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Please Join Us in Welcoming Grandmaster Terry Brumley as our Guest Master Instructor for our August 2019 Testing Event

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Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is excited to have Grandmaster Terry Brumley, a 9th Degree Black Belt, as our Guest Master Instructor for the August 2019 Belt Rank Testing Event.

Grandmaster Morris and  Grandmaster Brumley were fellow speakers at the annual Grand Nationals for the United Taekwondo Alliance. Grandmaster Brumley is originally from Arkansas, and currently lives in Tennessee with his wife of 36 years, Julie.

Through his 3 locations of  “Taekwondo University”, Grandmaster Brumley seeks to help people lead better lives. He follows the principles of responsibility, confidence & courage, and making no excuses. He uses these principles and the understanding of their effect on our lives in all areas of his life. He believes that practitioners should practice confidently in order to perform courageously, and invites students to eliminate excuses and to face up to mistakes in order to learn from them. His book, “Live Your Potential,” further delves into these topics, and helps readers to make an impact on a daily basis.

Grandmaster Brumley began his martial arts journey when he was almost 16. He had been bullied, and enrolled in a taekwondo practice as a means of resolving his bully situation. Grandmaster Brumley thanks this situation for setting him on the proper path. He operates from the belief that we should have a positive attitude and should invest time in things that propel us forward. He sees himself as a lifelong student.

Eleven years ago, Grandmaster Brumley founded the United Taekwondo Alliance and serves on the Master’s Council. Collectively, the Council seeks to grow good and fair competition among its member schools.

He and his wife, Julie have 5 adult children and 7 grandchildren, with one on the way. All of his children have entered the Black Belt ranks, and several of his grandchildren are current practitioners.

In closing, Grandmaster Brumley wants us to know that he loves what he does. “It’s something that changes people’s lives.” Please be certain to welcome him when you see him at testing this weekend. Thank you, Grandmaster Brumley!

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Had an Amazing April 2019 Testing Weekend and Grand Opening Celebration!

We would like to congratulate all who tested, and are very proud of our students and how much work they put into their practice. HIGHLIGHTS OF TESTING INCLUDE:

montford and north asheville neighbors logoWe would like to thank Christine Priola, Publisher of Montford & North Asheville Neighbors, for sponsoring our April testing event. Each issue will feature a family local to the coverage area, and will highlight businesses that provide goods and services to people who live and work in Montford and North Asheville. Like Asheville Sun Soo, Ms. Priola is committed to building community and helping local businesses and families. We look forward to the growth of this partnership!

photo of taekwondo black beltsAsheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was grateful to have several high-ranking Guest Master Instructors in attendance. They conducted a fun and informative Master’s Seminar on Saturday, and served on our judging panel! Thanks to:

Master James Marr is a 7th Degree black belt who, along with his wife Master Elaine Bayless, a 5th degree black belt, runs Master Marr’s Taekwondo in Shaker Heights, OH. Masters Marr and Bayless are both students of Grand Master Suk Jun Kim.

Master John Meany is a 7th Degree black belt with over 25 years of experience practicing and teaching Taekwon-do.  Master Meany is a student of Grand Master Suk Jun Kim in New York City. He and his wife, Master Laura Giletti, a 6th Degree black belt, run Glen Ridge Taekwondo in Montclair, NJ.

Master Paul D’Ambrosio (Master D) is certified as a 7th Degree Master in the original traditional style of Taekwon-do, as well as a 4th Degree Master in Olympic sport Taekwondo. This uniquely qualifies him to teach to a very wide range of students, from the young Olympic hopeful to the more mature practitioner. He is the founder and primary instructor at Aliso Hills Taekwondo in Aliso Viejo, CA.

Master Ethan Morris is a 4th Degree Black Belt, and hold the distinction of being the first student promoted to the rank of Master in Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. Master Ethan Morris is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, and will be graduating with honors this year with a dual major in Economics and Spanish.

Also in attendance was Master Bob Kerr. We always appreciate his presence in our space, and while he did not sit on our panel, we would like to acknowledge his being here!

The April testing also served as our Grand Opening Celebration. While not the first belt rank testing held in our current location at River Ridge Market Place, it was certainly the first in which we truly felt like we were settled in at our new home.

We would like to acknowledge all the students who advanced in rank at this testing event. Special acknowledgment to (now) Grandmaster Tony Morris, who was awarded his 8th Degree during the April testing. Congratulations Sir!

The following students tested for Black Belt Ranks during the June testing. Congratulations to all of you!

Jonathan Ortiz – 10, promoted to Junior 2nd Degree

Emily Orozco – 12, promoted to Junior 2nd Degree

Katie Parsons – 13, promoted to Junior 2nd Degree

Sterling Bishop – 16, promoted to 2nd Degree

Aria Cronin – 10, promoted to Junior 1st Degree

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Had a Great February 2019 Testing – The First in Our New Space!!

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 Martial Arts Welcomes Shihan Alex Ormaza

Please join us in welcoming Shihan Alex Ormaza to our August 2018 testing event. Shihan Ormaza will be our Guest Master Instructor, and will be conducting a class for our students in the Black Belt ranks on Saturday morning.

Shihan Ormaza is 40 years old, a 6th degree Black Belt in Kempo/Karate, was born in Colombia, South America and raised in New Jersey. He has been living in NC since 1996. Shihan Ormaza has been married almost 18 years and is father to two boys aged 15 and 11.

Shihan Ormaza began martial arts when his mother enrolled him at the age of 4. While he originally started it to learn self-control, he fell in love with martial arts and found it to be the perfect way to channel energy and aggression, and by the time he was a teenager, he knew that he would practice martial arts for the rest of his life.

It was also during this time that Shihan Ormaza realized he had a passion for helping others reach their goals in martial arts. As a member of a Leadership Team, he was often tasked with helping to teach fundamentals to new students. The feeling he got in his heart after teaching them something or watching them progress, then passing a test, was amazing! It’s a feeling that still fuels his fire to this day.

Shihan Ormaza was the first Martial Arts Instructor at the Gaston County College, in Dallas, NC. He has owned his own school, known as Ormaza Family Martial Arts, for 17 years and is very grateful for all the blessings that come with this responsibility.

Currently, Shihan Ormaza is focused on developing his Leadership Team, which helps him manage over 40 classes every week. He is also very fond of Martial Science, so he dedicates a lot of time to developing a deeper understanding from both a modern western and traditional eastern point of view. This knowledge also helps him become a better Healing Artist, as enjoys healing friends and family through massage.

Above all, he derives the most joy from maximizing the potential of each student and helping them achieve balance in life through the practice of martial arts.

Please join us in welcoming Shihan Ormaza as our featured Guest Master Instructor for our August 2018 testing!

Grandmaster Barry Partridge

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Welcomes Grandmaster Barry Partridge to Our June Belt Rank Testing Event

We are pleased to have Grandmaster Barry Partridge as a guest Grandmaster Instructor for our June 2018 testing.  He holds an 8th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has been practicing for over 40 years.  He is a former USTA heavyweight champion and has been a coach to several US Tae Kwon Do Olympians. Master Partridge is completely devoted to teaching and spreading Tae Kwon Do. He is a superb athlete, and a warm and charismatic person.  Master Partridge is also a devoted father.  He has a son named Dominique, who also practices.

Grandmaster Barry Partridge

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 .  Please give Grandmaster Partridge a warm welcome when you see him in the studio on Saturday!

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.