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!

Asheville Sun Soo Thanks Asheville’s Fun Depot for Sponsoring August 2018 Belt Rank Testing

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts would like to thank local business, Asheville’s Fun Depot, for sponsoring our August 2018 Taekwondo Belt Rank testing.

In support of our sponsorship agreement, Asheville’s Fun Depot is extending a special offer to all Sun Soo families. Please visit us at the front desk for more details!

Asheville’s Fun Depot is a family entertainment center that features a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions and activities. With over 65,000 square feet of indoor fun, Asheville’s Fun Depot is the ideal place to spend quality time with your friends and family regardless of the weather. Attractions and activities include: outdoor and indoor go-carts, 18-hole indoor mini-golf course, laser tag, bumper cars, a climbing wall, playgrounds and inflatables, mini-bowling, X-rider 4D Theater, arcade games, Aeroball, Lazer Frenzy, Atomic Rush, and so much more. Be sure, when you go, to ride in the new “Sun Soo” go-cart!

Asheville’s Fun Depot has also recently opened a new craft restaurant, featuring local beer and gourmet burgers. With a fantastic selection of activities and attractions, combined with delicious food options, there is fun for everyone!

We will be sharing exciting updates regarding this partnership over the next several months! Asheville’s Fun Depot shares our values and goals in the community, and we look forward to our continued partnership!

Asheville Sun Soo Bids Farewell to Teen Assistant Instructors as They Head off to College

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts has four Teen Assistant Instructors who have graduated high school and will be heading off to college this fall. Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts wishes the best for our college-bound staff members! They are:

Master Ian Dowling helps teach TKD to preschoolers

Master Ian Dowling – 4th Dan – UNC Chapel Hill

Mister Sam Apostolopoulos Teen Assistant for our Martial Arts classes for kids

Mr. Sam Apostolopoulos – 3rd Dan – Wake Forest University

Ms. Noa Meiri with a Kids Beginner Tae Kwon Do class

Ms. Noa Meiri – 2nd Dan – UNC Chapel Hill

Mister Matt Gaddy assisting with Advanced Kids Taekwondo classes

Mr. Matt Gaddy – 2nd Dan – Western Carolina University

Asheville Sun Soo appreciates their leadership and excellence demonstrated as practitioners, as well as their mentorship in their roles as Teen Assistant Instructors. We have enjoyed their time here, and they have proven to be integral parts of the Sun Soo family. We are excited for them as they embark on this next stage. We look forward to seeing them when they come home for extended stays!

Please keep them all in your thoughts as they start their college careers!

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Offers Father’s Day Gift Certificates!

Photo of some of our dadsIn the spirit of Father’s Day, for the entire month of June, Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is making available a gift certificate (at a significant discount) for any father (connected to a current student) not currently practicing with us.

For details or to purchase, please call us at 828-505-4309 or visit us as the front desk!