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November/December Newsletter

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 colder months, keep Kuk Sool training on your list of priorities and you will see results.

I would like to congratulate Jenon Rountree on her promotion to fourth-degree black belt. She and her husband Richard travel from Wheatland to train at Gold Country Kuk Sool Won. Jenon has worked hard and persevered to attain this rank.

The 60th Annual World Kuk Sool Won seminar was held on October 14, in Wheatland. Kuk Sa Nim founded the World Kuk Sool Won Association in 1958. I would like to thank Kuk Sa Nim and 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 15, we will be holding our 24th 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 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 set up from Monday, December 3, until Friday, December 14. There will be many exciting items for purchase for you and your Kuk Sool student.

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.

We recently held our first Black Belt Destination Training at Fort Bragg. The weather was beautiful and the energy of training on the beach right next to the ocean was incredible. Everyone agreed it was a very special experience. Lila and I look forward to more of these destination trainings in the future. I would like to thank everyone who attended. It truly nourished the mind, body and spirit. Go to our Gold Country Kuk Sool Won Facebook page and check out the Destination Training video!

We will be holding a sparring clinic on Thursday, November 8. Kuk Sool Won is a very comprehensive martial art and sparring is one aspect of Kuk Sool Won. The chance of someone attempting to strike or kick you in a self-defense situation is very real. Sparring builds self-confidence and courage while helping you prepare for self-defense situations. By building your confidence and skill in sparring you actually decrease the probability of having to use your martial arts skills.

I have always said the most important aspect of Kuk Sool Won is etiquette. If we have good etiquette in our daily lives, hang out with individuals with good etiquette, and go to good etiquette places, chances are slim that we will have to use our martial arts skills to protect ourselves or our loved ones. This awareness is a big part of prevention.

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

Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love to watch the leaves change color and fall from the trees on windy days. One of my favorite things about teaching Kuk Sool Won is seeing the growth of students of all ages. Limitations we put on ourselves fall away like the leaves of fall. Let's continue to practice hard together and create new possibilities for ourselves and our lives.

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