Dear Students & Parents,
2018 is here and marks the 24th 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 over 200 people in attendance. A great time was had by all. I would like to congratulate Lucien Brink on being chosen Black Belt of the Year by his peers. This 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 would like to congratulate the following students on their promotion to first-degree black belt: Karissa Connell, Kyle Bosworth, Niles Bosworth, Tavish Fallside, Hunter Nuttall, Nicholas Rose and Ben Thiem. Tim Wilson was promoted to second-degree black belt. These individuals have worked very hard to attain these levels.
The West Coast Kuk Sool Tournament and Masters Demonstrations will be held on Saturday, April 14, 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 states there are three ways we can test our martial arts training in Kuk Sool Won. First is by testing, second by performing in demonstrations, and 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. The first is to learn about Kuk Sool Won and ourselves, and the second is to have fun. You will make many new friends with whom you will share this experience.
In 2018 I hope you will set some martial arts goals for yourself. I encourage you to write down your goals and set your intent, as you increase your chances of obtaining them ten fold. In the words of Kuk Sool's founder, Kuk Sa Nim, "With patience and persistence all things are possible."
Gold Country Kuk Sool Won has been honored for the fourth straight year by receiving three Parents' Choice Awards, as voted for by readers of the Parents' Resource Guide. The awards include: Best Martial Arts School, Best After School Activity, and Best Summer Camp for our Martial Arts Adventure Summer Day Camp. A big 'Thank You' to all who voted for us.
A note regarding snow and inclement weather days. 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 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.
In our journey to becoming a martial artist it is important to remember the most important aspect of Kuk Sool: Etiquette. Master Harmon said at a master level training session that etiquette is an outward display of self-control. At times this is not easy, yet very needed. I believe through good etiquette we build strong character, which greatly helps us in our daily lives.
I am excited about training in 2018. Let's have a great year!