Thursday, January 28, 2021

22nd LHP Team Champs - Online Success!

Five martial arts karate kids doing punches with blindfolds over their eyes

Our second CTI Online Championships was held January 22 - 23, 2021. 

This special two day online event featured team and individual divisions involving CTI students and instructors of all ages and belt levels of Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo.

244 Moo Sul Kwan martial artists of all ages had an excellent experience at this unique online tournament!  Due to the fantastic organization skills of our black belts at each CTI Campus location,  the event ran extremely well!  Special thanks goes to Master Alice Meyung and Grandmaster Mindy Sautel, along with Master Erik Albrechtson, Grandmaster John Sautel, Master Clayton Garner and Master Andy McDaniel.

Photos from our Green Mountain Campus!

The action began on Friday evening with black belt and some upper belt competitions in: Team Poomse, Team One - Step Sparring, Team Staff One - Step Sparring, and Team Target Kicking.

White through Red Belts competed on Saturday in Team Poomse, Team One - Step Sparring, Team Target Kicking, Team Most Kicks and Team Creative Basics to Music.

Black belt and student teams competed on Zoom from their individual CTI Campus locations.  They were remotely judged by Moo Sul Kwan black belt judges led by Grandmaster James M. Sautel, 8th dan.

Stay tuned for our next CTI ONLINE Championship Tournament - April, 2021!

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Benefits of Having Family in CTI Taekwondo

By Lars den Hartog, 1st dan

A martial arts teenager doing a front kick
Since I started CTI Taekwondo nearly five years ago, my little brother, Knox, has done it with me.  Having a family member in Taekwondo has made the experience one I can share with someone else, and not just a solo journey.  The ability to converse, learn, teach, and grow with my brother is beneficial not only to our success in Taekwondo, but our relationship as well. Connecting over something that we both have in common brings us closer and keeps us motivated to do our best.

While our age difference has prevented us from competing together and training in the same classes, we are still able to find time at home to work on our technique with one another. Whenever Knox has questions on moves, techniques, strategies, or anything of the sort, I’m always able to help him and assist in him reaching the highest level of training.  Before promotion tests and tournaments I always help Knox make sure his poomse and breaks are looking good.  This not only helps him, but brings my training to a higher level.  Watching and critiquing his technique reveals things that I need to work on myself.  Through this, we are both able to grow and advance in our training far more than we would have if our journey at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute was a solo one. 

Along with assisting one another in our technique, there is an underlying level of competition between us that brings our training to a higher level.  Each of us wants to be better than the other.  This, in turn, brings our motivation to succeed at classes, competitions, and other events to greater heights.  A healthy level of competition would not be possible if I didn’t have my brother in Taekwondo with me.

There are, however, far more benefits to having family in Taekwondo than just reaching a higher level of training.  Having family in Taekwondo has greatly increased my motivation and dedication to Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts (The style of Taekwondo that is practiced at the CTI).   Whenever I experienced times when I didn’t want to attend class or a tournament, seeing my brother do those things would always motivate me to go and have fun as well.   We constantly push one another to attend events and achieve the highest level of success.  Without having my brother in Taekwondo with me, I wouldn’t have nearly as much determination to succeed and prosper at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute. 

Due to my parents having two children in Taekwondo, they have become familiar with the level of dedication and hard work that it takes to reach black belt rank, and the continuation of martial arts education past that. They constantly prompt us to achieve the highest level of success, and stress the importance of it. With the continuous amount of encouragement from my family, I am determined to attain the highest level of training and education through the Colorado Taekwondo Institute.

Sharing the experience of training in Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts with my brother has proven to be a constant stream of healthy competition and motivation that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Training with family has not only made my journey at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute a more fun and exciting one, but a far more comfortable and advantageous one as well.

Monday, January 4, 2021

The 22nd LHP Team Champs is Coming

Mark your calendars for the 22nd Lee H. Park Team Champs!

A martial arts team competing in tournament in Denver, CO.

Our annual LEE H. PARK TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS will take place January 22 - 23, from the Campus location of each of our students.

That's right!  Because of the recent pandemic, we will hold our very first ever LHP Team Champs where the competitors go to their CTI Campus and compete from that location!  Our competitors will have the unique opportunity to perform from their "home turf" - this will bring some interesting twists into this year's championships.

This is our 12th CTI Hanmadang  (where students and instructors take part in team competitions in poomse, one-step sparring, creative basics, target kicking and more!) and will show one way how Moo Sul Kwan martial artists keep the traditions of their art alive, while adapting and progressing with modern times.

More information can be found here