Mark Cashatt's Taekwon-Do School, Inc.

This month's DOJANG TOWN MEETING is Tuesday, March 6th.  Starting at 5:55 pm, Master Cashatt gives a brief orientation for new students and parents- and reminds students of upcoming events.  It is also a chance to voice questions, ideas or suggestions.  15 minutes in length.





Taekwon-Do has the most beautiful and powerful techniques in martial arts.  Our patterns (tuls) are well thought out with the scientific common sense of movement and power.  If a person is good at performing the 24 patterns of Taekwon-Do, they will be good at breaking boards, sparring and self-defense.  Performing the patterns quickens reflexes and tones all the muscles.  The challenging kicks and jumps force us to excel at those techniques as we continue to practice. 

                A TUL-A-THON is a wonderful answer to “not having enough time”.  The dojang will be open from 3 PM, Friday, March 2 until 3 PM, Saturday, March 3 in order for our students to come in and just practice their patterns (tuls).

                All students are urged to perform at least 40 patterns.  Participants must start at saju-jirugi and continue to their present test pattern before starting over.  The patterns must be done in order or equal times so that we can keep accurate account of the number.  Many records have been set to be broken.  The DOJANG record for number of patterns done by everyone together in the dojang is 10,229 patterns set 2012.  Present records to shoot for:



TOP MONEY RAISED AT TUL-A-THON                           $3858    2007

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AT TUL-A-THON                  87    2010


                                                                                                 10220 patterns 2012


BLACK BELTS: KIERA THOMAS with 16,128 moves in 2015

GUPS: ADAM LUBY (blue belt) 26,426 moves in 2013

LONGEST TIME FOR BUDDY MARATHON  13 hours 25 min.   2011

(by Lawrence Loughery IV DAN and Myles Menardi IV DAN)

TOTAL TULS for each division:

Jr. GUP (age 15 and below)  ADAM LUBY     1100 patterns in 2013

Sr. GUP (age 16 and above)  KEVIN NICE/ LINDA NICE  280 patterns in 2013

Jr. BLACK BELT(age 15 and below)  KIERA THOMAS 512 patterns in 2015

Sr. BLACK BELT (age 16 and above) LAWRENCE LOUGHERY            402 patterns in 2011


                There will be lots of talk and explanation about the tul-a-thon in the next week.  Our TUL-A-THON is a fundraiser for a charity every year.  Our dojang has had a charity fundraiser every year of existence.  This year we will benefit Jenna’s Blessing Bags.  Jenna Burleigh was murdered late last year in Philadelphia.  She was a graduate of Souderton Area High School and while attending Temple University, she started JENNA’ BLESSING BAGS.   The foundation creates survival sacks for homeless and needy folks in our area. 

                Our goal as a dojang is to raise $1000.  We have sponsor sheets available at the reception counter for our students to collect donations.  We suggest asking for flat donations of $1, $5, $20 or more but participants can also set goals telling sponsors they will be doing “100 patterns” and asking perhaps for 20 cents per pattern. ($20). 

                The TUL-A-THON brings the strongest facets of TKD together.  The patterns (tul) is the foundation of Taekwon-Do expertise and raising money for charity teaches us humility, selflessness, compassion and pride from knowing we are helping so many families.

                Students do not need to raise money to be part of the TUL-A-THON.  Please sign up on the dojang wall to let us know what time(s) you plan on doing your patterns.







Every month Master Cashatt chooses a youth gup (color belt) who has shown outstanding characteristics in class.  Every student has a chance to be named once in their gup life.  In April every year, Master Cashatt names the dojang’s youth “OUTSTANDING STUDENT OF THE YEAR” from the youth roster of the dojang.  This promotes a constant reminder for the kids to do their best!  This month Master Cashatt has chosen:




Giada has been training at our dojang for 9 months and has earned the rank of Yellow Belt Green Stripe.  She earned this award because of the seriousness and focus she displays when training.  She is always ready to take on a challenge and she is very respectful to all the other students.  Congratulations to Giada and the Ost family.






                Four times a year, Mark Cashatt’s TaeKwon-Do School, Inc. is required to clean up their adopted portion of Route 113 from Schoolhouse Road to Allentown Road.  For those of us who travel that route a lot, we can see that the roadway needs our attention.

                When we do community service like this we learn many lessons.  To do something for the reward of personal satisfaction is one thing, but when it’s a kind and generous gesture that helps everyone, it is more special.  To do something that is not exactly easy and a little yucky, like picking up trash, makes us realize how important each one of us is as far as doing our part to help the world.   We also learn that cigarette smokers throw their cigarette butts out the window!!  Bending over, picking up trash and walking the mile are challenges, too. These challenges help our kids realize hard work is worth it. 

On Saturday, March 10th all students and their families can meet at the Franconia Heritage Restaurant parking lot at 7:30 AM.  Please come with boots or good shoes and a willingness to pick up trash and help beautify our community.  A parent should accompany all children under 12.  Our clean up should be over by 9 AM.

                We will supply the gloves and trash bags.  Please sign up on the dojang bulletin board if you plan on coming.







At our dojang, we also offer Tai Chi.  This martial art originated in China and has grown world popularity as an exercise that can benefit well in to our senior years. The routines of Tai Chi are graceful and beautiful yet very powerful.  Everyone is invited to attend this feast of Chinese food while being entertained by Tai Chi demonstrations from Mark Cashatt and some of his students.

On Saturday, March 17 starting at 4 PM at our dojang, we will hold this “Tai Chi (St. Patrick’s Day) Banquet.”  It just happens to be scheduled on St. Patrick’s Day for no particular reason other than in this cultural melting pot of the USA we can celebrate multiple ethnic events in one day!  The feast will be catered by Yantze Gourmet Chinese Restaurant from Lansdale.  Included in the buffet will be Crabmeat Wonton, Pan-fried Pork Dumpling, Governor’s Chicken, Shrimp with Mixed Vegetables, Sautéed String Beans and Roast Pork Fried Rice.   

Then, as the spectators fill their plates and feast on the buffet, Master Cashatt will be demonstrating many of the Tai Chi routines that he knows. 

                Music will be live on this evening.  We have put together the “Tai Chi St. Patrick’s Day Banquet” Orchestra made up of some of the students and parents of our Taekwon-Do dojang.  It will be a night to remember. 

                Along with the supper, we will supply water and hot tea.  Spectators are encouraged to BYO favorite drink if they would like anything else.

                Please pass the word and gather 6-8 friends so we can reserve a table just for your group!  

It costs $30 per person and there is a deadline of March 10 to let us know you are attending.






June 15-17, 2018: This camp is for all students age 7 and up and adults!  It is held at Camp Innabah which is just south of Pottstown, PA.  It is a weekend of growth for adult and child alike.  We have special family rates.  Pick up your brochure and put it on your calendar.  This weekend camp we sleep in air conditioned dorm rooms and have wonderful meals while we train and challenge ourselves with Taekwon-Do.  Talk a fellow student into coming too! 






This is a day camp held from 9 am to 3 pm daily during the week of July 16-20.  Students work on the many facets of Taekwon-Do to prepare them for their next promotion while having fun with our games and drills.  We go hiking and workout outdoors as well as in the dojang.  This camp is for all students white belt to senior Black Belt, children as well as adults.  Participants can come one day or multiple days or the whole week!  Check your calendars now and jot it down.  Students can earn up to 20 class credits during the week (they need between 30-50 to test)!  Our dojang has information for a payment plan for students- put a little towards camp every month.  Just ask at reception counter or contact the dojang.






                Our dojang will be hosting an OBSTACLE COURSE BUDDY NIGHT on Wednesday, March 28th from 6-7 pm.  Obstacle courses create a fantastic opportunity to hone skills while working on endurance and good attitudes.  We will create 3 different courses of challenges for all our students and their families.

                We are making it a BUDDY NIGHT which means students are encouraged to invite friends.  They can be student’s closest friends, cousins, scout pack or soccer team.  The skills challenged will be safe and fun.

                For each “BUDDY” a student brings, the student will have an entry ticket with their name on it placed in a jar.  At the end of the hour, one ticket will be drawn and the winner gets a $50 gift certificate for anything from the Asian World of Martial Arts (AWMA) catalog.  The $50 can also go towards tuition, a new dobuk, or any items found in the AWMA catalog. 

                Start thinking about who you want to invite to this fun BUDDY NIGHT- so many folks would enjoy such an evening of the TKD OBSTACLE COURSE!  Talk to Master Cashatt with any questions.







                Once a year we host a BIG tournament at our dojang and this year the date is Saturday, April 21.  Students are attending from all around to compete in Patterns and Sparring. 

                It's called an INVITATIONAL because only certain dojangs and students are invited.  Those students and dojangs have been affiliated with us through the years and perform patterns just like we do at our dojang.  Their sparring lessons are the same as ours so it will be a fun and safe environment for the beginner tournament participant as well as the veterans.

                Tournaments are an important part of growth through Taekwon-Do.  It tests our sportsmanship.  It tests us to see if we can keep calm to execute an awesome pattern and see how we handle sparring- defending ourselves and being able to get points as we aim for targeted areas.  The sparring is controlled by the center judge and it is much the same as we do in the dojang on a regular night, except that participants are trying to win medals, so the excitement doubles.  Participants don't have to compete in both patterns and sparring but the option is there.

                It will cost $40 to compete, if the participant pre-registers by April 14.  At the door it will cost $50.  There is a way of competing for free or at a discount.  At the dojang reception counter we have flyers which describe how to get sponsors.  Participants can ask friends who might be interested in reaching our crowd.  The sponsors will buy ads for our tournament program guide.  If a business your family uses buys a business card size ad, it will cost them $30 and the participant gets $5 off their registration fee.  For larger ads the discount to the participant is greater. 

                If a business friend buys a CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP of $250- they'll get special mention at the tournament, a whole page ad along with the participant gets to compete for FREE!

                The tournament guide will be available to every competitor and spectator on April 21st.  Please pick up a form at the dojang.





MARCH 1...WOOD BOARD BREAKING during the 6-7 pm class.  Students must sign up and pay $3 per whole board and $1.50 for a half board.

MARCH 2 & 3....TUL-A-THON from 3 pm to 3 pm!  Ask for sponsors NOW!

MARCH 6...DOJANG TOWN MEETING starts at 5:55 pm- orientation for new students/parents.

MARCH 7...DOJANG CONGRESS from 7:45-8:30 pm.

MARCH 10...CLEAN OUR HIGHWAY meeting at Franconia Heritage Restaurant at 7:30 am.

MARCH 14...GIRLS NIGHT OF TKD from 6-7 pm

MARCH 17...2018 TAI CHI BANQUET 4 pm.

MARCH 20...BASIX CLASS 6-7 pm on stances.

MARCH 21..MASTER CLASS from 7-8 pm featuring PO-EUN.







Mark Cashatt's Taekwon-Do School, Inc.

This month's DOJANG TOWN MEETING is Monday, February 12th.  Starting at 5:55 pm, Master Cashatt gives a brief orientation for new students and parents- and reminds students of upcoming events.  It is also a chance to voice questions, ideas or suggestions.  15 minutes in length.




Dear students, parents and friends,

               Now that I have your attention, I suppose it's a silly question because you or someone in your family trains or trained at our dojang. You and me.  I first started training in TKD because it is positive physical activity.  Martial arts has always been of interest to me.  The house where I grew up was too far from any training when I was young and I was always worried about "what if I had to protect myself".  Then as I got in my 20's I also thought about how I could protect my family once it gets started.

               Many folks who train at our dojang are doing it for the same far as the older students.  The younger students have many more reasons to be in our dojang.  Some train here because they want to meet new positive minded friends.  Parents know how important it is to surround our children with peers who are on the same road to being a good person. 

               Many want to have fun and learn something useful at the same time.  Some have tried other sports and sport teams and it just wasn't their thing.  The personal involvement in TKD makes it an individual's thing.  The time practicing alone and the opportunities to perform at promotional tests and TKD demonstrations really makes it an individual thing.  It makes the student proud of their accomplishments and that continues throughout life.

                Some are well coordinated, sport minded students who want to increase their skills and perhaps compete around the world. The quickness gained from our training will help with all other sports.  The same positive drive we display at our dojang will help that student be a good sport and that student will value their sport experience knowing winning isn't everything- it's the journey not the destination in what we gain from our perseverance in Taekwon-Do.  The honor and respect we learn in TKD will help with their Olympic journey. 

               I enjoy being a part of all our student's lives.  Some students I thought would make it to Black Belt gave up too soon.  Perhaps things didn't happen fast enough.  TKD training takes time.  You cannot earn a Black Belt overnight.  You can learn all the physical requirements quick enough but the maturity gained from the months that pass is what really makes the Black Belt.  Some students I thought would have great difficulty making it to Black Belt have indeed made it to Black Belt and beyond.  Those are students I am very proud of.

               Many parents bring their children after advice from a councilor or a doctor.  Our dojang welcomes those with learning disabilities and the TKD training, as regimented as it is, helps the student to overcome obstacles with a good attitude.  Some students (like me) have problems with coordination and remembering things.  Because of the positive atmosphere of our dojang and its instructors make the dojang a safe place.  It is a haven for friendship and accomplishments. 

               The dojang is a mini example of what the world could be like.  The big thing about TKD and our dojang is RESPECT.  We show respect not expecting in return but it seems to come right back when we do show respect. 

               So who trains at our dojang?  Folks who reap the benefits of all it has to offer for all the many reasons they join in the first place.  "Black Belt" on a resume or scholarship tells others that this person does not give up easy.  You can count on a Black Belt to do their best.  Thank you for training at our dojang and becoming a part of our fine group. 

               Now, who do you know that might enjoy the many benefits of our dojang.  I know I'm always asking everyone to spread the word. It is important for the life of the dojang and adding new personalities in a positive way can only lead to more excitement and friendships.  Please let me know if you have any ideas to bring some of your friends in.


Respectfully submitted,

Mark Cashatt






               We planned a Bowling adventure for our Junior Black Belts and Black Stripes to have a little fun outside the dojang together.   Their TKD skills may come in handy as those who have little experience bowling can try to figure it out.  It's all in the technique and the technique must be consistent- just like the moves in our Taekwon-Do patterns.  The adventure is planned for 1 pm at Earl Bowl, 390 Morwood Road (intersects Allentown Road) in Telford. 

               Knowing it is a "Junior Black Belt" privilege, all our gup (color belt) students have those special events to look forward to once they earn their Black Belt. 

               Senior Black Belts and all parents are invited to attend.  Please sign up on the dojang wall so we can give the bowling alley a headcount.







               Every February since before 2001 we have had a battle within our dojang just between our dojang's students.  From 2001 to 2007 we had two locations so it was our Souderton dojang against our Harleysville dojang.  This history is displayed on the big wall formal front at the dojang.  Souderton won in 2001.  Harleysville won 2002, 2003 and 2004.  Souderton came back to win 2005, 2006 and 2007.  Then we moved to our present location in July of 2007.  We still held the Championships, but no teams were established.  Then in 2011 we separated our students into three teams as we know: Koguryo, Baek Je and Silla Dynasties.  You or your child is on one of these three teams.  At the beginning of every class, we "go to the clans" to shake hands and collect information on what every student needs.  In 2011 we had Baek Je win.  In 2012 it was Silla and 2013, 14 and 15 it was Korguryo and the past two years it was Baek Je that won!  It is a wonderful rivalry which always guarantees a show of good sportsmanship and unity of the dojang as a whole.  Which Dynasty (clan) will be the victors this year?

               This year we are holding the DOJANG CHAMPIONSHIPS on Saturday, February 10 starting promptly at 10 am.  It will start with surprise team competition.  Last year we had hacky-sack.  This just breaks the ice of good old friendly competition between the clans.   

During the Dojang Championships, if a student gets 1st place, they earn five points for their clan.  2nd place is worth four points, 3rd place is worth three points and 4th place is worth two. 

On February 10th, all participants will be tagged with their kingdom’s color: Korguryo is green, Silla is red and Baek-Je is blue.  Then the competition will begin with individual patterns.  Black Belts will go first and it will move very quickly.  Allowing our lower belts and children to watch the Black Belt performances helps to create a picture of what pattern performances should look like. Then all the other students will be separated into groups or divisions of three or four participants according to age first, then belt.  In each group, a participant will get 1st place, five points for their kingdom and a gold medal.  Of course 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers will get their respective awards.

               Next we take the 1st place finishers in each division and they battle, performing their patterns until there is one winner.  That winner will get the “BEST OF THE BEST” trophy for individual patterns.

               The next event is the GROUND PATTERN competition.  This time, we separate all the participants, color belts and Black Belts, into three groups according to age.  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers get their medals and points for their kingdom.  The participants who get 1st place in each division then battle against each other, with the ground pattern, to see who gets the “BEST OF THE BEST” trophy for ground patterns.

               The next event is the “FLYING HIGH SNAP KICK”.  The entire group of participants will be separated in to 3 groups (possibly 4 if we have three or more participants age 40 and over).  We will group participants according to their height.  The participants keep jumping as the target rises until we have our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of each division.  The participant who jumps the highest of all gets the “BEST OF THE BEST” trophy for the flying high snap kick.

               The final event is sparring.  We will separate the students age and weight.  All adults will be in one division.  Those participants age 17 and under will get weighed and put in three divisions for boys and two divisions for girls.  The top four finishers will get medals and points for their clan.  The first place finisher will go home with a CHAMPIONSHIP BELT!  All sparring competitors will then get their names listed on the dojang wall and there will be times throughout the next year when challenges can be made- a student listed can challenge the student directly above them and if overturned will move up on the SPARRING LADDER.

               So here it begins.  We encourage all students to participate as there are many lessons to be learned during this day.  It builds courage to perform.   It gives us a showplace for all the practicing we have been doing.  It challenges each individual to try to be the best they can be. 

               The atmosphere at our DOJANG CHAMPIONSHIPS is unlike anything anywhere.  We are a family oriented dojang and even though we are separated according to kingdom, we all look out for each other and we all cheer each other on.

               Statistics show that usually the team who has the most participants wins the big battle of points.  Every clan member, every student participant will bring points to their kingdom.  Above all, this even promotes good sportsmanship and healthy competition.

               It costs $30 to participate.  Each additional family member costs $25.  Spectators can watch for free.  Everyone who participates in individual patterns will go home with at least one medal.  Refreshments will be available.  We expect the tournament to be over by 2:30 PM.







Every month Master Cashatt chooses a youth gup (color belt) who has shown outstanding characteristics in class.  Every student has a chance to be named once in their gup life.  In Spring every year Master Cashatt names the dojang’s youth “OUTSTANDING STUDENT OF THE YEAR” from the youth roster of the dojang.  This promotes a constant reminder for the kids to do their best!  This month Master Cashatt has chosen:




Austin has been training at our dojang for 16 months now and has earned the rank of YELLOW BELT- GREEN STRIPE.  Austin earned this award because of his perseverance. Perseverance in the clearest sense because the movements of the patterns have been quite difficult for Austin yet he keeps trying and will become an awesome Black Belt one day.  All the instructors are very proud of Austin and his accomplishments. Congratulations to Austin and the Schanz family.





2018 SPIRIT OF TAEKWON-DO SUMMER CAMP WEEKEND for all belts age 7 and up

JUNE 15-17 at Camp Innabah in Spring City, PA.  Our dojang has information for a payment plan for students- put a little towards camp every month.  Just ask at reception counter or contact the dojang.



2018 ALL BELTS DAY CAMP all belts age 7 and up, July 23-27 from

9 am to 3 pm daily.

Our dojang has information for a payment plan for students- put a little towards camp every month.  Just ask at reception counter or contact the dojang.






FEB. 3...OUTDOOR CLASS from 9:30-10:30 am.  Students make sure they dress appropriately to handle the weather.

FEB. 4...JUNIOR BLACK BELT ADVENTURE - BOWLING at Earl Bowl starting at 1 pm.

FEB. 7...DOJANG CONGRESS from 7:45-8:30 pm.

FEB. 10...DOJANG CHAMPIONSHIPS starting at 10 am- all students should participate.

FEB. 12...Monday, 5:55 pm DOJANG TOWN MEETING orientation for students/parents.

FEB. 15...GUP TEST starts at 6 pm.

FEB. 20....BASIX CLASS featuring PLYOMETICS (science of jumping)

FEB. 21...MASTER CLASS featuring KWANG-GAE for 1st DAN and up

MARCH 2 & 3...TUL-A-THON from 3 pm Friday to 3 pm Saturday.






Mark Cashatt's Taekwon-Do School, Inc.


This month's DOJANG TOWN MEETING is Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  Beginning at 5:55 pm, Master Cashatt gives a brief orientation for new students and parents- and reminds students of upcoming events.  It is also a chance to voice questions, ideas or suggestions.  15 minutes in length.



Dear students, parents and friends,

               This chance comes every 365 days- a chance to have a fresh start on a brand new year.  Many people have made New Year Resolutions and stuck with them.  It is a grand gesture of inspiration when someone decides to change a habit on January 1 and never look back from that day on.    

It seems it is also a good time for change because the fast paced Holiday Season is over and we can settle in the sometimes long period of winter in Pennsylvania.  It seems December was so busy with Holiday shopping and merriment with relatives, friends and co-workers.  Now is a time to step back and see what you want to get done in 2018.

To put together a schedule and sticking with it is a great way to get things done- and fulfill resolutions.  Regular Taekwon-Do training will help in all aspects of life.  After an hour workout, we tested our lungs, we stretched our muscles and loosened our joints.  We worked on the quick twitch muscles and improved our reaction time.  During that one hour we burned around 800 calories while learning self-defense to keep situations safe for family and oneself.  As the classes pass and we are promoted to another level, our confidence climbs as well.  Our new habit of perseverance and always trying one’s best will give wonderful advantages in our lives outside the dojang. 

Taekwon-Do training changes us in a very positive way.  I would always encourage our young (and not so young) students to pursue sports and other activities.  There is much to be gained in all activities.  However, I also want our parents to see the long lasting value of continued Taekwon-Do training.  Sports have their seasons, TKD training is a constant.  TKD training is the foundation to succeed in all other sport activities.

The new and fresh year is a great opportunity for all our students.  Finally they have the chance to get to more classes within a week’s time with the Holiday behind.  Our dojang gives an award certificate to each student who attends 12 or more classes within a month.  That means a student must come to roughly 3 classes per week and many students earn a certificate almost every month.

When a student joins, I recommend they come to at least two classes per week.  Many of our students can only come once a week, if that, and we do have tuition plans that help with everyone’s schedules.  But never the less, this is the time to recommit to your training. 

When a student attends many classes per week, they soon become on top of their game, so to speak.  Repetition is the key to martial arts.  When a motion becomes a routine or habit, more of the art can be learned.  When we don’t have to think about the basics of the movement, we can then focus on the sine wave and the hip action.  We can work on improving the coordination of the chambers with the backward motion to relax the muscles for maximum speed.