Ian Dowling wins Grand Master Championship

Asheville Sun Soo Participates in Suk Jun Kim Cup Tournament in New Jersey

As we do each year, Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts took a contingent of students to the annual TKDI Invitational Tournament, now known as the Suk Jun Kim Cup. This event was hosted by Glen Ridge Taekwondo, which is owned and operated by Master John Meaney and Master Laura Giletti.

We would like to congratulate Master Meaney and Master Giletti for running an excellent tournament this year. There was good energy, a high degree of professionalism, and an all-around healthy competitive spirit!

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts would like to recognize the students from our school who made the trip to NJ to compete. All of them did well, and we are proud of their great effort! Students Include:

Ian Dowling, 3rd Dan

John Rivera, 2nd Dan

Sofia Rivera, 2nd Dan

Shallon Jacques, 2nd Dan

Devin Martin, Recommended Black Belt

Leah Dickinson, 2nd Dan

Amerie Delfin, 2nd Dan

Shonna Campbell, Blue-Red

Frances Hochschild, Red-Black

Amy Vaughn, 2nd Dan

Phillip Dexter, 1st Dan

Collectively, our students earned 9 gold medals, 11 silver medals, and 8 bronze medals. We would also like to give special recognition to 3rd Dan Black Belt, Mr. Ian Dowling for winning the Grand Masters trophy! This trophy is awarded to the top forms competitor.

Martial Arts for Kids Special

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Offers End of School Year Special for Kids!

Martial Arts for Kids SpecialAsheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is excited to offer a fantastic special opportunity for any pre-college student (ages 3-18) who would like to begin a martial arts practice before the end of the school year!

This offer makes their first month of practice and their uniform available at an extreme discount to help new students get started in their practice.

This offer is made available through current students who wish to distribute this offer to friends and associates with whom they’d like to practice. See us at the desk for access to the special offer and for more information!

Photo of Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim demonstrating a technique on Master Michael Dickinson of Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts

Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim Holds Taekwondo Special Seminar at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts

Master Tony Morris and Master Michael Dickinson, on behalf of Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, would like to thank Grandmaster Kim, again, for coming to Asheville for our Saturday May 12 Traditional Taekwondo Special Seminar.

Over 130 students participated across all belt ranks and ages (5 years old -79 years old!). The seminar covered a variety of topics, as well as technical development. There were 2 separate sessions, the first lasting 1-1/2 hours, was dedicated to lower and middle belt ranking kids. This session helped them light the fire of excitement about their practices and opened their eyes to the opportunity of having a lifelong Taekwondo practice. The second session lasted 3 hours, and was dedicated to kids ranked red belt and higher, as well as teens and adults of all ranks. This seminar section included a variety of topics, technical clarifications, and introduction to some new technical variations.

Each session ended with a question and answer session with Grandmaster Kim, helping students gain insight into his personal history, as well as the lineage and history of Traditional Taekwondo and the place we all hold within that framework.

Although it seemed to be over quickly, our time with Grandmaster Kim, as always, was impactful and enlightening. What a great contribution to our collective practice!

Thank You Grandmaster Kim!

Master Tony Morris

Asheville Sun Soo to Host All-Ranks Special Seminar Conducted by Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim!

Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim teaches students at Asheville Sun Soo Martial ArtsOn Saturday May 12, Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts will be holding an all-ranks seminar as an excellent boost to and extension of our students’ martial arts practice. This seminar will be conducted by Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim, 9th Dan, President and founder of Taekwon-do International, and teacher of Master Tony Morris.

Grandmaster Kim is a direct student of General Choi, the founder of Traditional Tae Kwon Do – the primary art taught at Asheville Sun Soo. He was involved with TKD at its inception, and was a chosen member of General Choi’s International Demonstration team, traveling the world for decades – helping to introduce this art to countless thousands. He is an excellent instructor, and we are highly anticipating his visit.

It is always a benefit to a practice to work with highly skilled practitioners and instructors, and Asheville Sun Soo is fortunate that he will be making the trip down to work with our students. We are excited to host him, and Grandmaster Kim is excited to be here with us all!

There will be one 1.5 hour session for children 10 and under, and one session for older children, higher ranking children, and all adults lasting 3 hours. Class credit is available for all participants!

Remember we will not be having regularly scheduled kids’ classes (with the exception of Mighty Tigers and Mighty Lions, who will be meeting for their regular Saturday class) on Saturday due to this event.

Seminar

Times are as follows:

Kids Seminar (open to all kid practitioners 10 and under or blue-red belt and under).
This will run from 9am – 10:30am and will be worth 3 class credits.

Adult Seminar (open to all adult practitioners, as well as kids red belt or higher).
This will run from 11am-2pm and will be worth 6 class credits.

Professor Thabiti Sabahive Recognized at Annual American Judo and Jujitsu Federation Convention

Photo of Professor Thabiti Sabahive, Head Instructor Danzan Ryu Jiujitsu

Professor Thabiti Sabahive, Co-Director of After School Program, Head Instructor Danzan Ryu Jiujitsu

Professor Thabiti Sabahive performs several tasks here at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. He is the Director of our After School Program, conducts all sessions of our Day Camps (Spring Break and Summer) for elementary-aged children, and is the Head Instructor of our in-house Danzan Ryu Jujitsu program. April 5-8, 2018, he attended the 2018 American Judo and Jujitsu Federation Convention. The AJJF is a worldwide organization of martial arts schools dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of the Danzan Ryu system of Jujitsu, and the convention is an annual gathering for Danzan Ryu Jujitsu practitioners of various levels.

This year’s gathering was held in Sacramento, CA. Activities included advanced training for senior instructors, classes in Jujitsu as well as other styles of martial arts, healing arts, and black belt exams.

Professor Sabahive was honored with the Professor Dick Rickerts Award, which is awarded for teaching excellence and facilitating character development through patience, tolerance, tenacity, energy, enthusiasm, compassion, and by setting an example as a mentor. In addition to this recognition, he was also promoted to 6th Dan in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu.

We are extremely proud of Professor Sabahive, and are appreciative of the skills and enthusiasm that he brings to all of his roles here at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts.

 

Asheville Sun Soo Sponsor - The Bair Foundation

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Thanks The Bair Foundation for Sponsoring Our In-House Tournament and Our 2018 April Testing Event

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is excited to welcome The Bair Foundation as the sponsor of our 2018 Annual In-House Tournament and our 2018 April Belt Rank Testing event. We appreciate the work they do in the community and around the country, and are grateful to Rob Edmonson – Asheville Sun Soo practitioner and parent – for facilitating this partnership.

The Bair Foundation is a national non-profit foster care agency with offices located throughout the United States, and was founded by Bill Bair. “Papa Bair” wanted to create an organization to provide quality care and services that restore and empower children, youth and families who are in crisis. The Bair Foundation’s headquarters remain in the small town of New Wilmington, PA where it began in 1967, but has grown and now provides a continuum of care and services with over 30 offices in 9 states across the country; Pennsylvania, Ohio, North & South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. They provide a variety of services for children facing challenges in their current home situation, including foster care placement, foster-to-adoption placement, kinship care services, family services, behavioral health services, and independent living skills training.

Rob is the Intake Coordinator for the Asheville office. His job includes training new families and matching kids with those families. He loves all parts of the job, but especially enjoys bringing kids to their new foster homes where they have the opportunity to see what an excellent home situation looks like.

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is proud of our commitment to excellence and inclusion. The Bair Foundation seeks families with precisely those values, and hopes that by bringing awareness of the work being done by The Bair Foundation to Asheville Sun Soo families, more interested and eligible households will become a part of the Bair family, and that some of these children might also become members of the Sun Soo family – an experience Rob hopes will provide needed consistency and structure in their lives.

For more information about The Bair Foundation, visit their website at http://bair.org.

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!!

Guest Master Instructor - Michael Diettrich Chastain

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Welcomes Master Michael Diettrich Chastain as Our Guest Master Instructor for the February 2018 Testing Event

Michael Diettrich-Chastain has had an interest in martial arts since childhood.  As a young boy he studied Tae Kwon Do which sparked his interest in the arts. In high school he studied Aikido.  In January 2007 Michael began studying at Blue Ridge Kung Fu in Boone, NC.  Michael is currently ranked as a 4th degree black belt in Sil Lum Kung Fu. Michael also holds rankings in Emperors Long Fist (Tai Chi, Hsing-I, Ba Kua), Kali Arnis and Tai Yang Tzu Jan Men.  He is currently involved in a private apprenticeship under Grandmaster Rick Ward.

Originally, Michael started training martial arts for the interest in physical development and self-defense. Over the years the martial arts philosophies of discipline, integrity, focus, relaxation, leadership, courage, connection and synergy have become more and more important.  The arts are truly a way of life.  Michael enjoys teaching as it is a way to consistently learn the complexities of the arts as well as nuances of even the simplest of movements. “Teaching allows for us to become better practitioners while at the same time fostering growth in others”, says Michael.  He also says “Teaching gives us the opportunity to truly synthesize our knowledge, test our ability to break down concepts and movement, build patience, work with different learning styles and truly develop our own practice. Teaching is critical for learning. I’m grateful for all opportunity to share knowledge.”

Michael is also the founder of Arc Integrated in Asheville, NC.  Arc Integrated provides assessment, training and professional coaching for individuals and organizations.  Content areas that Arc Integrated focuses on include leadership development, communication and emotional intelligence.  Michael holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish and a MA in Counseling with a concentration in Body/Mind Therapy and is also certified in multiple personality assessment tools.

Michael often incorporates philosophies from martial arts into his work with individuals and organizations. He has facilitated trainings on leadership, stress reduction, communication and conflict resolution while infusing concepts from his martial arts study and background.

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.