Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts would like to thank Christine Priola, Publisher of the Montford & North Asheville Neighbors publication for sponsoring our April 2019 Belt Rank Testing event.
This event was even more special than usual, as it was also our Grand Opening celebration. In addition, founder Tony Morris was awarded his 8th Dan, designating him a Grandmaster in our system of Tae Kwon Do! Congratulations Grandmaster Morris!
The inaugural issue of Montford & North Asheville Neighbors will be available in June! 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!
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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:
We 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!
Asheville 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
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Montford & North Asheville Neighbors is a is an exclusive community publication that builds and strengthens authentic relationships between Montford and North Asheville neighbors and local Asheville Businesses. Their micro targeted full color glossy magazine goes directly into the mailboxes of 2500 families every month.
Founder and Publisher Christine Priola originally hails from Hoboken, NJ. She and her twin daughters, now 16, moved to Asheville 4 years ago. She believes in community, and knows the sacrifice it takes to raise a family and to run a business. Christine believes in providing a positive example to others, especially children, so that they know that they can work towards any goal!
At Asheville Sun Soo, building strong community is one of our primary accomplishments – one that we value greatly. Our mission statement is “To make the greatest positive difference for the greatest number of people.” Building high-functioning, supportive, engaging, inspiring, and healthy communities is an accomplishment that both Asheville Sun Soo and the Montford & North Asheville Neighbors publication both share. We look forward to our continued partnership!
“As the Publisher of Montford & North Asheville Neighbors, I have been inspired! Inspired by the many Local Asheville Businesses I meet daily. Inspired by families I meet every day. Everyone has a Story. Sharing our stories is essential to building a strong Community. By listening to what motivates our local business owners’ journey[s], to learning about the dreams of the kids at the bus stop, to [offering] a “Good Morning!” to the guy on the corner, we are building connections. WE walk our dogs together, [WE] go to yoga together, [WE] grab coffee together, [WE] hike with our kids together. [WE] are Neighbors. Let’s CELEBRATE US!! “
– Christine Priola
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