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.
I would personally like to thank all those who participated in the Nevada County Fair demonstrations. We had over 90 students and 33 black belts in each demonstration. People always stop me afterward to say how impressed they were by the etiquette and diversity of our students. Thank you again for helping plant a positive seed of martial arts in our community. We rocked the house!
Starting September 1, the traditional top is required for classes. T-shirts may be worn instead of the traditional top from May 1 through August 31.
On Sunday, October 15, the founder of Kuk Sool Won, In Hyuk Suh, will hold his annual seminar. This is a unique opportunity to meet, hear, and train with the founder and some of the highest ranking masters in the world. It will be held at the Wheatland Bear River gym. The seminar will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and is open to all ages and ranks. The same eight area schools that meet for black belt testing will attend, so space is limited. You are encouraged to sign up early. Registration forms will be available soon, talk to your instructor for further details. Carpooling will be available for those who are unable to get there on their own. The seminar will also take the place of brown-black belt and advanced black belt classes, allowing you to more easily make plans to attend.
Each month we normally offer classes like beginning sword, staff and others. Please check the newsletter and calendar of events to see if sign up is required. And, make sure to sign up if you would like to attend. Most of these special classes are free. Sparring classes do not require sign up.
We are very fortunate to have a yearly black belt training session with Su Suhk Kwahn Jahng Nim Sung Jin Suh, the eldest son of Kuk Sool Won's founder. He has been my instructor for the past 25 years. This year one of the things we focused on was Baek Pahl Ki Hyung (the second-degree black belt form). Korean monks practiced this form while performing jung shin (focus of the mind and heart) and internal ki training exercises, to keep their minds purified and their bodies conditioned. While practicing this form we should focus on the following: Breathing control, balance, speed control and power control (hard and soft). Su Suhk Kwahn Jahng Nim added many advanced details which we will work on in class. For me, this is the beauty of our training. In our lifetime we will be working on improving our forms, techniques, weapons and ultimately ourselves. I am very honored to be your instructor as well as a fellow Kuk Sool student. Let's keep learning together!