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Grandmaster Morris Attends UTA Grand Nationals in Louisiana

uta grand nationals photo of school ownersOver the weekend of July 25-27, Grandmaster Tony Morris represented Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts at the annual Grand Nationals event conducted by the United Taekwondo Alliance (UTA).

The Grand Nationals serves several purposes within the UTA. It is a venue for a weekend long convention that includes professional education for member school owners and instructors, an opportunity for high-ranking (4th Dan and above) Black Belt testing and promotions, and the Grand National Championship Tournament.

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is honored to be a new member of the UTA. As a function of that membership, Grandmaster Morris was invited to attend the Grand Nationals, both as a professional presenting speaker to other school owners covering best business practices and relational operations – as well as –  one of several high-ranking (8th Dan and above) judges for the Black Belt rank testing.

Asheville Sun Soo is enthusiastic about adding the UTA to our network of school associations, in addition to our home association of Taekwon-do International. These partnerships are beneficial to our students, expanding the number of sister schools we connect with, and providing opportunities for expanding outreach and service. We look forward to our continued association with both TKDI and the UTA – and to seeing students and instructors from both at our Invitational Tournament, to be held on September 28!

 

Asheville Sun Soo Conducts Self-Defense Training at Local Summer Camp

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Asheville Sun Soo was thrilled to have been asked to conduct a self-defense class as a part of the Young Women’s Camp with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! The camp was conducted at Mars Hill University, and was well attended with over 60 campers, ages 11-18!

Photo of female martial arts instructor teaching self-defense techniquesAsheville Sun Soo provided instruction in the form of an all-female teaching team, lead by 4th Degree Master Instructor Amy Dexter and supported by 2nd Degree Instructor Cyd Smith, 2nd Degree Teen Assistant Instructor Jennifer Marshall, and 1st Degree Teen Assistant Instructor Devin Martin.

Participants were taught basic self-defense techniques, supported by movement fundamentals. Students learned to find their inner strength, establish healthy boundaries, and use basic taekwondo moves in defending themselves.

In addition, our excellent Teen Assistant Instructors demonstrated high level forms and broke multiple boards, illustrating some of what is possible as a result of a consistent and ongoing martial arts practice.

Asheville Sun Soo believes that it is important to empower members of our community with the tools and confidence helpful to navigating the world. We welcome opportunities to provide schools, camps, businesses, and organizations with highly engaged and interactive workshops and events customized to their needs. If you are interested in having Asheville Sun Soo do a presentation, demonstration, or special class for your organization, contact Grandmaster Tony Morris at 828-505-4309 or by email at tkdtonymorris@gmail.com!

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

Photo of Grandmaster Terry Brumley

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!

Grandmaster Tony Morris Visits Leicester Elementary

Grandmaster Morris and Ms Amy Vaughn's First Grade Class at Leicester ElementaryFounder 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 is Proud to be a Recipient of the 2019 Sky High Growth Award!

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is proud to have been awarded a 2019 Sky High Growth Award by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. The Sky High Growth Awards recognize businesses for their growth and contribution to the local economy.

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was selected as one of only 20 businesses in the greater Asheville area, from among the tens of thousands in its business community. Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was chosen in acknowledgement of its exceptionally high professional standards, innovations within the martial arts industry as well as the business community at large, along with its 12 ½ year continuous history of sustained growth, #1 ranking in the annual “Best of WNC” area voting, and contribution to the local economy and quality of life in Asheville.

Grandmaster Tony Morris and Master Michael Dickinson received the award on behalf of Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. Also present at the ceremony were Instructors Master Amy Dexter, Master Thabiti Sabahive, Ms. Tina Clark, and Ms. Cyd Smith, as well as Krisy Williams, our Operations Manager.

The award ceremony was held at Sierra Nevada Brewing in Mills River, and was well-attended by many local businesses, many of which also received a Sky High Growth Award. Asheville Sun Soo is thrilled to have been recognized by the Asheville Area Chamber for its business excellence.

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts would like to congratulate its fellow 2019 Sky High Growth Award Winners!

Asheville Arborists,  Asheville’s Fun Depot, Avadim Health, Inc., Blue Ridge Orthodontics, Center for Craft, Center for Massage & Natural Health, Hi-Wire Brewing, The Market Place Restaurant & Lounge, The Matt & Molly Team, LLC, Mind Your Business, Inc., Mosaix Group, Inc., PHYSIO Physical Therapy and Wellness, Shoji Spa & Lodge, SimplyHome, Sona Pharmacy + Clinic, Spherion, Vannoy Construction, YMCA of Western North Carolina, and Zoe Dental.

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Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Demo at the Mountain Sports Festival

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Participates in 2018 Mountain Sports Festival

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Demo at the Mountain Sports Festival

Practitioners of all belt ranks came out in support of the Mountain Sports Festival

Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was invited once again, this Memorial Day Weekend 2018, to be a prominent participant in the Mountain Sports Festival. It was a wet weekend, but the event was well-attended by local families who stayed close to home over the holiday weekend.

In spite of the rain, and even though Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was closed for the holiday weekend, our students came out in large numbers for the event. We performed 4 separate onsite demonstrations, providing fun family entertainment for the diverse and engaged crowd. Our students enjoyed several great public demonstration opportunities, as well as multiple class credits through this extra dimension of their practice – all while helping to make the 2018 Mountain Sports Festival all the more fun for all in attendance.

Stay tuned for more demonstration opportunities, and enjoy the associated photos from this year’s event. Special thanks from Masters Morris and Dickinson to all students and staff who participated!

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

Events

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2019 TKDI Fall Invitational Tournament

Image with information about 2019 Taekwon-do International Invitational Championship competitionThe Taekwon-Do International Fall Invitational Championship will be hosted by Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. The competition will include sparring, forms and breaking events and will also have Black Belt and Masters demonstrations. This event is designed to encourage healthy competition, excellence in martial arts practice, and interaction with students from other martial arts schools across the country.

In past years, we have had competitors come from Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and other locations throughout the United States. This year, we anticipate hosting students and master instructors from more than 10 schools, located throughout the country.

Spectators pay $5 for admission. There will be concessions available for purchase.

In order to support our hosting this event, the school will be closed for classes all day Saturday, September 28th. We will resume our normal schedule on Monday, September 30th.