Friday, August 17, 2012

Sweating and Learning in the Summer

Students and Teachers for our Summer Day Camp '12

The last part of July saw the largest CTI Summer Day Camp on record!  Students and instructors came from all Campuses and other programs to train at CTI Headquarters, Green Mountain Campus.

Led by Master Erik Albrechtson, 5th dan and Mr. Freddy Sautel, 4th dan, the entire week was one fantastic time!  Some of the other top CTI instructors who were at the Camp included; Alice Meyung, 4th dan, Abdu Kikhia, 3rd dan, Brian Steward, 3rd dan, Master John Sautel, 6th dan and Grandmaster Sautel.

There was so much action that this week seemed more like a "boot camp" than some leisurely summer relaxed outing.  Students worked, sweated, laughed and pushed so hard till their rest times came that there had to be a lot of calories burned and bodies and minds strengthened!  The morning sessions began at 8:30 AM and the afternoon sessions began at noon.  Classes ranged from exercise and basics to target kicking and self-defense.  There were also CTI movies to watch at lunchtime and plenty of MSK games that were enjoyed by the campers of all belt levels.

Be sure and sign up for our annual Christmas Camp in December!  It will be the best thing you could do for yourself during the holidays!

Friday, August 10, 2012

14th Lee H. Park Team Champs

Our 14th Lee H. Park Team Championships is on December 8th.  This most special event will take place at Alameda International High School in Lakewood, Colorado, and begins at 7:00 AM with the upper belt competitions.

This day is different from the other tournaments that are held througout the year.  It is our 4th CTI Hanmadang!  At the CTI Hanmadang, various areas of MSK training are displayed.  These Team Competitions and events are not normally seen at the other tournaments such as the CTI Super Bowl, the All-City Champs or even the D.M.A.C.  At the CTI Hanmadang there is no sparring, but there will be exciting competitions like; Team Poomse, Team One-Step/Self Defense, Team Breaking, Family Demos, Most Kicks Kontest and others!

Students of all ages and belt levels will be involved in this day that is set aside to celebrate Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts.  Brought to the United States in 1969 by founder Great Grandmaster Lee H. Park, the students and instructors honor his memory by preparing for this day like no other!

Click here to check the Lee H. Park Team Championships page for more information.

Also, we will be hosting our annual CTI Christmas Party.

Later that evening, we are having our 2012 CTI Christmas Party!

Held next door to the Green Mountain Campus, there will be fun, fun, music and more!  It's rumored that there will be a special surprise guest in store for the evening!  Everyone is invited!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Ethical Behavior

By Rex Splitt, 2nd dan

“Sometimes you are too ethical.”

A public official once told me that in a meeting.  The story goes like this.

I had prepared a report on bids received from vendors for a piece of equipment.  Of all the bids received, only one local business had bid on the equipment.  The official asked me to change the numbers on the documents so the local vendor could be awarded the contract.  I politely told him that I could not, that it was not ethical to do that.  He replied, “Sometimes Rex, you are too ethical.”  I looked at him and replied, “Thank you.”

After the meeting, that conversation really bothered me for a while.  I knew I could not change the bids or documents.  Did I handle the situation properly?  What did others in the meeting think?  After thinking about it I decided there certainly were worse things to be accused of and I had maintained my ethical standards of conduct.  I did the right thing.

In today’s society we see a lot of unethical behavior through all classes of society, business, politics, academics, etc.  What is ethical behavior; what is the definition of ethical?  The dictionary defines ethical as:
1.    Pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct.
2.    Being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of a profession.

Every culture has standards for right and wrong.   In the United States, we establish rules, regulations, and laws to govern our behavior.   This behavior is characterized by honesty and fairness in interpersonal, professional, and academic activities.  This means you respect the dignity, diversity, and rights of people.

It could also be defined as the standards that you hold for yourself in all aspects of your life, (doing the right thing).  What ever position you hold, whether in public or private, as well as what you do behind closed doors must be guided by the ethical standards you set.

We must always do the right thing.  Stick by your ethical standards, no matter what life
throws at you.