Dear Students & Parents,
It's hard to believe that fall is here and the holiday season will soon be upon us. As we go into the cooler months, keep Kuk Sool training on your list of priorities and you will see results.
I would like to congratulate Kristopher Delacoeur, Izaiah Kenney, and John Rose II on their promotions to first-degree black belt. I would also like to congratulate Coltin Miller on his promotion to second-degree black belt. These individuals have worked very hard to attain these levels.
Justin Painter was promoted to fifth-degree (master level) black belt. Justin is the fourth student to be promoted to master level from Gold Country Kuk Sool Won. He is a great teacher, very humble, and one of the hardest working students I have ever taught. We have three students that will begin fifth-degree testing in 2018 and two who will begin sixth-degree testing. Gold Country Kuk Sool Won currently has 58 active black belts and 91 active brown/black belts. This is quite amazing. I am pleased to see so many students continuing their training and having fun!
The annual World Kuk Sool Won seminar was held on Sunday, October 15th. I would like to thank Kuk Sa Nim, the founder of Kuk Sool Won, the masters who taught, and the participants for a great high-energy seminar. If you missed this year's seminar, don't worry as there will be another seminar next October.
On Saturday, December 9, we will be holding our 23rd annual Christmas Party and Awards Banquet at the Nevada County Horsemen's Club in Grass Valley. The evening starts with games and prizes for the children followed by a huge potluck dinner. Awards are presented to students who have shown excellence in different areas such as etiquette, spirit, and most improvement. One of my favorites is the Black Belt of the Year award, which is decided entirely by the Gold Country Kuk Sool Won black belts. The evening also includes a raffle with great prizes, followed by music and dancing for the whole family. This is a fun-filled family event and I hope you can attend. Space is limited, so sign up early.
Back by popular demand, we will have our Kuk Sool holiday wish tables from Friday, December 1 through Friday, December 8. There will be many exciting items for you and your Kuk Sool student.
Every year at Christmas, Gold Country Kuk Sool Won sponsors a family in need. Usually there is a shopping list for each family member that we try to fill. This year we have a student at Gold Country Kuk Sool Won whose family lost their home and everything they own in the recent fire. They are living in a motorhome on their property until their house can be rebuilt. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help this family, please do so by December 9. We hope to bring some holiday cheer to them during this difficult time.
A note to students and parents regarding snow and inclement weather. We try to keep the Kuk Sool studio open as much as possible. If public schools in the area are closed due to weather, we will close too. If there is a heavy snow on an evening or weekend, we may also need to close. We always try to leave a message on the answering machine when this happens.
Fourteen months ago I decided to do 10 daily things to improve my mind, body, and spirit. I wanted to bring more discipline into my life and feel better. It has really worked! I do 50 pushups a day, which, times 14 months is a total of 21,000 pushups. I do my Kuk Sool ki breathing daily and have a daily moment of gratitude. Our New Spirit Naturals have also played a huge part, with my daily smoothie and vitamins. I feel healthier and more energetic than I could have imagined.
As we get ready to go into 2018, let me know if you want to make some changes. We can work on improving ourselves and our lives together.