Belt Level Testing 2011 Dates

When a martial arts student has mastered specific belt level requirements and has met minimum training times as set by Asheville Sun Soo Taekwondo, he or she will be able to test for the next belt level.

Testings are great opportunities for students to invite friends and family to enjoy the amazing progress everyone is making!  Testings always occur on weekends and have two parts: White and White-Yellow belts test on Friday nights and then Yellow belts and higher test the next day on Saturday afternoons (there will be one Sunday this year).  Following are the dates and times:

White & White-Yellow:  Friday, April 8th @ 6pm
Yellow and above:         Saturday, April 9th @ 1pm

White & White-Yellow:  Friday, June 10th @ 6pm
Yellow and above:         Saturday, June 11th @ 1pm

White & White-Yellow:  Friday, August 12th @ 6pm
Yellow and above:         Saturday, August 13th @ 1pm

White & White-Yellow:  Friday, October 7th @ 6pm
Yellow and above: Sunday, October 9th @ 2pm

White & White-Yellow:  Friday, December 9th @ 6pm
Yellow and above:         Saturday, December 10th @ 1pm

What Shape is Your Vessel…this Moment?

Several years ago, while attending a training in leadership, I saw a most remarkable demonstration.   The primary point was profound.  The materials used were familiar.  And the contrast between the profundity of the point and the commonness of the props gave great amplification to the impact of the demonstration.  It was incredibly simple — with straight forward results.  And yet I knew, in a very specific and memorable moment, that I would forever see and experience life differently — from that reference mark forward!

The materials used included two individual, uniquely and specifically shaped clear glass vessels, as well as one large pitcher of water.  The first vessel was about a foot tall and narrow, about two inches wide and square in its cross-section.  The second vessel was short – about six inches tall, pear-shaped and approximately six inches in diameter at its widest point.

Without saying a word, the demonstrator lifted the pitcher of water and proceeded to carefully and slowly pour the water into the first glass vessel. Read more

Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do Changes its Class Schedule

We have made a few modifications to the schedule in order to better serve you!  All schedule changes are effective Monday, November 29th 2010.  Please check the online schedule for changes that may affect your classes.  Following are the changes:

1) Adult – Mixed ranks on Mon & Wed will now start at 30 min earlier than before and run from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

2) Adult – Masters Club will start 30 min. earlier and run from 5:30pm-6:15pm and be held on Mondays only (adult black-belts are strongly encouraged to attend!).

3)  Mighty Tigers will be held on Tues & Thurs only (same time — 4pm-4:30pm)

4)  Adult-ONLY class will move from late Thur to immediately following the new time for adult – mixed rank on Mondays.  So, Adult-only class will now be held Mondays from 7:45pm-8:45pm.

5)  We are adding a Kids-Masters Class!  It will initially be open to all kids red-black and above and be held Wed from 5:30pm-6:15pm.  Upper ranking kids get ready!

6)  Saturdays Kids classes (kids-beginners, intermediate and advanced) will all start 15 mins earlier than in the past (see schedule).

7)  We are starting an official Demo-Team Practice for Demo-Team members.  This class will start at 11:00am Saturday morning (immediately after Kids-Advanced class ends).  Demo team class will run from 11:00am-11:35am (Demo Team members be on time!).

8)  Saturday’s Adult – Mixed rank class will start 15 mins later than in the past and go 1 hr and 20 mins.  Saturday’s Adult-Mixed Rank class will now run from 11:45am-1:05pm.

We hope you find these changes to your benefit.  Note all changes are now in affect.  Please confirm any class schedule changes that affect you or your family members.

Odyssey School brings Tae Kwon Do to Students, Community

Asheville, NC November 8, 2010 — Beginning the week after Thanksgiving, Asheville Sun Soo will offer an 8-week introductory Tae Kwon Do session for area residents, students, staff, and family members of Odyssey Community School. The course is value-priced at $250 to include the uniform and up to three weekly classes.

Continuing its commitment to offer adult programs as well as student-based offerings to its surrounding neighbors and community, Odyssey will host four classes weekly at their Montford Historic District campus on Zillicoa Street in North Asheville. Kids classes will be offered twice weekly from 4:00 – 4:45 followed by an adults-only class from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Kids can return to after-school care until 6:00 if necessary.

Participants are also invited to attend a third class at no cost at Sun Soo’s main facility in the K-Mart Plaza on Patton Avenue. A complete Taekwondo schedule is available on their website at www.martialartsasheville.com.

Head instructor Master Tony Morris notes, “our traditional Tae Kwon Do tenets of Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control, and Indomitable Spirit are completely consistent with Odyssey’s philosophy of respectful interaction in an emotionally safe place. Bringing this special session to the school gym provides a convenient opportunity for the community to explore the benefits of martial arts.”

Students will be eligible to test for their white-yellow belt at the end of the introductory session. This martial arts session underscores Odyssey’s commitment to life-long learning and self knowledge, as students can continue their martial arts self defense training in the advanced program at Asheville Sun Soo Traditional Tae Kwon Do Academy.

For more information, contact Odyssey Community School at 828-259-3653 or Master Morris at Asheville Sun Soo Traditional Tae Kwon Do 828-505-4309.

Master Tony Morris is a 6th degree master instructor and -owner of Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do. He is also an accomplished architect, nationally renowned portrait artist, certified life coach, and trainer and motivational speaker.

“I visited 4 different facilities before deciding on Sun Soo”…

As a parent of 2 very active boys, we have exposed them to numerous activities, baseball, basketball, soccer, cub scouts, etc. When they told me they wanted to try karate I was skeptical due to my lack of knowledge. I stereotyped karate into a category as a place parents took kids who were being bullied. I visited 4 different facilities before deciding on Sun Soo.

I can not begin to tell you how impressed I have been with the program. The teachers are patient, encouraging and hold the kids to a high standard of discipline. The benefits are so many it is impossible to list, but if I had to sum up the biggest attribute is the teaching of respect. Respect in everything they do.

The change in my kids has been tremendous in just 3 months, I look forward to years of learning for my kids. Give this program a try, it will dispel any hesitation you have. Kudos to Master Morris and his program.

Norm 10/30/2010

“…a place for kids to grow physically and mentally…”

Beyond all my Expectations!!!!

As a father of two boys, 9 and 7, I have had the opportunity to experience a multitude of activities. I was hesitant when they wanted to try karate, but after a short two months of instruction under Tony Morris and the other instructors at Sun Soo I am so glad we began in this practice. They have grown more in character in two months in this program than in years of sports, cub scouts and music training combined. It is difficult to express how impressed I am with all aspects of this program. I urge any parent looking for a place for their kids to grow physically and mentally to explore the benefits of Sun Soo.