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World Class News The monthly publication of Master Kim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do

March 2012—Volume 9, Issue 3

Break-a-thon

May 5 event to benefit Project HOPE Foundation

iteMs of Note Donate books, toys, for after school program Does the warm weather and the thought of spring cleaning have you motivated to get organized and clear out the clutter? As you clean those closets and shelves, please consider donating your elementaryschool-age-appropriate toys and books to our after-school program. If you have questions, you may contact Ms. Ashworth or Ms. Lee in the after-school area.

Handy parents? We need your help Master Kim’s is looking for some parents to make carnivaltype games that could be used at various events. If you have the skills to make cornhole or other games, please talk with Mrs. Kim.

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ark your calendars! Preparations are underway for the eighth annual charity Break-a-thon to be held Saturday, May 5. Over the years we have raised nearly $85,000 for local charities. Representatives from Project HOPE Foundation will visit the school on Wednesday, April 25, to kick-off this annual event. We have added many fun, new elements this year that will culminate with the breaking of 2,012 boards. Break-a-thon is a fantastic event that

would not be possible without the tremendous support of our sponsors and many volunteers. Detailed information will be available in April, but please see Mrs. Kim if you are interested in any of our sponsorship or volunteer opportunities.

Participants enjoy the aftermath of the 2010 Break-athon, at which 2,010 boards were broken and thousands of dollars raised to support Project HOPE Foundation.

Volunteers still needed for March 3 Martial Arts Festival Volunteers are still needed for our annual Martial Arts Festival, this Saturday, March 3. This is an exciting day for Little Tigers to Black Belts, and a great family activity. Information packets and volunteer sign-up sheets are available at each school. We hope to see you there! At left, 2011 Martial Arts Festival Family Forms champions, the Angell family: Connor, Collin, Colton, and dad Rick.


calendar of events Feb. 29—Belt testing, Woodruff Road (no regular classes at either school). Noon: adults and black belts; 3:30 p.m.: white belt through green belt; 5:30 p.m.: blue stripe through black stripe; 7:30 p.m.: adults and black belts. March 1—Master Ju’s Farewell Party, 5:30 p.m., Woodruff Road school Saturdays through March 31—no double-black-stripe classes. They resume April 7. March 3—World Class Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts Festival, no regular classes Beginning March 5—new class schedule at both schools. Please be on the lookout for the updated schedules for Woodruff Road and Greer. March 10—Demo Team and TWC tryouts, no regular classes March 17—Georgia Martial Arts Festival March 31—Bring-a-friend day, Greer school only April 2-6—Spring Break camp. See article for info. April 25—Break-a-thon kickoff April 28—Master Shim’s World Class TKD tournament May 5—Break-a-thon Oct. 6—Master Kim’s World Class TKD tournament

World class competitors fought hard at U.S. Open Congratulations to all of our world class team members who competed at the 2012 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships. Gabby Gardziola and Concetta Gardziola earned bronze medals in their divisions, while the others all had impressive performances. All of the competitors fought hard and gained valuable experience in the process, including private training time for Ashley McHaney with 2011 World Poomsae Championships finalist Stephany Kim. Way to go TWC!

TWC and WCT tryouts to be held Saturday, March 10 Are you looking for a way to challenge yourself and take your Tae Kwon Do training to another level? Are you looking to be part of the fun and excitement of a team? Our sparring team, Team World Class, and demonstration team, World Class Tigers, are holding open tryouts for prospective new members. As a member of TWC, you will receive specialized sparring training, including seminars with members of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, national team members, and more. You will also have the opportunity to travel to select tournaments throughout the state, the Southeast, and the U.S. Tryouts are open to green belts and higher, ages 8 and older. As a member of WCT, you will learn exciting, new techniques, and have the opportunity to compete in demo team competitions throughout the Southeast. You will also showcase your talent at parades and festivals throughout the year, representing Master Kim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do. Tryouts are open to all belt levels and all ages. See sign-up sheets and information packets at both schools.

Let’s get campy! Spring break and summer camps planned Sign up for our spring break camp (April 2-6) and enjoy Tae Kwon Do, egg decorating, marshmallow shooters and more. Contact the school or Maite Rivera at 558-6086 or worldclassasp@yahoo.com for more information. Then, don’t miss out on Messy Art week, Mad Science week, Super Sports week, or any of our other fun-filled summer camps. Each camp includes daily Tae Kwon Do instruction, field trips, and unlimited fun. Registration is open, with detailed information available at each school. It takes a lot of boards for a great Break-a-thon. Are you ready? This year’s event is scheduled for May 5. Volunteers and sponsors are needed!

contact us There are so many ways for you to keep in touch with us! Visit our Facebook page by clicking here, and be sure to “like” us! You also may visit our web page at www.greenvilletkd.com. And please read the monthly newsletter. New issues will be posted on the Facebook page and the web page at the beginning of each month.

Woodruff Road location 1618 Woodruff Road Greenville SC 29607 (864) 289-0201 Greer location 107 Regency Commons Dr. Greer SC 29650 (864) 552-1256

Congratulations, Team S and Team T! Get ready, Team U! Congratulations to members of Team S who received their black belts and Kukkiwon certificates from Korea, and the members of Team T who tested for their black belts Feb. 18. It was an inspiring day filled with an exciting display of Tae Kwon Do. Anyone who has tested to double black stripe by the end of March will be eligible to test with Team U in August 2012. Double-black-stripe classes will resume on April 7 at the Greer school.

We will miss you, Master Baek and Master Kwak! Best wishes to our interns, Master Baek and Master Kwak, as they return to Korea to complete their final semester of college at Yong-In University. We appreciate the expertise and enthusiasm that they have shared with our Tae Kwon Do family. They may not be able to respond to each email, but we are sure that they would appreciate any notes of thanks or pictures that you would like to share. Master Baek may be reached at qorajatjr@nate.com, and Master Kwak may be reached at kwakyuncheol@naver.com. (Both are also on Facebook.) We wish them all the best in their Tae Kwon Do careers.


March 2012 World Class News