Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts in Asheville, NC had an amazing August 2018 testing weekend! The school would like to congratulate all who tested, and they are very proud of their students and how much work the students put into their practice.
Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was grateful to have Shihan Alex Ormaza, who holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, as well as other advanced ranks in related arts, as our Featured Guest Master Instructor for the August belt rank testing event. Shihan Ormaza, who has been practicing for over 30 years, came to us from the Gastonia area of North Carolina. Shihan Ormaza is the Master Instructor and founder of Ormaza’s Family Karate, located in Dallas, NC. Thank you, Shihan Ormaza!
The school also thanks Mr. Billy Wyatt (3rd Dan) and Master Bob Kerr (5th Dan), from Kim’s School of Tae Kwon Do, for contributing their time as Guest Judges as well.
The following students tested for Black Belt Ranks during the August testing:
Mrs. Tina Clark – 48
Member of Instructor Staff
Licensed Professional Counselor
Tested to 2nd Dan
Mr. Damon Dickinson – 48
Tested to 2nd Dan
Nyah Franqui – 12
Tested to 2nd Dan
Michele Louzon – 57
Founder of Arms Around ASD – a nonprofit that provides services to individuals on the Autism spectrum and their families, regardless of their ability to pay.
Tested to 2nd Dan
Lucca Degennaro – 9
Tested to 1st Dan
Eve Flaum – 12
Tested to 1st Dan
Devin Martin – 17
Tested to 1st Dan
On Saturday, August 25, Taekwon-do International Founder and President, Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim, traveled to Master Marr's Taekwon-do in Shaker Heights, Ohio to oversee the promotion of senior ranks at Master Marr's Taekwon-do. In addition to a large number of color belts, school owners James Marr and Elaine Bayless had three students testing for 1st Dan and one testing for 3rd Dan. After achieving their personal best times running the required two miles, the 1st degree candidates--Kurtis Griffin, Nasir Rivers, and Jenny Steadman-- performed various color belt patterns, demonstrated their sparring skills, and then completed three board breaks each.
Testing for his 3rd Dan was 17-year-old Duncan Bayless-Marr, who has been training with his parents since he was four years old. In addition to his two-mile run and his patterns, Duncan fended off a pair of Black Belt opponents before executing three breaks he had never attempted, at the request of Grandmaster Kim: a suspended two-board reverse turning kick, a suspended two-board punch, and a jumping turning kick.
All four Black Belts submitted essays on the importance of Taekwon-do in their lives. Duncan talked about his long-term goal of becoming a Master Instructor, Nasir spoke about using the tenets of Taekwon-do in his daily life, Kurtis spoke of fulfilling a childhood dream, and Jenny explained how the dojang has given her a second family.
Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, Asheville, NC, has four Teen Assistant Instructors who have graduated high school and will be heading off to college this fall. Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts wishes the best for our college-bound staff members!
Asheville Sun Soo appreciates their leadership and excellence demonstrated as practitioners, as well as their mentorship in their roles as Teen Assistant Instructors. The school has enjoyed the instructors' time here, and they have proven to be integral parts of the Sun Soo family. Asheville Sun Soo is excited for them as they embark on this next stage. They look forward to seeing the instructors when they come home for extended stays!
Thank you to all of the schools that were represented at the TKDI 2018 Summer Boot Camp! Every year the camp is a success through many schools coming together and we hope there will be even more schools participating next year.
We had over 60 people attending this year's camp. Setting aside Glen Ridge Taekwon-do as we had home field advantage, Asheville Sun Soo of Asheville, NC had the largest group attending, followed closely by Master Marr's Taekwon-do of Shaker Heights, OH! We also want to throw a special shout out to Aliso Hills Taekwon-do in Aliso Viejo, CA for sending the participant with the furthest distance to travel!
Each person who went to camp came away with something new to think about in their training and will in their way make their school even better.
Thank you again!
Master John Meany & Master Laura Giletti
Glen Ridge Taekwon-do, Montclair, NJ
Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, Asheville, NC, had a great June 2018 testing weekend! Asheville Sun Soo would like to congratulate all who tested, and they are very proud of their students and how much work they put into their practice. The school was fortunate enough to have local news ABC affiliate WLOS-TV13 on site, and they profiled our three Master Rank candidates on the evening news.
Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was grateful to have 8th Dan Grandmaster Barry Partridge as our Guest Master Instructor for the June belt rank testing event. Grandmaster Partridge, who has been practicing for over 40 years, came to us from Winston Salem. 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. Thank you, Grandmaster Partridge!
Special Acknowledgement goes to the following Black Belt candidates for testing to their 4th Dan – the first rank in the Master ranks. They are:
Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was invited once again, this Memorial Day Weekend 2018, to be a prominent participant in the Mountain Sports Festival. It was a wet weekend, but the event was well-attended by local families who stayed close to home over the holiday weekend.
In spite of the rain, and even though Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was closed for the holiday weekend, their students came out in large numbers for the event.They performed four separate onsite demonstrations, providing fun family entertainment for the diverse and engaged crowd. The students enjoyed several great public demonstration opportunities, as well as multiple class credits through this extra dimension of their practice – all while helping to make the 2018 Mountain Sports Festival all the more fun for all in attendance.
Glen Ridge Taekwon-do is pleased to be hosting the Taekwon-do International 2018 Summer Boot Camp on August 3-5, 2018 in Caldwell, NJ. Boot camp will be held on the same campus where The S.J. Kim Cup was held but it's in an even larger gym! Attendees will have housing and meals on campus included with registration.
All Taekwon-do International member schools are welcome to attend.
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On Saturday May 12, Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts held an all-ranks seminar as an excellent boost to and extension of their students’ martial arts practice. This seminar was conducted by Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim, 9th Dan, President and founder of Taekwon-do International, and teacher of Master Tony Morris.
Grandmaster Kim is a direct student of General Choi, the founder of Traditional Tae Kwon Do – the primary art taught at Asheville Sun Soo. He was involved with Tae Kwon Do at its inception, and was a chosen member of General Choi’s International Demonstration team, traveling the world for decades – helping to introduce this art to countless thousands. He is an excellent instructor, and we are highly anticipating his visit.
It is always a benefit to a practice to work with highly skilled practitioners and instructors, and Asheville Sun Soo is fortunate that he will be making the trip. The school is excited to host him!
Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Thanks The Bair Foundation for Sponsoring In-House Tournament and 2018 April Testing Event
Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts was excited to welcome The Bair Foundation as the sponsor of their 2018 Annual In-House Tournament and 2018 April Belt Rank Testing event. Asheville Sun Soo appreciates the work they do in the community and around the country, and are grateful to Rob Edmonson – Asheville Sun Soo practitioner and parent – for facilitating this partnership.
The Bair Foundation is a national non-profit foster care agency with offices located throughout the United States, and was founded by Bill Bair. “Papa Bair” wanted to create an organization to provide quality care and services that restore and empower children, youth and families who are in crisis. The Bair Foundation’s headquarters remain in the small town of New Wilmington, PA where it began in 1967, but has grown and now provides a continuum of care and services with over 30 offices in 9 states across the country; Pennsylvania, Ohio, North & South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. They provide a variety of services for children facing challenges in their current home situation, including foster care placement, foster-to-adoption placement, kinship care services, family services, behavioral health services, and independent living skills training.
Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is proud of their commitment to excellence and inclusion. For more information about The Bair Foundation, visit their website at http://bair.org.
2018 S.J. Kim Cup hosted by Glen Ridge Taekwon-do
Saturday May 5, 2018
Entry Fee for 1 to 3 Events:
$95 for all competitors registering on or before 4/28/2018
$115 after 4/28/2018
Spectators: Adults $10, Children 7-15 $5
Registration or event questions? Email SJKimCup@GlenRidgeTKD.com or call 973-744-1666
Mount Saint Dominic Academy
3 Ryerson Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Click here for more information and to register.