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Asheville Sun Soo Welcomes the Montford & North Asheville Neighbors Publication as The Sponsor for Our April Belt Rank Testing Event!

montford and north asheville neighbors logoMontford & 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

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!

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!

Guest Master Instructor: Master John Meany of Glen Ridge Taekwon-do

Master John Meany of Glen Ridge Taekwon-DoPlease join us in welcoming Master John Meany, Owner and Head Instructor of Glen Ridge Taekwon-do and Chief Instructor for Taekwon-do International, to our April 2017 testing event!

Master John Meany is a 7th Degree black belt with over 20 years of experience practicing and teaching  Taekwon-do.  Master Meany is a student of Grand Master Suk Jun Kim in New York City. Grand Master Kim was a member of the internationally renowned Korean Taekwon-do demonstration team under General Choi Hong Hi, the founder of Taekwon-do. In 2014 Master Meany was appointed Chief Instructor of Taekwon-Do International.

Under Grand Master Kim, Master Meany has served as Patterns Demonstrator at Taekwon-do International seminars, and has also competed extensively in patterns, breaking, and free fighting.

Master Meany will be arriving Thursday, and will conduct our Saturday morning Master’s Class this week.

Please remember that due to testing this week, the school will be closed for classes beginning directly after our Friday morning class sessions. Other than the special Master’s class on Saturday morning, there will be no classes until Tuesday afternoon. Also remember that testing is free for spectators, and is open to the public.

February 2017 Testing

A Visit from Esteemed Grand Master Suk Jun Kim

Grand Master Suk Jun Kim will be our special guest next Saturday at color belt testing. There are very few 9th degree black belts in the world and even fewer who were directly promoted by General Choi, considered the “Father of Tae Kwon Do”. He has been practicing for 50 years.

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Belt Level Testing 2011 Dates

When a martial arts student has mastered specific belt level requirements and has met minimum training times as set by Asheville Sun Soo Taekwondo, he or she will be able to test for the next belt level.

Testings are great opportunities for students to invite friends and family to enjoy the amazing progress everyone is making!  Testings always occur on weekends and have two parts: White and White-Yellow belts test on Friday nights and then Yellow belts and higher test the next day on Saturday afternoons (there will be one Sunday this year).  Following are the dates and times:

White & White-Yellow:  Friday, April 8th @ 6pm
Yellow and above:         Saturday, April 9th @ 1pm

White & White-Yellow:  Friday, June 10th @ 6pm
Yellow and above:         Saturday, June 11th @ 1pm

White & White-Yellow:  Friday, August 12th @ 6pm
Yellow and above:         Saturday, August 13th @ 1pm

White & White-Yellow:  Friday, October 7th @ 6pm
Yellow and above: Sunday, October 9th @ 2pm

White & White-Yellow:  Friday, December 9th @ 6pm
Yellow and above:         Saturday, December 10th @ 1pm

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