Where to begin... I started attending Asheville Sun Soo back in August. I had originally gone in for my orientation almost a year and a half prior, but I let fear sway me out of following through (you know the whole "starting something new" and "what if I look like an idiot?" kind of fear). The itch to go never left, and I finally sucked up it up and joined this summer. I can honestly say that it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself. The students and teachers have quickly earned a place in my heart. Not only is the school true to the discipline, but it's also a community, a giant family, and not to mention a killer workout. All of the instructors are incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and so, so skilled at meeting all students where they're at. One of my most favorite things about Sun Soo is how the essence of community is embedded into their curriculum-- even though the school is large with many students (adults as "old" as 80 and kids as young as 3) you have the opportunity to get to know and connect with everyone. Even if you're a complete newbie, you are included as if you're a seasoned student. I could say so many things about the palpable integrity, discipline, and care that is Asheville Sun Soo, but I'll let you feel it for yourself, because you will the second you walk through the doors.
I started my own practice here two years ago as a 40-year-old, after decades of wanting to learn a martial art, and years of watching Sun Soo grow and develop in Asheville. The moment I gave myself permission to go for it and begin was a pivot point in my life. While I love the physical nature of the practice - the fitness benefits are wide and large - it is the precise and focused instruction from the staff that has most directly affected my life. Learning how to kick well is cool, but learning how to live well is immeasurable. I have no doubt that each and every one of the staff, as well as my fellow practitioners, want the absolute best for me in all things. The intention, integrity and inspiration in the school is deep. Now, practicing with my wife and four kids as well, I am proud to give to and receive from this school and this practice.
Our 11 y.o. daughters started their marital arts journey here last May. Every interaction is positive. The instructors are a diverse bunch all with consistent skill in their craft as well as their management of the kids & participants. This is a fabulous place to help your kids develop physical skill, self-confidence, and accountability.
My husband bought me the “Mother’s Day Special” at Sun Soo nearly two years ago - to say I was hesitant to start a martial arts practice as a 40 year old woman is a complete and utter understatement! In my almost two years of practice I have become a different person- a woman of confidence and strength that I didn’t know was possible for me. I am SO grateful to the staff and my fellow practitioners. Sun Soo is so much more than a place to learn martial arts- it’s a place to learn to be the very best version of yourself in every area of your life. If you’re at all on the fence about joining - just do it.
Sun Soo is awesome! We have a 5 year old and have been attending classes twice each week for a few months now. The classes and belt progression is extremely well thought out and very conducive for motivating and keeping a child's interest as well as teaching them valuable life skills both mentally and physically. I have seen growth in our child's coordination, attention span and sense of pride. All of the teachers at Sun Soo are wonderful. They are consistent and dedicated. We have just been so impressed and we are so glad to be a part of the Sun Soo family!
I have been practicing Taekwondo at Sun Soo with my two kids, 5 and 13 for over a year and it has been one of the best experiences! It is not easy to find activities that the whole family can be involved in and this practice has provided that and so much more. We started at Sun Soo shortly after moving to the area from Ohio and it provided some much needed community and stress release. It feels amazing to start or end the day with some punching, yelling and kicking. There is also a focus on personal discipline and being your best self on and off the mat that I love. I would recommend this practice to anyone and I am so grateful that I became involved. I honestly can't picture where I would be without it now.
I have been practicing at Asheville Sun Soo for a year. My two youngest children invited me after they were about 6 months in. Now my oldest has started! So far I have found my practice to benefit my overall life. I’m more physically engaged and in touch with my body than I’ve felt in 20 years. I find my practice and Sun Soo to be a grounding place in my life, helping me be more focused and productive, more intentional, patient and tolerant, and more disciplined and dedicated. Sun Soo offers us a well-organized curriculum that sets us up for success with clear and attainable goals, a supportive community of peers working together toward skills mastery that earns a new belt rank. And then the process resets. There is an infinite cycle of humility, growth, and mastery. I’m seeing my children take great pride in their achievements and I see the values practiced on the mat transferring to their lives at home - they are more respectful, courteous, and confident. When they are out of line, we often bring them back to center with a remind to live their lives the TKD way! Many thanks to our excellent Sun Soo instructors, dedicated staff, and incredible group of peer practitioners.
I was the last one in my family of four to join Sun Soo. I figured if I was going to bring two boys to classes, I might as well join them on the mat. That was over four years ago and I am preparing to test for my black belt at 51! Sun Soo has become a huge part of my life. It is where I go to relieve stress, get a great work out, and be part of a diverse community. My practice has brought incredible benefits to my overall sense of well-being. Every person who works there is deeply committed to the students. Sun Soo has also been a great place for my children. It’s like the “village” we are all looking for to help us raise respectful, considerate, and independent children.
I can’t say enough about the positive environment created by Grand Master Morris and his whole team. It is more than a Tae Kwon Do studio, it is a loving and supportive community. From the youngest students to the most advanced, you are treated with kindness and are encouraged to work hard and have fun in the process. I would highly recommend Asheville Sun Soo!!! Hope to see you there.
Sun Soo has been a life-saver for my son. I am forever thankful to the staff there for creating such a warm and welcoming environment where he has learned how to regain his self-confidence and positive self-esteem. As an educator, I work to replicate the high energy and enthusiasm exhibited by Master Morris and his staff. I joined to improve my fitness and spend time with my son. I have found the studio to be one of the most diverse communities in Asheville. What a wonderful place.
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VOTED #1 TWELVE YEARS IN A ROW
Sun Soo has been voted Best Martial Arts Studio and Best Martial Arts Practice by the readers of The Mountain Xpress 12 years in a row.