KIAP! NEWLSETTER NOVEMBER 2017

Mark Cashatt's Taekwon-Do School, Inc.

 

This month's DOJANG TOWN MEETING is Wednesday, November 8th.  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.

 

2017 TUL JON-SA

(Pattern Competition) NOV. 4 at our dojang!

 

 

Within our patterns, we have all the techniques and methods needed to become better at sparring and board breaking.  The patterns of General Choi’s Taekwon-Do are unrivaled in power and beauty.  Patterns can be done alone which makes them the ultimate learning tool. 

Now we have a contest to give our students and fellow Taekwon-Do members from affiliated dojangs to see how we do under a little pressure of competition.  We are calling it, the 2017 TUL JON-SA, which in the Korean language translates as “Pattern Champion”.

Sure it’s easier to pass and not compete.   There are a million excuses, if not more.  On Saturday, November 4th you will have a chance to gamble for the benefit of your own training.  It is not much of a gamble- just an entry fee and a test of courage to prepare.  I’m sure none of us would be terribly upset if we didn’t get 1st place, but the value of effort put forth preparing will take our students to the next level in their training.  Normal Taekwon-Do tournaments usually have sparring and patterns.  The pattern competition isn’t as detailed as the TUL JON-SA.  Students will end up performing at least 4 patterns during the competition.  Those that make it close to the top could perform 10 patterns or more.  In other words, the competition will provide an excellent opportunity for students to show their technique...as the destination or goal, but the practice leading up to November 4th will be the true advancement ground.

We will first split all competitors into rank and age.  The four big divisions are white belt to green stripe; green belt to black stripe; 1st DAN to 3rd DAN; and 4th DAN and above.  Then within these divisions, we will have age groups.  All the information is hanging on the dojang wall and you can also access it from our website homepage. 

Two competitors from each division and age group will stand side by side and first perform a pattern chosen by the judges.  Then the competitors will be asked to perform a pattern of their choice.  Their choice must come from the three highest-ranking patterns that the competitor knows.

The judges will then pick a winner to move on in the bracket.  The competitor who does not win will be put into a different part of the bracket, which will enable them to win their way up to the top.  Once a competitor loses two matches, he or she is eliminated from the competition.  In each age group of each division, we will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals.  Then those who get 1st place in their age group will compete to see who does the best in their division.  Then the division winners will compete to find the “TUL JON-SA” or Pattern Champion in each of two divisions  - One champion from the GUP DIVISION and one champion from the BLACK BELT DIVISION. Each champion goes home with a 38-inch tall trophy.

The doors open at 9 am and competition will start at 10 am after opening ceremonies.  Color belts will go first so our youngest children do not have to wait around.  We will award the GUP DIVISION CHAMPION before we start with the BLACK BELTS!  Refreshments will be sold.  Student competitors should invite their families and friends.

Students who plan to compete should register by Saturday, Oct. 28 to save $10 off the admission fee.  Ask the receptionist for a registration form.  To compete it costs $30 (if registered by Oct. 28).  Each additional family member competitor is $25.  The day of the competition the cost will be $40 and $35 for each additional family member competitor.

 

 

 

 

GIRLS NIGHT OF TAEKWON-DO

           

            On Thursday, November 9th we will have a GIRLS NIGHT OF TKD from 6-7 pm.  When we have one of these special nights, the gentlemen at our dojang must remember that if all the girls are on one side of the curtain, all the boys will be on the other side of the curtain.  Boys will get a special class as well. 

               When separating the class like this we can work on specific skills and hear some important knowledge that could help us in years to come. 

               The GIRLS NIGHT OF TKD this month will be lead by 3rd DAN Donna Creachen and 2nd DAN Dina Gerhard.  Please sign up on the wall if you are a girl and if you are planning on coming.  We will end the night with some kind of competition between the girls and boys.

 

 

 

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: 

 

COLTON MUSSELMAN

Colton recently won the Youth Boys DAN-GUN championship and he has earned his Green Belt.  Colton has been training for a year.  In every class he tries his best and he listens to advice from the instructors and puts it in action.  Colton sets a good example for his younger brother and sister and for the rest of our students.  Congratulations to Colton and the Musselman 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, November 11 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.

 

 

 

 

2017 DOJANG GROUP PICTURE TO BE TAKEN NOVEMBER 15

 

One of the most important annual events of our dojang is the night we take our “official dojang picture” for that year.  As you can see on the walls of our dojang reception area, these group pictures date back to 1988 at the first dojang in the attic of Master Cashatt’s apartment on Hillside Avenue in Souderton with his first 5 students!  As a student of our dojang, your own personal history can be represented in these pictures.  As each year goes by, you remember the folks of the dojang in the past and on November 15, 2017  you will be a part of the group of students who are presently training at our dojang.

We will have regular class from 6-7 pm.  At 7 we will line everyone up along the formal front wall according to height, and from there the seating for the picture will take shape.  All parents are invited to take pictures and are encouraged just in case the official dojang camera’s picture doesn’t turn out.   A few other groupings of students may be taken and it is a great opportunity for students to take their own pictures with their best friends of the dojang.

It is important for each student to try to be in the picture so that you can see the past pictures year after year.  It is also important for the dojang itself and Master Cashatt to have you in the picture because then the pictures will represent this point in time when you trained in Taekwon-Do.  You are what makes the dojang.   Each one of us contributes to the atmosphere of the dojang and each one of us counts. 

We will have the usual Black Belt class following the group picture.

 

 NOVEMBER 15 IS ALSO HOLIDAY SHOPPING NIGHT!

Everything bought or ordered and paid for on this night will be 10% less than usual prices!  This is the perfect time to order sparring gear and a uniform!  The dojang will have Holiday Shopping Catalogs available at the beginning of November for gift ideas for your martial artist.

               AWMA, which stands for Asian World of Martial Arts, is the company from Philadelphia that we like to use.  AWMA does have their website (www.awma.com) to look over their stock, but if you order it from the dojang on Nov. 15th, we will take 10% off plus you won’t have to pay for shipping and handling!  The sparring gear combo that we can get from AWMA ($115 plus tax includes more than a 10% discount) includes headgear, punches, kicks, mesh bag, mouthpiece and mouthpiece case.  Plus if you just want the punches, kicks and headgear, with your 10% off, that would be $93 plus tax!  The dojang will have an order slip accompanying the gift catalogs in the beginning of November so when ordering, it’s most important to know the shoe size and color and Master Cashatt can figure everything else out….            Our official dojang uniforms are $49.99 plus tax but on Nov. 15, we give almost $5 off!  ITF dobuks are not included in the Holiday sale.

 

TKD MARKETPLACE ALSO ON THIS NIGHT!

 

            Once a year we have what we call the “TKD Marketplace”.  Over the years the dojang received many donations of old uniforms and gear and this is the event where we lay it all out on tables and sell items for a buck or two.  All the money raised from TKD Marketplace goes towards the WILLIAM CLARKE MEMORIAL FUND which finances the ESSAY CONTEST for a free trip to our TKD summer camp.  Every June students can earn a free trip to camp for writing an essay. 

 

SO WE HAVE 3 GOOD REASONS  TO BE AT THE DOJANG

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 15-  DON’T MISS IT!

 

 

 

 

OUR HOLIDAY BANQUET ON DEC. 9

 

            Since December of 1988 we have held a Holiday banquet to celebrate the season with friends.  All students age 18 or over, all the parents of students, and old dojang friends are invited.

               We need to know by the deadline of December 1st whether you plan on attending our banquet on Saturday, December 9th.   We are holding the banquet at the dojang this year!!  Doors open at 6 PM for a 30-minute cocktail hour.  We have a wonderful buffet, which starts at 6:30 followed by our gift table and dancing until 10:30 PM. 

It has always been an unbelievable night of fun with all our wonderful friends of TKD.  Please come and help be a part of it.  The memories and excitement will last you through 2018!

The cost of $25 per person includes a buffet and a recorded soundtrack for dancing.  Please give your favorite dance songs that you think should be included.  We should be able to take requests that night as well.  Bring your own favorite beverage!  Water will be served for dinner.  It’s a semi-formal type event, and if you bring a wrapped gift, you get a wrapped gift!  Make gifts nice or funny.   We also request an old picture of adults attending- teenage or younger.  It just needs to be scanned and back to you.  See Master Cashatt with any questions.  Please sign up on the dojang wall if you plan on attending.

 

 

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

NOV. 1....DOJANG CONGRESS from 7:45-8:30 pm  (all students/parents invited)

NOV. 4....2017 TUL JON-SA (Pattern Competition) at our dojang starts at 10 am

NOV. 8....DOJANG TOWN MEETING starts at 5:55 pm (student orientation)

NOV. 9....GIRLS NIGHT OF TKD from 6-7 pm.

NOV. 11...BLACK BELT TEST starts at 1 pm.

NOV. 15...2017 DOJANG GROUP PICTURE taken at 7 pm.

NOV. 15...10% OFF HOLIDAY SHOPPING DAY (all items ordered and paid for discounted 10%)

NOV. 16...Thursday, GUP TEST starts at 6 pm

NOV. 18...GRANDMASTER WHEATLEY SEMINAR in New Jersey.  Let's go!

NOV. 21...BASIX CLASS from 6-7 featuring the Ground Pattern Noo-wo

NOV. 22...TURKEY DAY EVE 500 - we'll do 500 kicks in each class.

NOV. 23....DOJANG CLOSED for Thanksgiving.

DEC. 2....SOUDERTON HOLIDAY PARADE MARCH

DEC. 8...DOJANG HOLIDAY SKATE PARTY at Inline 309 Hatfield.

DEC. 9....DOJANG ADULT HOLIDAY BANQUET at the dojang 6-10:30 pm.

 

 

 

 

KIAP! NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2017

Mark Cashatt's Taekwon-Do School, Inc.

This month's DOJANG TOWN MEETING is Monday, September 11, 2017.  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.

 

 

CHECK THE DOJANG PASSWORD!

 

               Almost every class, the student are asked "what is this week's password?"  We've been doing this since 2011 and usually 5% of the class, if that, knows the answer.  What does this tell us about our world?  Everything is at our fingertips and we all have so much to try and keep up- but as hard as it is to break a bad habit, good habits are easy to start. 

               Let's make an extra effort this month to check the password on a Sunday night or Monday daytime at www.cashattTKD.com, click on "Master's Password" and listen for the secret words and pay attention to the TKD tip of the week.  It could change your life and/or give you that little extra to get ahead.

 

 

 

 

WOOD BOARD BREAKING CLASS COMING UP!

 

               On Wednesday, September 6, 2017 students will have the opportunity to break wood boards in the 6-7 pm class.  Every week we have a designated plastic board breaking class so students can see if they are correctly performing their techniques.  Speed is the most important thing and next is aim!  A few times per year students get the opportunity to break wood boards.  Wood boards must be broken for all Black Belt tests and also to break OFFICIAL DOJANG BOARD BREAKING RECORDS.  Our dojang records are on a poster at the far end of the dojang and some date back to the 1990's.  Students should check the records they might attempt and also check to see if there is a favorite technique that is not listed to set a brand new record.

               All students are invited to sign up for boards.  A half board costs $1.50  and a whole board costs $3.  Students must sign up by Wednesday, September 6 in order to get a chance to break.  Students can ask an instructor for technique ideas.  Side piercing, turn kick and a hand technique is what is required for Black Belt. Each participant is allowed to attempt two different breaks.  Those testing for Black Belt within the next year can attempt all their required breaks.

               Students that are preparing for our November 11, 2017 Black Belt test may attempt all their breaks the next night, Thurs. September 7 between 7-8 pm.  These Black Belt test applicants should sign up for the amount of boards listed on the chart above the water cooler at the dojang. Test applicants should also ask their "board whisperer" to attend the 7-8 pm class with you if possible.

 

 

 

 

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:

 

KYLIE KEHR

 

Kylie as been training at our dojang for 15 months and has earned the rank of Green Belt.  Kylie earned this award because of her perseverance in rising to the challenge of breaking boards for her last gup test.  Kylie's sweet personality doesn't break the boards, she had to reach deep down and give it all she's got!  Congratulation Kylie and to her family and friends!

 

 

 

 

WARRIOR TEAM UNITES

 

               Our dojang has been known throughout the years for our public presentations of the art of Taekwon-Do.  We love to put on shows for our fellow citizens.  We have in the past put together a team of students who train every Monday night to put on shows and to become better at performing.  The team of students represents our dojang showing the benefits of our training.  The team members perform solo patterns and moves as well as pre-planned group routines.  Team members break boards, do self-defense and spar at these demonstrations.

               We would like to put together a formal team for the Autumn season starting Monday, September 18 until November 4, 2017.   The team would meet every Monday from 7-8 pm prepared to work hard. Team members must be Green Belt and above, any age.  Members must attend all training practices and shows.

               Master Cashatt, Mr. Schane and Mr. Hollenbach will be approaching students to invite them on the team but we also have a sign up list on the wall for those who would like to be a member.  You must be a Green Belt or above.  You must also have wonderful technique and a strong urge to perform.  If you sign up, you should be at our first practice Monday, September 18 at 7 pm.  We will be preparing for our "Opening Ceremonies" of our 2017  TUL JON-SA being held Saturday, November 4, 2017. 

               It takes commitment by the student and the parent (transportation) to be part of the team.  It is a wonderful learning experience.  Please talk to Master Cashatt with any questions.

 

 

 

GIRLS NIGHT OF TAEKWON-DO

              

               On Tuesday, September 12 we will have a GIRLS NIGHT OF TKD from 6-7 pm.  When we have one of these special nights, the gentlemen at our dojang must remember that if all the girls are on one side of the curtain, all the boys will be on the other side of the curtain.  Boys will get a special class as well. 

               When separating the class like this we can work on specific skills and hear some important knowledge that could help us in years to come. 

               The GIRLS NIGHT OF TKD this month will be lead by 2nd DAN Dina Gerhard.  Please sign up on the wall if you are a girl and if you are planning on coming.  We will end the night with some kind of competition between the girls and boys.

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR SEPTEMBER 9th

 

               On Saturday, September 9th we will be holding an Instructors Seminar from 8 AM to  noon at our dojang.

               All students 12 years old and over who are Green Belt and above, and all junior and senior Black Belts are invited to attend this free seminar with Master Cashatt.  We will be re-introducing our newest drills and technique changes as well as showing some new ideas for the first time.  We will be learning the newest ideas on how to teach and motivate our fine students.  We will be discussing the future of our dojang and hear ideas from all who attend.
              All students younger than 12 and/or under Green Belt can attend the seminar during the 9:30-10:30 AM slot where our Instructors will be going over Requirement Sheets and trying out new drills and procedures.  Students who attend this portion will surely help our Instructors to become better.

All students fitting the age and rank specifications should consider coming.  Teaching is part of TaeKwon-Do; in fact we’re teaching what we’ve learned through training in TaeKwon-Do every day!  In our daily dealings with others, our attitude and perseverance shine, and that can be considered a form of teaching.  Attending the seminar helps the students (instructors) improve their physical skills above and beyond normal classes.

Even if you don’t plan on helping out at classes, you can surely benefit from these 4 free hours of TaeKwon-Do.  Please sign up on the dojang wall if you’re coming.

 

 

 

 

OPEN HOUSE- BUDDY NIGHT SEPTEMBER 21

 

On Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6-7 PM we will have our annual dojang OPEN HOUSE.  Students will be encouraged to invite their friends and relatives to this informative presentation of Taekwon-Do, complete with demonstrations by all the students present. 

Students need not be nervous of being singled out- groups of students will perform at the same time. The open house will count as a regular class because the students will be performing which is a big part of their training.  As instructors, we tell the students to only use their Taekwon-Do practicing by themselves, or in the dojang or only as a last resort for self-defense.   At the open house, like an open house in regular school, parents, relatives and friends will see what the student has learned and what they do in Taekwon-Do class.

We are encouraging students to invite friends to train with them… it’s buddy night!  Our students will have a chance to teach their buddies saju-jirugi and some other simple techniques.  We have a “BUDDY NIGHT CONTEST!”   For each "Buddy" a student brings, the student will be able to enter a ticket in a raffle.  The winning ticket will be drawn at the end of the event and the prize is a $50 gift certificate for our dojang's store!  The winner can choose anything from our dojang store or from www.awma.com website to add up to $50!

  When choosing which friends to invite, try to consider whether TKD would do them good and that they could possibly become a student at our dojang.  We will put on our show and we will end with a big group game.  The regular 7-8 PM class will be held on that night.

 

 

 

DAN-GUN CELEBRATION OCT. 3!

 

Dan-Gun is the legendary founder of Korea and history believes his birthday to be Oct. 3, 2333 BC.  DAN-GUN is also a Taekwon-Do pattern learned at yellow belt level.  Ever since the year 1990, our dojang has held a celebration and competition for DAN-GUN DAY.  October 3 just happens to be on a Tuesday this year and it will start at 6 pm. 

The celebration includes the acting out of the legendary story of DAN-GUN followed by competition to find the year’s DAN-GUN champions.  Students who can compete must be yellow belt through Black Stripe.  Black Belts cannot compete.  Black Belts are the judges. 

There are four categories: adult division (age 20 and above), teenage (age 13-19), youth boy (age 12 and under) and youth girl (age 12 and under).  It usually works out that students on their way to Black Belt will get to compete in at least two Dan-Gun Days because this celebration is held only once a year, around October 3.   

After the competition we have a bit of a feast featuring food people might eat in Korea.  Families are invited to bring treats also. 

The event will start at 6 PM,  no regular class.  We will conclude by 7:15 pm when Tai Chi class starts at our dojang.  All students (including white belts) and their families are invited and encouraged to come.  This is a free event that helps the unity and friendships of our dojang. 

This year to offset the cost of the Kalbi (marinated beef ribs) which Mrs. Cashatt always makes for us, we will give attendees a chance to win a 50/50 raffle.  Our receptionist Miss Jane will be selling raffle tickets throughout the event.  The winner will be drawn at 7 pm.

Please sign up on the dojang wall if you plan on attending and list what you might bring as a treat, but it is not necessary to bring a treat.

 

 

 

OUR 2017 TUL JON-SA NEEDS PREPARATION!!

 

               For the fifth year in a row we will be offering a PATTERN COMPETITION on Saturday, November 4 starting at 10 am.  This competition is for all students white belt through senior Black Belt and all ages of students who practice the patterns designed by General Choi Hong Hi. 

               We call this competition the TUL JON-SA which in Korean language means PATTERN CHAMPION.  We practice our patterns in every TKD class and here is a chance to see how your patterns stack up against other competitors on this day.

               We will separate competitors by age and rank in small divisions so everyone goes home with a medal.  We will be using "double elimination" which means even if a competitor loses one match, the competitor has a second chance to make it up to # 1.  Each division's 1st place winner will go on to a competition between all the other 1st place finishers until we have one TUL JON-SA for the GUP students (color belts) and one TUL JON-SA for the BLACK BELT students.

               Competitors need to brush up on all their patterns up to their rank because they may be called on to do any of them.

               We will present a 39 inch trophy to both the GUP and BLACK BELT TUL JON-SA!  There is a discount if you register before the date so make the commitment and start your training!

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

SEPT. 6...Wednesday, WOOD BOARD BREAKING from 6-7 pm.

SEPT. 6...DOJANG CONGRESS from 7:45-8:30 pm.

SEPT. 9...Saturday, INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR from 8 am to noon.

SEPT. 12...Tuesday, GIRLS NIGHT OF TKD from 6-7 pm

SEPT. 14...Thursday, GUP TEST starts at 6 pm

SEPT. 18....Monday, WARRIORS PRACTICE STARTS from 7-8 pm.

SEPT. 19....Tuesday, BASIX CLASS featuring Dodging from 6-7 pm

SEPT. 20...Wednesday, MASTER CLASS featuring Joong-gun from 7-8 pm for Blue Belts and up.

SEPT. 27...Wednesday, OPEN HOUSE- BUDDY NIGHT! from 6-7 pm

OCT. 3....Tuesday, DAN-GUN CELEBRATION from 6-7:15 pm

OCT. 5-8...UATW - Ultimate Adult TKD Weekend!

NOV. 4...2017 TUL JON-SA starts at 10 am.