Friday, June 29, 2012

Expo Excellence Tops it All!

Our 28th MSK Summer Expo took place at beautiful Granby Ranch, Colorado, and featured Moo Sul Kwan and AMASEA President Charles F. Hildebrand, CTI President James M. Sautel, an excellent Expo Teaching Staff, dynamic students and wonderfully supportive family members and friends.  Classes ranged from sparring, poomse, parent's self-defense and advanced kicking to MSK Hapkido, wrangling, breaking and more.

Beginning on Friday, June 22, this year's Summer Expo was packed with plenty of action!  The evening classes on the first day included instruction from Grandmaster Hildebrand, Grandmaster Sautel, Master Merinda Sautel, Master John Sautel, Master Erik Albrechtson and other top MSK instructors.  After the classes, most taking place outdoors, teams were put together and each Expo participant were sized up for their Amazing Race 8 tee shirts to be used the following day.

Black belts were up and training at 6:00 AM on both mornings, starting the days out with work in exercise, resistance training, poomse, sparring, staff and the three-sectional staff.  Red and brown belts began their days at 7:00 AM and had the chance to work with Master John Sautel on exercise, sparring, chord training and more.  After the morning warm-ups, classes began for all students around Camp Base One of the Granby Ranch Ski Area and continued until lunchtime.  After the Expo sack lunch, the group pictures were taken and the race was begun!

Amazing Moo Sul Race Team!
The Amazing Moo Sul Race 8 consisted of 17 teams of mixed belt levels and ages.  Each team was named after one of the United States first 17 Secretaries of State.  The teams performed numerous exercises at the base including push-ups, sit-ups, chops, Frisbee throwing, leg pushes, Taegeuk Poomse and Chang-Hon Poomse.  They also rode a chairlift to the top of the ski area, and made their way down the mountain on foot attacking stations like; sparring, breaking, tree climbing, self-defense, one-step sparring and other different Expo stations.  The longest time out was 4 hours and 5 minutes.  The Charles Lee Team came in first place with a time of 2 hours and 43 minutes.

On Saturday evening, the Expo Banquet and Awards Ceremony took place.  Delicious food was served and the 2010-2012 Bi-Annual CTI Competition Awards were presented to the winners.  To see information on the CTI Competition Awards, click here.

Also during the Saturday night fun was music and dancing provided by our own band Hoshin
-Motion and each Campus of the CTI.  Other awards were given to visiting black belts Grandmaster Hildebrand, Nick Slinkard and Gabe Shario.  Also, special  people recognized were CTI parents Sara Spery and Diane Zandin.  The 2010-2012 Lee H. Park Award, top black belt instructor, was presented to Alice Meyung, 4th dan.

Special thanks to this year's Expo Teaching Staff - the commitment and hard work poured into their classes, and the excellent leadership from the staff made this weekend an incredible learning opportunity for everyone!

See you next year at Moo Sul Kwan Summer Expo XXIX!

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