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    Teaching Martial Arts with a Commitment to Excellence and with Pure Spirit

    Teaching Martial Arts with a Commitment to Excellence and with Pure Spirit

    Our name Sun Soo (pronounced “soon – soo”) is Korean for “pure” or “pure spirit.” We are supportive, encouraging, and respectful with each other, practicing with a spirit of personal responsibility and a commitment to excellence.

    We Teach Traditional Tae Kwon Do for a Full Body Workout

    When practiced as it is intended, Traditional Tae Kwon Do is a rigorous, balanced, full-body workout, emphasizing intelligent use of the body’s resources through mechanically sound movements. These movements include numerous methods of striking, kicking and blocking, in addition to sweeps, rolls, falls, traps and releases. When taught, understood and properly executed, it is a powerful, energizing and beautiful art and organized self-defense system – all at the same time.

    Grandmaster Tony Morris

    Founder, Senior Master Instructor, 8th Degree Black Belt Traditional Tae Kwon Do

    GRANDMASTER TONY MORRIS is an 8th Degree Black Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do. He is the founder, resident Grandmaster Instructor and co-owner of Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, as well as the founder of the Sun Soo Martial Arts Association, which is dedicated to the excellent practice, teaching and preservation of traditional martial arts. Grandmaster Morris began his martial arts practice at the age of 10 and has practiced for almost 50 years, over 35 of which have been spent teaching, in addition to…

    Professor Thabiti Sabahive

    After School Director/Master Instructor, 7th Degree Black Belt Danzan Ryu Jujitsu

    Professor Thabiti Sabahive began his study of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in 1984 at the age of 11 at the Westside Family YMCA Dojo in LA. A student of Professor William G. Randle since 1994, Professor Sabahive is currently a 7th Degree Black Belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, and holds the additional titles of Senior Instructor with the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation, Chief Instructor with the Shuri-te Bujutsu Kai, and a Kaidensho (Certificate of Full Transmission), with the title of Kyoshi, from the…

    Master Jennifer Marshall

    4th Degree Black Belt Instructor Traditional Tae Kwon Do

    Master Jennifer Marshall is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do and an Adult Lead Instructor for all class levels at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. Master Marshall began her martial arts practice with Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts in June of 2012 at the age of 11. Master Marshall graduated from the Buncombe County Early College program in June 2020 with the designation of Top Scholar and…

    Master Season Jacques

    4th Degree Black Belt Instructor Traditional Tae Kwon Do

    Master Season Jacques is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do, an Adult Lead Instructor for all class levels, and the Assistant Director of the After School Program at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. Master Jacques began her martial arts practice with Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts on January 1, 2013 and continues to practice regularly with her whole family, including…

    Master Phil Jacques

    4th Degree Black Belt Instructor Traditional Tae Kwon Do

    Master Phil Jacques is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do and an Adult Assistant Instructor in all levels of classes at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. Master Jacques began his martial arts practice with Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts on January 7, 2013 and continues to practice regularly with his whole family, including his wife and…

    Ms. Cyd Dawson

    3rd Degree Black Belt Instructor Traditional Tae Kwon Do

    Cyd Dawson is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do and an Adult Lead Instructor for all class levels at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. Ms. Dawson began her martial arts practice at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts in September of 2011. Ms. Dawson earned her Bachlors of Art degree in Psychology from Queens College, City University of…

    Ms. Laura Gosnell

    2nd Degree Black Belt Instructor Traditional Tae Kwon Do

    Laura Gosnell is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do, an Adult Lead Instructor for all class levels, and the Operations Coordinator at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts.  Ms. Gosnell practiced Tae Kwon Do as a teenager, took a several year break, and then returned to the mat with her two kids in January 2017.  Ms. Gosnell earned her…

    Mr. Josh Wexler

    1st Degree Black Belt Instructor Traditional Tae Kwon Do

    Josh Wexler is a 1st Degree Black Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do, an Adult Assistant Instructor in all levels of classes, and frequently leads the Adult White Belt help sessions at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. Mr. Wexler began his practice, with two of his kids, at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts in July 2019.
    Mr. Wexler earned his Bachelor of Science degree in…

    Mr. Patrick Ciccotto

    1st Degree Black Belt Instructor Traditional Tae Kwon Do

    Patrick Ciccotto is a 1st Degree Black Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do and an Adult Assistant Instructor at Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts. Mr. Ciccotto began his practice in July 2018 and continues to practice with his son. Mr. Ciccotto earned his Bachelors of Arts in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University, a Masters of Science Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Penn State University, and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from…