating power, proper techniques for kicking and punching, forms, sparring, stretching, and self-defense. While the focus was primarily on Taekwon-do skills, some of the techniques employed drew from other arts such as Krav Maga and Jiu Jitsu. The weekend ended with a recap of the lessons covered.

Many thanks to all of the highly skilled instructors who provided the training. They were:

Grandmaster S.J. Kim, 9th Dan, Founder and President of Taekwon-do International
Master Mark Nathanson, 7th Dan, Glen Ridge Taekwon-do
Master Tony Morris, 7th Dan, Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do, 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 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 Jessica Sabatian, 4th Dan, Aliso Hills Taekwon-do, Aliso Hills, CA

Next year’s Boot Camp will be held in early August (2017). More details to come as definite plans are made.

Summer Camp 2015

Martial Arts Training and Day Camp that Pack a Punch!

At Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do Summer Day Camp, Children will enjoy martial arts classes including self defense and character building sessions, “poetry with a punch,” arts & crafts, movies, swimming, games, “mad science,” and a weekly field trip … FUN!!!

Session 1: June 22-26
Session 2: July 13-17
Session 3: July 27-31

All sessions run from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

This camp is open to all children kindergarten age and above.

Note: Early drop-off and late pick-up will be charged an additional $5 for every 15 minutes. For your convenience, an extended care program is available- with early drop-off and/or extended pick-up for an additional fee. For more information, please call us at 828-505-4309 or stop by the Asheville Sun Soo Front Desk.

Camp registration forms are available at the Asheville Sun Soo front desk. Please stop by our school to pick up a form, or call us at 828-505-4309 if you’d like us to mail you the registration form. You can also download the print brochure and registration form.

 

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Please return your completed form with payment to 1009 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806.

Sample Schedule

9:00-9:30 Icebreaker games
9:30-10:00 Character trait art activity (ex. Integrity)
10:00-10:15 Snack
10:15-11:00 All levels combined TKD class (with a team of instructors)
11:00-12:00 Poetry with a punch (with the famous Allan Wolf)
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:15 Art Proiect (ex. watercolor name in Korean)
1:15-1:45 Focus Games
1:45-3:00 Demo Team Practice (with Snack Break)

NOTE: Activities may vary slightly each day.

What to Bring to Camp Each Day

  • Water bottle with your name on it
  • Bag lunch and snack
  • TaeKwonDo uniform with belt
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Swimsuit, Towel, Sunscreen (On pool days, Tuesday & Thursday)

Fees (includes Snack)

Students: $250/week (early registration discounts!)
Uniform for Non-Students $40 (Required)
One-Day Camp: $6o

Family Discount:

20% Discount for additional Family Member(s)

Multiple Week Discount

Register for both weeks, receive a 20% discount on the second week!+ early registration discounts!

NOTE: No martial arts experience necessary, open to all enthusiastic, energetic kids!

Master Marr to visit Asheville for April Testing

This weekend at Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do, we would like to extend a warm welcome to 6th degree Master James Marr. When you see him in the studio this weekend, please introduce yourself and thank him for being here!
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Master James Marr, 6th Dan, teaches traditional Taekwon-do as envisioned by its founder, General Choi Hong Hi. Master Marr opened his first school, Glen Ridge Taekwon-do, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey in 2002. Eleven years and over 1500 students later, Marr moved with his wife and two children to Shaker Heights, Ohio, to be closer to extended family. His first school continues to run under the leadership of Master John Meany.

Although Master Marr’s Taekwon-do is independently owned and operated, it maintains a close association with S.J. Kim’s Taekwon-Do in Manhattan and Glen Ridge Taekwon-do in NJ. Master Marr’s Taekwon-do is a member of Taekwon-do International, of which Marr is Vice President.

Always a dedicated athlete, Master James Marr competed in track and field, swimming, wrestling, football, and bicycling before discovering Taekwon-do in college. After earning an undergraduate degree in psychology and a masters degree in technical theatre, he moved to New York City to pursue a theatre career. Researching the numerous Taekwon-do schools in Manhattan, Master Marr found Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim, a direct disciple of Taekwon-do’s founder, General Choi Hong Hi.

Master Marr considers his school to be a place of learning, and his method of teaching emphasizes the traditional values of discipline, practice, hard work, and focus. He oversees all classes, and his goal is to help each student reach his or her full potential and therefore, he expects his students to learn and practice with diligence and sincerity.

When asked his favorite thing about practicing Tae Kwon Do, Master Marr says, “I don’t think about it anymore. I just do it.” He added that his favorite part of the traditional curriculum is the patterns (forms). Master Marr’s favorite teaching moments are the times when “a student’s face lights up because they suddenly get it!” He is excited to see Asheville Sun Soo students trying their hardest this weekend and shared that “best effort” is what he really cares about.

Thank you to Master Marr for making the journey to be with us this weekend – we greatly look forward to your visit!

Taekwon-Do International Tournament Registration

We are honored to host the 2014 Annual Taekwon-do International Invitational Championship Tournament, and we are looking forward to seeing you! You have two convenient options to register for the event: Read more