Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts once again enjoyed tremendous student participation in our demonstration at this year’s Leicester Elementary School annual Fall Festival. It was a wonderful opportunity to show our support for teacher Amy Vaughn, a 2nd degree Black Belt practitioner at our school and first grade teacher at Leicester Elementary, as well as for families and education in general.
Students of varied ages and ranks demonstrated forms, self-defense techniques, and board breaks for an engaged and interested crowd of elementary school students, teachers, and families.
We love supporting our local community and are proud of the community contributions all our students make on a regular basis. If you are interested in booking Asheville Sun Soo for a martial arts demonstration for your group or organization, please contact Grandmaster Tony Morris at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts 828-505-4309.
Asheville Sun Soo conducted its October 2019 belt rank testing on Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th. We welcomed Master Bob Kerr as our Guest Master Instructor for this event. As such, he sat on our judging panel, using his years of experience as a Master level instructor to contribute his perspective to our team of instructors and testing students.
Master Kerr is a frequent visitor to our testing events, as his son, John Flynn, and his grandson, Gage Flynn, are both practitioners here at Asheville Sun Soo. We are always excited to have him here in an official capacity, and appreciate his contribution to our October 2019 testing!
We want to congratulate all of our testing students for all their efforts and accomplishments. We want to give special recognition to the six students promoted to Black Belt ranks:
Every year, the people of Western North Carolina are given the opportunity to vote for their favorite businesses in the area. We are proud to share that once again, Asheville Sun Soo has been voted #1 in the “Best of WNC” voting in several categories! We are honored to be recognized with this distinction, and are grateful for the support of the Asheville Sun Soo family and friends!
The categories in which we were voted #1 in WNC are:
- Best Kids Martial Arts Program *
- Best Martial Arts Studio *
- Best Parent’s Night Out Program * for our Kid’s Night Out program
- Best Kids After School Program
- Best Day Camp
In addition, we were voted the 3rd best Youth Sports Program in the Asheville area!
Thanks to all who voted!
* Indicates Hall of Fame status. This designation is reserved for winners who have won first place for at least 4 years in a row, including the current year!
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!
Founder and Head Master Instructor Grandmaster Tony Morris recently paid a visit to local elementary school, Leicester Elementary. He taught students some of the basics of self-defense and the tenets of Tae Kwon Do, while conducting a class that was fun and engaging.
While engaging with these students, Grandmaster Morris was also there to support teacher Amy Vaughn, a 2nd degree Black Belt practitioner at Asheville Sun Soo, as well as a first grade teacher at Leicester Elementary.
It is always a pleasure to support our local community, and we are proud of the contributions our students regularly make to the local community. If you are interested in booking Asheville Sun Soo for a martial arts demonstration, self-defense class, or other engaging venue for your group or organization, please contact Grandmaster Tony Morris at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts – 828-505-4309.
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!
At Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Spring Break and Summer Day Camps, children will enjoy a variety of activities including self-defense, character building, arts and crafts, movies, swimming, games, “mad science” and field trips! No prior martial arts experience necessary, and your child does not have to be a student with us in order to participate.
2019 Asheville Kids Spring Break Camp Dates:
April 15th-19th, 2019
2019 Asheville Kids Summer Camp Dates:
Week 1: June 17 – June 21
Week 2: July 8 – July 12
Week 3: July 15 – July 19
Week 4: July 29 – August 2
Week 5: August 5 – August 9
*Standard camp schedule is from 9am – 3pm.
**Extended day available for additional fee.
Early registration discounts are available!
Sign up at the front desk!
For more information, please call us at 828-505-4309 or stop by the Asheville Sun Soo front desk.
Registration is limited to 30 students. Register early to reserve your child’s spot!
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!