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May/June Newsletter

Dear Students & Parents,

Classes are going well and everyone is training diligently. With spring upon us it is important to remember to train consistently. It is sometimes hard with all the spring and summer activities, but keep training on your list of priorities and you will see results.

I am very proud of my wife Lila. Besides running our martial arts school, she also runs her business "Reyna Family Wellness Center." The center offers a 360-degree approach to wellness with services and programs for personal safety, healing, inspiration and empowerment. She is actually just three doors down in our shopping center at 119 Argall Way. The space is also available for hourly and part-time rental. This is a wonderful resource for our community. Check it out at ReynaFamilyWellness.com

Starting May 1, Kuk Sool T-shirts may be worn instead of the traditional top during the summer months. The traditional top must be worn during testing, promotions, demonstrations, and special events. T-shirts are available for $20.00 each, tax included. See your instructor or use the handy order form below.

This summer we will hold our 21st annual Martial Arts Adventure Summer Day Camp. This year we are offering four mini-camps at our Kuk Sool Outdoor Training Center. Activities include archery, martial arts, crafts, animals, outdoor skills, games, a fishing clinic, and much more. Session I is June 21-23, session II is July 5-7, session III is July 19-21, and session IV is August 2-4. Our mini-camps have a limited enrollment and are from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. We offer reservations to Kuk Sool students and returning campers before opening registration to the general public. We believe this is the most diverse day camp in Northern California. Act quickly as we only have a limited number of spots left this summer. We are very proud that our Martial Arts Adventure Summer Day Camp won the Parents' Choice Award for the last six years.

We are excited to perform demonstrations at the Nevada County Fair this year. This will be our 27th year to perform demonstrations at the fair. We will have more information as we get closer to the time of the fair. We usually perform Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00 to 6:30 pm at the dance pad. We encourage all ages and belt levels to participate. During these two prime-time slots we have the opportunity to plant a positive seed of martial arts in our community and show that Kuk Sool is truly a martial art for the whole family.

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

Pu Sa Bum Nim Carl Beaird passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 13, at the age of 83. Carl was an inspiration to us all. Over 20 years ago, I received a call from Carl telling me he just moved here with his wife Maureeda from Lakenheath Air Force Base, England. He said he was currently a yellow belt in Kuk Sool and would like to continue his training. "Great, I look forward to meeting you," I said. Carl then exclaimed, "By the way, I'm blind. Is that a problem?" I told Carl, "I've never taught a blind student before, but if you're patient with me, we can learn together." Carl achieved the rank of third-degree black belt, attended every seminar, and participated in many tournaments. The highlight being when he competed in the World Kuk Sool Won Championships in Busan, Korea. While there he was interviewed by Korean broadcast news. Carl was a gift to all who met him. He was a humble man who put the utmost importance on etiquette. If you spent any time with Carl, he considered you family; his heart was as big as he was. I learned more from Carl than he ever learned from me. He helped me be a better instructor, student and man. He will be truly missed and always in our hearts.

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