On October 7th Masters and Senior Black Belts from across America met at S.J. Kim's Taekwon-do in New York City for the annual Instructors Seminar. As in prior years the seminar was taught by Grandmaster Kim, Founder and President of Taekwon-do International. Material covered included patterns, fighting techniques, teaching methodologies among other topics, and instructors had an opportunity to work with similarly high-ranked Black Belts to work on advanced topics.
Master Instructors came from as close as other schools within New York City and as afar away as Aliso Hills, California. Instructors brought 3rd and 4th Degree Instructors from their schools. Attendees said that Grandmaster Kim never fails to find new material and present information in a way that makes complex ideas transparent and easy to understand. The seminar was a great success and all eligible Instructors and Masters are encouraged to attend future Instructors Seminars.
Grandmaster S.J. Kim, Founder and President of Taekwon-do International was one of the honorees at the Taekwondo Hall of Fame on Friday, September 22, 2017 in New York City. Many Masters and Grandmasters were there to celebrate the occasion and to enjoy seeing so many illustrious members of the Taekwondo community together. Grandmaster Kim was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
Taekwon-do International is very pleased to announce that Grandmaster S.J. Kim, 9th Dan, Founder and President of Taekwon-do International, has re-opened S.J. Kim's Taekwon-do in Manhattan at 31 West 46th Street, New York, NY. Classes are being held six days a week in their beautiful new location, conveniently located on Mid-Town Manhattan.
Grand Master Suk Jun Kim brings his extensive experience and insight to Taekwon-do training in the classes. The school, founded in 1975, is a house of discipline, the home of traditional Taekwon-Do, and a school of self defense. At S.J. Kim's Taekwon-do the goal is to teach each student to reach his or her maximum potential as a martial artist.
Click here for the S.J. Kim Taekwon-do website.
Asheville Sun Soo, in Asheville, NC, recently welcomed Professor Thomas Ryan to their August testing event. It was Professor Ryan’s first visit to the school, and they were excited to have him!
Professor Ryan has received training in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kodokan Judo, and Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. He has also studied Escrima, Wing Chun, Judo, Aikido, boxing, wrestline, Karate, Lua, Philippino knife, Kun Tao Silat de Thouars, and other styles of jujitsu.
He holds the title of Rokudan (6th Degree) with the title of Professor with Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jujitsu Hombu, Costa Rica. He is Hachidan (8th Degree) with the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and the American Traditional Jujutsu Association. In addition, he is a Sandan (3rd Degree) in Kodokan Judo, a Jujitsu Rokudan and a Master Jujitsu Rank Examiner with the United States Judo Association and also holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
In addition to his martial arts studies, Professor Ryan is also a Certified Okazaki Restorative Massage Therapist, a distinction he earned in 1985 from the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation’s Okazaki Restorative Massage program. He has built upon this by earning his Okazaki Massage Instructor Certificate in 1988, his Massage Therapist Instructor certification from the Human Touch School of the Healing Arts in 1990, and has been a Certified Instructor with American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) since 1993.
He believes that his greatest reason for studying and teaching martial arts is to strengthen his spirit for all of life’s challenges, to be discriminatory so he can gain wisdom, to have a positive impact on the youth and adults in his community, and to be compassionate so he can serve others to the best of his ability.
Professor Ryan is an associate and fellow practitioner of Professor Thabiti Sabahive, the head Jiu Jitsu instructor of Asheville Sun Soo.
Thank you to Master Klok of Klok's School of Martial Arts in Wake Forest, NC for making this video from the 2017 Taekwon-do International Boot Camp.
This August Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do, in Asheville, NC, welcomes Master Ron Whitted to their August testing event! Master Whitted is president and founder of the North Carolina Taekwondo Organization and has launched an Olympic Taekwondo Development Program in his region.
Master Whitted is a Level 1 Olympic Taekwondo Coach, a B-1 USAT National Referee and a National and International Taekwondo champion – having won Gold medals in Forms and Sparring at the US National Taekwondo Championships and the US Open Taekwondo Championships. As a coach, Master Whitted has guided his team to win over 50 national medals at the US Junior Olympics and National Taekwondo Championships since 1992. Master Whitted is also the Taekwondo Competition Manager of the Powerade State Games of North Carolina Taekwondo Championships.
Master Whitted’s personal motto is “still kickin’,” believing that a committed and consistent practitioner will live a long, happy and healthy life!
Asheville Sun Soo, in Asheville, NC, was honored to host the TKDI Boot Camp, held August 4th through August 6th 2017. This event brought together over 100 practitioners of varying ranks, representing schools throughout the TKDI family. All training sessions were run by Grandmaster Kim, who shared his vast knowledge, enthusiasm and many years of experience with students of all ranks.
Bootcamp began Friday night, with registration and a meet and greet. It was wonderful watching students from different schools interacting and getting acquainted with one another. Practitioners then shared a meal, and got prepared for the an exciting and rigorous training session, finishing with a talent show that evening.
Saturday morning, there were many opportunities to learn about the nuances and mechanics of proper kicking technique, as well as words of wisdom from Grandmaster Kim about recognizing that we each practice for ourselves. Practitioners from all participating schools then enjoyed a tubing field trip, and were able to take in some of the natural beauty of this area while resting and relaxing. Students reconvened at Asheville Sun Soo in the late afternoon, and after enjoying a shared dinner, resumed training with a short session, led once again by Grandmaster Kim, in the evening.
Sunday morning’s training session although optional, but was a fantastic turnout despite the tired legs! Each visiting Master Instructor led a session, with the purpose of reviewing material covered during the weekend. Practitioners were able to ask questions, get clarity on techniques, and otherwise absorb additional information.
All in all, TKDI Bootcamp was an excellent opportunity to enhance the practice of all who participated, to meet fellow practitioners from our sister schools, and to receive instruction from other Master Instructors, thereby further contributing to a more whole understanding of the curriculum. Students left inspired and invigorated in their practice.
Many thanks to all of the highly skilled instructors who supported the training. They include:
Grandmaster S.J. Kim, 9th Dan, Founder and President of Taekwon-do International
Master Mark Nathanson, 8th Dan, Glen Ridge Taekwon-do
Master Tony Morris, 7th Dan, Asheville Sun Soo, Asheville NC
Master John Meany, 7th Dan, Taekwon-do International Chief Instructor, Glen Ridge Taekwon-do, Montclair, NJ
Master James Marr, 7th Dan, Master Marr’s Taekwon-do, Shaker Heights, OH
Master Laura Giletti, 6th Dan, Glen Ridge Taekwon-do, Montclair, NJ
Master Keith Klok, 6th Dan, Klok’s School of Martial Arts, Wake Forest, NC, Full Instructor Krav Maga
Master Paul D'Ambrosio, 6th Dan, Aliso Hills Taekwon-do, Aliso Hills, CA
Professor Thabiti Sabahive, 5th Dan Dansan Ryu Jujitsu, Asheville Sun Soo, Asheville, NC
Master Michael Dickinson, 4th Dan, Asheville Sun Soo, Asheville NC
Next year’s Boot Camp will be held in early August (2018). More details to come as definite plans are made.
Asheville Sun Soo in Asheville, NC is happy to announce the expansion of the Asheville Sun Soo After School Program! The first year –- which started in Fall 2016 and continued through Spring 2017 -– was a huge success! The year ended with Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts being voted the #1 After School Program in Western North Carolina! And it ended with a waiting list of families interested in participating in the program.
Asheville Sun Soo’s After School Program picked up from 13 different schools last year, and they are excited to announce that they will add at least 3 additional schools to the list for the Fall 2017 school year, bringing the total to 16 or more! In order to meet the growing demand, and to serve more families, they are currently expanding our After School facility as well to nearly double its original capacity!
This facility expansion will allow Asheville Sun Soo to create the additional benefit of a homework “quiet zone” dedicated to homework assistance without distraction!
Highlights of the After School Program include:
Spots for the Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 program, which begins next month, are going fast! Registration is open now, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, or to register your kid(s), please call (828) 505-4309.
Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Hosts 2017 TKDI Bootcamp, Grandmaster Kim to Lead all Major Training Sessions
Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do is excited to be hosting the 2017 Annual Taekwon-do International Boot Camp, which will be held from August 4th-6th. This is the second year Asheville Sun Soo will be hosting this event, and everyone at the school is honored to host the event once again. Last year marked the largest attendance ever for a TKDI Boot Camp event at over 130 practitioners. We expect this year’s attendance to set another record!
We are happy to announce that Grandmaster Kim, President and Founder of TKDI, will lead instruction on ALL of the major training sessions during this year’s Boot Camp––and he is excited to see and work with everyone’s Taekwon-do. Supporting Grandmaster Kim’s lead instruction will be more than a dozen additional Taekwon-do International Master Instructors.
There are under 3 weeks left until this event, so see your school’s Master Instructor for registration and details or for schools not yet a member of Taekwon-do International please contact Master James Marr at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to help with the logistics of planning this event, we are offering a free t-shirt to all participants who register by Wednesday July 26. Anyone who registers after this date can purchase the t-shirt once they arrive at Boot Camp.
Host families are available for out-of-town students who would like to avoid the cost of lodging while attending Boot Camp. Please indicate on your application form if you would like to make this arrangement.
In addition to all of the awesome training sessions, we will also hold a talent show, share 5 meals together in the dojang, and hit the river for tubing!
Don’t miss this awesome TKDI training experience!
We look forward to seeing you at Boot Camp!
Special Note: Remember that Asheville is a fantastic vacation destination, and we invite you to consider staying and enjoying additional vacation days in our city. For more information on things to do while in Asheville, please visit http://ExploreAsheville.com
Brent Edwards is a pastor, a fitness advocate, and an adult student at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts in Asheville, NC. As a pastor, Brent provides outreach to various communities in the Asheville area.
He uses his presence to tout the benefits of physical fitness, and to share his personal health journey. He has put a great deal of energy into getting healthy – having lost NEARLY 100 POUNDS over the past few years! He considers his Tae Kwon Do practice at Asheville Sun Soo to be the major component of his sustainable fitness regimen.
Brent is an inspiring example of the possibilities available to all adult practitioners, as well as an inspiration to all who meet him. Asheville Sun Soo is very proud of Brent and the excellent practitioner he has become, and happy for all the changes he has made in his journey to optimum health!
Acknowledging his progress, Brent was interviewed by local television station WLOS News 13 regarding his amazing transformation. Please follow this link and enjoy this positive and uplifting testament to possibilities and a life of health and inspiration! http://wlos.com/news/local/asheville-pastor-campaigns-for-mens-health-cover-with-inspiring-story-of-weight-loss