Earlier this month, Luca Mele, age 12, returned to classes at Asheville Sun Soo after making a challenging recovery from brain surgery earlier this year. Luca was diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumor in April that had to be removed immediately. The surgery went well but the position of the tumor required the removal of Luca's pituitary gland. As a result, he requires ongoing medication and other cautionary measures to regulate his hormones, temperature, and hydration levels. In the face of these challenges however, Luca has maintained a truly indomitable spirit through this entire ordeal and is very excited to be back in class. We are very grateful for Luca’s ongoing recovery and thrilled that he is able to practice again. Thanks to all the TKDI members who offered their support to Luca through the August Fundraiser and otherwise. At Asheville Sun Soo, we are proud to be a part of this excellent and caring family of Taekwon-Do International martial artists.
Donations were collected to support the Violence Intervention Program run by Opportunities for Otsego on Saturday October 4, 2014. Over 30 women took part in the 3 hour class led by black belts from Taekwon-do International. Oneonta Police Detective Jennifer Torres began the session with a presentation on street smarts, awareness, and valuable advice based upon her years of experience. Third degree black belt Amy Dexter from Asheville, North Carolina taught women how to escape from various attacks including front and rear chokes, and hair pulling. Dexter helped the women fend off attackers while pinned to the ground on their stomachs and backs. Master Ray Mannion of Oneonta Taekwon-Do, a fourth degree black belt, organized the event and taught various striking methods which the women practiced on punching pads.
On Saturday September 27th Grandmaster Spillmann & his son Masters Davis of ATC Gallatin took students to compete in Nashville at the Shin's 39th Southern USA Nashville Open Karate Tournament.
ATC students competed and all had a fantastic turn out and won many divisions. The eight students took home 16 trophies winning many 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in forms and contact fighting.
The students that attended gave all they could and never gave up even when faced with a barrage of attack, inner struggles and adversity as it was their first time competing as students.
ATC Gallatin will be a serious force to be reckoned with in the future as they continue competing at Open Karate, Traditional TaeKwonDo and Olympic TaeKwonDo events. ATC Martial Arts students not only are motivated to be the best in all aspects of their lives but are required to maintain top academics and become leaders in their community.
The students pictured also maintain top grades.
Students from the Yang Taekwondo competition team competed at the 15th Annual Gold Cup held at Queens College on Sunday, October 12.
Blue belt August Arvidsson won his first match 3-2 against a bigger purple belt opponent. He then outlasted another blue belt 2-0 for his second victory. Then in his third match he lost a close one to finish in bronze medal position.
Green belt Tahchee Lordet easily won his first match against a blue belt opponent and then topped another very talented blue belt 7-3 to win his division.
Congratulations! Both students will be competing at the 11th Annual Masters Taekwondo Championship in Colonia, NJ this weekend, followed by the Suk Jun Kim's Interschool Championship on Sunday, November 9.
A promotion test was held at Glen Ridge Taekwon-do, Montclair, NJ, on September 27, 2014. Students testing ranged in age from 4 year old Mighty Lions, to Senior Adults, including 9 year old Saheli who received her Junior 1st Degree Black Belt.
Master Marr's Taekwon-do in Shaker Heights, OH held Teen Night on Friday, October 3. Current teenaged students were encouraged to bring a friend to the evening Family Class. Afterward, they watched a movie, ate pizza, and played various board games. "Teenagers are generally a hard demographic to reach," says owner James Marr, "but they are also very influenced by their peers. Once they see their friends doing it, they realize Taekwon-do is cool." While gaining new students through this event would be a bonus, it's also a chance for current students to interact in a social setting. Master Marr plans to repeat the event several times throughout the year.
Mr. Randy Langley tested for his 3rd degree black belt on August 16th, 2014. He had a phenomenal testing which was both exciting and inspiring. Mr. Langley started his Tae Kwon Do practice at the age of 65 and is shown in this video testing at the age of 72 - after 7 years of training and over 1,300 classes! Please enjoy these video highlights which include excerpts from his forms, one steps, board breaks, in-close self defense, and sparring. Additionally, Mr. Langley shares his perspective on Tae Kwon Do and why he practices with such dedication. This video is a testament to Mr. Langley's traditional Tae Kwon Do practice and his latest accomplishment of 3rd degree black belt.