2016 Capitol Tournament Results

28 Apr

The 2016 Capitol Tournament was held in Bowie, MD on Saturday, April 23. We sent a lot of competitors to the tournament, and returned home with a lot of medals. Our own PSBN Jason Lee even won 3rd Dahn Grand Champion! Congratulations to all who participated!

Tournament Results:

Competitor 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Tanner Garrow 2
Allison Hopper 1  1
John Lester 1 1  —
Emmyt Brzezniak 1
Evan Phillips 2 1
Gabriella Gorysman 1
Chris Allen 1 1 1
Alex Garrow  — 2
Rachael Gierer 1 1
Karen Yaneka 3
Sam Cypressi 1 2 1
Sammy Cypressi 1 2
John Dennis 1 2 2
Jaret Brzezniak 1 1
Elandria Brzezniak 1
Cooper Jackson 1 1
Grace Mosier 1
Stanley Edwards 1 1 1
JKN Steve Delaosacruz 2 2 1 1
JKN Tracy Small 1 2
JKN Tyler Deskins 3 1
KSN Joe Weinschreider 1 3 2
PSBN Jason Lee 3 2

Announcing the 2015 Kick-A-Thon

20 Apr

Kuk Sool will be holding a Kick-a-Thon during the week of May 11th. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Orr family in Williamson who desperately needs our help. The mother is battling cancer, and the daughter just passed away from an epileptic seizure. We’re going to raise money to help this family by doing 1000 kicks! Click here to download the sponsorship form, and then get your family, friends, and coworkers to pitch in with some donations, and let’s get kickin! Your sponsors can give a flat amount (such as $10), or they can donate on a per-kick basis (such as 1 cent per kick).

Donators are welcome to come to class and watch each school holding their kick-a-thon on different days during the week of the Apple Blossom Festival. More details will be announced in class.

Our 2014 Food Drive was a success!

23 Dec

Kuk Sool Won has been holding a food drive in cooperation with the Webster Community Chest during the months of November and December 2014. Our Goal was to collect a stack of food two high for our instructors to kick above it. On Wednesday, December 17th we reached our goal! Thank you to all our students and everyone who gave.

Below: The members of Kuk Sool Won who donated to the food drive along with 7th Degree Master Gary Evarts, WCC Treasurer Nancy Steele, WCC Secretary Tracy Small, Children’s Program Instructor 3rd Degree Black Belt Jason Lee, and Assistant Instructor 1st Degree Black Belt Tyler Deskins.

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Below: Black Belt Tyler Deskins attemps to kick over the stack of donations.

2014 Food Drive Kick

June Archery Tournament Results

09 Jun

On Saturday, June 7 we held an archery tournament at the Ontario Kuk Sool Won. The weather was beautiful and all competitors had a great time. Here are the results:

Division: Novice Advanced Expert
First Place: John Dennis Tyler Deskins Jason Lee
Second Place: Meredith Green Barb Jewell Mike Gerenser
Third Place: Angelo Pascucci Dustin Jewell Mat Jewell

Kuk Sool to Celebrate 40 Years in the US

06 May

Kuk Sool Won of Greater Rochester is proud to announce that this summer will mark the World Kuk Sool Association’s 40th year in the United States. The founder and Grandmaster of the World Kuk Sool Assocation In Hyuk Suh will be visiting the Rochester area from June 21 through 23 for the annual Super Seminar and Black Belt promotions. As part of the celebration, a police escort will bring Grandmaster Suh to the seminar site at Casey Park in Ontario.

The Rochester Kuk Sool Won schools are run by Master Gary Evarts, the Northeast’s highest-ranking Kuk Sool Won instructor. Master Evarts is a two-time World Champion in Weapons, Forms, and Self-Defense. He has trained over 200 black belts and works closely within the school systems for fitness and self-defense programs.

“Kuk Sool is a way of life for me,” said Master Evarts. “I’ve been training and traveling the world for almost 40 years under the guidance of Grandmaster Suh. It’s what I do. It’s my life. Like Grandmaster Suh, I am dedicated to building stronger and more productive communities.”

About Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh

Grandmaster Suh has studied martial arts for more than 60 years, receiving his first instruction from his grandfather, a master-instructor to the Korean Royal Court. After his grandfather’s death, he traveled throughout the Far East seeking out and studying additional aspects of the martial arts. The knowledge he acquired from his grandfather and subsequent masters enabled him to establish Kuk Sool Won™.

Grandmaster Suh emigrated to the United States in 1974, and he has been actively involved as the leader of the World Kuk Sool Association for over five decades. His organization now boasts over 1.3 million members with more than 800 schools worldwide in 27 different countries.

About Kuk Sool Won

Kuk Sool Won is a comprehensive traditional Korean martial arts system. It is a positive, healthy activity that involves the pursuit of challenging goals through diligence and self-discipline. Kuk Sool training burns fat, builds muscle, increases energy, stretches tissues and joints and teaches students respect, confidence and self-defense techniques.

Anyone interested in enhancing their athletic skills while developing mental focus and discipline should contact their local Kuk Sool Won School in Ontario (585-216-2122) or Williamson (315-589-4066).  The web site for the World Kuk Sool Association is www.kuksoolwon.com.

2014 Midwest Tournament Results

29 Apr

The 2014 Midwest Tournament was held at the University of Missouri St Louis on Saturday, April 26. Here are the results:

Competitor Forms Techniques Sparring Staff Sword
JKN Tyler Deskins 2 3 1 1
Jon Murtha 4  —
Devin Johnston 4  —
Jon Dennis 2 1 3
Jason Allen 3 3
Karen Yaneka 1 2 4
Sam Cypressi 1 1
Sammy Cypressi 3 4  —
Nash Cahoon 4  —

Kuk Sool Midwest Tournament

2014 Midwest Tournament Competitors

2013 Kickin’ for a Cure Tournament

13 Sep

2013 KICKIN FOR A CURE

Join us at Casey Park on Saturday, December 7 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for the Kickin’ for a Cure martial arts tournament to raise money for 7-year-old Robbie Barrett. Young Robbie has kidney disease and really needs our help!

Location: Casey Park Indoor Basketball Court located at 6551 Knickerbocker Road in Ontario. This is the same location as the tournament we held in January.

Time: We start promptly at 11:00 am, so please get there at least 15 minutes early. Please do not be late!

Competitors: All ages & ranks welcome to compete, but each competitor must pre-register by Monday, November 11. No registration is allowed on the day of the event. Signup forms will be in each school, and the cost to compete is $25. 100% of these proceeds go directly to charity.

Divisions: Just like January’s tournament, there are three divisions students can compete in: Jul Bong “Twister”, Medieval Sparring and Point Sparring.

Fundraisers: Bring your wallets because we’ll be auctioning off tons of goodies. Plus, enter the 50/50 raffle for a chance to win some cash!

Food: Pizza will be for sale, as well as plenty of baked goods!

Special Guest:  Jennifer Johnson, 13WHAM News

Be sure to let all your family members, friends and neighbors know about this tournament. They’re all welcome to join us and cheer on the competitors.

Master Gary Evarts to visit South Korea for World Kuk Sool Championships

30 Aug

Gary Evarts, Master Instructor and owner of two local Kuk Sool Won schools, will be heading to Busan, South Korea, on October 16 for the World Kuk Sool martial arts championships. Master Evarts will be accompanied by three of his students: Master Joseph Burnett of Wolcott and instructors Jason Lee and Kelly Farrar of Webster.

The World Kuk Sool Championships will be held at the Gangseo Sports Park in Busan. Evarts’ team encountered nearly 2,000 competitors when they last went to Korea in 2002. Over the course of two days, the team will compete in various events, followed by a master’s demonstration.

Evarts is one of only five masters in the world working on implementing Olympic-style judging for Olympic martial arts competition. He and Burnett have also trained members of the Olympic luge and bobsled teams in Lake Placid to improve their flexibility and reflexes.

In addition to his role in Kuk Sool Won, Master Evarts is also an adjunct facility member at Finger Lakes Community College where he teaches defensive tactics and advanced martial arts classes.

Evarts first brought Kuk Sool to New York in 1979 in Clyde, Wayne County. Evarts has been on the cover of Tae Kwon Do Times and has been awarded World Championship status in both self-defense and weapons competitions. He appeared on television in Scotland and England where he demonstrated self-defense and board breaking at the European Championships. Earlier this year, Evarts even appeared on America’s Funniest Home Videos in the Snowman Special episode, and on 13WHAM to promote his yearly Kicking Cancer tournament to help raise funds for a child with cancer. The event raised almost $7,000 this year for a Palmyra teen, Lauren Miller.

Master Sung Jin Suh is visiting us on September 20

08 Aug

Master Sung Jin Suh

Master Sung Jin Suh is coming to Rochester in September! All Brown and Black-Brown Belts ages 13+ can attend his class on Friday, September 20th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Classes will be held at the Ontario Kuk Sool location.

On Saturday, September 21, Master Sung Jin Suh will be holding a special seminar for Black Belts of all ages. Class will be at Casey Park from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. There will be a half hour lunch break, so please bring your own lunch and water bottles. The cost for all students is $50 if you sign up by September 10th. Signup forms are available at the dojahng. Price will be $60 after 9/10, including $60 at the door.

Stretching the Truth

05 Jun

At the beginning of every Kuk Sool class, we spent 10-15 minutes “warming up.” What exactly is the purpose, and why do we dedicate such a significant portion of class time to it? The NY Times published an article several years ago on this very topic. Its worth a read, but here’s the summary:

Static stretching (holding a stretch for 20 or 30 seconds) can actually weaken your muscles. Kuk Sa Nim has known this for a long time. That’s why our warmup routine uses a lot of dynamic stretches, which are designed to get the blood flowing, loosen muscles and tendons, and to increase the body’s range of motion.

Though we always go through a routine warmup exercise during class, we don’t necessarily stretch after class is over. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! Stretching after a workout, even for just a few minutes, will help reduce muscle fatigue and help your muscles recover faster.