Excellence requires commitment, respect for self and others and a willingness to raise the bar every time.
Community, Commitment, Culture
a space to become your best self
Our community is abundant, inspirational and authentically connected. Our practice is rigorous, break-through-oriented – and fun! Our classes are intensely challenging – yet safe. We believe in everyone working together to be the best we can possibly be – as individuals and collectively.
A Martial Arts School with Excellence as Its Primary Tenet
We promote and operate with the highest levels of professionalism, quality and excellence. The five tenets of Traditional Tae Kwon Do (courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit) serve as directives for how we practice martial arts with one another, treat our students and their families, operate our business and live our lives outside of the dojang.
What Makes Us Different from Other Martial Arts Studios?
LARGE CLASS SIZES
We are able to have large class sizes – because so many students choose to practice here. These classes make available the greatest possible collection of benefits to the student – on the condition that the instructors have the capacity to operate a large staff of assistant instructors and a large, diverse body of students. Most martial arts schools in the country are never able to create such class types, lacking first the capacity to enroll a large enough student base to make large classes possible, then in addition, lacking the capacity to operate such complex classes. By contrast, because the instruction staff at Asheville Sun Soo is so well-trained in sophisticated and complex teaching/training methods, we are able to bring alive all the potential that exists in the many benefits that large classes hold for our students. As a result, our classes are high energy, connected, inspirational, rigorous, and engaging in a way that calls on each practitioner to work with a wide variety of fellow practitioners while being fully present and in a state of constant progress.
DIVERSE CLASS SCHEDULES
We offer the largest variety of class types, as well as class times in WNC, providrng an abundance of flexibility, accessibility and convenience for almost any lifestyle and schedule.
Our instruction staff is lead by Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts founder and owner, 8th degree black belt (in Traditional Tae Kwon Do), Grandmaster Tony Morris and 7th degree black belt Master Thabiti Sabahive (Danzan-Rhyu Jujitsu). Our instruction staff is large and diverse and comprised of adult lead instructors, adult assistant instructors and teen assistant instructors, all setting the bar for the highest standards in the industry, including technical competency, academic education and excellence, professionalism, social skills, emotional intelligence and zest for life! All of our adult instructors – both leads and assistants – are highly educated and sophistocatedly trained – in both martial arts skill and human development/transformation. Our Teen Assistant Instructors are teens, who started as very young students, have grown up maintaining a continuous practice here at Asheville Sun Soo, have become amazing martial artists, are academically straight-A students, and are well rounded in their person and social development – enabling them to serve as excellent examples to our younger students. All of our instructors, adults and teens, maintain a current and rigorous personal practice, empowering us all to continually relate to all of our students as we all progress together. Finally, our entire instruction staff is additionally well-developed in facilitating peer/partner instruction – a unique and innovative learning model typically not present in martial arts education – through which students get practice helping to teach each other, as an added layer to the direct and primary instruction they are continuously receiving from the instruction staff.
Our school focuses on family time and the capacity for family members to layer “family-time” and “fitness-time” together at the same time. No other organized sport or physical engagement allows you to work out and achieve success together with equal satisfaction among family members. “You can’t be on your kid’s soccer team and they don’t really want to go to work with you.” A martial arts practice together at Asheville Sun Soo enables families to have an added dimension of cohesion and bonding, mutually supportive fitness regimen, while acquiring a practical skill-set in an inspiring, welcoming and goal-setting environment and in the company of like-minded, positively-oriented fellow practitioners! No where else can a family create this kind of experience!
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.
Our instructors are some of the best in their field. We often use dedicated and accomplished students to teach others.
Our school focuses on family time. No other organized sport allows you to work out and achieve success together.
We Believe: Everyone is Capable of Being Great!
We believe that human beings are like water – taking the shape of the environment in which they operate. Immersed in an environment of excellence, people become excellent. As excellence becomes familiar, excellence becomes a habit. As excellence becomes a habit, excellence becomes an identity – yielding confidence and impacting and inspiring all aspects of life.
At Asheville Sun Soo, we have created an environment and culture that encourages our martial arts practitioners to stretch beyond the limits of their existing beliefs and to be their best selves in every moment. We cooperate with and encourage each other, push each other to work hard and do it even better than before, while lifting each other to new heights in the process.
Our friendly, welcoming community is nurturing and safe, enabling us all to strive to go for it with all that we have! While we’re practical about some of life’s limitations, our larger focus is all about all the ways we can succeed as opposed to the reasons we tell ourselves we can’t. We believe that everyone is special and remarkable in their own ways and that operating in an inspiring, rigorous and positive environment allows development to occur to its highest possibility.
We hold a martial arts practice as a means to develop as a whole person – mentally, spiritually and physically. At Asheville Sun Soo, we believe that everyone has the opportunity to be beautiful, powerful and intelligent – all at the same time; an excellent, exciting and inspiring combination!
Our Mission is to Make the Greatest Positive Difference for the Greatest Number of People
We believe in equipping each practitioner to make a meaningful contribution inside and outside of the dojang. We believe in making our lives and the lives of those around us the best they can be. We believe in making a meaningful impact on ourselves, each other and the world – and our intention is to make this so!
Our Values Guide Your Practice
At Asheville Sun Soo, our core values are at the heart of everything we do.
The five tenets of Traditional Tae Kwon Do:
- Indomitable Spirit
As well as…
- Operating in a State of Excellence
- Being a Net Contributor
- Taking action from an Orientation of Personal Responsibility
Diversity: How We Help Each Other Grow
Our culture is diverse drawing on a wealth of life experiences and professional experience. Our adult students, as well as the parents of our school-age and preschool students represent a wide range of ages, abilities and professional fields such as:
- Financial Services
- Creative Services
- Professional Services
- Building Contracting
- Therapeutic Services
- And More!
Extending Excellence into the Asheville Community
As an extension of our mission – “to make the greatest positive difference for the greatest number of people” – we practice our commitment to excellence in the greater Asheville community in a variety of ways; donating our time and energy performing demonstrations, offering classes, workshops and motivational engagements (speaking and customized trainings) for a variety of organizations, events and businesses in the area.
We also teach martial arts classes at multiple venues, including physical education (PE) classes and off-site after-school programs in the local school system, thereby supporting a large number of students and schools in the area, expanding our reach beyond the dojang. Additionally, Asheville Sun Soo regularly donates martial arts training to support fundraising efforts for worthy causes, as well as offering teen volunteers for many of the area’s non-profit organizations.
The Asheville Sun Soo community experiences continual growth, built on the foundation of the relationship between awareness, capability and contribution. Increased awareness develops increased capability, which ultimately supports increased contribution, all of which makes the world a better place.
How Will YOU Sun Soo?
PRE-SCHOOL | KIDS | TEENS
PICK UP FROM AREA
MULITPLE SESSIONS AND
WHEN PARENTS NEED A NIGHT
OUT, KIDS GET ONE TOO
CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND
SUN SOO YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH FUN AND EDUCATIONAL TAE KWON DO
MOTIVATE TEAMS AND