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

May/June 2012—Volume 9, Issue 5

iteMs of Note Don’t miss out on summer camp! Don’t miss out on summer camp fun. Limited spaces are still available. Information packets are available at each school or on the website at You may also contact Maite Rivera at or 558-6086.

Congratulations to Miss Kelly Bartlett and Mr. David Espinoza (above) on their upcoming July 22 wedding in Skaneateles, New York.

Master Kim’s offers field trip for summer camps Did you know Master Kim’s is open for visits from summer camps? Visiting groups enjoy an hour of events and activities, including a fun, step-by-step introductory TKD class; a TKD souvenir; and a guest pass good for a future visit; all for just $3 per child, ages 4 and older! Please spread the word to any summer camp providers you know. Fliers available at both TKD schools.

And our best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Han (left). Harrison and Emily were married April 29. We wish both couples a lifetime of love and happiness.

Our eighth annual charity event

Safari Break-A-Thon was a wild time


undreds of students, families, and friends turned out for our eighth annual Break-A-Thon on Saturday, May 5, in support of Project HOPE Foundation. Through the generosity of our students, sponsors, and friends at our safari-themed event, we were able to raise more than $10,000 for Project HOPE Foundation, which provides support to families in our community who have children with autism.

Thank you to our many hard-working volunteers and staff members who gave so freely of their time. Your efforts made it a

successful, fun-filled day. The day’s biggest winner was Project HOPE Foundation, but we would also like to say congratulations to the winners of our many contests. Congratulations to our top fund-raisers, Chloe Thompson, Lindsay Ward, Rachel Van Hook,

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and Scott Manning, who won private lessons with different masters or instructors, as well as personalized Tae Kwon Do “goodie bags.” Ssssssssssssssuper job! Congratulations to the ecstatic winner of our Heads or Tails game and a brand new iPad, Gabriel Colyar. The auction basket that raised the most money was donated by the yellow belts (thanks, Renee Saputo), and the winner of the coin challenge was the red belt through black belt group. Way to go! We hope that you enjoy your ice cream party, 6 p.m., Thursday, May 31 (between red and yellow belt classes).

Congratulations also to the winners of the “Estimation Station” game: Noah Barrett, Jonathan Castro, Conner Miller, Julia Hermann, Silvia Robinson, and Connor Geoghegan. We hope that you are enjoying your goodies. Our sincere thanks to the many businesses that gave so generously to our event. We hope that you will pick up a program at the school and frequent the businesses that support Project HOPE Foundation and Master Kim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do. Please tell them why you are there—we want everyone to know how much we appreciate their generosity and support.

Above: Matthew Kim, ninja! Below: Lindsay Ward and Mr. Han. Photos this page by Sarah Everman

Above, Master Kim and the top Break-A-Thon fund-raisers present a check to Project HOPE Foundation co-directors, Susan Sachs and Lisa Lane. At left, happy student Emily Torres sports an awesome rocking horse hat created by our balloon artist from Jay Dee Productions. And a huge thank you to John Frommel (below) and Natacha Geoghegan for designing and building many of our great games.

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Break-A-Thon At right, Miss Ashley McHaney holds the board while Andrea Gaynor punches through it. Below, Rowdy, mascot of the Greenville Road Warriors hockey team, poses with Mrs. Kim. Below right, Julianne McLendon obliterates a board held by Miss Anja Gardziola. Photos on pages 3-5 courtesy of Elaine Van Hook

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Instructor demos and demo team With the greatest of ease: above, Ashton Becks (left) and Alex Everman; right, Gray Ashworth. Below, Jane Dalton takes care of business. Photos on page 5: top left, Rachel Van Hook smashes a board with Miss Anja. Top right, Master Kim is too fast for the camera. Bottom, the aftermath!

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calendar of events

May 28—Memorial Day holiday, both schools closed May 30-31 and June 1—Half-day camps May 30 (also June 27, July 25)—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. June 4-Aug. 31—Summer readers club, log sheets available at both schools June 16—ATU Nationals, Atlanta, TWC only June 23—Team U one-step sparring maintenance test, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Greer June 27—Belt testing, see May 30 for details June 28-July 4—Junior Olympics, Dallas June 30, July 2-4—Independence Day holiday, both schools closed July 7—Team U, second 5-hour class, 1-6 p.m. July 25—Belt testing, see May 30 for details Aug. 18—Team T promotions, Team U black belt testing Oct. 6—Master Kim’s World Class TKD Invitational

Got books? Summer readers club will take you on a worldwide adventure Whether your family has big summer travel plans or not, we know that reading will take you places! This year’s summer readers club starts June 4 and ends Aug. 31. Pick up your information page and some log sheets today. Students who log 20 hours of reading win a free T-shirt. The top two readers from each school will win $25 gift cards from Barnes & Noble! Remember: Great readers make great leaders!

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 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

Five tenets of TKD in action:

Congratulations to our high achievers This month, we’re starting a new feature, spotlighting some members of our Tae Kwon Do family for their achievements outside the dojang. The Five Tenets of Tae Kwon Do are Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit. Developing these qualities in our characters contributes to our success both in Tae Kwon Do and in our community at large. Second-degree black belt and longtime demo team member Charlie Wright (pictured at right), a fifth grader at Brushy Creek Elementary, was the grand prize winner in the Greenville County Schools Elementary Science Fair. In other science fair news, black belt Shelby Stuff took second place in the high school environmental science division of the 58th Annual Greenville County and South Carolina Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Shelby also placed second statewide in biological sciences at the S.C. Jr. Academy of Sciences annual meeting at USC Aiken. Shelby is in 10th grade at Greenville Tech Charter High School. And former TKD student Noah Dammers, a student at Beck Academy, took top science fair honors in the middle school division. Congratulations to all graduates, and especially to our seniors going off to college! Anja Gardziola heads to John Carroll University in Ohio. Ana Gibson will enjoy the Honors College at USC. Dellarekus “D” Kelly’s destination was not known at press time. Eric Spears will attend Anderson College. And Christina Wells is headed for Clemson! If you know of an achievement you would like to see spotlighted here in future issues of the newsletter, please notify Susan Ward at

Partnership grows with Montessori of Mauldin Montessori School of Mauldin and Master Kim’s have forged a wonderful partnership this year. The upper elementary class (known as Brennan Hall) has enjoyed visiting the school for weekly Tae Kwon Do lessons with Mrs. Kim as part of their regular P.E. training. One student, Rader Ward, was awarded his black belt in February after three years of training. The other 10 members of the class were new to Tae Kwon Do and have made excellent progress in the months since they started. In their

final class with Mrs. Kim before the end of the school year, they tested for green belt! Several have started attending regular Tae Kwon Do classes in addition to the weekly lessons during the school day. Brennan Hall’s classes at Master Kim’s have been so successful, plans are in the works to continue them in the fall. Also, transportation from Montessori to the TKD after school program is being worked out for the fall. If your child attends Montessori School of Mauldin, please see Mrs. Kim for information.

May/June 2012 World Class News  
May/June 2012 World Class News  

May/June issue of Master Kim's Tae Kwon Do World Class News