Monday, June 5, 2017

33rd MSK Summer Expo is Great!

Moo Sul Kwan Summer Expo XXXIII brought many surprises, lots of action, and was one wonderful weekend to remember!

This was the sixteenth different location in Colorado, for the Summer Expo, and it was incredible!  Participants stayed and trained at the Keystone Lodge and Conference Center where everyone enjoyed first class attitude and service from the resort staff.  An absolutely beautiful backdrop to the three days of intense training that everyone enjoyed.

Martial arts race team getting ready to runThe Expo XXXIII Teaching Staff was led by; Great Grandmaster Bong Yul Shin, Grandmaster Charles F. Hildebrand and Grandmaster James M. Sautel, along with Moo Sul Kwan Master Instructors Mindy Sautel, John Sautel, Erik Albrechtson, Alice Meyung, Freddy Sautel and Clayton Garner.  Also on the Teaching Staff were MSK Instructors; Bridget Sautel, Abdu Kikhia, Brian Steward, Michael Sandusky, Hope Morgan, Stephen Sautel, Eric Evans, Eileen Lindner, Coghan Spery and Shekina DeTienne.

Classes began on Friday evening after opening ceremonies which included demonstrations from CTI Campuses with the Expo XXXIII theme, "Moo Sul Kwan's for Everyone!"  There were classes in sparring, poomse, one-step sparring, breaking, basics, falling and throwing, exercise, target holding, self-defense techinque and many more.

Saturday began nice and early for the black belts.  GM Sautel worked them out for a nice start to the day.  Red belts then followed with a early morning workout, with morning classes for all belt levels and ages that went until lunch time.  During the day there were also classes for the parents and friends of MSK.

On Saturday afternoon, the second year of the Broken Knuckle Challenge took place.  This year the competitors were mixed according to age and belt level and placed on teams.  There were also two Parent Teams that competed in the Broken Knuckle Challenge!  This was the very first year parents were on the race - and they did an outstanding job.  Teams made their way through the course completing the different challenges, pushing themselves to their limits to get through the tasks, then helping their teammates do the same.

The Expo Saturday Evening Banquet was fun and full of surprises.   After the nice dinner there was Grandmaster Hildebrand singing, a few awards, some CTI Movie Trailers, and the fun music of Moo Sul Rock.  The 300 banquet attendees of all ages had a festive time.

Sunday morning didn't find the Expo slowing down.  The well-worn Moo Sul Kwan black belts and red belts were up and at it at 6:00 AM working on sparring training and staff exercise....with several starting practice even earlier.

There were classes for everyone beginning at 8:00 AM and everyone did a fantastic job going strong and squeezing every last drop out of the Expo until the very last class of the day.

During the closing ceremonies, the top three BKC II winning teams were announced, everything was cleaned up and everyone said their goodbyes - until the next time!

Check for pictures on Facebook and our photo albums on the website.

Monday, May 8, 2017

MSK Summer Expo XXXIII

The Moo Sul Kwan Summer Expo XXXIII patch

Our Moo Sul Kwan Summer Expo XXXIII is happening June 2 - 4, at beautiful Keystone Ski Resort in Colorado!

There are classes, workshops, events, seminars and more for all ages and belt levels.  Students and instructors, family members and friends come from across the AMASEA to take part in this three day Moo Sul Kwan weekend.

Special guests include; Great Grandmaster Bong Yul Shin who is a world-renowned Judo expert and close personal friend of Moo Sul Kwan.  Also coming from St. Louis, Missouri, is MSK President Charles F. Hildebrand who is celebrating his 50th year in Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts.  Other master instructors teaching at the Expo include; Mindy Sautel, John Sautel, Erik Albrechtson, Fred Sautel, Alice Meyung and Clayton Garner.

The action begins on Friday evening and goes until noon on Sunday.  The theme of this best weekend of the summer is, "Moo Sul Kwan is for Everyone!"

There are classes for everyone, even special classes for our parents and friends of MSK.  To stay with our Expo XXXIII theme, there will be a Parents Team on our MSK Broken Knuckle Challenge II (The Expo MSK obstacle course) too!

Register now!  Space is limited, and time is short!

Monday, May 1, 2017

All-City Champs Fights Snow and Wins!

Black belt taekwondo woman performing a roundhouse kick while sparring

The 2017 All-City Championships is in the books!  341 students and instructors from across the Colorado Taekwondo Institute competed in poomse, free-sparring, breaking and more at the annual Moo Sul Kwan martial arts event.  Held in Lakewood at Alameda International Jr/Sr High School, the All-City Champs was hampered by a big spring snow that began on Friday evening and went thru Saturday.

Friday night began with black belt poomse divisions, followed by balck belt sparring and breaking.  The higher level black belts competed in blindfolded breaking and the evening finished strong.  On Saturday, the day began early with competitions for all ages and belt levels.

To see some photos of the 2017 All-City Championships, click here.  There are also some photos on our CTI Faceboook page and the Lee H. Park's Moo Sul Kwan Facebook page.

Black Belt Grand Champions were Michael Sandusky (Golden) and Natasha McKernan (Green Mountain).


1st place
Keet Holdridge, Dakota Jesse, Theo Lincke, Stephen Sautel
Natasha McKernan, Eric Evans, Hope Morgan, Sarah Luper
Lauren Smith, Joshua Miller, Evelyn LaMorgese, Arkhip Saratovsev
Joshua Stencel, Reick Rodriguez, Ashton Price, Nina Madayag
Dante Hulin, Julian Moore, Bill Schwartz, Kylee Rusher
Da Minh Tran, Emily Artman, Angela Almaraz, Bella Lasater
Brandy Loback, Mariah Cordova, Francesca DeGroot, Megan Garcia
David Smith, Mary Moen, Alden Seashore, John Cook
Alex Hancey, Graham Hainbach, Brian O'Reilly, Jack Weichert
Caitlin Sosta, Lars den Hartog, Erich McCarthy, Alex Schwartz
Colin Cook, Meilani Wilcox, Tait Shamus, Isabella Sandoval
Oliver Gomez, Jensen Cook, Jett Herblan, Kylee Odom
Christian Jezek, Ashton Sipes, Andrew Votaw, Brandon Yu
Lexus Grigsby, Camila DeGroot, Jackson Feik, Sabrina Jensen

2nd place
Eileen Lindner, Lexi Johannes, Tyler Murphy, Collin Kruetz
Trish Nguyen, Merrick Oleszek, Bridget Sautel, David Malec
Ellie Stanton, Deb Denny, Christian Lloyd, Ed Stanton
T. J. Tibbetts, Colston Yoder, Gillian Boswell, Aidan Sturm
Phillip Hoenmans, Sean Konrad, Nico Trilk, Katie Dahle
Christina Manna, Abbey Salamera, Taylor Tipton, Nethika Suraweera
Jaden Jesse, Brian Mapes, Chiara Esposito, India Ross
Scott Hancey, Conor McCarthy, Emerald Shankin, Fran Walker
Christopher Cardella, Xavriel Robles, Logan Rumph, Charlie Morrison
Grant McKissack, Jayden Scherer, Audrey Logan, Max Babcock
Isaac Zink, Harrison Dee, Ryann Beaver, Sean Revels
Aiden Gomez, Holly Fergason, Rachel Bakkum, Ella Hayes
Thomas Sleight, Rowan Lasater, Juliana DeGroot, Siri Seashore
Rickert Speckman, Tristan Garcia, Caiden Murphy, Leto Ochsner

3rd place
Brynn Konrad, Devon Bilyeu, Coghan Spery, Nathaniel McKernan
Kathleen Sautel, Don Johnson, Michael Sandusky, Jameson Healy
Kaddie Williams, Konner Evans, Jacobi Field, Brendon Dills
Nick Tibbetts, Brecken Lusk, Cody Jacobson, Quynn Cotner
Steve Daniel, Lee Tomjack, Mitchell Oleszek, Jason Stencel, Jr.
Braden Zack, Elizabeth Hawkins, Laila Loback, Yosef Rutan
Lex DeHaven, Brendan Arink, Ian Burger, Mateo Piza
Craig Cardella, Hannah Meadows, Jacob Hoenmans, Pierumberto Sosta
Carson Ayers, Roland Dander, Larry Rathbone, Jack Henning
Khristin Paisley, Annie Abbink, Theryn Ochsner, Aaron Maloit
Dylan Soule, Luke Dignan, Mailee Wallace, Amadeo Sandoval
Ruby Dignan, Alexis Chavez, Connor Girard, Averie Chavez
Sidney Bratten, Warren McDonald, Hudson Burger, Rylan Romanin
Michael Lemmon, William Van Oster, Rachel Wilcox, Kylan Alfaro

4th place
Jennifer McKernan, Shekina DeTienne, Zach Greaves, Peyton Brauch
Makayla Trapp, Ryan Wyngarden, Andy McDaniel, Hudson Van Voorhees
Lance Schwartz, Jasmine Salamera, Jason Stencel, Sr., Mathias Bauer
Elijah Alire, Alice Warnick, Isaac Jensen, Mohale Mitchell
Chase Wyngarden, Devon Lewis, Lindsey Boswell, Mya Field
Jeffrey Bowen, Courtney Moen, Vi Vu, , Adriana Hoy
Kameron Cook, Ben Barron, Rosario Ramirez, Cid Breeser
Adina Johnson, Lucas Kaster, Helen Grenillo, Kevin Villa
Kaden Henning, Shaydon Tuttle, Alejandro Ramirez, Andra Vieru
Jonathan Castro, Paul Paisley, Gavin Thurman, Caleb Port
Jade Trujillo, Sylvia Yu, Grant Maloit, Noah Gomez
Layla Trujillo, Ahas Weerapura, Thomas Burden, Aidan Soule
Norah Feik, Lennix Chavez, Finnegan Handlin, Layla Tran
Sophia Sandoval, Mattox Talamantez, Marley Powers

Tiger Poomse

1st place
Paton Mittelsted, Tyler Moore, Graden Comstock, Kaeden Alfaro
Charlie Booten, Ryan Marine, Jacob Callaway, Benjamin Bjelica
Zoey Krupp, Kaiden Rogers-Rees, Andrew Wilcox, Hudson Handlin
Eric Rathbone, Lexington Dee, Amalina Tarr, Mason Rutz
Lincoln Walker, Zachary Cotner, Zachary Cotner, Sage Shamus
Oliver Garner


1st place
Michael Sandusky, Mark Scott, Jennifer McKernan, Tyler Murphy
Collin Kreutz, Natasha McKernan, Trish Nguyen, Ryan Wyngarden
Mya Field, Abbey Salamera, Lara Daniel, Arkhip Saratovtsev
Mathias Bauer, Jason Stencel, Sr., Sean Konrad, Lance Schwartz
Gillian Boswell, Aidan Sturm, Hudson Van Voorhees, Ashton Price
Bella Lasater, Jacob Hoenmans, Xavriel Robles, Pierumberto Sosta
Brendan Arink, Ariana Hoy, Darcy Stanton, Chris Cardella
Diego Quezada, Caitlin Sosta


1st place
Kathleen Sautel, Bridget Sautel, Peyton Brauch, Eric Evans
Dakota Jesse, Brynn Konrad, Michael Sandusky, Abbey Salamera
Arkhip Saratovtcev, Sarah Luper, Ellie Stanton, Jacobi Field
Dean Loux, Luke Smith, Lauren Smith, David Malec
Aidan Sturm, Sean Konrad, Nico Trilk, Jason Stencel, Jr.
Ashton Price, Alice Warnick, Emerald Shankin, Kevin Villa
Roland Dander, Makawee Mitchell, Jaden Jesse, Adina Johnson
Mary Moen, Jack Henning, Angela Almaraz, Lex DeHaven
Darcy Stanton, Cid Breeser, Fran Walker, Xavriel Robles
Caitlin Sosta, Averie Chavez, Warren McDonald, Zachary Cotner
Audrey Logan, Hunter Hughes, Isabella Sandoval, Tristan Garcia
Aidan Soule, Luke Dignan, Oliver Gomez, Owen Hughes
Meilani Wilcox, Tait Shamus, Connor Girard, Lucy Paisley
Sean Revels, Aaron Maloit, Alexis Chavez

2nd place
Zach Greaves, Keet Holdridge, T.J. Gutierrez, Andy McDaniel
Coghan Spery, Shekina DeTienne, Gwen Gutierrez, Lydia Willis
Quynn Cotner, Nick Tibbetts, Calvin Jensen, Devon Lewis
Julian Marine, Braden Zack, Susan Burgstiner, Dante Hulin
Ed Stanton, Jovan Moore, Kylee Ruhser, Mya Field
Elizabeth Hawkins, Sam LaMorgese, Ian Burger, Kim Freeman
Pier Sosta, Brian O'Reilly, Jackie Uchiyama, Alex Hancey
Laila Loback, Jack Weichert, Bella Lasater, Cheyenne Selbe
Lauren Dahlberg, Katelynn Ward, Logan Rumph, Jonathan Castro
Diego Quezada, Courtney Moen, Ryann Beaver, Issac Zink
Sullivan Dee, Mailee Wallace, Brandon Yu, Jensen Cook
Juliana DeGroot, Caleb Port, Gavin Thurman, Soren Vanderstek
Grant Maloit, Will Kennedy, Theryn Ochsner, Kylan Alfaro
Elsie McDonald, Mason Rutz, Aiden Gomez, Rachel Bakkum

3rd place
Trish Nguyen, Jennifer McKernan, Collin Kreutz, Mark Scott
Devon Bilyeu, Nina Madayag, Tyler Murphy, Mohale Mitchell
Emily Artman, Christina Manna, Mia Rubio, Brecken Lusk
Melvin Marine, Steve Daniel, Kaddie Williams, Cody Jacobson
Joshua Stencel, Chase Wyngarden, Josh Miller, Marley Griffin
Colston Yoder, Gillian Boswell, Trystan Button, Rosario Ramirez
Michael Meadows, Mariah Cordova, Chris Cardella, Adriana Hoy
Chiara Esposito, Kaylyn McEwan, Jacob Hoenmans, Kylia Warren
Lucas Kaster, Hudon Van Voorhees, Patrick Stolle, Scott Hancey
Graham Hainbach, Nethika Suraweera, Sabrina Jensen, Ashton Sipes
Oliver Garner, Lexus Grigsby, Allan Stanton, Sophia Sandoval
Colin Cook, Mattox Talamantez, Michael Lemmon, Caiden Murphy
Sylvia Yu, Andrew Votaw, William Van Oster, Adam Lemmon
Harper Farquhar, McKenna Comstock, Thomas Burden, Silas Rees

4th place
Nathaniel McKernan, Merrick Oleszek, Kameron Evans, Don Johnson
Ethan Trapp, Eileen Lindner, Makayla Trapp, Elijah Alire
Isaac Jensen, Konner Evans, Logan Gill, Christian Lloyd
Mathias Bauer, Lindsey Boswell, Bill Schwartz, Jason Stencel, Sr.
Erick Rodriguez, Anya Trilk, Sarah Dahle, Nikki Garcia
Jameson Healy, Vi Vu, , Kaden Henning, Craig Cardella
Brian Mapes, Charlie Morrison, Francesca DeGroot, Alden Seashore
Andra Vieru, Angeleena Amaducci, Shaydon Tuttle, Taylor Tipton
Ben Barron, Trysten Button, Rosario Ramirez, Ruby Dignan
Aydin Shaffer , Siri Seashore , Camila DeGroot, Lennix Chavez
Harrison Dee, Hudson Burger, Amadeo Sandoval, Layla Tran
Ahas Weerapura, Rachel Wilcox, Erick Rathbone, Noah Gomez
Jordan Rutz

First Point Wins!

1st place
Lexi Johannes, Bridget Sautel, Theo Lincke, Eric Evans
Ryan Wyngarden, Nina Madayag, Zach Greaves, Abbey Salamera
Arkhip Saratovtsev, Mya Field, Ellie Stanton, Jacobi Field
Ed Stanton, Steve Daniel, Katie Dahle, Aidan Sturm
T.J. Tibbetts, Nico Trilk, Chase Wyngarden, Lance Schwartz
Quynn Cotner, Lydia Willis, Kevin Villa, Emerald Shankin
Ben Barron, Annie Abbink, Mateo Piza, Jaden Jesse
Cheyenne Selbe, Adina Johnson, Alden Seashore, Kylia Warren
Alex Hancey, Helen Grenillo, Cid Breeser, Pier Sosta
Ian Burger, Amy Krupp, Noah Gomez, Mason Rutz
Lexus Grigsby, Hunter Hughes, Isabella Sandoval, Dylan Soule
Andrew Votaw, Luke Dignan, Oliver Gomez, Caiden Murphy
Sylvia Yu, Jensen Cook, Thomas Burden, Mailee Wallace
William Van Oster, Sean Revels, Ruby Dignan, Marley Powers

2nd place
Natasha McKernan, Eileen Lindner, Collin Kreutz, Don Johnson
T.J. Gutierrez, Brynn Konrad, Michael Sandusky, Emily Artman
Mohale Mitchell, Christina Manna, Kylee Ruhser, Jovan Moore
Dean Loux, Luke Smith, Lindsey Boswell, Mitchell Oleszek
Mathias Bauer, Josh Miller, Sean Konrad, Jason Stencel, Jr.
Colston Yoder, Gillian Bowell, Alex Bollinger, India Ross
Talus Folks, Mariah Cordova, Brendan Arink, Adriana Hoy
Sage Icaza, Kaylyn McEwan, Jacob Hoenmans, Angela Almaraz
Lucas Kaster, Darcy Stanton, Brian Mapes, Scott Hancey
Xavriel Robles, Caitlin Sosta, Warren McDonald, Erick Rathbone
Audrey Logan, Kylan Alfaro, Theryn Ochsner, Tristan Garcia
Aidan Soule, Mattox Talamantez, Harrison Dee, Owen Hughes
Meilani Wilcox, Tait Shamus, Connor Girard, Siri Seashore
Isaac Zink, Adam Lemmon, Ella Hayes, Rachel Bakkum

Staff Poomse

1st place
Michael Sandusky, Theo Lincke, Shekina DeTienne, Nathaniel McKernan
Keet Holdridge

2nd place
Brynn Konrad, Collin Kreutz, Ethan Trapp, Peyton Brauch
Andy McDaniel

3rd place
Hope Morgan, Nathaniel McKernan, Dakota Jesse, Stephen Sautel
Makayla Trapp

Friday, April 28, 2017

Learning Martial Arts With Your Family

By Craig Cardella, Green Belt

Who has seen their child on the basketball court or soccer field make a great play and then immediately, like iron is drawn to a magnet, look directly to the stands for their parent’s pride and approval? One of the greatest pleasures in life is watching your kids play sports, build confidence and create new friendships. What if you had the opportunity to join your kid’s high school soccer team? It might be a little scary to take the field on that first day but then, rather than sitting in the stands, you could actively participate with your son or daughter in the learning, growth and enjoyment of the sport. A chance like this doesn’t present itself very often, especially in the fast lane of a child’s youth, so consider this adventure wisely. Take the first bow and join your child in the dojang. You won’t regret the lifetime of memories you’ll carry with you from that first day forward, not to mention your own personal growth as the cherry on top.
Family martial arts school near me
My son and I joined the Colorado Taekwondo Institute. We weren't initially looking for family martial arts. My son was interested in classes and after some research, we picked the CTI. We couldn't have been happier. After a year of my son doing classes, I decided it was time to stop sitting and watching and jump in with him. As I said before, how many opportunities like that will we get?

One of the first things you’ll hear, presuming your child started before you donned your white belt, is “Dad, you know you’re going to have to call me 'sir' since I’ll get my black belt before you?” With those joyous words you hope you both will stick with it through all those belts, tests, happy board breaks and sparring wins. Determination and perseverance, among other benefits, are two characteristics you’ll both be crowned with as you continue down your path. When I’m in class with my son we both see one another, checking for proper stance or chamber hands and to make sure our energy output is high, with a happiness level to match. Even better are the tournaments; preparing at home with additional patterned movement practice, holding pillows for practice breaking and then performing the final act on tournament day.

My son is now two and a half years into his journey and I’m a year behind him. The strength, confidence and discipline we both learn in the workout room translates to our home, school and personal lives in general. We’re having fun, growing stronger together and when he looks to the stands for his parent’s approval, he doesn’t have to look far.

Next time you find yourself thinking or Googling, "what are some family activities near me?" consider checking in with the Colorado Taekwondo Institute to see what they have to offer for your family.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Modest Person is one who Recognizes the Need to Grow

By Lynne Dean, red belt, CTI Black Belt Club Member

If you look at the definitions above for modesty vs. arrogance, the common theme is under-stating or over-stating your abilities.  So whether you are perceived as modest or arrogant depends on the observer’s perception of how you see yourself and your abilities vs. what they think.

Martial arts women in sparring pads getting ready to spar at a Taekwondo tournamentNo one really likes being called arrogant because that, by definition, means you proudly overstate your capabilities and assume an overbearing manner towards those around you.  Someone perceived as an arrogant person has turned off people around them.  And, if I am perceived as arrogant, then I must not think I have room to grow and might not make the most of the resources around me.

So, the conservative approach and one that is best set for overall growth is to err towards the side of modesty.  It doesn’t mean that I become self-deprivating. I have skills that I should be proud of. However, if I am modest, then I recognize that there is always room to grow and develop even more skills and abilities.  If I keep that approach to modesty, then I still set myself up for success and reduce the chance for frustration.  There is also a chance that my interactions with those around me might be less contentious because I am conscientious about how I present myself in an attempt to NOT be arrogant/over-bearing (a.k.a. obnoxious).

A modest person is one who recognizes the need to grow; to seek validation; and to seek feedback.  Therefore, I have the best chance to become a better person with greater skills by remaining modest and seeking out growth.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Let Me Grab Your Attention: a CTI Testimonial

By Brian Mapes, yellow belt

Let me grab your attention by saying in my first 100 days in my Taekwondo classes, I’ve lost 9 pounds and 1 5/8 inches in my waist.

Adults doing martial arts patterns near a pondAs an adult, I was attracted to adult martial arts.  And like many of us, I’ve put off having an exercise program due to my lack of free time and always chasing an income. Things have changed in my life this past year by attaining some financial goals so now I can focus on MY physical needs with Taekwondo. I’ve seen many people over age 40 that are 50 pounds overweight and they can’t even stand up straight. What a terrible way to spend your later-years. We’ve all worked so hard to create a great future and it’s a shame when we get there, some of us won’t be able to enjoy it.  DON’T be that person!

Taekwondo has been the answer for many of us.  The classes are structured for maximum strength and flexibility from the time you walk into the classroom until you leave 90 minutes later.  I attend two classes a week – Monday and Wednesday starting at 7pm.  Our main instructor is Master Albrechtson.  He has been in Taekwondo for over 25 years! When you meet him, or any of the instructors at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, you will find them passionate & knowledgeable for your success.

Another gentleman in this organization is Grandmaster James Sautel.  He was the founder of the Colorado Taekwondo Institute.  I heard him say that most any student who commits to this art can achieve the “black belt level” in about three to five years.  Since this is the ninth belt color you will be in, I know it’s possible.

The instructors warm us up with some exercises and then we move on to some adult martial art moves called the basics.  These are the “backbone” for our training and success in class. Each student has multiple objectives that are met with this program.  Here are just a few I’ve seen myself and others achieve:

  • Quality use of our leisure time
  • Develop self-defense skills
  • Becoming more self-confident, self-esteem and self-disciplined 
  • Success at goal setting with your self-directed learning at home

Students develop and improve on some behaviors: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and an indomitable spirit even while working out real hard.  After the basics are completed, we all begin practicing defined patterns of defense and attack moves called Poomse, or patterned movements. These techniques are without an opponent and are designed to increase the student’s proficiency and techniques.  Some of the benefits in doing these are improved:

  • Breathing
  • Control
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Agility of your body, feet and hands
  • Development of muscles 

In order to test ourselves to see how we are progressing with our fitness and skills, we spar with one another in padded gear and practice escapes from someone attaching us at different angles.  By doing this we learn timing, speed, judgement of distance and precision for a counter-attack.  A few times a year we will get together with five other Taekwondo campuses in town and have a tournament. This is a great time to make some new friends who have similar interests as you. Friendships have been lifelong with many students.

So consider checking out the Colorade Taekwondo Institute if your looking for a fitness program or martial arts for adults. If you try it, you’ll love it. I’ll see you in class!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Start of Summer: the 2017 All-City Champs!


Karate kid sparring at Denver metro area Martial Arts Taekwondo Tournament

April 28 & 29, 2017
Alameda International High School

Dear Students and Instructors:

Moo Sul Kwan martial arts were brought to the United States in 1969, by Lee H. Park.  For over four decades, Moo Sul Kwan has hosted championship tournaments and events for the positive educational experiences of its students and instructors.  Our 2017 All-City Champs is a wonderful event and a chance to begin the Summer of ‘17 with success!

Prepare well!

James M. Sautel, 7th dan


The All-City Championships has grown over the many years and celebrates the start of our CTI-year with exciting competitions and demonstrations. There will be divisions involving all ages and belt levels where competitors will test their skills with fellow students and instructors from all the CTI programs. There are CTI Campus locations in Green Mountain, Littleton, Westminster, Golden, Conifer and Craig, CO. The CTI also provides educational excellence at Montessori Peaks Academy, Red Rocks Elementary, Our Lady of Fatima School, Grant Ranch K-8, West Woods Elementary and Westridge Elementary.

All-City Champs Schedule

6:00pm—Black Belts

6:30am—Black Belts
8:00am—Red, Brown, Purple (all ages)
10:00am—White-Blue (8 and under)
12:00noon—White-Blue (9 and up)
Line up of all belts, group picture and group demonstration occurs at noon

Registration is Online!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Break Day Camp at the Green Mountain Campus


Students from a martial arts spring break day camp in Lakewood CODon't forget Spring Break Day Camp starts tomorrow, Tuesday, March 28th. It goes through Thursday, March 30th. Spring Break Day Camp is open to all students ages 5 to adult. (Adults, if you can only come one day, Thursday is a good option, but you are welcome anytime though.)

You can register online at: Day Camp Registration

Or you can just drop in and pay at the door.

The morning sessions are from 8:30am - 11am and the afternoon sessions are from noon - 2:30pm. Please bring or send a lunch if staying for both sessions.

Talk to your instructor for more information!

Monday, March 20, 2017


By Khristin Paisley, Conifer Campus

The concept of “modesty” is diverse.  We can look it up in a dictionary, we can search on Pinterest. We see examples of it, or the lack thereof, in our daily life and can draw our own conclusions about what it means to us as individuals, parents, students, teachers, mentors, and children.  Our personal use and definition of “modesty” and behaving modestly are dependent upon many things as well.
How we were raised, our cultural identity and norms, and social settings, are just a few of the factors that help us to understand and internalize the meaning of “modesty.”

The most basic and uncomplicated definition of “modesty” is to dress, act, speak and behave in a manner that doesn’t draw excessive attention to ourselves thus allowing others to have equal opportunity to “shine.”  The essence of the “concept” is to respect others and respect yourself.   It takes an emotionally secure person to know they do not need to boast to the world how wonderful, attractive, smart, successful and accomplished he/she is.  When a person has this level of self-respect, respect for others and self-confidence it is apparent in daily life.

Martial arts woman working hard carrying a log on a taekwondo race“Being humble means recognizing that we are not on Earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.” –Gordon B. Hinckley

“Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.” –Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

The above quotes are from two different individuals, one is a religious leader, and the other is a pop culture icon.  Two very different individuals, however; they speak of the same concept.  It is important to be a contributor, and to allow your success to speak for itself.

Modesty allows for success to speak for itself. It doesn’t mean a person can’t have pride, but the kind of pride they do have is quiet and self-assured.  They are content to allow others their own time in the spotlight.  They know their personal value and this helps create positivity, and harmony especially in interactions with others.

None of this means a modest person never has moments of arrogance, nor does it mean an arrogant person is always arrogant and incapable of modesty.  To be a certain way one hundred percent of the time isn’t possible nor realistic.  The way we conduct ourselves the majority of the time denotes our character, and modesty or arrogance are simply facets thereof.  It is what we put out into the world and is inevitably what we reap that effects our daily lives.  It is the lens with which we view the world and through which the world views us.  A modest person understands one of the ultimate truths which is: “When we allow another’s light to shine it doesn’t diminish our own.  It simply creates a brighter world for all.”  Isn’t that the kind of world we all want to live in?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

43rd CTI Super Bowl was Super!

Martial arts black belts doing a high Taekwondo roundhouse kick

An all-time CTI Superbowl record was reached when 334 Moo Sul Kwan students and instructors converged on Alameda International Jr/Sr High School during the last weekend of February.

Competitons began on Friday evening with black belt sparring and breaking divisions.  Saturday had divisions of all ages and belt levels competiting in poomse, sparring and breaking,

Twice during the day, Moo Sul Kwan black belt demos were performed for the crowd of family members and friends.  Each CTI Campus presented a short demo to original music.

The CTI Superbowl is the only championships of the year when competitors under black belt vie for the Grand Champion awards. Decided the by the cumulative results of the day for each competitor, this year, congratulations go to - Joshua Miller, Ed Stanton, Sean Huntley, and Da Minh Tran!

Here are the results:


1st place
Kai Schelhaas, Ashlee Grose, Diego Quezada, Lars Den Hartog
Asher Sanders, Brian Mapes, Caitlin Sosta, Evan O'Fihelly
India Ross, Logan Rumph, Jacob Hoenmans, Helen Grenillo
John Cook , Chris Cardella, Emerald Shankin, Jade Teegarden
Brendan Arink, Jaden Jesse, Grahm Hainbach, Luke Dignan,
Jackson Feik, Isabella Sandoval, Ruby Dignan, Jensen Cook
Logan Brooks, Alex Schwatz, Tyler Brooks, Addison Zink
Ahas Weerapura, Dylan Wellensiek, Oliver Gomez, Thoams Sleight
Kylan Alfaro, Tristan Garcia, Layla Tran, Ian Burger
Alexander Balea, Jordan Rutz, Mitchell Oleszek, Juliane Marine
T.J. Tibbetts, Lee Tomjack, Katie Dahle, Sigourney Zager
Dante Hulin, Arkhip Saratovtsev, Emily Artman, Jonah Elstad
Evelyne LaMorgese, Lance Schwartz, Da Minh Tran, Nina Madayag

2nd place
Adriana Hoy, Patrick Konrad, Sean Huntley, Hailey Hiller
Lucas Kaster, Angeleena Amaducci, Scott Hancey, Fran Walker
Kylee Ruhser, Bowen Meyer, Alex Hancey, Mariah Cordova
Vi Vu, Susannah Nylund, Ben Barron, Adolph Ordaz-Bustos
McKenzie Cress, Alice Warnick, Elseo Bandala, Quinn Mahoney
Andrew Votaw, Kylee Odom , Soren Vanderstek, Curtis Kuberry
McKenna Comstock, Leto Ochsner, Anika Olson, Allan Stanton
Meilani Wilcox, Caleb Port, Rylee Ross, Knox Den Hartog
Colin Cook, Hunter Hughes, Sidney Bratten, Jonah Olson
Audrey Logan, Caiden Murphy, Chase Wyngarden, Ella Sidwell
Jason Stencel, Jr., Jacobi Field, Brecken Lusk, Devon Lewis
Mya Field, Sarah Luper, Meryn Probasco, Kaddie Williams
Ed Stanton, David Malec, Kyle Janowski, Alex Price

3rd place
Grant McKissack, Caidan White, Courtney Moen, Brandon Dills
Roland Dander, Dalia Dennis, Jennifer Hancey, Lauren Dahlberg
Annie Abbink, Dalton Cole, Adina Johnson, Craig Cardella
Pierumberto Sosta, Kevin Villa, Mary Moen, Megan Garcia
Katelyn Minden, Skylar Morris, Jordan Wright, Rachel Wilcox
Yosef Rutan, Zoe Economou, Preston Malik, Jackie Penrod
Lucas Kaster, Lucas Quintana, Caleb Thompson, Issac Zink
Finnegan Handlin, Averie Chavez, Rachel Bakkum, Coco Dailey
Lily Strickland, Amadeo Sandoval, Zane Kaulbach, Grant Maloit
Maillee Wallace, Anya Trilk, Quynn Cotner, Mathias Bauer
Bill Schwartz, Irene Kim, Sarah Dahle, Hudson van Voorhees
Jameson Healy , Joshua Miller, Gillian Boswell, Sean Konrad
Tyler Cobb, Nick Tibbetts, Lydia Willis

4th place
Henry Rumph, Bella Lasater, Taylor Allen, Michael Martin
Christian Beaman, Peter Girard, Jackie Uchiyama, Owen Robertson
Katelynn Ward, Joe Beaman, Miah Daley, Nethika Suraweera
Tom Lobben, William Hobley-Bess, Alex Bollinger, Matthew Ordaz Bustos
Ethan Girard, Charlotte Lafler, Rhian Shulda, Jonah Wright,
Rowan Lasater , Maslynn Hobley-Bess, Alexis Chavez, Sam Benjamin
Holly Fergason, Gavin DiNunzio, Sabrina Jensen, Julia Morrison
Cole Penney, Theryn Ochsner, Aaron Maloit, Aydin Shaffer
Silas Rees, Sophia Sandoval, Will Kennedy, Cody Jacobson
Joshua Stencel, Adian Sturm, Devan Bagley, Mohale Mitchell
Jonah Sidwell, Christina Manna, Luke Smith, Braden Zack
Susan Burgstiner, Jason Stencel, Sr., Donovan Penrod, Colston Yoder


1st place
Kyle James, Maxwell Schultz, Kaeden Alfaro, Amalina Tarr
Lincoln Walker, Sammy Powers, Zachary Cotner, Hudson Handlin
Kaiden Rogers, Mason Rutz, Oliver Garner, Tobin Peck
Andrew Wilcox, Zoey Krupp, Aaron Martin, Sean Revels
Aiden Gomez, Noah Gomez, Travis Martinez, Matthew Piedalue
Kaiden Kuberry, Harper Keithline, Ryan Kelly, Benjamin Bjelica


1st place
Logan Rumph, Ethan Girard, Ben Barron, Mariah Cordova
Fran Walker, Diego Quezada, Amy Krupp, Courtney Moen
Caitlin Sosta, Jaden Jesse, Tom Lobben, Jack Weichert
Matthew Ordaz-Bustos, Mary Moen, Adina Johnson, Annie Abbink
Kai Schelhaas, Hunter Hughes, Tyler Brooks, Colin Cook
Ella Barron, Zane Kaulbach, Gaven DiNunzio, Rowan Lasater
Maillee Wallace, Theryn Ochsner, Luke Dignan, Preston Malik
Quinn Mahoney, Elijah Alire, Layla Tran, Da Minh Tran
T.J. Tibbetts, David Malec, Devon Lewis, Juliane Marine
R. J. Larson, Katie Dahle, Gillian Boswell, Sarah Luper
Arkhip Saratovtsev, Ed Stanton, Alex Price, Ellie Stanton
Andy McDaniel, Brynn Konrad, Gwen Gutierrez, Dakota Jesse
Trish Nguyen, Bridget Sautel, Michael Sandusky

2nd place
Henry Rumph, Taylor Tipton, Lauren Dahlberg, Skylar Morris
Lucah Meyer, Asher Sanders, Peter Girard, Isabella Peterson
Darcy Stanton, Hailey Hillier, Jennifer Hancey, Alex Bollinger
Craig Cardella, Libby Girard, Caiden White, Chris Cardella
Meilani Wilcox, Rachel Bakkum, Caiden Murphy, Grant Maloit
Andrew Votaw, Soren Vanderstek, Michael Martin, Alexis Chavez
Kylan Alfaro, Allan Stanton, Mattox Talamantez, Marley Powers
Sam Benjamin, Aaron Maloit, Makenna Comstock, Ella Sidwell
Mathias Bauer, Luke Smith, Jameson Healy, Elizabeth Hawkins
Siggy Zager, Lindsey Boswell, Nick Tibbetts, Kyle Janowski,
Devan Bagley, Brecken Lusk, Chase Wyngarden, Aidan Sturm
Brian Steward, Kelsey Smith, Caela McCartney, Johnny Williams
Elise Smith, Keet Holdridge, Rick Orton

3rd place
Dalton Cole, Sean Huntley, Roland Dander, Miah Daley
Pier Sosta, Alex Hancey, Nethika Suraweera, Jade Teegarden
Jackie Uchiyama, Katelyn Minden, Brian Mapes, Owen Robertson
Kevin Villa, Adrianna Hoy, Kylee Ruhser, Ashlee Grose
Evan O'Fihelly , Silas Rees, Logan Brooks, Rylee Ross
Maslynn Hobley-Bess, Yosef Rutan, Wyatt Roarty, Oliver Garner
Jackie Penrod, Isabella Sandoval, Curtis Kuberry, Jonah Wright
Zachary Cotner, Will Kennedy, Audry Logan, Jason Stencel, Jr.
Jonah Elstad, Jovan Moore, Sean Konrad, Colston Yoder
Joshua Stencel, Kaddie Williams, Lydia Willis, Nikki Garcia
Jonah Sidwell, Jason Stencel, Sr., Mitchell Oleszek, Anya Trilk
Mark Scott, Nina Madayag, Makayla Trapp, Kenny Brancio
Lexi Johannes, Hope Morgan, Coghan Spery

4th place
Eliseo Bandala, Katelynn Ward, Elliot Logan, Cheyenne Selbe
Kaylyn McEwan, Bryce Cole, Helen Grenillo, McKenzie Cress
Jake Lobben, John Cook, Megan Garcia, William Hobley-Bess
Brandon Arink, Anika Olson, Amadeo Sandoval, Aiden Gomez
Grayson Howard, Julia Morrison, Jordan Rutz, Leto Ochsner
Dylan Wellensiek, Jonah Olson, Ruby Dignan, Caleb Thompson
Isaac Zink, Alex Balea, Bill Schwartz, Jeffery Bowen
Sarah Dahle, Miette Jandreau, Anna Grose, Marley Griffin
Quynn Cotner, Jacobi Field, Bradon Zack, Cody Jacobson
Tyler Murphy, Eileen Lindner, Kathleen Sautel, T.J. Gutierrez
Zuzanna Janowska, Mitchell Oleszek, Don Johnson


1st place
Logan Rumph, Sean Huntley, Asher Sanders, Libby Girard
Pier Sosta, Alex Bollinger, Nethika Suraweera, Jade Teegarden
Vi Vu, Jaden Jesse, Tom Lobben, Lucah Meyer
Adolph Ordaz-Bustos, Mary Moen, Lauren Dahlberg, Taylor Tipton
Henry Rumph, Hunter Hughes, Aaron Maloit, Colin Cook
Averie Chavez, Zane Kaulbach, Gaven Di Nunzio, Leto Ochsner
Alexis Chavez, Isabella Sandoval, Luke Dignan, Preston Malik
Grant Maloit, Will Kennedy, Sabrina Jensen, Ellie Stanton
Mitchell Oleszek, Jason Stencel, Sr., Josh Miller, Mya Field
Meryn Probasco, Kaddie Williams, Joshua Stencel, Julian Marine
Devon Lewis, Donovan Penrod, T.J. Tibbetts, Da Minh Tran

2nd place
Lucas Kaster, Bowen Meyer, Ben Barron, Miah Dailey
Craig Cardella, Alex Hancey, Amy Krupp, India Ross
Kirun Agarwal, Katelyn Minden, Brian Mapes, Jacob Hoenmans
Caiden White, Skylar Morris, Kaylyn McEwan, Annie Abbink
Graham Hainbach, McKenna Comstock, Caleb Port, Sam Benjamin
Marley Powers, Ian Burger, Wyatt Roarty, Oliver Garner
Jackie Penrod, Theryn Ochsner, Curtis Kuberry, Jonah Wright
Zachary Cotner, Caiden Murphy, Audrey Logan, Anya Trilk
Mathias Bauer, Luke Smith, Nico Trilk, Elizabeth Hawkins
Zigourney Zager, Susan Burgstiner, Tyler Cobb, Kyle Janowski
Sean Konrad, David Malec, Jonah Elstad, Lance Schwartz


1st place
John Cook, Lars Den Hartog, Craig Cardella, Annie Abbink
Skylar Morris, Bella Lasater, Caiden White, Sean Huntley
Jack Weichert, Susan Burgstiner, Brecken Lusk, Joshua Stencel
Da Minh Tran, Kyla Janowski, Sigourney Zager, Chase Wyngarden
Ed Stanton, Joshua Miller, Jameson Healy, Devon Bilyeu
Dakota Jesse, Nathaniel McKernan, Natasha McKernan, Michael Sandusky
Brynn Konrad, Bridget Sautel

Monday, February 20, 2017

The 43rd CTI Super Bowl!

FEBRUARY 24 & 25, 2017

The CTI Superbowl has grown over the many years and celebrates the end of our CTI-year with exciting competitions and demonstrations. There will be divisions involving all ages and belt levels where competitors will test their skills with fellow students and instructors from all the CTI programs. There are CTI Campus locations in Green Mountain, Littleton, Westminster, Golden, Conifer and Craig, CO. The CTI also provides educational excellence at Montessori Peaks Academy, Red Rocks Elementary, Our Lady of Fatima School, Grant Ranch K-8, West Woods Elementary and Westridge Elementary.

Super Bowl Schedule 
6:00pm—Black Belts

6:30am—Black Belts
8:00am—Red, Brown, Purple (all ages)
10:00am—White-Blue (8 and under)
12:00noon—White-Blue (9 and up)
Line up of all belts, group picture and group demonstration occurs at noon

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Creating a Successful Learner

By Josh Miller, red belt

I have been lucky enough to participate in several high level academic competitions, and have undoubtedly related my academic success to discipline obtained from training at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute (CTI). After three years of Middle School and close to ten years at CTI campuses I have ascertained a noticeable difference between adolescents enrolled in Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo and those who are not.
A martial arts woman black belt helps a junior student learn to punch

A few notable differences constitute self restraint, respect for authority, resourcefulness, and level of focus. All of these qualities help forge an efficient and independent learner both in information retention and success on independent schoolwork.

During extended lectures, or exams, the self-control taught at CTI Campuses is important in order to maintain focus and avoid distractions resulting in overall success in the areas. In my P.E. class multiple student redirections can be observed with little effect on the student’s behavior, these constant redirections are the main cause of the inefficiency of the class to make progress.

In a CTI classroom, each student's respect for the instructor's directions is the main reason why so much content can be outlined in the typical one hour time frame.   Any success I have had on a multiple week project, I can relate to the work ethic and independence I have gained from CTI Taekwondo. In the CTI martial arts classroom, the instructors can only make suggestions to their pupils, it is up to the student to realize it is how much work they put in that determines their final level of skill.  Acknowledgement of this concept has helped me on many major independent assessments where it is up to me whether to produce quality work or not.

Overall the concepts and character traits obtained from CTI Taekwondo--self restraint, respect for authority, resourcefulness, and level of focus--help create a successful learner.