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    Voted the Best Martial Arts School in WNC and the US

    A Commitment to Excellence Through Martial Arts

    For Youth, Teens, Adults
    And Families

    We Are NOT Just Another Martial Arts School

    We are NOT a multi-location franchise. We are NOT just a place for the kids to “try out a new activity”. We are NOT just a place to learn a few self defense techniques.

    We Are Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts

    We ARE a mindset. A philosophy. A community. A journey…..to discipline, success, focus, respect. We ARE your next evolution. We ARE the path to a version of yourself or your child you never knew was possible!

    Asheville’s World-Class Martial Arts School

    Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is a single, headquarter location, world-class martial arts school in Asheville, NC.  We are committed to the highest standard of excellence by offering intensive , personalized instruction and focusing all of our energy within our single location.  We teach primary curriculums of Traditional Tae Kwon Do and Danzan Rhu Jujitsu, with complementing concepts and fundamentals from a variety of other styles including Hapkido, Aikido, Judo, Kung-fu, Krav Maga and boxing. We offer a rigorous, yet fun, welcoming and inspiring, martial arts practice that is focused on building a stronger body, a smarter mind and a kinder, more courageous heart for children, teens, adults and entire families!

    Aspiring to Excellence in All That We Do

    Best in Class Martial Arts Studio

    Setting the Standard for Martial Arts Practice Locally, Regionally and NATIONALLY

    Our school has the largest membership for both children and adults in Western North Carolina and is one of the largest in the southeast region of the United States.

    We have been voted #1 in WNC 16 years in a row and recently, received national recognition as “Martial Arts School of the Year” –  in the United States – by the United Taekwon-Do Alliance.

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    What Makes Us Different from Other Martial Arts Studios?



    We have large class sizes because we are in high demand! Large class sizes, when properly taught, provide the best combination of benefits to the student. At Asheville Sun Soo, we have developed sophisticated, innovative and cutting-edge teaching methods empowering us to facilitate some of the best and largest classes in the industry. 

    At Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, our facility is state-of-the-art and one of the largest and best equipped facilities in the country. We are well-versed in a variety of teaching approaches and structures, empowering us to facilitate large classes in a way that makes the students’ experience much richer than the smaller classes available at the typical alternatives. Our high-energy classes have unparalleled teacher-to-student ratios, built-in community, camaraderie and unmatched inspiration!




    A large variety of class types as well as class times provides flexibility, accessibility and convenience.




    Our Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts Instruction Staff is lead by 8th Degree Black Belt Grandmaster Tony Morris.  One of the few instructors at this rank to actively continue teaching.  Our Adult Instructor Staff meet or exceed the highest  standards in the martial arts education industry. Our abundant staff of Internationally Certified Instructors are highly educated and receive extensive and ongoing training as martial arts instructors as well as personal-growth coaches.  Our Adult Instruction Staff is supported by an abundant Teen Assistant Instruction Staff composed of straight-A, well mannered, self-confident, responsible and excellent teen martial artists who started their practices as children, grew up in the school and maintained their practice as a foundation to many areas of their lives.




    Our school highly values family members spending time together. Whether you are a couple, a parent with one or more of your kids – or an entire family – what better way than to share a martial arts practice together at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts?! 

    No other organized engaged time allows you to work out and achieve success together as different family members, while everyone is in a state of rigor, inspiration, positivity and constant development and all in an atmosphere of abundant and synergistic mutual support.  You can’t be on your kid’s soccer team and they don’t really want to go to work with you! So come practice togher at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts!


    Large Class Sizes

    Large class sizes provide high energy, camaraderie and the opportunity to learn from others.

    Diverse Class Schedules

    A large variety of classes provides flexibility, accessibility and convenience.

    Excellent Instructors

    Our instructors are some of the best in their field. We often use dedicated and accomplished students to teach others.

    Family Atmosphere

    Our school focuses on family time. No other organized sport allows you to work out and achieve success together.

    How Will YOU Sun Soo?



    At Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts we offer a robust schedule of classes to meet every age and ability with one focus: helping you become the best you can be! We are so much more than a martial arts studio. We are a community, a way of life, a commitment to achieving personal excellence!

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    Is Asheville Sun Soo right for me and my family? Can I start my practice as a beginner? What can I expect to gain from a practice at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts? See our frequently asked questions.

    What are the health benefits of Tae Kwon Do?

    A student can expect to increase: flexibility, balance, coordination, reflex, spatial awareness, strength, stamina, quality of sleep, peace of mind, focus.

    A student can expect to decrease: stress, anxiety, fear, unhealthy weight, cholesterol, blood pressure.

    What are the personal development benefits of Tae Kwon Do?

    The benefits of Tae Kwon Do practice are vast. School aged children improve their performance and grades in school. Adults see reductions in stress and anxiety and report a better work life balance. Posture almost always improves for children and adults.

    Below are some common benefits of being active in our classes.

    Our kids become:

    • Excellent students in school
    • Socially confident and comfortable
    • Happy, responsible and contributing family members
    • Excellent, goal-setting achievers
    • Leaders among their peers
    • Strong, coordinated and capable in their bodies
    • Capable and skillful martial artists

    Our adults become:

    • In the best shape of their lives
    • Happy and healthy in their relationships
    • Professionally effective
    • Clear and stress-free
    • Confident, capable and skillful martial artists
    For adults, how does Traditional Tae Kwon Do at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts compare to other exercise venues like Zumba, running or CrossFit?

    Traditional Tae Kwon Do at Asheville Sun Soo for adults is a super rigorous, full-body work-out that exercises every muscle and joint through bio-mechanically sound range-of-motion movements with great attention to detail, facilitated by excellent, highly educated, rigorously and internationally certified instructors with many years’ experience and the highest professional standards. Accompanying this rigor is a safe, respectful and inspiring community of positively oriented, high-achieving martial artists of all belt ranks.  The pace of class, the attention to detail, and the overall context of excellence stimulate our students’ entire being in an exciting way, facilitating continuous development in every area of life. On top of all of this, our adults are acquiring a practical skill set (not just performing repetitive movement) while becoming confident and skillful martial artists – a whole life practice, with a purpose.  The process we engage with synergistically together on the mat, we are able to take with us into all parts of our lives outside of class for a whole-life approach to success, health and happiness!

    What is the risk of injury from practicing Traditional Tae Kwon Do at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts?

    Very Low. At Asheville Sun Soo, we practice with excellent fundamentals, self-control and respect for ourselves and our fellow students.

    Does Asheville Sun Soo teach MMA-style fighting?

    Yes and No. Traditional Tae Kwon Do as a martial arts style itself is a comprehensive art, an amalgamation of several time-tested and centuries-old self-defense systems, including Shotokan Karate, Kung-Fu, Taekkyon, Aikido, Boxing and Hapkido and Judo. In that sense, yes: Traditional Tae Kwon Do taught at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts is a type of mixed martial art.  

    At the same time, however, at Asheville Sun Soo we do not promote the culture that has come to be associated with “fighting” or “MMA” in the way the term is currently used – through venues like the UFC cult craze.  We consider these cultures to be barbaric, ego-based and pro-violence.  Instead, we have a culture of excellence, community, respect and care for one another with great emphasis on maintaining a disciplined martial arts practice for a happy, healthy and successful life – mind, body and spirit.  

    Does Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts offer any other martial arts or classes in addition to Tae Kwon Do?

    Yes. Our primary curriculum is Traditional Tae Kwon Do, with emphasis on blocking, striking and kicking. It also includes energy redirection from Akido, escape and submission concepts from Military Hapkido, hand- and foot-work from Traditional Boxing, circular movements from Kung-fu and falling and throwing joint-locks from Classical Judo. Additionally, we offer a complementary curriculum in Traditional (Danzan-Rhu Jiujitsu which includes additional emphasis on rolling, falling, escapes and submissions.


    Where do I begin

    Where to begin… I started attending Asheville Sun Soo back in August. I had originally gone in for my orientation almost a year and a half prior, but I let fear sway me out of following through (you know the whole “starting something new” and “what if I look like an idiot?” kind of fear). The itch to go never left, and I finally sucked up it up and joined this summer. I can honestly say that it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself. The students and teachers have quickly earned a place in my heart. Not only is the school true to the discipline, but it’s also a community, a giant family, and not to mention a killer workout. All of the instructors are incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and so, so skilled at meeting all students where they’re at. One of my most favorite things about Sun Soo is how the essence of community is embedded into their curriculum– even though the school is large with many students (adults as “old” as 80 and kids as young as 3) you have the opportunity to get to know and connect with everyone. Even if you’re a complete newbie, you are included as if you’re a seasoned student. I could say so many things about the palpable integrity, discipline, and care that is Asheville Sun Soo, but I’ll let you feel it for yourself, because you will the second you walk through the doors.

    ~ Julia A.

    I Cannot Say Enough

    “I cannot say enough good things about Sun Soo. My son has been taking classes for about three years, and this school year, we’ve taken advantage of the aftercare program. It is indispensable. The teachers, the availability, the love and courtesy shown to all – it’s priceless. All of their programs are run professionally, but with genuine care woven throughout. My son will be going here for classes, after school care and camps for as long as possible!”

    My two boys

    “My two boys practice at Asheville Sun Soo and have been practicing here for over two years. There are many Tae Kwon Do schools to practice but Asheville Sun Soo is hands down the absolute best in WNC. The family atmosphere embodies the saying it takes a village to raise a child. There are so many parents that attend and practice with their children. It is a small community where everyone becomes a family member. The staff are awesome and have a team of instructors that are extremely knowledgeable and very detail oriented. They challenge their students to do their best and succeed each and every time. I have recommended Asheville Sun Soo to several friends and continue to recommend to anyone wishing to learn true self defense.”

    ~ Roy W.

    I started my own practice

    I started my own practice here two years ago as a 40-year-old, after decades of wanting to learn a martial art, and years of watching Sun Soo grow and develop in Asheville. The moment I gave myself permission to go for it and begin was a pivot point in my life. While I love the physical nature of the practice – the fitness benefits are wide and large – it is the precise and focused instruction from the staff that has most directly affected my life. Learning how to kick well is cool, but learning how to live well is immeasurable. I have no doubt that each and every one of the staff, as well as my fellow practitioners, want the absolute best for me in all things. The intention, integrity and inspiration in the school is deep. Now, practicing with my wife and four kids as well, I am proud to give to and receive from this school and this practice.

    ~ Sam R.

    our 11 year old daughters

    Our 11 y.o. daughters started their martial arts journey here last May. Every interaction is positive. The instructors are a diverse bunch all with consistent skill in their craft as well as their management of the kids & participants. This is a fabulous place to help your kids develop physical skill, self-confidence, and accountability.

    ~ Nicki G.

    The Mother's Day Special

    My husband bought me the “Mother’s Day Special” at Sun Soo nearly two years ago – to say I was hesitant to start a martial arts practice as a 40 year old woman is a complete and utter understatement! In my almost two years of practice I have become a different person- a woman of confidence and strength that I didn’t know was possible for me. I am SO grateful to the staff and my fellow practitioners. Sun Soo is so much more than a place to learn martial arts- it’s a place to learn to be the very best version of yourself in every area of your life. If you’re at all on the fence about joining – just do it.

    ~ Nicole R.

    Sun Soo is awesome!

    Sun Soo is awesome! We have a 5 year old and have been attending classes twice each week for a few months now. The classes and belt progression is extremely well thought out and very conducive for motivating and keeping a child’s interest as well as teaching them valuable life skills both mentally and physically. I have seen growth in our child’s coordination, attention span and sense of pride. All of the teachers at Sun Soo are wonderful. They are consistent and dedicated. We have just been so impressed and we are so glad to be a part of the Sun Soo family!

    ~ Karly S.

    been practicing Tae Kwon Do at Sun Soo with my two kids

    I have been practicing Tae Kwon Do at Sun Soo with my two kids, 5 and 13 for over a year and it has been one of the best experiences! It is not easy to find activities that the whole family can be involved in and this practice has provided that and so much more. We started at Sun Soo shortly after moving to the area from Ohio and it provided some much needed community and stress release. It feels amazing to start or end the day with some punching, yelling and kicking. There is also a focus on personal discipline and being your best self on and off the mat that I love. I would recommend this practice to anyone and I am so grateful that I became involved. I honestly can’t picture where I would be without it now.

    ~ Amanda B.

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    Master Morris has built an environment of self discovery and achievement in addition to excellence in martial arts.
    I began my journey in June of 2023 at Sun Soo. I came in with very real existing back issues which I was quite afraid of interfering with the practice. I was told however that nothing I would do at Sun Soo would make things worse for me, but that all of the body mechanics involved with "responsible" day to day practice would in fact make me stronger. I want to clarify that the individual I spoke to was very skilled in body mechanics, muscle groups and is currently a 6th Degree Black Belt. He also took time to learn my highly individualized back issues. I am happy to say that since June and for the first time in over 25 years I have not had 1 flare up in my lower back. This is due to core strengthening in muscle groups that had been dormant for years. I've also been able to create more "space" in my body as a whole. While I don't speak for everyone with back issues, I can say that for me it was the best decision I had ever made in my life. At 48, I feel like I am in my 20's again. Beyond the back improvements I just feel stronger as a whole, more agile and healthier. Thank you Sun Soo!
    Response from the owner: Joe - Thank you for your kind words! We are so happy for you that you are enjoying your practice and restoring your back in the process! Yes Sir, all of the martial arts techniques that we are teaching and practicing are asking the body to move in the ways it is designed, thereby building functional strength and range of motion in a comprehensive way. We are proud of all the skill progress you and making and happy for your family - that you are all able to practice together as well! Thank you for being part of our Sun Soo family. See you on the mat soon!
    An absolutely amazing facility. Thank you for hosting us for the tournament this past weekend.
    Response from the owner: Chris-Thank you for making the trip to participate in our 2024 Tae Kwon Do International Invitational Tournament! We thoroughly enjoyed having you all here with us and look forward to many future events!
    Our 7 year old started sun soo a couple months ago and I can honestly say that we could not be more impressed! At first I was a little scared about the monthly tuition since kids can go through phases so fast but you really do get your moneys worth with the 3 classes a week and the ability to fit those days into your own schedule.Our daughter was never a huge fan of extracurriculares but after begging us to try this she has really fallen in love with it and that is so good to see! I see the pride on her face when she learns a new skill or earns a new stripe. And the staff is incredible! They have high and attainable expectations of their students and are SO supportive, it’s a very positive environment for everyone! I would (and have) recommended sun soo to anyone!
    Response from the owner: Maggie-Welcome to our Sun Soo family! Thank you for supporting your daughter's martial arts practice here at Sun Soo. We are so happy that she is enjoying herself and we are super proud of all the progress she is making so far. Given that she is 7 as she begins her practice, I want to point out that some of our Teen Assistant Instructors, who are now 17 and 18 year-old high school seniors, started their practice when they were only 6 & 7 years old and are now 3rd Degree Black Belts and are going off to college on academic scholarships! So, the sky's the limit and we are excited to continue working with her as she continues to take new ground! We look forward to seeing you all soon!
    Response from the owner: Ally-Thank you so much for your review! We appreciate your support and your being part of our Sun Soo family!
    My son has participated in Sun Soo's summer camp program for three years now. We've tried many summer camps in the Asheville area and Sun Soo is the best of the bunch. Not only do the kids have a great time, but they are learning discipline and ways to show up in the world with consideration, manners and kindness. The camp is the perfect balance of structure and free play. They learn martial arts, take field trips and gain confidence. The instructors care about each child's development and the camp week culminates in a wonderful gathering to present and share what the kid's learned that week. Highly recommend!
    Response from the owner: Lillian-Thank you for your kind words and for supporting your son in our Sun Soo summer camps! We love all the different ways that we get to spend time together and make constant progress while keeping it fun! Thank you for trusting us and giving us the opportunity with your family. We hope to see you all again soon and again this summer!
    We can’t say enough good things about sun soo. Our 8 and 9 year old have been going for several months and have learned so much more than just martial arts. It’s a great community that is so devoted to inspiring and teaching kids of all ages.
    Response from the owner: Jody-Thank you for the kind words and for trusting us with your sons! We are really enjoying spending time with them several times a week and we are super proud of both of them for all their progress so far - and looking forward to much more!
    Being on staff has been a wonderful privilege that has allowed me to better myself and others using something I love; martial arts.
    Response from the owner: Iggy-We are proud of you for your personal practice, as well as your interest and willingness to make a difference for some of our younger students as an assistant in kids classes. Keep up the good work!
    Both my 6 year old daughter and my 4 year old son have been taking classes for about a year. They have not only learned TKD moves, but also important lessons and principles of life. Staff is top notch and caring and kind, while also being able to keep things under control.This past weekend, my son celebrated his 5th birthday party here and it was the best party we have ever had! Cream of the crop instructors, fun games, and awesome demonstrations with my son leading. Him and his friends loved it!Can't recommend Sun Soo enough!!!
    Response from the owner: Krystal-Thank you for having your family be part of our Sun Soo family! We are super proud of both of your kids and we are honored to be able to spend time mentoring them several times a week! They are making awesome progress and we are excited for their continued growth!-GM Morris
    Sun Soo has amazing reviews and there’s many reasons why! We joined a month ago and have been really impressed. They’re super supportive and encouraging of the children. My son loves the instructors and learning the techniques. As a parent, I feel welcome and valued. Highly recommend!!
    Response from the owner: Stephanie-Thank you very much for your kind words! We are happy to have you all here as part of our Sun Soo family. We're super proud of your son for all the progress that he has made since starting such a short time ago - and now that he has graduated into the Kids Intermediate classes - we are additionally proud of him helping with the Beginner Kids classes as one of the volunteer peer mentors! Great display of leadership already! Now, we additionally are enjoying your husband having joined us on the mat. Hoping to see you all in Adult/Family class soon!
    Sun Soo is an amazing community, and has been such a positive part of my family’s well-being. The instructors and staff are the absolute best and you can tell they are so invested in helping you learn. We have two adults and one grade school kid practicing, and it’s created something fun and healthy for us to bond over. The community is welcoming and diverse, which we greatly appreciate. We only started this year and have already made wonderful friends and look forward to class each week. You’ll find everyone is helping each other succeed, and it’s truly a unique and amazing place that Grandmaster Morris has created.
    Response from the owner: Jill-Thank you for that acknowledgement! We are enjoying having you all as part of our Sun Soo Family as well. You are awesome additions to our community. It's so much fun having you all practice together in our Adult/Family classes! We look forward to seeing you all on the mat soon!
    My partner and I both practice at Sun Soo. I started last Summer and immediately found it one of the most welcoming, diverse and community oriented martial arts schools I have ever encountered. Grandmaster Morris has done an amazing job creating a space for for adults and kids alike. The instructors are knowledgeable and skilled at teaching all levels of taekwondo. Though Sun Soo larger than other schools I have trained in, I always feel like I get individual attention when needed. It's been a foundational part of my self care. I love Sun Soo!
    Response from the owner: TT - Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your experience so far. We are so happy to have you both as part of our Sun Soo family and are proud of the rigor with which each of you practice and the progress that you have both made to date! You both are awesome additions to our community and excellent practitioners. Can't wait to be back with you on the mat soon!