Henry Thome is a hard working martial artist who possesses incredible perseverance and maturity. Henry started his practice at the age of 5 as a Mighty Tiger, and has since graduated through the beginner class and is now in a leadership position in the intermediate class. Henry demonstrates an abundance of personal strength and internal motivation, qualities that contribute to his excellence as a Tae Kwon Do student. Henry has worked diligently to progress in several technical areas, such as stances and chambers. His efforts have paid off with continuous and steady improvement! Henry’s joyful attitude is contagious – he is quick to connect with teachers and peers and he pays attention to the needs of others – always ready to lend a helping hand. Henry is frequently volunteers his time as an assistant in the Mighty Tigers class, giving back where he first began his practice! It is a pleasure to have Henry as a student here at Asheville Sun Soo and we are grateful for his friendly, happy demeanor and for his resilient attitude! How old are you? “6.”
What is your rank?
Where do you go to school?
“I am in Kindergarten at Carolina Day School.”
Why do you practice?
“To get some exercise, because it’s fun, and I like to hang out with instructors.”
How long have you been practicing?
“A little over a year and a half.”
What do you enjoy most about your practice so far?
“The forms, the one-steps and especially meditation.”
What are some of your other hobbies or interests?
“I enjoy drawing, cooking, and legos.”
What is something people at Tae Kwon Do probably don’t know about you?
“I had a bone marrow transplant at age 1…5 years ago!”
What is your favorite Tae Kwon Do moment?
“When I won the 1st place (gold) medal at the tournament doing my form.”
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Nancy Fraser is a martial artist who lives life with a beautiful simultaneous expression of power and grace. As a 1st Degree Black Belt who has been practicing at Asheville Sun Soo for the past five years, Nancy is an integral part of the leadership and mentorship in our school. She is constantly giving, both in her profession as a massage therapist and as a martial artist in her Tae Kwon Do practice. Through her study of martial arts, Nancy has complemented her gentle nature with her ability to draw boundaries and hold ground when called for. Additionally, as a professional body worker, Nancy has cultivated in-depth knowledge of human anatomy, which she applies to her martial arts practice. Nancy’s Tae Kwon Do journey is summarily characterized by excellence – both in her technique and in her character. Thank you Nancy for your contributions of wisdom, patience, and dedication here at Asheville Sun Soo. How old are you? “56.”
What is your rank? “1st dan.”
What is your occupation? “Massage therapist.”
Why do you practice? “I practice for my spirit, mind, and body. Having a discipline like this lets me express parts of my being that are strong physically and mentally and this supports me in every other aspect of my life.”
How long have you been practicing? “5 years.”
What do you enjoy most about your practice so far? “I love the challenge that comes with each belt rank and the constant humility that goes with each new level and for that matter each new class.”
What are some of your other hobbies or interests? “I recently went surfing for the first time – loved it! I enjoy good theater, good music, and I read a lot.”
What is something people at Tae Kwon Do probably don’t know about you? “I worked 17 years in open- heart surgery with the 2nd busiest cardiovascular surgeon in the world (at the time).”
What is your favorite Tae Kwon Do moment? “Definitely testing with Simon Wolf for my 1st degree black belt.”
Is there anything else you would like to add? “I love that we come in here every day – pretending to ‘take each other down’ and there is actually more love expressed by the students and instructors for one another than in any other community that I know.”
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Sukita Aguirre is a young martial artist with great potential, who is self motivated and takes responsibility for maintaining an excellent practice. Sukita started classes at Sun Soo last fall with encouragement from her father, who holds a 5th degree black belt in Kung Fu. On the mat, Sukita is focused, present, and attentive. She demonstrates leadership in class through her excellent technique and behavior. She treats instructors and classmates with courtesy, and is respectful of other people’s space and time. She enthusiastically practices her Tae kwon Do at home, and this extra effort is noticeable in class. Sukita is a great example of independence, perseverance and self control. Sukita is on the road to becoming a very skilled Tae Kwon Do practitioner and she is a joy to have as a student here at Sun Soo.
How old are you? 9
What is your rank? Yellow belt
Where do you go to school? Vance Elementary
Why do you practice? To get better at the things I do
How long have you been practicing? Since I was a white belt
What do you enjoy most about your practice so far? I like doing the moves
What are some of your other hobbies or interests? Swimming, football, painting
What is something people at Tae Kwon Do probably don’t know about you? My dad was a boxer when I