Dear Students & Parents,
2020 is here and marks the 26th anniversary of Gold Country Kuk Sool Won!
We have many exciting events planned for the upcoming months and year so be sure to refer to the calendar of events.
Our annual Christmas party was a huge success with many students and families in attendance. I would like to congratulate Evan Nestore on being chosen Gold Country Kuk Sool Won's 2019 Black Belt of the Year by his peers. It is a wonderful honor.
Due to the Christmas party potluck celebration last month, we will have in-class promotions instead of our usual promotion and potluck event.
I am very excited that we have over 20 students preparing to start their black belt testing process in February. Students begin this process once they reach the brown-black belt level. The black belt testing process consists of a series of 12 tests, one test per quarter. It takes perseverance, consistency of training and a lot of hard work.
The West Coast Kuk Sool Tournament and Masters Demonstration will be held on Saturday, April 4, at Folsom High School. This is a fun-filled family event. Students will be able to compete in forms, techniques, and sparring, plus weapons and breaking for advanced belts. You compete with students your own age and belt level. We will have many special classes in preparation for the tournament, including a tournament sparring class in Yuba City. Carpooling will be available for both this special class and the tournament. My instructor SSKJN Suh states there are three ways we can test our Kuk Sool Won martial arts training. The first is by testing, and second by performing in demonstrations, and finally third, by participating in tournaments. These events will greatly add to your self-confidence and build courage that you will use in your daily life. I believe we should go for two reasons. First is to learn about Kuk Sool Won and ourselves, and second, to have fun. You will make many new friends with whom you will share this experience.
In 2020 I hope you will set some martial arts goals for yourself. I encourage you to write down your goals and to set your intent toward these goals, as you increase your chances of obtaining them tenfold. In the words of Kuk Sool's founder, Kuk Sa Nim, with patience and perseverance all things are possible.
Gold Country Kuk Sool Won has been honored by receiving three Parents' Choice Awards each year for the last five years, as voted for by the readers of the Parents' Resource Guide. The three awards are: Best Martial Arts School, Best After School Activity, and Best Summer Camp (for our Martial Arts Adventure Summer Day Camp).
A note regarding snow and inclement weather days. If public schools in the area are closed due to weather, we too will close. We always try to leave a message on the answering machine when this happens.
As I look back on the last 38 years of involvement in Kuk Sool Won, the word that comes to mind is gratitude. I am very grateful for all of the great teachers, classmates and students I have met along this journey's path. As we go into our 26th year at Gold Country Kuk Sool Won, I want you to know how excited I am about our training in 2020. Let's have a great year!