KIAP! NEWSLETTER MAY 2018

Mark Cashatt's Taekwon-Do School, Inc.

This month's DOJANG TOWN MEETING is Thursday, May 10.  Starting at 5:55 pm, Master Cashatt gives a brief orientation for new students and parents- and reminds students of upcoming events.  It is also a chance to voice questions, ideas or suggestions.  15 minutes in length.

 

DON'T CALL ME "SIR"!?

 

Dear students, parents and friends,

            I was at one of area Post Offices recently standing in line when the clerk called the customer “sir”.  The customer looked to be around my age (late 50’s) and he looked behind and all around and said, “I thought you were talking to my dad!”  Then the lady next in line (same generation) said, “ yes, I hate to be called ma’am, I’m not that old!  I think they’re talking about my parents.”

            My father would say sir and ma’am to folks when I was growing up.   He was a marine and born during a time when proper protocol was respected.  Those were the days when getting the paddle in school for misbehaving was common and it did make a point.   I’m not saying that was the correct way of correcting bad behavior, but it did work in many cases. It was simply the way things were done.  But then I believe my generation rebelled against all that growing up in the 60’s and 70’s.  Now it is sad if people are offended by being called sir or ma’am!           

            Well that’s not going to stop me from saying it because it makes me feel good when I call someone sir or ma’am, even my youngest students.  Age has nothing to do with addressing folks in such and formal and flattering manner.  I believe calling someone sir or ma’am somehow puts them above us and humbles us.  If we can handle every encounter with proper and respectful words, in most cases it becomes or stays a positive encounter.  Treating someone better than you yourself expect to be treated will be traveling in the correct direction in making a more peaceful world.

            I did address the clerk at the Post Office as Sir- then we both chuckled.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark Cashatt

 

 

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 2018

SPIRIT OF TAEKWON-DO SUMMER CAMP WEEKEND!

 

For the 24th year, Mark Cashatt’s TaeKwon-Do School, Inc. will be hosting a weekend TaeKwon-Do summer camp!!  This year’s weekend camp will be held at Camp Innabah in Spring City, PA, just south of Pottstown.

This event will be held June 15, 16 & 17.   The camp is for all students white belt through Black Belt, ages 7 and up through adults.  Students age 7 must have special permission from their instructor to attend.

The weekend starts Friday, June 15 with a workout starting at 7 PM.  Participants can arrive any time after 5 PM.  The Friday night workout lasts until about 9:30 PM.  We then get settled into our lodges.  We will be in relative comfort with carpeting and air conditioned rooms that sleep 4-10 people.  Participants can request to be in a room with their friends or fellow students from the dojang.  The meals at Camp Innabah are amazing also.  Each meal has many choices and we can eat as much as we please!

                Saturday’s activities will always be a little different than other years as we always try new ideas and adventures.   We have acres of open fields and we have a modern gymnasium.  This camp also has a pool and a place to canoe for our free time late Saturday afternoon. 

Our Saturday supper is a “Dress-Up Supper” where campers dress wacky, and/or strange, in Halloween type costumes or something creative to be judged for awards.  After supper, we have some kind of trivia scavenger hunt followed by some kind of talent/no-talent show.  Lights out for the kids is 11 PM.

                Sunday morning we have our “Friendship Breakfast” celebrating all our new found friends from this camp.  We have a morning workout with a great group send-off.  Then, our “Spring Board Lunch” which gives us a big jump in our TaeKwon-Do training for the summer to come!

                This summer camp weekend is another brilliant opportunity to enjoy the art and the passion of TaeKwon-Do.  From the moment the student arrives Friday until Sunday’s dismissal, there will be nothing for that student to worry about, or be responsible for, other than doing TaeKwon-Do, making new friends, spending time with old friends, and having a great time.  We named the camp “Spirit of TaeKwon-Do” because that’s exactly what the student will be getting.  We will all be observing the five tenets in a very positive, family oriented environment that is uncommon for anywhere else.  Come and feel the spirit and keep the memories with you throughout the years as you grow in TaeKwon-Do!

                The camp costs $240 for the first family member and $225 for each additional family member.

                There is a chance of going to summer camp weekend for free!  The William Clarke Memorial Fund sends up to four students to summer camp by way of a 500 word essay.  A special panel reads all the entries and names the winners.   Pick up more information at the dojang or contact Master Cashatt at cashattTKD@gmail.com.

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING STUDENT OF THE MONTH

 

Every month Master Cashatt chooses a youth gup (color belt) who has shown outstanding characteristics in class.  Every student has a chance to be named once in their gup life.  In April every year Master Cashatt names the dojang’s youth “OUTSTANDING STUDENT OF THE YEAR” from the youth roster of the dojang.  This promotes a constant reminder for the kids to do their best!  This month Master Cashatt has chosen:

 

ELLIOTT CHOE

 Elliott has been a student at our dojang for almost 9 months and has earned the rank of Yellow Belt.  He earned this honor because of his spirit displayed at the recent tournament.  He was very uncertain about how to spar when the time came and he turned on his quickness and techniques and had a great sparring match using control (and with a smile on his face).  Congratulations to Elliott and the Choe family.

 

 

INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR MAY 5

 

            On Saturday, May 5, 2018 we will be holding an Instructors Seminar from 8 AM to noon at our dojang.

                All students 12 years old and over who are Green Belt and above, and all junior and senior Black Belts are invited to attend this free seminar with Master Cashatt.  We will be re-introducing our newest drills and technique changes as well as showing some new ideas for the first time.  We will be learning the newest ideas on how to teach and motivate our fine students.  We will be discussing the future of our dojang and hear ideas from all who attend.
              All students younger than 12 and/or under Green Belt can attend the seminar during the 9:30-10:30 AM slot where our Instructors will be going over Requirement Sheets and trying out new drills and procedures.  Students who attend this portion will surely help our Instructors to become better.

All students fitting the age and rank specifications should consider coming.  Teaching is part of TaeKwon-Do; in fact we’re teaching what we’ve learned through training in TaeKwon-Do every day!  In our daily dealings with others, our attitude and perseverance shine, and that can be considered a form of teaching.  Attending the seminar helps the students (instructors) improve their physical skills above and beyond normal classes.

Even if you don’t plan on helping out at classes, you can surely benefit from these 4 free hours of TaeKwon-Do.  Please sign up on the dojang wall if you’re coming.

 

 

WE’RE MARCHING IN A PARADE!

 

            On Saturday, May 26, our dojang will be marching in the Harleysville Fair Days Parade.  We need to be there by 10:30 am for a parade that starts at 11.  The parade route is a complete circle from Indian Valley Middle School, out to Sumneytown Pike and back again and it is usually over by 1 pm.  All students are invited to march with us, in fact if you know for certain, then the student should attend parade practice Mondays, May 7, 14 and 21 from 7-7:30 pm.  We will practice outside so sneakers are a must.  Parents and families are invited to walk along in the parade and dogs too.  Please sign up on the wall of the dojang if you plan to participate.

 

 

 

IN HONOR OF MOTHERS DAY!

           

            On Monday, May 14 from 6-7 pm we will be holding a special class for students and their moms! Mother's Day is observed the previous Sunday however this will be an opportunity to give our moms even more.

            We will start the class with the Moms in a secluded class with an instructor while their children are on the other side of the curtain with the regular class practicing patterns.   We will instruct the Moms with some simple self-defense techniques and Taekwon-Do movements.

            Then at the half hour mark the kids will join their Mother so Mom can show the moves they've learned (on their kids).  We will end the class with some fun drills including finesse sparring.

 

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL

As a gift of appreciation to all the Mothers involved with our dojang, we would like to offer TWO FREE MONTHS of TKD to any Mom who has never signed up before!  Offer expires so Mothers must start their two months before May 31, 2018.

 

 

 

GIRLS NIGHT OF TKD

 

            On Tuesday, May 29 we will have our next GIRLS NIGHT OF TKD from 6-7 pm.  This has become a very popular class with a different perspective being able to talk and work with exclusively girls, motivating the GIRL POWER!  And on the other side of the floor are all boys, which also gives us a different perspective about how to treat others.

            But the main reason for such a night is the exciting and challenging fun we have.  Since this is the last GIRLS NIGHT of the school year, we would like all our ladies to invite a friend or two who they think might benefit from the instruction and who might love it as we all do.  Please sign up on the dojang wall if you plan on attending.

 

 

 

2018 ALL BELTS DAY CAMP   

This is a day camp held from 9 am to 3 pm daily during the week of July 23-27.  Students work on the many facets of Taekwon-Do to prepare them for their next promotion while having fun with our games and drills.  We go hiking and workout outdoors as well as in the dojang.  This camp is for all students white belt to senior Black Belt, children as well as adults.  Participants can come one day or multiple days or the whole week!  Check your calendars now and jot it down.  Students can earn up to 20 class credits during the week (they need between 30-50 to test)!  Our dojang has information for a payment plan for students- put a little towards camp every month.  Just ask at reception counter or contact the dojang.

 

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

MAY 2…DOJANG CONGRESS from 7:45-8:30 for all students and parents

MAY 3…GUP TEST starts at 6 pm.

MAY 3…BLACK BELT TEST starts at 6 pm in conjunction with GUP TEST. 

MAY 5…INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR 8 am to noon

MAY 5…BLACK BELT TEST starts at 1 pm.

MAY 7…PARADE PRACTICE starts next three Mondays, 7-7:30 pm

MAY 10..DOJANG TOWN MEETING starts at 5:55 pm.

MAY 12…MR.LOUIE’STOURNAMENT starts at 1 pm

MAY 14....MOTHER'S DAY SELF-DEFENSE from 6-7 pm

MAY 16…MASTER CLASS on GE-BAEK from 7-8 pm

MAY 22…BASIX CLASS from 6-7 pm featuring TKD PROTOCOL

MAY 26…HARLEYSVILLE FAIR DAYS PARADE meets at 10:30 am.

MAY 29…GIRLS NIGHT OF TKD from 6-7 pm.

JUNE 15-17…2018 SPIRIT OF TKD SUMMER CAMP WEEKEND

JULY 23-27…2018 ALL BELTS DAY CAMP from 9 am to 3 pm daily.

JULY 28…DOJANG ADVENTURE TO THE IRON PIGS GAME!

 

 

 

 

 

 

KIAP! NEWSLETTER APRIL 2018

Mark Cashatt's Taekwon-Do School, Inc.

 

This month's DOJANG TOWN MEETING is Wednesday, April 11.  Starting at 5:55 pm, Master Cashatt gives a brief orientation for new students and parents- and reminds students of upcoming events.  It is also a chance to voice questions, ideas or suggestions.  15 minutes in length.

 

 

EVERY PERSON SHOULD LEARN TAEKWON-DO!

 

Taekwon students, parents and friends,

            You all know already.   You or a family member is involved in Taekwon-Do. It doesn’t have to be Taekwon-Do.  It can be another martial art but I can’t say for sure if they focus on moral fiber as much as we do.  We know how to stop a bad guy.  We know what it takes.  We also know that we must try to diffuse a situation before it becomes physical.  We know when to stand up for ourselves and others and we know how far perseverance can take us.  We see the confidence it gives our students and ourselves.  General Choi said if everyone practiced Taekwon-Do it would be a peaceful world.  We know already how Taekwon-Do has changed our lives for the better in so many ways.

            We have all heard the unfortunate story about the former Souderton school student who left a bar with a man and was found murdered.  We hear news of people being taken advantage of or being abused.  Would Taekwon-Do have helped these situations?  We hear of kidnapping and we worry when family members go far away on vacations in dangerous areas.  Could Taekwon-Do help these folks?  We hear news of mass shootings at our schools and malls- if everyone knew Taekwon-Do, would it have been different?

             It is like we don’t want to worry our children that dangers are all around us but as time goes on in the history of man, it looks like things could get a lot worse before it gets better.  Do you think Taekwon-Do might help with this?  By taking our steps of courtesy and integrity we can make any situation more positive.

            In some countries around the world martial arts is part of the grade school curriculum.  Do you think that helps those kids?  A young person with a proper martial art background has the strong foundation to build a wonderful life of showing strength with compassion and that person will reach for their goals.  Even those who trained a few months at our dojang have told me years later how the things they learned at our dojang enter their minds almost every day.  I’m sure it’s more than how to do a snap kick.  These things you cannot readily learn from playing soccer or many of the sports that now go on year round.  There are valuable lessons from playing sports but the strongest foundation can be set with Taekwon-Do.

            So the next time you hear of something unfortunate happening to someone, ask yourself if this person would have been a Black Belt could things have been different?  Next time you hear of a child getting in trouble with drugs or chaos, ask yourself would TKD study been of help?  And remember TKD is for the whole family.  As parents we are so busy with responsibilities that we cannot see what we could get out of training as a family.  With each other's encouragement the whole family situation will improve as well as each individual.

 

Respectfully submitted,  Mark Cashatt

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING STUDENT OF THE MONTH

 

Every month Master Cashatt chooses a youth gup (color belt) who has shown outstanding characteristics in class.  Every student has a chance to be named once in their gup life.  In April every year Master Cashatt names the dojang’s youth “OUTSTANDING STUDENT OF THE YEAR” from the youth roster of the dojang.  This promotes a constant reminder for the kids to do their best!  This month Master Cashatt has chosen: 

JOSALIN FENNELL

 Josalin has been training at our dojang for 17 months and has earned the rank of Yellow Belt- Green Stripe. Josalin will have a chance to grade for her Green Belt in May.  Josalin is receiving this award because of her efforts to always do her best in class, to be friendly with the other students and not be afraid to ask questions.  She is very respectful and sets a great example for other students.  Congratulations to Josalin and the Fennell family.

 

 

 

2018 T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST!!

            It’s that time of year again. It’s time to decide on our official dojang summer t-shirt.  We would like to ask for all of our student’s help. 

            Students can draw (or have someone draw for them) a picture that would be good for our t-shirt.  It should not be copied from anything already done (on the computer or elsewhere).  Your design should represent the feeling of our Dojang. Don’t include someone smashing someone else’s head or anything that would show our Dojang in a negative light.

            The design can only be done in one color, black or blue pen or pencil (not multi-colored). 

            Students can submit more than one entry and the winning entry gets put on our t-shirt.  The winner gets a free t-shirt and a free month of TaeKwon-Do!!

All entries must be in by Wednesday,  April 25.  Announcement of the winner will be soon after that date.

 

 

 

DON’T MISS OUR BIG TOURNAMENT APRIL 21!

 

Tournaments have been a part of Taekwon-Do training ever since General Choi started to spread the art farther than just Korea.  Once he visited other countries he thought it would be a friendly way of competing- to challenge the practitioner to better themselves in patterns and sparring….and in some tournaments: board breaking and specialty techniques.  Then from folks watching tournaments, more would want to learn this beautiful and powerful martial art.  Tournaments helped General Choi spread Taekwon-Do.

               Competition is a tough concept.  It is easy to be a good winner, more difficult to be a good loser.  In this day and age we try not to say “loser”, but there is someone who wins and someone who loses in each competition.  A person is only a “loser” if they give up.  I heard a memorable quote:  “I never lose….I either win or learn.” 

               That is the bottom line about tournaments.  It is a very valuable learning tool.  When we show the courage to get up and compete it tells a lot about ourselves.  Students should try to attend tournaments.  Years ago it was a requirement for advancement to compete in tournaments but we no longer require students to compete but it is a valuable learning tool.

               We just had our DOJANG CHAMPIONSHIPS in February.  Many of you might have attended.  Many of our friend dojangs host tournaments throughout the year that many of you have attended.  Now it’s our dojang’s turn to have a big tournament. 

               On April 21 starting promptly at 10 am, we will host the 2018 SOUDERTON INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT.  It is an “invitational” because I invite only the familiar dojangs in our area.  For the most part it is those schools that had branched off from Master James Murray of Pottstown.  Master Murray had promoted me at all my tests up to 5th DAN.  He has since retired. 

               Our dojang students should feel very safe competing in our tournament.  We often see “open” tournaments being promoted.  This is when all martial artists from different styles are invited.   You never know what to expect and you don’t know if the dojang leaders teach the same way…by the five tenets.   We want to compete but not at the cost of injuring another competitor. 

               Students can compete in patterns and/or sparring.  Participants can just choose to do patterns.  Participants can just choose to spar.  They can also do both.  We separate the students according to age and then rank.  Everyone who competes in individual patterns will go with at least one medal.

               All students white belt through senior Black Belt, age 5 to great grandparents are qualified to compete and can gain so much from the experience.  If a participant registers and pays the competition fee by April 14, 2018, it will cost $40 to compete ($35 for each additional family member who competes).  If a participant waits until the morning of the tournament, they can still compete but it will cost $50 ($45 for each additional family member).  We do this to get students to commit and ready themselves.  We also do this to get a head count so to have enough awards. 

               At 10 am, we will start with the National Anthem. I will make introductions of the Masters and dojang owners who are present.  I will have some announcements and hand out our dojang’s “OUTSTANDING STUDENTS OF THE YEAR”.  After explaining some of the rules, the competition begins with TEAM PATTERNS.  Participants plan ahead and put together a team of 3, 4 or 5 students who all do a pattern together in a creative way.  We will have a gup division (all students must be color belts: white belt through red belt-black stripe) and Black Belt division (all students must be Black Belts).  1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams go home with medals and the 1st place team gets a 39 inch trophy to present to their dojang.  Although I love to present other dojangs with these big trophies- I would really like to have our own students win it for our dojang.  This year I am asking each clan to put together a team of color belts (gups) and a Black Belt team for TEAM PATTERNS.  Please talk to me or Mr. Rich Hollenbach if you are interested in creating a team or being on a team.  It costs $10 for each team member to be on a team.

               After the TEAM PATTERNS, we start individual patterns.  We will start with gup patterns (color belts), then gup sparring followed by Black Belt patterns and then sparring.

               Students will have the opportunity to meet and make many new friends.  Then the next time a seminar, tournament or camp comes up, the student gets to see their new friends again and fantastic relationships are created.

               Please consider competing at our tournament.  It is so important that the host dojang has a good showing of their own students….it is like “our home court.”  Please contact me with any questions- this is a great opportunity for first time competitors as well as our World Champions.

 

 

 

COUSIN’S SELF-DEFENSE CLASS!

 

            Last year we held this class and a few families got involved and had a great time.  We are planning the same kind of event for Friday, April 27 from 6-7:30 pm.

            The idea came from years ago Master Cashatt’s family invited all their relatives and friends for a self-defense picnic.  Over 50 folks showed up and all these years since they’ve been bringing it up and the fun and knowledge they gained! 

            Students and their immediate family should invite not only their “cousins” but aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors and friends to come share this time.  The student will be known as the martial artist of the family and maybe the class will light a spark in someone else’s eye. At the very least those who attend will be very grateful.

            Please sign up on the wall if you plan on attending and how many will join you.  We also would like to invite you to bring a snack if you’d like.  Please list what you might bring to share with your folks and others.  We will learn the “frontal 5” and the “dirty half dozen” along with other valuable tips. Pick up invitations to give to family and friends so they have all the info they need.

 

 

2018 SPIRIT OF TAEKWON-DO SUMMER CAMP WEEKEND

June 15-17: This camp is for all students age 7 and up and adults!  It is held at Camp Innabah which is just south of Pottstown, PA.  It is a weekend of growth for adult and child alike.  We have special family rates.  Pick up your brochure and put it on your calendar.  This weekend camp we sleep in air conditioned dorm rooms and have wonderful meals while we train and challenge ourselves with Taekwon-Do.  Talk a fellow student into coming too! 

 

 

2018 ALL BELTS DAY CAMP   

This is a day camp held from 9 am to 3 pm daily during the week of July 23-27.  Students work on the many facets of Taekwon-Do to prepare them for their next promotion while having fun with our games and drills.  We go hiking and workout outdoors as well as in the dojang.  This camp is for all students white belt to senior Black Belt, children as well as adults.  Participants can come one day or multiple days or the whole week!  Check your calendars now and jot it down.  Students can earn up to 20 class credits during the week (they need between 30-50 to test)!  Our dojang has information for a payment plan for students- put a little towards camp every month.  Just ask at reception counter or contact the dojang.

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

APRIL 4..DOJANG CONGRESS from 7:45-8:30 pm- all students and parents

APRIL 11..DOJANG TOWN MEETING starts at 5:55 pm

APRIL 18..MASTER CLASS from 7-8 pm featuring Ge-Baek

APRIL 21…SOUDERTON INVITATIONAL TKD TOURNAMENT starts at 10 am

APRIL 24…BASIX CLASS from 6-7 pm featuring STRETCH TO PREVENT INJURIES

APRIL 27…COUSIN’S SELF-DEFENSE 6-7:30 pm

JUNE 15-17…SPIRIT OF TKD SUMMER CAMP weekend at Camp Innabah

JULY 23-27…ALL BELTS DAY CAMP from 9 am to 3 pm daily.