Monday, October 12, 2020

2020 CTI Online Championships - Lower Belt Results!


Taekwondo black belts wearing masks during COVID-19

The second day of our 2020 CTI Online Championships featured Moo Sul Kwan blue, green, orange, yellow and white belts in competitions like, Poomse, One-Step Sparring, Target Kicking and more.

The day began at 7:30 AM with the 99 separate divisions ending at 1:30 PM.  There were competitors of all ages doing a fantastic job at their own home locations.  Our top CTI / AMASEA/ MSK Judges assembled at the Green Mountain Campus, Headquarters of the CTI, wearing masks and safely distanced from each other.

What was remarkable about the day was how good the competitors looked.  Consistent training and focus on the special competitions of this CTI Online Champs helped our students improve markedly.

Here are the results of Day 2 - 2020 CTI Online Championships:


1st place
Ace Ashworth, Joe Carroll, Shiven Venkat, Vanessa Tao, Brody Mitchell, Brandon Brech, Gregory Smagala, Ryan Marine, Landon Adams, Logan Sorenson,  Lily Lloyd, Joel Hall, Cooper Curry, Ellie Pechon, Emma Burden, Zachary Palmer, Henry Lewis, Molly Dugan, Kaleb Guffey, Hannah Holmes, Alex Kirt, Rebekkah Copel, Amy Daly, Hank Haubner

2nd place
Dale Sanders, Janet Caminada, Landon Sidley-Mercado, Diego Quesada, Brandon Kirt,  Charlie Booten, Lucas Brown, Abby Booten, Stryder Martin, Grace Quinones, Eddie Garner, Ace Garcia, Connor Burgin, Jaxson Hipsher, Rue Weerapura, Ava Alvarado, Grace Becker, Aarush Venkat, Abdo Badanagi, Keira Sherman, Selah Hall, Jacob Scott, Ibenez Mangines, Kayla Romero, Nolan Shidemantle

3rd place
Meredith Botnick, Juan Verni, Keatyn Adams, Jennifer Kautz, , Oliver Shultz, Akshay Chauhan, Tristyn Cvanciger, Eli Quinones, Wyatt Stone, Kellan Barnett, Chase Gentry, Clara Carlson, Regan Lamkin, Freya Brown, Ella Laird, Logan Martin, Coen Cooley, Garritt Stone, Josie Landis, Oliver Garner, Ronan Hayden, Shayla Mannering, Joshua Ranjit

One-Step Sparring

1st place
Meredith Botnick, Joe Carroll, Landon Sidley-Mercado, Diego Quesada,  Joel Hall, Hank Haubner, Shayla Mannering

2nd place
Dale Sanders, Juan Verni, Shiven Venkat, Vanessa Tao, Ace Garcia, Jason Ranjit, Amy Daly

3rd place
Ace Ashworth, Janet Caminada, Keatyn Adams, Jennifer Kautz, Nolan Shidemantle, Kayla Romero

Shadow Sparring

1st place
Joe Carroll, Carlos Ramirez, Shiven Venkat, Diego Quesada, Brandon Kirt, Akshay Chauhan, Zachary Cotner, Eli Quinones, Wyatt Stone, Grace Quinones, Lily Lloyd, Ace Garcia, Clara Carlson, Ellie Pechon, Keira Haubner, Zachary Palmer,  Drake Ferguson, Landon Adams, Abdo Badanagi, Luna Garcia, Dylan Rodgers, Selah Hall, Lorianna Schulte, Shayla Mannering, Jacob Scott

2nd place
Juan Verni, Janet Caminada, Keatyn Adams, Vanessa Tao, Brody Mitchell, Brandon Brech, Tristyn Cvanciger, Lindy Mandelbaum, Stryder Martin, Logan Sorenson, Chase Gentry, Joel Hall, Ronin Reed, Jaxson Hipsher, Emma Burden, Ava Alvarado, Henry Lewis, Molly Dugan, Garritt Stone, Zoe Economou, Meredith Botnick, Kensley Morris, Aidan Shidemantle, Amy Daly, Rebekkah Copel

3rd place
Carrie Booten, Melissa Kautz, Landon Sidley-Mercado, Jennifer Kautz, Jackson Babcock, Charlie Booten, Lucas Brown, Ryan Marine, Landon Adams, Kellan Barnett, Eddie Garner, Cooper Curry, Regan Lamkin, Freya Brown, Ella Laird, Grace Becker, Aarush Venkat, Kaleb Guffey, Josie Landis, Justin Gann, Alex Kirt, Joshua Ranjit, Kayla Romero, Vera Reed

Taking it to the Target

1st place
Joe Carroll, Janet Caminada, Shivan Venkat, Jenifer Kautz, Oliver Shultz, Charlie Booten, Lucas Brown, Sam Powers, Stryder Martin,  Logan Sorenson, Lily Lloyd, Ace Garcia, Cooper Curry, Regan Lamkin, Rue Weerapura, Ava Alvarado, Logan Martin, Aarush Venkat, Garritt Stone, Josie Landis, Justin Gann, Oliver Garner, Joshua Ranjit, Shayla Mannering, Ronan Hayden

2nd place
Carrie Booten, Melissa Kautz, Keatyn Adams Vanessa Tao, Jackson Babcock, Akshay Chauhan, Zachary Cotner, Abby Booten, Wyatt Stone, Grace Quinones, Caroline Nusbaum, Joel Hall, Ronin Reed, Elli Pechon, Keira Haubner, Zacharay Palmer, Grace Becker, Landon Adams, Kaleb Guffey, Keria Sherman, Dale Sanders, Selah Hall, Hank Haubner, Amy Daly, Rebekkah Copel

3rd place
Juan Verni, Carlos Ramirez, Landon Sidley-Mercado, Diego Quesada, Brandon Kirt, Brandon Brech, Tristyn Cvanciger, Ryan Marine,  Landon Adams, Kellan Barnett, Chase Gentry,  Connor Burgin, Jasxon Hipsher, Emma Burden, Ella Laird, Henry Lewis, Coen Cooley, Abdo Badanagi, Hannah Holmes, Ace Ashworth, Kensley Morris, Lorianna Schulte, Kayla Romero, Vera Reed, Ibenez Mangines

Following Directions

1st place
Brody Mitchell, Charlie Booten, Paxton Barnett, Lindy Mandelbaum, Wyatt Stone,  Kellan Barnett, Chase Gentry,  Cooper Curry, Regan Lamkin, Freya Brown, Ella Laird, Grace Becker, Dean Barrieau, Abdo Badanagi, Keira Sherman, Alex Kirt, Jacob Scott

2nd place
Jackson Babcock, Akshay Chauhan, Lucas Brown, Ryan Marine, Landon Adams, Grace Quinones, Lily Lloyd, Clara Carlson, Ellie Pechon, Emma Burden, Zachary Palmer, Henry Lewis, Molly Dugan, Kaleb Guffey, Josie Landis, Selah Hall, Rebekkah Copel

3rd place
Brandon Kirt, Brandon Brech, Gregory Smagala, Abby Booten, Stryder Martin, Logan Sorenson. Caroline Nusbaum, Ronin Reed, Jaxson Hipsher, Keira Haubner, Ava Alvarado, Logan Martin, Aarush Venkat, Garritt Stone, Hannah Holmes, Rylan Lamkin, Vera Reed

Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts: Experiences of the New Guy

By Brian O'Reilly

I am new to Moo Sul Kwan martial arts. I’m 50 years old; but I’m not old! Thanks in large part to Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts!

Young lady doing a side kick outside in a martial arts class
I have been an athlete for nearly all of my life and involved in a wide range of organized sports, exercise and recreational activities. Participating in sports as a youth is very different than participating as an adult. When you are young, there is so much to learn about your body, your competitive spirit, how to train, and how to interact with opponents, teammates, referees and coaches. I grew up around athletics as my dad was a high school coach for 40 years. I asked my dad at an early age why sports are important for a student athlete who will never be good enough to “go pro” and make a career as a professional athlete. His answer pointed out the obvious physical and mental benefits of exercise for people of all ages. He also stressed the equally important personal and social lessons of learning a skill, consistent hard work, commitment, loyalty, positive interaction with teammates/authority figures, sportsmanship and how to navigate through successes and failures. He pointed out that all of these lessons are available through athletics, especially in a solid program lead by a great coach. He stressed that these are life-lessons and should transfer into adulthood to create the leaders of tomorrow. Adults who never learn these life-lessons struggle personally, professionally and can have a negative impact on society as a whole. Fortunately I have been surrounded by great teachers, coaches, bosses and mentors.  As an adult the life-lessons of athletics continue to ring true and help me grow, physically, mentally and spiritually as a well-rounded person. Moo Sul Kwan martial arts is now my sport of choice as a 50 year old man.

Moderation was never really my thing. My body has paid the price over the years for extreme living. Broken bones are par for the course in any contact sport; but years of heavy weight-lifting and CrossFit programs resulted in various surgeries which eventually slowed me down as an adult. I was unhappy during the recovery/healing times, craved physical activity, and competition. Yet, I was also worried that I would be back under the knife again if I kept up the same extreme and active pace. I had always been fascinated with martial arts classes from afar, so I thought I would give it a try.  There were so many options available it was difficult to choose; but after some in-depth research I joined The Colorado Taekwondo Institute and the study of Moo Sul Kwan martial arts. I was very fortunate to have landed where I did!

Moo Sul Kwan martial arts at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute (CTI) was exactly what I needed.  The Colorado Taekwondo Institute was founded by Grandmaster James M. Sautel, 8th Dan Black Belt, in 1983 and there are now several locations throughout the Colorado. CTI works in association with the Moo Sul Kwan martial arts Institute and the American Martial Arts Sports and Education Association.  Moo Sul Kwan martial arts was brought to the United States by Great Grandmaster Lee H. Park in 1969 and serves as the model for training at all Colorado Taekwondo Institute locations.  The CTI mission statement is “To encourage and develop world-class leaders through educational excellence and Moo Sul Kwan martial arts traditions”.  

For the past year and a half, my personal experience with CTI and Moo Sul Kwan martial arts classes training has been in line with the CTI Mission Statement and the life-lessons I have been taught growing up.  The aims of Moo Sul Kwan martial arts, the tenets of Taekwondo and the philosophy, goals and operation of the Colorado Taekwondo Institute complement my lifestyle, goals, ethics, exercise and competitive needs. I enjoy the ability to challenge my body in new ways, and for many years to come, which will lead to healthier longevity without the high-risk of injury.  I also enjoy the mental and emotional challenges related to learning a new discipline and starting out a program as a rookie.  I’m the new old guy!  Starting Moo Sul Kwan martial arts classes as an adult is new experience that teaches humility, patience and perseverance.  I believe that a little suffering in any forum is the requirement for success.  As a 50 year old, that suffering can be more apparent than when you’re an 18 years old athlete!  But that challenge to stay involved, active and fight through the aches and pains has its rewards.  

The rewarding and positive experience of Moo Sul Kwan martial arts at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute is more than physical.  The bonding and team support with fellow students, support by upper-belt students and Black Belt instructors is a mental and emotional reward by itself.  Most prominent though is the inspirational guidance, instruction and care provided by Grandmaster Sautel.  I am fortunate to have found Moo Sul Kwan martial arts, which provides comprehensive Psychomotor Domain, Affective Domain and Cognitive Domain training, knowledge and self-defense skills. I am fortunate to have found The Colorado Taekwondo Institute, which honors the traditions of Moo Sul Kwan martial arts while providing a positive and exciting modern-day forum for training, learning and competition.  I am very fortunate to be surrounded by supportive CTI Students and Instructors…and I cannot say enough about how lucky I am to study under CTI founder Grandmaster Sautel.  I’ve added him to my very short, selective and influential list of heroes. In talking to fellow students I know that I’m not alone as he inspires so many others at CTI.  I am always happy to have the opportunity to share my positive experience with others, especially those with similar backgrounds and needs.  CTI and Moo Sul Kwan martial arts have provided everything I was looking for and I’m excited to continue my training for many years to come.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Taekwondo for Toddlers!

Taekwondo for toddlers as a little girl gets ready to perform at a martial arts tournament

Martial arts is the perfect sport for kids, providing a valuable, positive outlet for their energetic selves.  When looking for taekwondo or karate classes for toddlers, it's important to find a quality program that will give the most to your children. That's why we highly recommend Taekwondo for toddlers at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute. 

Kids love working out with Taekwondo black belt instructors and fellow students in great martial arts classrooms with padded floors and master instructors.  All ages of kids can join us at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute!  No matter when a child starts Taekwondo, they can experience the benefits of Taekwondo. In fact, some black belts of today started when they were as young as three years old. It's great to think at one point there was a parent like you looking for karate classes for 3 year olds, and years later they are the proud parent of a Moo Sul Kwan black belt. No matter what age a kid is, they can enjoy Taekwondo at CTI, where classes are offered throughout the week for all ages.

Taekwondo is a great source of exercise for kids. Classes last 30 minutes for “tigers” (the youngest students) and an hour for older kids.  In both, kids get to exercise and have fun, both in a great Taekwondo environment.  Not only do kids have a chance to exercise in CTI Taekwondo classes, but they also improve their mind-body coordination and even learn about the science behind how the body works and how that affects Taekwondo moves.  There are workouts in Taekwondo classes at CTI for all parts of the body.

The benefits of CTI Taekwondo for kids are enormous. Besides being a good outlet for energy, Taekwondo classes also provide mental exercise.  As kids learn blocks, kicks, punches, and other techniques in Taekwondo classes, they improve memory, coordination, and patience, along with other mental skills.  Taekwondo is one of the best sports that include both physical exercise and mental excellence in its training.  While kids in Taekwondo classes are physically exercising, they are also learning discipline and attention skills.  The Taekwondo teachings at CTI is meant to include both the body and mind.

Whenever kids start karate classes for toddlers, they can enjoy the fun classes, physical exercise, and learning that comes with it.  All the black belt instructors at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute have had years of Taekwondo experience and are great with kids.  No matter the age, kids who join Taekwondo fall in love with the classes, learning, exercise, and experience.  They can even become black belt instructors themselves with time and practice.  All kids (and adults) who do Taekwondo enjoy it and learn every time they step into the classroom.