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Kuk Sool Won at the Family Resource Center

posted Apr 2, 2018, 10:42 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 10:48 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Thanks to the generosity of Best of Nevada County’s Teacher of the Year Tony Reyna (pictured at right), San Juan Ridge youth will soon have the opportunity to be introduced to traditional Korean martial art, Kuk Sool Won. Having also been honored by the Parents Resource Guide, receiving its Parents Choice Award as the best martial arts school in Nevada County, Kuk Sool Won was founded by Tony Reyna in 1994 and has made a positive difference in the lives of many students over the past twenty-four years.

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center will be hosting a five week series of Kuk Sool classes taught by Tony Reyna in The Oak Tree Lodge on Monday afternoons. This series of classes will give children an excellent opportunity to experience genuine martial arts training in a safe environment without having to travel far from home. Acclaiming the value of martial arts, 6th degree black belt Tony Reyna explained, “In this fast paced culture, martial arts can be grounding. I tell my students that if they learn the value of etiquette, patience, practice, and hard work, they can do anything.”

The Turtle Tots class, for children aged 2 ½-5, will meet on Monday afternoons 3-3:30. Tony describes Turtle Tots as, “a fun introduction to martial arts. Children will work on balance, motor skills, and flexibility while having a great time. We incorporate animal stretches and exciting exercises with the mat and pads. Children will also be introduced to Korean language counting as well as the three most important aspects of Kuk Sool Won training: Etiquette, Patience, and Practice. This class is fun for boys and girls.”

Following Turtle Tots will be the Children’s Class for ages 6-14 years. Kuk Sool students in the 3:45-4:45 class, “will build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, and self discipline while having a great time learning a comprehensive and dynamic martial art. The three most important aspects of Kuk Sool training are: Etiquette, Patience, and Practice. Kuk Sool Won combines stretching, kicking, hand strikes, self defense techniques, and falling techniques. Internal energy breathing techniques are used for self defense as well as healing. Students will also develop Jung Shin, a Korean term that translates to focusing your mind and heart 100 % on whatever you are doing in a given moment. This may be applied to schoolwork, sports family, or career.”

To participate in Kuk Sool classes, children must be pre-enrolled with forms signed by their parents and on file at the FRC. For more information, call the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center at 292.3174.


TURTLE TOTS for ages 2 ½-5       

Monday afternoons 3:00-3:30

CHILDREN’S CLASS for 6-14        

Monday afternoons 3:45-4:45

Classes will meet in the Oak Tree Lodge, 18847 Oak Tree Road NSJ