We are pleased to announce The Taekwon-do International 2017 Spring Invitational Championship to be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell, NJ. More information is available on the Registration Page at:
Information packets were mailed the week of January 24th. If you would like to receive one please call 973-744-1666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday, January 20 Aliso Hills Taekwon-do (Aliso Viejo, CA) hosted the annual TKDI regional seminar for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree Black Belts. Master John Meany, 7th Dan, from Glen Ridge Taekwon-do in Montclair, NJ taught this very exciting and informative seminar. Basic motion, fundamental movement and applied movements were broken down and interspersed with patterns and drills, and made this seminar not only full of information but fast-paced and fun. More than a couple attendees said it was one of the best seminars they've attended.
On Saturday, January 21 the school hosted their first black belt testing of 2017. Six students were promoted to the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt: Hannah Cornell, Saya Seraj, Janelle Chenault, Matthew Law, Mason Fromm and Alexander Carney. One student, Zoe Johansson received her 2nd Degree Black Belt. Three students tested for 3rd Degree Black belt, they are: Baxter Bartlett, Ethan Strunk and Mitchell Law.
Master Meany, Master Jessica Sabetian, Hapkido Master Ed Bussey and Master Paul D'Ambrosio all sat on the testing board.
Glen Ridge Taekwon-do, Montclair, NJ, is observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month with instructors wearing pink belts and encouraging members to also become involved in local events to support women's health.
Master Laura Giletti says, "like many martial arts schools, Glen Ridge Taekwon-do has a large population of women and girl students and it is important to us tohelp everyone to maintain good health. Staying physically and mentally fit is very important as is having regular health checks." This event is the brain child of Master Chris Malarkey, pictured below.
Taekwon-do International is pleased to announce Master Meany of Glen Ridge Taekwon-do (Montclair, NJ) and Master James Marr of Master Marr's Taekwon-do (Shaker Heights, OH) earned their Seventh Dan degrees.
Master Meany is Taekwon-do International's Chief Instructor and Master Marr is Secretary General for TKDI. Both Master Instructors performed demonstrations and received their new ranks.
August 5-7, 2016
Asheville Sun Soo Taekwondo, Asheville, NC
You are invited to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina for the 2016 Taekwon-do International Summer Boot Camp. Asheville is home to a great deal of natural beauty, outdoor activities, shopping, and sightseeing. It is on many “best of” lists, and is a fantastic destination for a long weekend getaway or vacation. Visit Asheville.com and ExploreAsheville.com for more information on things to do while visiting our city!
Friday, August 5th
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Arrival/Check-In
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Dinner and Meet and Greet
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Training Session #1
8:45 PM - 9:45 PM: Talent Show
Saturday, August 6th
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM: Breakfast
9:00AM - 11:30 AM: Training Session #2
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Rafting Trip
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Dinner
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Training Session #3
9:00 PM: Adult Social Outing
Sunday, August 7th
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM : Breakfast
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM : Review Training Session (Optional)
Cost: $190/person (huge cost savings compared to prior years!)
$10 discount for additional family members
• All training sessions
• All meals on schedule
• Rafting trip and transportation to and from rafting
• Stay with local host family, if desired.
Facility and Session Details:
• Air-conditioned space with changing facilities and restrooms
• 10,000 SF space has been recently renovated and expanded
• Fully-matted floor
• Round-robin work stations covering a variety of topics
• All major areas of your martial arts practice
• Fundamental movement
• Forms/Patterns (technical details and application)
• Sparring strategies and concepts
• In-close self defense
• Rolling and falling
• Philosophy and history
• Board breaking fundamentals
We are providing an opportunity for all out-of-town participants to stay with a host family during their visit. If you prefer hotel accommodations, we recommend the following: (All are located within a short drive of the school, as well as other attractions in the Asheville area. It is recommended that you book your room early.)
Crowne Plaza Resort
1 Resort Drive, Asheville 28806
Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown
151 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801
Holiday Inn Asheville - Biltmore West
435 Smokey Park Highway, Asheville 28806
Country Inn and Suites by Carlson
199 Tunnel Road, Asheville 28805
For more information, please visit: http://www.martialartsasheville.com/events/tkdi-summer-boot-camp-2016/
To register, contact your school, or call Asheville Sun Soo at 828-505-4309
Master James Marr and Master Elaine Bayless of Shaker Heights, Ohio were honored to host Master Tony Morris and Instructor Lisa Morris from Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do recently. Master Morris and Instructor Morris traveled from North Carolina to judge the April promotion test at Master Marr's Taekwon-do. Thirty students demonstrated their progress for the visiting instructors, including three new Junior red belts. Master Morris complimented those testing on their focus and the sense of unity and support among all the students. The following day, Master Morris treated the advanced students to a high-intensity training session that left everyone sweaty and smiling. Master Marr and Master Morris both believe in the importance of interschool collaboration, and this weekend highlighted the benefits of such an exchange.
Congratulations to Grandmaster John Ivanov on his promotion to 9th Dan and Grandmaster Brian Douglas on his promotion to 8th Dan. Both moved up in rank on March 1, 2016. We are all very proud of their accomplishments and their contributions to Taekwon-do. We are grateful for their continued support of TKDI.