KIAP! NEWSLETTER APRIL 2018

Mark Cashatt's Taekwon-Do School, Inc.

 

This month's DOJANG TOWN MEETING is Wednesday, April 11.  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.

 

 

EVERY PERSON SHOULD LEARN TAEKWON-DO!

 

Taekwon students, parents and friends,

            You all know already.   You or a family member is involved in Taekwon-Do. It doesn’t have to be Taekwon-Do.  It can be another martial art but I can’t say for sure if they focus on moral fiber as much as we do.  We know how to stop a bad guy.  We know what it takes.  We also know that we must try to diffuse a situation before it becomes physical.  We know when to stand up for ourselves and others and we know how far perseverance can take us.  We see the confidence it gives our students and ourselves.  General Choi said if everyone practiced Taekwon-Do it would be a peaceful world.  We know already how Taekwon-Do has changed our lives for the better in so many ways.

            We have all heard the unfortunate story about the former Souderton school student who left a bar with a man and was found murdered.  We hear news of people being taken advantage of or being abused.  Would Taekwon-Do have helped these situations?  We hear of kidnapping and we worry when family members go far away on vacations in dangerous areas.  Could Taekwon-Do help these folks?  We hear news of mass shootings at our schools and malls- if everyone knew Taekwon-Do, would it have been different?

             It is like we don’t want to worry our children that dangers are all around us but as time goes on in the history of man, it looks like things could get a lot worse before it gets better.  Do you think Taekwon-Do might help with this?  By taking our steps of courtesy and integrity we can make any situation more positive.

            In some countries around the world martial arts is part of the grade school curriculum.  Do you think that helps those kids?  A young person with a proper martial art background has the strong foundation to build a wonderful life of showing strength with compassion and that person will reach for their goals.  Even those who trained a few months at our dojang have told me years later how the things they learned at our dojang enter their minds almost every day.  I’m sure it’s more than how to do a snap kick.  These things you cannot readily learn from playing soccer or many of the sports that now go on year round.  There are valuable lessons from playing sports but the strongest foundation can be set with Taekwon-Do.

            So the next time you hear of something unfortunate happening to someone, ask yourself if this person would have been a Black Belt could things have been different?  Next time you hear of a child getting in trouble with drugs or chaos, ask yourself would TKD study been of help?  And remember TKD is for the whole family.  As parents we are so busy with responsibilities that we cannot see what we could get out of training as a family.  With each other's encouragement the whole family situation will improve as well as each individual.

 

Respectfully submitted,  Mark Cashatt

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING STUDENT OF THE MONTH

 

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: 

JOSALIN FENNELL

 Josalin has been training at our dojang for 17 months and has earned the rank of Yellow Belt- Green Stripe. Josalin will have a chance to grade for her Green Belt in May.  Josalin is receiving this award because of her efforts to always do her best in class, to be friendly with the other students and not be afraid to ask questions.  She is very respectful and sets a great example for other students.  Congratulations to Josalin and the Fennell family.

 

 

 

2018 T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST!!

            It’s that time of year again. It’s time to decide on our official dojang summer t-shirt.  We would like to ask for all of our student’s help. 

            Students can draw (or have someone draw for them) a picture that would be good for our t-shirt.  It should not be copied from anything already done (on the computer or elsewhere).  Your design should represent the feeling of our Dojang. Don’t include someone smashing someone else’s head or anything that would show our Dojang in a negative light.

            The design can only be done in one color, black or blue pen or pencil (not multi-colored). 

            Students can submit more than one entry and the winning entry gets put on our t-shirt.  The winner gets a free t-shirt and a free month of TaeKwon-Do!!

All entries must be in by Wednesday,  April 25.  Announcement of the winner will be soon after that date.

 

 

 

DON’T MISS OUR BIG TOURNAMENT APRIL 21!

 

Tournaments have been a part of Taekwon-Do training ever since General Choi started to spread the art farther than just Korea.  Once he visited other countries he thought it would be a friendly way of competing- to challenge the practitioner to better themselves in patterns and sparring….and in some tournaments: board breaking and specialty techniques.  Then from folks watching tournaments, more would want to learn this beautiful and powerful martial art.  Tournaments helped General Choi spread Taekwon-Do.

               Competition is a tough concept.  It is easy to be a good winner, more difficult to be a good loser.  In this day and age we try not to say “loser”, but there is someone who wins and someone who loses in each competition.  A person is only a “loser” if they give up.  I heard a memorable quote:  “I never lose….I either win or learn.” 

               That is the bottom line about tournaments.  It is a very valuable learning tool.  When we show the courage to get up and compete it tells a lot about ourselves.  Students should try to attend tournaments.  Years ago it was a requirement for advancement to compete in tournaments but we no longer require students to compete but it is a valuable learning tool.

               We just had our DOJANG CHAMPIONSHIPS in February.  Many of you might have attended.  Many of our friend dojangs host tournaments throughout the year that many of you have attended.  Now it’s our dojang’s turn to have a big tournament. 

               On April 21 starting promptly at 10 am, we will host the 2018 SOUDERTON INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT.  It is an “invitational” because I invite only the familiar dojangs in our area.  For the most part it is those schools that had branched off from Master James Murray of Pottstown.  Master Murray had promoted me at all my tests up to 5th DAN.  He has since retired. 

               Our dojang students should feel very safe competing in our tournament.  We often see “open” tournaments being promoted.  This is when all martial artists from different styles are invited.   You never know what to expect and you don’t know if the dojang leaders teach the same way…by the five tenets.   We want to compete but not at the cost of injuring another competitor. 

               Students can compete in patterns and/or sparring.  Participants can just choose to do patterns.  Participants can just choose to spar.  They can also do both.  We separate the students according to age and then rank.  Everyone who competes in individual patterns will go with at least one medal.

               All students white belt through senior Black Belt, age 5 to great grandparents are qualified to compete and can gain so much from the experience.  If a participant registers and pays the competition fee by April 14, 2018, it will cost $40 to compete ($35 for each additional family member who competes).  If a participant waits until the morning of the tournament, they can still compete but it will cost $50 ($45 for each additional family member).  We do this to get students to commit and ready themselves.  We also do this to get a head count so to have enough awards. 

               At 10 am, we will start with the National Anthem. I will make introductions of the Masters and dojang owners who are present.  I will have some announcements and hand out our dojang’s “OUTSTANDING STUDENTS OF THE YEAR”.  After explaining some of the rules, the competition begins with TEAM PATTERNS.  Participants plan ahead and put together a team of 3, 4 or 5 students who all do a pattern together in a creative way.  We will have a gup division (all students must be color belts: white belt through red belt-black stripe) and Black Belt division (all students must be Black Belts).  1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams go home with medals and the 1st place team gets a 39 inch trophy to present to their dojang.  Although I love to present other dojangs with these big trophies- I would really like to have our own students win it for our dojang.  This year I am asking each clan to put together a team of color belts (gups) and a Black Belt team for TEAM PATTERNS.  Please talk to me or Mr. Rich Hollenbach if you are interested in creating a team or being on a team.  It costs $10 for each team member to be on a team.

               After the TEAM PATTERNS, we start individual patterns.  We will start with gup patterns (color belts), then gup sparring followed by Black Belt patterns and then sparring.

               Students will have the opportunity to meet and make many new friends.  Then the next time a seminar, tournament or camp comes up, the student gets to see their new friends again and fantastic relationships are created.

               Please consider competing at our tournament.  It is so important that the host dojang has a good showing of their own students….it is like “our home court.”  Please contact me with any questions- this is a great opportunity for first time competitors as well as our World Champions.

 

 

 

COUSIN’S SELF-DEFENSE CLASS!

 

            Last year we held this class and a few families got involved and had a great time.  We are planning the same kind of event for Friday, April 27 from 6-7:30 pm.

            The idea came from years ago Master Cashatt’s family invited all their relatives and friends for a self-defense picnic.  Over 50 folks showed up and all these years since they’ve been bringing it up and the fun and knowledge they gained! 

            Students and their immediate family should invite not only their “cousins” but aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors and friends to come share this time.  The student will be known as the martial artist of the family and maybe the class will light a spark in someone else’s eye. At the very least those who attend will be very grateful.

            Please sign up on the wall if you plan on attending and how many will join you.  We also would like to invite you to bring a snack if you’d like.  Please list what you might bring to share with your folks and others.  We will learn the “frontal 5” and the “dirty half dozen” along with other valuable tips. Pick up invitations to give to family and friends so they have all the info they need.

 

 

2018 SPIRIT OF TAEKWON-DO SUMMER CAMP WEEKEND

June 15-17: 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! 

 

 

2018 ALL BELTS DAY CAMP   

This is a day camp held from 9 am to 3 pm daily during the week of July 23-27.  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.

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

APRIL 4..DOJANG CONGRESS from 7:45-8:30 pm- all students and parents

APRIL 11..DOJANG TOWN MEETING starts at 5:55 pm

APRIL 18..MASTER CLASS from 7-8 pm featuring Ge-Baek

APRIL 21…SOUDERTON INVITATIONAL TKD TOURNAMENT starts at 10 am

APRIL 24…BASIX CLASS from 6-7 pm featuring STRETCH TO PREVENT INJURIES

APRIL 27…COUSIN’S SELF-DEFENSE 6-7:30 pm

JUNE 15-17…SPIRIT OF TKD SUMMER CAMP weekend at Camp Innabah

JULY 23-27…ALL BELTS DAY CAMP from 9 am to 3 pm daily.

 

 

 

 

 

KIAP! NEWSLETTER MARCH 2018

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.

 

TUL-A-THON

BRINGS THE STRONGEST FACETS OF TKD TOGETHER!

         

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

TOTAL PATTERNS DONE BY THE DOJANG RECORD      

                                                                                                 10220 patterns 2012

MOST NUMBER OF MOVES WHILE DOING PATTERNS

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.

 

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING STUDENT OF THE MONTH

 

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 OST

 

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.

 

 

 

CLEAN-UP RT. 113

 

                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.

 

 

 

 

TAI CHI BANQUET AT OUR DOJANG!

 

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.

 

 

 

2018 SPIRIT OF TAEKWON-DO SUMMER CAMP WEEKEND

 

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! 

 

 

 

2018 ALL BELTS DAY CAMP   

 

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.

 

 

 

OBSTACLE COURSE BUDDY NIGHT MARCH 28th!!

 

                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.

 

 

 

TIME TO PREPARE FOR OUR

2018 SOUDERTON INVITATIONAL!

 

                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.

               

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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.

MARCH 28...OBSTACLE COURSE BUDDY NIGHT from 6-7 pm.

 

 

 

 

KIAP! NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2018

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.

 

WHO TRAINS AT OUR DOJANG?

 

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 reason....as 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.