KIAP! NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2018

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.

 

ANOTHER NEW BEGINNING! WELCOME 2018!

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.

When we train several times per week, our stamina and flexibility increase.  Our confidence grows and we then look at everything in life with more vigor and passion. 

I wish us all a wonderful 2018!

Sincerely,

Mark Cashatt

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR JANUARY 6, 2018

 

               On Saturday, January 6, 2018 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.

 

 

 

 

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:

 

 

GAVIN KUCH & LANDON KUCH

 

Brothers Gavin and Landon Kuch have been training at our dojang for over 16 months and have earned the rank of Yellow Belt Green Stripe- but due to be graded for GREEN in January, 2018.  Both brothers were awarded this award because to chose between the two for who is more outstanding would be impossible.  Both are very fine young men who show respect and use proper manners.  Class after class they show their perseverance especially when things really get difficult.  Congratulations to Gavin Kuch and to Landon Kuch and the Kuch family.

 

 

NORTH PENN TKD TOURNAMENT

               On Sunday, January 21, 2018 there will be a Taekwon-Do tournament at Harleysville's Indian Valley YMCA.  Doors open at 9 am for a start time of 10 am.  The tournament is hosted by North Penn TKD lead by 6th DAN Gene Nederostek and 5th DAN Bhavesh Gohel.  This is a very safe and fun tournament with area dojangs who attend our April tournament.

               On top of creating an opportunity for participants to test their PATTERN performance and SPARRING skills, they get to do it for an only $25 entry fee.   Most tournaments are $40 or more to compete!

               Let's support the North Penn Taekwon-Do Tournament.  Please sign up on the dojang wall if you are planning on participating. 

 

 

 

 

 

        LIGHTSABER NIGHT!

 

On Friday, January 26th parents can drop their children off at the dojang and have a date night! From 6 to 9:30 pm we will be having our LIGHT SABER TRAINING NIGHT!  Participants will learn LIGHT SABER ROUTINE(s).   This night is not just for our children students.  Teens and adults are invited to attend.   It costs $30 per person, $25 for each additional family member which includes light saber training, pizza, snacks and a movie.  Participants should bring their own LIGHT SABERS and participants are encouraged to wear a STAR WARS-like costume. 

 

5th DAN Mr. Mike Louie, who has two dojangs farther west in Pennsylvania will be conducting the light saber training.  We will watch a STAR WARS movie as voted on by all participants!  When a student registers, they must give their personal favorite STAR WARS nomination.

 

Parents should pick up their children no later than 9:30 pm.  Students can invite one friend.    

 

Having events such as this one allows our younger students to have more social interaction with the other students who are also trying to do their best to observe the five tenets at all times.  This atmosphere allows positive teamwork vibes where good friendships can flourish.

 

All participants for the “Light Saber Night” must be registered by Wednesday, January 24, 2018.  Call 215-721-1839 or email cashattTKD@gmail.com to register or sign up on the bulletin board at the dojang.   Remember to include the STAR WARS movie of your choice.

 

 

 

BOOK YOUR PRIVATE LESSON NOW!

 

               You may have received a special HOLIDAY GIFT from Master Cashatt.   This is a well thought out gift from our dojang to you.  The ultimate way of learning is one-on-one.  When a student has the undivided attention of an instructor, much progress can be made.  The simplest errors can be corrected so that there is time to look at the little things that make our art so beautifully powerful and inspiring to watch.

               This is also a time for one-on-one talks, student to instructor, fellow artist to fellow artist, junior to senior.  It is difficult in the group classes to key in so much on one student.  The instructor's attention must be spread evenly as best as possible.  Many questions can get answered in a group which enables everyone to chime in.  Lots of general questions get answered.  But a private lesson leads to personal corrections directly to the student.

               Master Cashatt gives private lesson throughout the day and Saturday mornings so talk to him ASAP to get your lesson scheduled.  You may find it something you want to do periodically to improve your level of performance. 

 

 

 

DOJANG CHAMPIONSHIPS FEB. 10

 

               It's time for the Taekwon-Do competition between the three dojang clans: Korguryo, Baek-Je and Silla.  For the past two years Baek-Je has been our champions!  This is a contest of student's individual Patterns, Ground Pattern, Sparring and the Flying High Kick!  Four events and last year all four were won by Mr. Richard Chieffo in an outstanding performance.

               All students should compete in this inner school competition.  Lots of dojang spirit is shown at these championships.  The students understand the value of competition as something to push oneself and then to feel proud and inspired by all the other students, win or lose.

               Please put Saturday, Feb. 10 on your calendar and compete for your clan's championship!  A good day to work on good sportsmanship.

 

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

JAN. 3...DOJANG CONGRESS from 7:45-8:30 pm

JAN. 6...INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR from 8 am to noon

JAN. 9....Tuesday, DOJANG TOWN MEETING starts at 5:55 pm (students/parents)

JAN. 18...Thursday, GUP TEST at 6 pm

JAN. 26...LIGHT SABER NIGHT from 6-9:30 pm

FEB.  3...OUTDOOR CLASS from 9:30-10:30 am

FEB. 10....DOJANG CHAMPIONSHIPS

FEB. 12....Monday, DOJANG TOWN MEETING starts at 5:55 pm (students/parents)

FEB. 17....ROADTRIP to YOM CHI FED. (Master White's or Master Greak's)

MARCH 2 & 3....TUL-A-THON

MARCH 9-11...ITF  US NATIONALS in Ohio

MARCH 24...TAI CHI BANQUET

APRIL 7...ROAD TRIP to Mr. Louie's

APRIL 21...SOUDERTON INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

KIAP! NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2017

Mark Cashatt's Taekwon-Do School, Inc.

This month's DOJANG TOWN MEETING is Thursday, Dec. 14.  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.

 

THIS DOJANG YEAR IN REVIEW!

 

 

Dear students, parents and friends,

               As of November 7, 2017 we have completed 29 years of our dojang's existence.  Every December KIAP! newsletter I try to list some of the historical moments at our dojang during the past year....in this case 2017!  Thank you all for adding so much to the events and atmosphere at the dojang.  Please forgive me if I forget to list something - I'm sure you had your personal favorite moments.

               On January 7th we held the first of three INSTRUCTOR SEMINARS we have during the year.  We have another in May and the third in September.  It is free to our Black Belts, junior and senior and our gups age 12 and above.  It is 4 hours of training and fellowship.  January 4 we had our DOJANG CONGRESS, a monthly meeting to discuss events just passed and events during the next year.  All students and parents are invited.  It is held at 7:45 usually the first Wednesday of each month.  January 12 we held the first DOJANG TOWN MEETING of the year.  We have one every month as an orientation for new students and their parents, and for the rest of the students as well as we discuss dojang protocol and have questions answered and ideas shared.  On January 19th we had the first of several GIRLS NIGHT OF TAEKWON-DO classes we have throughout the year.  January 20 we had a gup promotional test for the "color belts" known as "gups".  We give a chance for students to test once a month, usually on the 3rd Thursday or Friday of the month.  On the 24th we had the first BASIX CLASS of the year and this one featured STANCES.  We have a BASIX CLASS once a month on the 4th Tuesday.  The 3rd Wednesday of each month we have a MASTER CLASS reviewing just one of the 24 patterns in our Taekwon-Do system.  January 18 we had one featuring EUI-AM, a 2nd Degree pattern.  Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month we have a Black Belt weapons class reviewing bo staff, broadsword and spear routines- not from our Taekwon-Do system but routines I want to pass on to the Black Belts.  January 22 some of our students competed in the North Penn TKD's tournament at Indian Valley YMCA.  As the tournament began, my instructor Master Bill Lees announced in front of the group of my promotion to UTF 8th Degree Black Belt.  I was caught somewhat off guard and was stunned.  I knew the time was near.  It is best never to ask for promotion.  Hopefully through our actions, notice will be taken.  I was so honored.  On January 27 we had our PARENTS NIGHT OUT!  We hosted Mr. Mike Louie who gave the participants a seminar on the LIGHTSABER followed by a STAR WARS movie from 6-9:30 pm.   We will have this event again at the end of January 2018. 

               No need to repeat the monthly events I have listed above. But when it comes to February 2017 we started our "first Thursday of the month Free Self-Defense class".   We were hoping families and our community citizens would take advantage and attend month after month but it didn't catch on.  In 2018 we will just have a few publicized Free Self-defense opportunities.  February 18th Dr. Frank Ciuba gave us a wonderful visual lecture on anatomy, prevention and treatment for TKD injuries.  On Feb. 18th  we had our DOJANG CHAMPIONSHIPS which is a competition between the students of Koguryo, Baek Je and Silla Dynasties (an inner dojang tournament).  This year Baek Je won!   The "Best of the Best" Champion this year was Richard Chieffo.  Mr. Chieffo is one of our dojang legends.  A Sabanim who competed in the ITF World Championships and has always been an extraordinary student.  His career takes him to live in places all around the world and he just happened to be home in Telford for most of last year- enough time to win the Best of the Best for Individual Patterns, Ground Pattern and Flying High Kick.  February 25, 8th DAN Master Bill Lees visited our dojang and held an awesome seminar.

               March 2 we had one of several (wood) Board Breaking class.  This helps our student prepare for Black Belt test breaks and it also a time existing dojang records can be broken.  We have one weeknight per week designated as plastic board breaking so our students get plenty of opportunities to test their skills.  On Saturday, March 4th we had our  OUTDOOR WINTER CLASS.  We do that every year.  Next one is scheduled for February 3, 2017.  On March 10 and 11 we held our TUL-A-THON.  This is an annual event which raises money for (this year) the William Clarke Memorial Fund which grants trips to summer camp through an essay contest.  We raised $2165.50 while as a dojang performing 5773 patterns.  We had 56 participants.  March 25 we held our 2017 SOUDERTON INVITATIONAL TAEKWON-DO TOURNAMENT at our dojang.  We awarded Outstanding Student of the Year to Alexandre A. A. Pecora, Nicholas Mancini and Tori Wolf.  We also awarded a plaque for 10 years of training to Robb Kester and Nathaniel Ensanian.  A 20 year award was given to Scott Mallon.

               April was designated "ANTI- BULLY MONTH".  We also had our 2017 Dojang Summer T-shirt design contest which this year was won by the Musselman family's creation.  April 1st was one of 3 times this year that as a dojang, we cleaned our ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY route 113 from Allentown Road to Schoolhouse Road in Franconia.  We've been keeping that highway clean since 2001.  April 8th,  7th DAN Master Nick Malefyt held an awesome seminar at our dojang.  April 29th Mr. Louie's tournament was held and a few of our students participated.

               May 6th we had a Black Belt grading.  Sean McCleery earned his 5th DAN, Nathaniel Ensanian earned 4th DAN, Donna Creachen earned her 3rd DAN, Robb Kester, Nate Woehr and Chris Derstine earned their 2nd DAN, Jenna DeCarme, Peyton Weaver, Carly Deluca and Mia Pernie earned their 1st DAN.  On May 13th I held a seminar at Mr. Louie's dojang.  On May 15th we had our MOTHERS DAY SELF-DEFENSE where the kids got to practice self-defense along with their moms!  On May 23rd we awarded Jason McCann with our "20 Years of Training" plaque.  May 24th, 5th DAN Phil Cerami gave us a class on the "PHYSICS OF TKD".  May 27th our dojang marched in the HARLEYSVILLE FAIR DAYS parade lead by our wonderful demo team.  Wednesday May 31st we held a ANTI-BULLYING OBSTACLE COURSE that was well attended by students and the community.

               June 9-11 we held our SPIRIT OF TAEKWON-DO SUMMER CAMP weekend at Camp Innabah in Spring City, PA.  Next year's dates are June 15-17.   June 22nd we held a "FATHERS DAY BOARD BREAKING" where students had a chance to break plastic boards with their dads.  On June 24th some of our students attended a Master Rai seminar in New Jersey.

               July 17 to the 21st we had our ALL BELT DAY CAMP from 9 am to 3 pm daily.  The week ended with a 2.2 mile walk to the Souderton Pool for a demo and an afternoon of swimming. On Friday, July 28th we held a "COUSINS SELF-DEFENSE PARTY" where we invited our cousins, all relatives and friends to join in on a self-defense class.  Each student who brought folks got to lead their group with the techniques.  We thought we might do that again and I planned it for Friday, April 27, 2018.  On July 29th we had a DOJANG ADVENTURE to watch an IRONPIGS baseball game in Bethlehem.  We've been attending an Ironpigs game every summer for ten years. Special thanks to Marc Erskine for setting it up. 

               Although August was very exciting at the dojang, I have no special events to list.  We did have a "1st Evaluation" on Aug. 31st for the students hoping to test for Black Belts in November.  At the evaluation, the promotional board lists advice for each student on how to improve and prepare.  Then the next 8 weeks we have special mentoring classes just for those applicants and a final evaluation a month before the test to get the final okay to test.

               September we have an Instructor Seminar and a Girls Night of TKD along with a wood board breaking class.  We also had an OPEN HOUSE BUDDY NIGHT on Sept. 27th, another annual event to booster attendance and recruit some new friends who wish to learn Taekwon-Do.

               Tuesday, October 3rd we held our annual DAN-GUN DAY CELEBRATION.  We had competition between students yellow belt through Black Stripe with the pattern DAN-GUN.  This year's champion for the girls division was Kylie Kehr, for the boys division champion it was Colton Musselman, the teenage champion Nick Mancini and the adult champion was Ana Paula D'Agostino Pecora.  The weekend of October 5-8 we had our 17th annual UATW (Ultimate Adult Taekwon-Do Weekend) at Camp Oak Hill in Nottingham, PA. We had a group of 13 adults who trained hard and ate well.  It was a weekend we will all remember for so many reasons. Wednesday, Oct. 25th we held our DOJANG TRIVIA BOWL which is like a game show with TKD trivia.  Silla won for the second year in a row!  October 27th we held our annual Halloween Party at the dojang with a costume contest, games and treats. 

               November events started off on the 4th with the TUL JON-SA (Pattern Champion) competition was held at our dojang.  Our own Richard Hollenbach won the 39 inch trophy for the Black Belts and our own Jeneen Ost won the trophy for the Gup Division.  November 11th we had a Black Belt test at the dojang.  Dawn Medvesky earned her 5th Degree Black Belt along with Jim Sharayko earning his 2nd DAN.  1st DAN were earned by Chase Anderson, Joey Cary, Alexandre A. A. Pecora, Pam Peters and Alexa Peters..  We had our annual DOJANG GROUP PICTURE on Wednesday, Nov. 15th.  We had a large part of our dojang population in the dojang for the picture.  I was very proud to have pictures taken with all the Junior Black Belts in the same formation as the picture taken 20 years ago.  We did the same with all the Sabanims (4th DAN and higher).  I have been so fortunate to have met and trained with so many fine people. We had our TURKEY DAY EVE 500 on Wednesday, November 22nd where we performed at least 500 kicks in each class.  We had a "Friday after Thanksgiving All Belts TKD Day Training" on Friday, November 24th which was a day of good personalized training and games.

               This KIAP! is being written at the end of November so looking ahead in the last month of 2017 we have our SOUDERTON HOLIDAY PARADE this Saturday Dec. 2nd.  On Friday, December 8th our dojang has rented the INLINE 309 Skating Center for our annual skate party.  We have our annual ADULT HOLIDAY BANQUET on December 9th from 6-10:30 pm at the dojang.  We will have our SILENT NIGHT (nobody can talk- not even the instructors or spectators!) on Dec. 20th from 6-7 pm and the year will end with 6th DAN Mr. Carpenter's "LAST CLASS OF 2017" on Saturday,  December 30th!

               It has been a splendid year of accomplishments and wonderful memories.  I'd like to thank all the veteran students and their families along all the new students and their families.  I'd like to especially thank our Black Belt Instructor team.  Without these wonderful Black Belts none of this would be possible.  I am looking forward to 2018 as a year of excitement and growth for all of us.  I hope you are as proud of our dojang's accomplishments as I am, because although the name is MARK CASHATT'S TAEKWON-DO SCHOOL, the credit goes to each and every one of us who train and grow together.

 

Respectfully submitted,  Mark Cashatt 

 

 

 

 

TOYS FOR TOTS DEADLINE

 

               We have a box we are trying to fill at the dojang.  The Marine Corps Reserve gather "TOYS FOR TOTS" for those children in our area who come from less fortunate families.  We have the box 1/2 full and the deadline is December 13th.  Please think of those children and bring a new and unwrapped toy to add to our collection.  We will take our group picture holding the toys on Wednesday, December 13th at 6 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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: 

 

JAKOB LANDIS

 

Jakob has been training at our dojang for14 months and has earned the rank of Green Stripe (Green Belt in this month).  From day one of Jakob's training he has shown the instructors nothing but enthusiasm  and respect.  Jakob earned this award because of the fine example he sets for his younger brother and sister and all our students.  Congratulations to Jakob and the Landis family.

 

 

 

 

 

DEC. 8 DOJANG SKATE PARTY

 

                    Our dojang has reserved IN-LINE 309 which is located at 2117 Bethlehem Pike (Rt. 309) in Hatfield, PA. from 5:30-7:30 pm.  This event is open to all our students and their families.  It will cost $7 per person and you can pay at the door.  In-line skates or roller skates can be rented for $2 at the facility. 

               This has been a tradition for so many years of the dojang’s history for our families to have some fun together.  Practice your falls!

               Please sign up on the dojang wall if you plan on attending.

 

 

 

 

 

ADULT HOLIDAY BANQUET

 

                    On Saturday, December 9th we will have our annual ADULT HOLIDAY BANQUET at the dojang from 6-10:30 pm.  The banquet is for all the parents of children students along with old and new students age 18 and above and their guest. The event will be catered with Roast Eye Round in Au Jus, Chicken Picatta, Sweet Italian Sausage with peppers and onions, Green Bean Almondine, Oven Roasted Potatoes and dessert.  It costs $25 per person.  We will have music for dancing and folks can bring their favorite beverages.  Please sign up on the dojang wall or contact Master Cashatt directly.

 

 

 

 

 

SILENT NIGHT PLANNED

 

                    Silent Night is a song that many people sing during the holiday season.  The song title gave us an idea to enhance our student’s self-control.  Can you be silent for one hour? 

                    On Wednesday, December 20 from 6-7 PM, there will be no verbal talking allowed in the dojang; not by students, instructors, parents or visitors.  From the moment you enter the dojang until the moment you leave the dojang, you must try your best not to verbally speak.  Breathing noise in patterns is still encouraged, or else we will get out of wind.

                    Students will have to keep their eyes wide open to know what to do and it challenges instructors to communicate without speech. 

                    At 7 pm dismissal we will be allowed to talk and we will do our “official Holiday handshake”.

                    Please take on this challenge and be there!!  Sign up on the dojang wall.

 

 

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS  

DEC. 2....SOUDERTON HOLIDAY PARADE .

DECEMBER 6...DOJANG CONGRESS from 7:45-8:30  all students/parents are invited

DECEMBER 8....DOJANG SKATE PARTY at INLINE 309 from 5:30-7:30 pm  $7

DECEMBER 9...TKD ADULT HOLIDAY BANQUET at the dojang!

DECEMBER 13...TOYS FOR TOTS DEADLINE (group picture that night)