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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!

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Welcomes Master Mark Nathanson as Our Guest Master Instructor for Our 2018 April Testing

We are pleased to announce that Master Mark Nathanson will be joining us at Asheville Sun Soo for our 2018 April testing. Master Nathanson has been a long time member and contributor to Taekwon-do International and a student of Grandmaster Kim’s for nearly 40 years. Master Nathanson is accomplished in his life both as a martial artist and as a podiatric surgeon. He is also a devoted husband to Emma – a high school teacher of English and Psychology, and father of three awesome kids – Sam (12), Maya (9) and Hannah (7). Master Nathanson is a fantastic instructor with a great sense of humor and we are excited to have him as a guest this weekend!

Master Nathanson began his Taekwondo practice in 1976 at Grandmaster Kim’s first school in Bergenfield, New Jersey. He had some boxing experience but wanted to expand his skill set and had a friend who was practicing with Master Kim at the time. In summer of 1979, Master Nathanson earned his 1st degree black belt and was, soon after, teaching basic classes at the school. From 1979 to 1983 he competed on the Ohio State University TKD team and taught classes for the school’s Tae Kwon Do club.

Master Nathanson’s early martial arts career was defined by intense training and frequent competition. He says he has competed in 200-300 tournaments in his life…many that went well and many that didn’t. Some of his career highlights include competing for the USA in the Americas cup in 1980, being the captain of the Ohio State University team for 4 years straight, and competing in either the US collegiate nationals or the USA nationals for each year in college.

Master Nathanson cites Grandmaster Kim as his greatest influence and says that he continues to look up to him after several decades of being his student. Master Nathanson also fondly remembers Master Ruben Cassenova, who has passed away, as one of his favorite teachers. Although Master Nathanson initially found him to be intimidating, he ultimately is grateful to Master Cassenova for teaching him how to be tough and how to exceed what he thought he was capable of.

Another career highlight for Master Nathanson occurred when he was invited to train at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs in 1980 after placing second in the middle weight category in the state of Ohio. After four days of high altitude training, he says he couldn’t wait to get home. He also traveled to Korea with Grandmaster Kim in 1995 and trained at the Kukkiwan (the world Taekwon-do headquarters) for “ten glorious days.” His last tournaments were in 2003-2006, and he counts himself as “lucky enough” to compete in and sometimes win grand championships in breaking, patterns, and sparring. Master Nathanson does not compete anymore due to his high rank, but he still misses it!

Master Nathanson’s favorite element of Taekwon-do training is the constant search to find a better way to do things and then to try to find a way to impart that knowledge onto others – he says “it makes it feel brand new to me every day, despite the many years I have put into it. I love to see those that I teach actually ‘get it’… it is the greatest feeling one can have.” Master Nathanson also loves practicing and teaching basics. He enjoys the challenge of seeing how each individual person moves and then trying to figure out how to teach them how to use the Taekwon-do in such a way as to fit their body. As an instructor and as a practitioner, Master Nathanson believes that this process helps him to make improvements.

As part of his life-long commitment to fitness and athleticism, Master Nathanson’s other interests include weight lifting, running or biking. He is also dedicated to working hard in the office to help his patients. However his ultimate passion is his family. His oldest son is autistic and struggles daily with his challenges, but has a huge heart and is considered to truly be the family’s gift. His daughters are active in sports, and are excellent students. His wife is a graduate of Columbia University and the Teacher’s College at Barnard.

Master Nathanson has visited Asheville Sun Soo several times before, and loves Asheville. He is excited about seeing all of the instructors and students again.

We are thrilled to welcome Master Nathanson back to Asheville for our testing this weekend. He is an exceptional teaching resource in the larger Taekwon-do community and we are lucky to have him as a guest judge. We are also looking forward to the seminar that he will be teaching Saturday morning for our black belts. Thank you Master Nathanson for taking time out of your busy life to be with us this weekend!

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.

4th degree Master Chris Malarkey to visit Asheville for April Testing

This weekend at Asheville Sun Soo we are pleased to welcome 4th degree Master Chris Malarkey as our guest judge.

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Master Malarkey has been practicing for 20 years and currently teaches full time under Master Meany at Glen Ridge Tae Kwon Do in New Jersey.  Master Malarkey is a talented, friendly, and devoted practitioner and we are excited to have him with us for our testing.  Please welcome Master Malarkey when you see him in the studio this weekend!

Master Malarkey

Master Malarkey grew up in Brooklyn and began his Tae Kwon Do practice in 1993.  Only 5 at the time, he cites his earliest influence as some of his childhood friends and “the power rangers.” He has trained under Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim and other Taekwon-Do International instructors for his whole life as well as in other styles for short periods of time. Master Malarkey started unofficially assist-teaching around red belt, being asked here and there to demonstrate something for a lower ranking student. He received his 1st degree black belt in 2003, and fondly remembers traveling with Master Marr to test in front of Grandmaster Kim.  Initially thinking he had “finished something” he soon realized that 1st degree was really just the beginning.  Master Malarkey had a “Let’s do this” attitude upon realizing how much there was still to learn and says that he noticed big changes in himself after reaching 1st degree and continuing to train hard. He says that he started “requiring more” of himself and wanted to always be ready and maintained his body and skills as such.

In 2007, Master Malarkey recalls working at A&P Supermarkets and regularly training hard after work.  He really enjoyed his practice and was constantly improving.  Master Marr offered him a teaching position at the school, and Master Malarkey accepted.  He wanted to pursue a career that he felt would facilitate his growth and he had always felt called to the martial arts path.   Since then, Master Malarkey has enjoyed teaching immensely and is growing both as a student and a teacher, bringing in his life experiences to round his teaching philosophies and balance his approach to the craft.

Master Malarkey is proud to be a Tae Kwon Do Instructor believing “It’s a different kind of career”, and is “constantly surprised that people are open minded about it.”  He loves that it’s not just a job for him, rather “it’s a whole direction that I’m going… it’s something I’m building.”  His favorite elements of his practice are padwork and free fighting (sparring).  He enjoys free fighting especially because it provides an opportunity to break something down, think about the theory, and try new things.   In terms of teaching, Master Malarkey’s favorite moments are all about watching students grow.  He loves when students start to believe in themselves and start pushing themselves independently.

Aside from the sheer amount of time he spends devoted to Tae Kwon Do and improving his mind and body, Master Malarkey is an avid reader and also loves music (anything but country!).  He also loves to write and is currently working on a book.

To all the Sun Soo students testing this weekend, Master Malarkey’s advice is to relax, and to give YOUR personal 100%, and to not worry about what anyone else expects.  He is excited to be somewhere different, to see the area, and hopefully to enjoy some warmer weather! Additionally, Master Malarkey looks forward to seeing friends and meeting new students, and to feeling the energy of an Asheville Sun Soo testing!

We are thrilled to have a passionate, kind, and accomplished guest instructor here with us this weekend.  Thank you Master Malarkey for making the trip to Asheville and we are excited that you will be a part of our testing!

Guest Master Mark Tung Visits Asheville Sun Soo Taekwon-Do December 2013 Belt Rank Testing

Here at Asheville Sun Soo, we were pleased to welcome our guest master instructor for the December 2013 belt rank testing, 4th degree Master Mark Tung. Master Tung is admired and appreciated for his experience in martial arts and also for his kind and helpful nature with people. Read more

Events

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Spring Break Camp 2019

Martial Arts Training and Day Camp All for One Low Cost!

At Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Spring Break Camp, children will enjoy martial arts classes including self defense and character building sessions, arts & crafts, movies, swimming, games, “mad science,” and field trips. FUN!!!

Hours are 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday unless otherwise noted. Early drop off and late pickup are available for an additional fee.

NOTE: Activities may vary slightly each day

**7:30-8:00: Extended Early Drop-off (Available for a charge of $20/day)
**8:00-8:30: Early Drop-off (Available for a charge of $10/day)

9:00 – 9:30 Icebreaker games
9:30 – 10:00 Character trait art activity
10:00 – 10:15 Snack
10:15 – 11:00 Mixed rank TKD class
11:00 – 12:00 Activities and games
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:15 Art project
1:15 – 1:45 Focus games
1:45 – 3:00 Demo team practice – with snack break

**3:00- 6:00 Extended Day Activities**

NOTE: Activities may vary slightly each day.

*Note: Early drop-off and late pick-up will be charged an additional $5 for every 15 minutes. For your convenience, an extended care program is available – with early drop-off and/or extended pick-up for an additional fee.

Please see front desk for more info, or call 828.505.4309

Students: $265 / week
Uniform for Non-Students: $40 (Required)
One-Day Camp: $60
Family Discount: $20 Discount for additional family member(s)

Registration is limited to 30 students, so register early to reserve your child’s spot!

Camp registration forms are available at the Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts front desk. Please stop by our school to pick up a form or call us at 828-505-4309 to have one sent via e-mail. Please return your completed form to 800 Fairview Road, Suite D2 Asheville NC 28803, with payment.

February 2019 Kids Night Out

Our Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Kids Night Out Program. Drop off elementary school aged kids for a fun-filled evening with us! We will feed them, play games, and engage in family-friendly entertainment.

Hours are 6pm-10pm. Cost is $25 for the first child, $15 for each additional child from the same household.

You do NOT have to be a student here to participate, so tell your friends!

Sign up at our front desk today!

martial artists performing a demonstration at the National Girls and Women in Sports Event

Asheville Sun Soo Participates in the 2019 National Girls & Women in Sports Event!

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is thrilled to be a sponsor for our local National Girls and Women in Sports Day events this Saturday, February 16th, held on the campus of UNC Asheville!

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 in February every year. This year’s event is being coordinated by the Asheville Parks and Recreation department, and will be held at UNC Asheville.

Asheville Sun Soo will be conducting 40 minute classes with 10 minute intervals in between. These start at 9:30am, 10:20am, and 11:10am, and are followed by an exciting demonstration beginning at noon. Clinics will be open to all participants in the events of the day! Asheville Sun Soo looks forward to treating event attendees to an inspirational example of what is possible with a martial arts practice!

Students who wish to participate should arrive at the Student Recreation center no fewer than 20 minutes before the event  they plan to attend. Please wear your white uniforms!

With the exception of the Mighty Tigers/Mighty Lions class scheduled for 8am, Asheville Sun Soo will not be holding classes at our location in the River Ridge Market Place on Saturday, February 16th . Instead, all students wishing to attend class on Saturday can choose from among the clinic sessions and demonstration opportunity. Students are invited to come to one or more of these sessions. Class credit will be available – be sure to sign in upon arrival!

SESSIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Saturday, February 16th

  • 9:30am-10:10am, arrive by 9:10am
  • 10:20am-11am, arrive by 10am
  • 11:10am-11:50am, arrive by 10:50am
  • Demonstration at 12 noon

White uniforms only!

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. We are excited about being a part of this year’s event!

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 1-828-505-4309.