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Dear Students & Parents,

Classes are going well and everyone is training diligently. It can be hard with so many summer activities, so include training on your list of priorities and you will see results.

I would like to congratulate Michelle Cosley, Jered Davis, Emily Evans, Judah Gaess, Noah Krause, Lauren Runion and Sarah Runion on their promotions to first-degree black belt. I would also like to congratulate Michael DeSena, Elizabeth Hernandez, Leonard Skotnicki and Sarah Skotnicki on their promotions to second-degree black belt. These students have all worked hard and shown dedication and perseverance.

There will be an archery and knife throwing clinic on Saturday, July 14, at the Kuk Sool Outdoor Training Center. Session I will be from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. and session II will be from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. This is a fun introduction to archery and knife throwing. Outdoor training is an important part of our traditional martial arts and our martial arts heritage. Sign up is required and there is no charge. There will be no regular classes that day.

We will be doing several demonstrations this summer. We have been asked to do a demonstration before the Movies in the Pines showing of the "Karate Kid." This will be on the evening of Saturday, July 28, more info to follow.

Su Suhk Kwahn Jahng Nim Suh, my instructor, will be holding his annual black belt clinic on Sunday, August 26. This is a wonderful opportunity to be fine-tuned and taught at the highest level. All black belts should try to attend.

During the warmer months Kuk Sool T-shirts may be worn instead of the traditional top. The traditional top must be worn when testing, during promotions, demonstrations and special events. Kuk Sool T-shirts are available for $18.00, tax included. See your instructor.

We will be performing demonstrations at the Nevada County Fair on Friday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the dance pad. This will be our 24th year performing at the fair. We encourage all ages and belt levels to participate. During these two prime time slots we have the opportunity to plant a positive seed of martial arts in our community and show that Kuk Sool Won is truly a family martial art.

There will be a two part jool bong (nunchuks) spinning class on Thursday, August 23 and Thursday, August 30. You will learn over 60 strikes, spins and flows. Cost for the clinic includes the two classes and a practice jool bong for you to keep ($25 children and string jool bong, or $30 teen/adult and chain jool bong). This clinic is a requirement for learning the jool bong form.

Session II of the Martial Arts Adventure Summer Day Camp will be held July 16 through 20. This will be our 34th camp with over 1900 campers in the past 17 year, and it has been a blast. It is so fun to work with so many different children. A parent of a camper told us after her son went on a field trip to the Kuk Sool Outdoor Training Center that it was the best day of his entire life! That's what we love to hear. A special thank you to everyone who helps make this camp a lifelong memory for so many.

Show your school spirit with a free Gold Country Kuk Sool Won window decal, semi-professional installation by Kwahn Jahng Nim Tony is included.

I just wanted to share this funny moment with you. We currently have about 350 cars driving around Nevada County with Kuk Sool window decals. A new, young student came up to me in class and said, "Sir, you have so many cars!"

Let's keep working hard and laughing a lot in 2018.

Thank you and Kuk Sool,
Kwahn Jahng Nim Tony Reyna

Kwahn Jahng Nim Tony

Gold Country Kuk Sool Won    Nevada City, California, U.S.A.    (530) 478-1412