Leah Dickinson loves Tae Kwon Do…and manatees!

Our student spotlight this week is on Leah Dickinson!

leahdickinsonLeah is a sweet, hard working student who is very enthusiastic about her Tae Kwon Do practice.  Leah practices with her Dad and participates in both kid AND mixed adult classes.  Leah brings a great attitude to the mat and always treats her classmates with respect.  She has improved immensely since beginning her practice and sets a great example for the other students.  Leah is also a great at sparring – she is fierce but has excellent control, and above all is a team player.  Leah is an awesome member of our community and we are grateful to have her as a student here at Sun Soo!

Age: 8

Rank: Blue-Red

Where you go to school:  Isaac Dickson Elementary

How long you’ve been practicing: 2 years

What you enjoy most about your practice so far: I get a good exercise, I also get to meet new people and I get to learn about being more organized

Other hobbies/interests: roller skating, disc golf, running, swimming and biking

Something people at Tae Kwon Do probably don’t know about you:  That I love, love, love manatees!

Favorite Tae Kwon Do moment:  My blue belt testing.

Local Author is one of the TaeKwon-Do folk!

Our student spotlight this week is on Allan Wolf. allanwolfAllan is a tremendous contribution to the community here at Sun Soo.  He has practiced Tae Kwon Do for 5 years and recently earned his 2nd degree black belt.  Allan is a poet and author who tours regularly and has been recognized internationally for his works which are mostly directed at youth audiences.  In the do-jang, Allan brings a unique enthusiasm and creativity to his practice and to all his interactions with other students.  He readily offers his kind feedback and encouragment to new practioners.  We also love that Allan practices with his teenage sons, Simon and Ethan.  All three of them train hard together and support each other as a family! We are grateful that Allan is part of our family here and that he brings his A game to every class!

Name: Allan Wolf
Age: 51
Rank: 2nd Degree, Black Belt
Occupation: Author, Poet, and Presenter.
Why you practice: It makes me feel great! It keeps me flexible and strong. And I really love the community. Plus it’s something I can share with my sons, Ethan and Simon.
How long you’ve been practicing: At Sun Soo, almost 5 years. Although I have “dabbled” off and on my whole life.
What you enjoy most about your practice so far: The feeling of accomplishment. The quality of instruction. The sense of community. The friendships. And the opportunity to be associated with such a professional, top-drawer organization.
Other hobbies/interests: Vermi-composting. I actually have an rather extensive worm farm in my basement.
Something people at TKD probably don’t know about you: I just released a live album with my band, The Dead Poets. It’s called “The Dead Poets: III”
Favorite Tae Kwon Do moment: Testing or 2nd Degree with my son Ethan.

Ian Towers – 10 year old TKD enthusiast!

Our student spotlight this week is on Ian Towers!

iantowersIan is a great friend and classmate for all the students at Asheville Sun Soo.  He practices diligently and has improved remarkably from white to red belt.  Ian is inclusive, respectful, and receptive to feedback from instructors and classmates alike.  He also recently volunteered his free time to make a donation jar for Asheville Humane Society, which we kept at our front desk at Sun Soo.  Ian’s jar raised over 50 dollars! We are proud of Ian for striving to improve personally and for setting a great example for his classmates.

Name:  Ian Towers

Age: 10

Rank: Red

Where you go to school:  Vance Elementary

Why you practice: Because it’s fun!

How long you’ve been practicing: 3.25 years

What you enjoy most about your practice so far: Earning my form, one step and sparring stripes in class.

Other hobbies/interests: Baseball, history, and legos.

Something people at Tae Kwon Do probably don’t know about you:  I have dissected a pig’s heart.

Favorite Tae Kwon Do moment:  When I broke my first board!

Student Spotlight

Our adult student spotlight this week is Simeon Kuic.  Simeon is a warm, friendly presence at our school.  He brings the same attention to detail to his Tae Kwon Do practice that he uses as a chiropractic physician to treat patients.  We admire that Simeon has kept up his practice even while going through major life events such as moving his business to a new space and having a baby! Go Simeon and thanks for being a part of our school.

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Name: Simeon Kuic

Age: 44

Rank: Blue

 

Occupation and Where you work/go to school: Chiropractor at “Downtown Chiropractic” and Professor at South College

Why you practice: I joined after seeing several demonstrations at public events.  Every time I was impressed with how happy and alive the group was…and the feeling as contagious!

How long you’ve been practicing: Close to three years now

What you enjoy most about your practice so far: I love how Tae Kwon Do (and this group in particular) is so integrating.  Sure it’s a physical work out…but it is so, so, so much more. Health is my profession, and I strive to teach my patients the importance of integrating the physical, mental, emotional, social (and spiritual) aspects of ourselves.  It is the only way that true health happens.  This place embodies that process.

Other hobbies/interests: Music, hydroponic vegetable and herb gardening.

Something people at Tae Kwon Do probably don’t know about you:  I have five sisters and they all took ballet growing up (but not me).  One year our ENTIRE family of eight was cast in the Columbia City Ballet production of “The Nutcracker.”

Favorite Tae Kwon Do moment:  It happens about every testing.  It’s usually when a kid is trying to break a board. They’ve made several attempts, their foot or hand is hurting, tears are welling in their eyes, they want to give up but hundreds of people are there watching.  Then Master Morris calls them over.  He looks them in the eyes and whispers something in their ear.  Then they walk up to the board and break it and the crowd goes wild! That kind of energy is priceless.

Student Spotlight

March 13, 2014

Our adult student spotlight this week is on Season Jacques.  Season is a fun and hardworking mother of three.  She practices Tae Kwon Do with her husband and her oldest daughter.  We love having Season in classes here because she gets along with all types of people and makes new folks feel at home.  Additionally, her personal practice is rigorous and her movements are powerful.  Thank you to Season for being a friend and inspiration here at Sun Soo!

Name: Season Jacques

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Age: 36

Rank: Blue/Red

Occupation: On call nurse at Carepartner’s hospice

Why you practice: Tae Kwon Do is a great workout and a wonderful activity that I share with my family

How long you’ve been practicing: 15 months

What you enjoy most about your practice so far: The camaderie with my Sun Soo “family,” the positivity the DoJang encompasses, watching all of the practitioners go beyond their potential, how helpful everyone is. Oh, and losing 35 lbs in the first 6 months!

Other hobbies/interests: Homeschooling, spending time with my family, gardening, tending our “zoo,” meeting new people, and camping

Something people at Tae Kwon Do probably don’t know about you:  When I was 15, my parents bought a school bus and converted it into a “house” where we lived for 9 months.

Favorite Tae Kwon Do moment:  My daughter doing her first board break with a flying sidekick, sparring with my husband, and never knowing when a crazy gorilla may attack!

Student Spotlight

March 12. 2014 –
Our junior student spotlight this week is on Logan Carroll.  Logan is a great role model for younger kids.  He treats everyone with the utmost respect, practices diligently, and he is a great big brother to two little sisters.  Logan always brings a smile and as a student he is flexible and reliable at the same time! We are proud to have Logan as a student here at Sun Soo!

Name: Jacob Logan Carroll

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Age: 13

Rank: Blue belt

Where you go to school: I’m homeschooled

Why you practice: To build self control, to learn how to defend myself, and to do something fun.

How long you’ve been practicing: About 2 years

What you enjoy most about your practice so far: That I get to teach myself and other people how to be better martial artists

Other hobbies/interests: I love playing football and guitar
Something people at Tae Kwon Do probably don’t know about you: I’m extremely organized!

Favorite Tae Kwon Do moment: When Mr. Dickinson handed me my white belt
Editor’s note: Logan EARNED his white belt during his introductory session!