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Dear Students & Parents,

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. As always they go by so quickly. School is back in session and fall will soon be upon us. We have many exciting events planned so be sure to refer to your calendar of events.

I would like to personally thank all who participated in the Nevada County Fair demonstrations. Saturday night was our 52nd demonstration at the fair. We have performed at the fair for 26 years. People always stop me afterward to say how impressed they are by the etiquette and diversity of our students. Thank you again for helping plant a positive seed of martial arts in our community. There is a man who visits every year from Germany, always looking forward to our demonstrations. He wishes there were a Kuk Sool school near his hometown in Germany.

Starting September 1, the traditional top is required for classes, both in-studio and on Zoom. T-shirts instead of the traditional top may be worn from May 1 through August 31.

On Sunday, August 15, a group of 10 people from our school went on the Gold Country Kuk Sool Won Alaskan Fishing Retreat at Rod 'N' Reel Fishing Lodge on the beautiful Kenai River in Alaska. It was a fantastic trip. Everyone had a wonderful time and caught lots of fish. We saw Kodiak bears, bald eagles, moose and the beautiful scenery of Alaska. Many commented that it was the most special trip they had ever been on in their lives. What a blast. We will have to plan another Gold Country Kuk Sool Won destination adventure soon.

Our Martial Arts Adventure Summer Mini Day Camps were a huge success. Lila and I would like to thank all of the counselors and everyone who helped make these camps a fun-filled summer experience.

Each month we normally have classes like beginning sword, staff, and others. Please check your calendar of events to see if sign-up is required, and sign up if you would like to participate. Most of these special classes are free. Sparring classes do not require sign-up.

On Saturday, September 11, we'll hold our quarterly black belt testing on Zoom. There will be three tests. One for the three students testing for fifth- and sixth-degree black belts, one for students testing for second- through fourth-degree black belt, and one for brown-black testing for first-degree black belt. Times and Zoom links will be sent prior to testing.

We will continue two open Zoom classes per week, as well as livestreamed black belt classes. You may practice in-studio, on Zoom, or both. Contact Lila if you want to be added to receive links. Classes have been going very well. As a reminder, please do not attend classes if you have a temperature, feel ill, or have been exposed to the Covid virus. Please help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff.

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

Special note. PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff events occur during times of high temperatures, winds, and extreme dryness. If the Kuk Sool studio has power, we will be open for in-studio and online classes. Classes will need to be cancelled if there is no power at the studio.

My instructor, SSKJN Suh, tells us that we should not only practice hard, but we should study. We have Kuk Sool Won textbooks available. The textbooks were written by our founder, Kuk Sa Nim, and go in-depth on forms and techniques. Volume 1 covers white belt through blue belt, Volume 2 covers red belt through first-degree black belt, and Volume 3 covers second-degree and third-degree black belts. I highly suggest you make these part of your library and study them. Contact me for additional information. In the quest to improve our mind, body, and spirit through Kuk Sool training, it is imperative to study. You will be building your knowledge in Kuk Sool Won and this will help take your practice to the next level!

Let's work hard and continue to learn and grow together.

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