Spring into Action!

The signs of Spring are all over the city of Dublin in California now and we decided to bring a little bit of Spring into the dojang as well!

Spring into action

Spring reminds us of the cycles of nature and the opportunity for renewal.

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Photo: Master Saidi and students at the Kuk Sool Won of Dublin martial arts school

We encourage all our students to bloom where they are. No matter where they find themselves each day presents a new opportunity to challenge themselves and move from surviving to thriving.

One enthusiastic group of students named themselves the Kuk Sool Crew and kicked off their Spring by auditioning for an elementary school variety show. I am so proud of them for taking this initiative and it was wonderful to see them bonding through the experience and deepening friendships in the process.

Whatever your plans are – go ahead and Spring into Action!


Spooky Sparring and Halloween Turtle Tots

Kuk Sool Won of Dublin Staff and Students at the fun Halloween-themed martial arts events
Kuk Sool Won of Dublin Staff and Students at the fun Halloween-themed martial arts events

Etiquette, patience and practice are all fundamental tenets of Kuk Sool Won and in addition martial arts contributes to a happy and fulfilling life keeping one fit in both mind and body.

At Kuk Sool Won of Dublin we also emphasize fun through fitness and that is why we held ‘Spooky Sparring’ sessions and hosted a free Turtle Tots class for Halloween.

Three to Five year olds learn their martial arts ABCs at our fun Turtle Tots classes every Saturday morning at 11am. Call or email us for a free trial class.

Turtle Tots is designed to help improve a child’s balance, coordination, flexibility, self-confidence and self-discipline while also teaching them respect.

Children and adults joined in the spooktacular event and dressed-up for the occasion too!

Batman and Robin at Spooky Sparring class
Batman and Robin at Spooky Sparring class

August 1 is Testing Day!

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Dear Students & Parents

I hope you are all enjoying your Summer so far! Our third testing day for the year is almost upon us!

Please find below the Testing schedule for Saturday, August 1st.
Kindly double check your belt timings and follow the schedule accordingly. Arrive with your uniform on and ready to start your test.

Parents please remember that the red zone in front of the school is not a pick-up/drop-off zone. Thanks to those parents who are already considerate when dropping and collecting their children. Please pull to the right or park your car in any open parking spot. The Dublin Fire Department, and myself greatly appreciate your cooperation.

August 1st, Testing Schedule:
Group A:
White belts, Yellow stripes, Yellow belts, Blue stripes

Group B:
Blue belts, Red stripes, Red belts, Brown stripes

Group C:
ONLY CHILDREN Age 5-10 Brown belts, and Higher

Group D:
Brown belts and Higher
ALL ADULTS 11+ regardless of their belt rank

Please remember that all students must test within their own belt rank and timing. No exceptions will be made!

As I indicated in our Newsletter, the testing process will be more rigorous in order to increase the base level of skills at the school. Keep practicing your forms at least 10 times per day.

Good luck to all of you!
Master Saidi

Mid year message from Master Saidi

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I am incredibly proud of the way our school has performed in the first half of this year!

Your hard work has led to many successes already and I look forward to seeing you reach your martial arts goals.

Please read the school Jan to June 2015 Newsletter for more information about our activities to date.

I have exciting plans for the school so keep monitoring your emails and our social media accounts for announcements and updates.

One of these plans is to make our school more visible locally by taking our Demo Team to perform at selected events.

Master Saidi and brown belt class stance patch

The team has been working exceptionally hard at their monthly training sessions and it would be great to make more people aware of their skills.

To raise the bar on the general skill level at our school, future testing sessions will be more rigorous and reward those students who exhibit the proper dedication, commitment and etiquette required to be a good martial artist.

Thanks to all of you for the heartwarming birthday messages and gifts that I received.

I really appreciate every one of you. My school has always been a family oriented school because every one of my students is like a family member to me. I am really happy and honored to have students like you.

Happy Father’s Day Kuk Sool Dads! Join us for a free self-defense session.

To All our Kuk Sool Dads for Father’s Day
“A father is someone you look up to, no matter how tall you grow.”
We know how valuable your role is in encouraging and motivating your child to attend their Kuk Sool Won classes and commit themselves to regular practice.
To show our appreciation for your dedication and support we are offering you a free Gift pass to our Self-Defense session for men.
At a time when your family’s safety is a crucial concern, acquiring skills that can enhance your personal safety and assist in protecting the lives of your loved ones is invaluable.
We hope that you will take advantage of this unique opportunity.
The Gift pass is valid for one session only that will be held on Saturday, June 27 from 12 noon to 1:30pm. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A sign-up sheet will be available at the desk.
Have a wonderful Father’s Day!
Yours in Martial Arts
Master Saidi

Kuk Sool Won of Dublin Coloring Competition Winners

Composite of the Winning entries in the Kuk Sool Won of Dublin Coloring Competition.
Composite of the Winning entries in the Kuk Sool Won of Dublin Coloring Competition.
Kuk Sool Won of Dublin is very pleased to announce the Winners of our Coloring Competition:

A: K- 1st Grade :Shreesh Kumar Senthil
B: 2nd – 3rd Grade: Cady Kung
C: 4th – 5th Grade: Advait Jagannathan
D: 6th – 8th Grade: Amulya Vallabhaneni

The criteria to judge the entries were:
1. neatness
2. creativity
3. color scheme
4. overall presentation/ attractiveness
5. Bonus points were earned for fully completing the requested details and for the answer to the “What you enjoy most about Kuk Sool Won” question.

The winning entries will be posted on our Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter accounts.

Thank you all for your participation and congratulations to our winners!!

Dublin Martial Arts School launches Self-Defense Class for Women

Master Saidi, KSN Sahar Hamidi and participants at the self-defense session for women in Dublin, California
Master Saidi, KSN Sahar Hamidi and participants at the self-defense session for women in Dublin, California

The Kuk Sool Won of Dublin, traditional Korean martial arts school held a special self-defense session for women today. The session was run by Master Seyd Saidi, owner and chief instructor of the school.

The tragic and violent loss of two relatives has been the driving force for this initiative by Master Saidi who firmly believes that acquiring self-defense skills is an essential component of modern life, especially for women.

His relatives, a husband and wife, were living in what was deemed to be a safe area in Canada and were brutally attacked by a knife-wielding man. The woman had been returning to her car after a dental appointment and her husband was in a store nearby.

The attacker started stabbing the woman and her screams alerted bystanders including her husband who rushed to help her. He in turn however was also repeatedly stabbed. Both of them were killed in gruesome fashion in broad daylight in a murder that shocked the local community.

Women need to be aware of their surroundings and recognize warning signs to avoid situations where their personal safety would be at risk. Throwing punches and kicks does not always mean that a perpetrator will move on and Master Saidi teaches three phases skip, hurt and destroy.

“I always say that there are three steps to martial arts. I call them skip, hurt and destroy” said Master Saidi. Step 1 is to skip, to avoid or exit the situation, get out of the fight.

If there is no way to avoid the fight then step 2 – hurt follows. The aggressor needs to know in no uncertain terms that there will be a world of pain coming their way if they do not desist.

In the event that the aggressor refuses to back down, you move to step 3- destroy.

Many females at some point in their lives have found themselves in situations where they felt threatened and vulnerable. The recent twitter trend #YesAllWomen was a sad reminder of this.

Much as we would like to, we cannot wish those with hostile intentions away. We can however equip ourselves with the mindset and the techniques to defend ourselves when necessary.

One of the session participants who is already a student at the school mentioned that in a recent situation where she felt threatened while out at night she noted with interest how empowering it was to know that in the event of an attack, she could do something to defend myself.

“I learned so much from the class,” she said. “I’d want anyone to know what I learned.”

“It’s a great initiative, we certainly welcome it,” said another participant.

The session focused on ways to neutralize the most common attacks, from being grabbed on the arm, by the clothing or around the waist and how to put an aggressor in a choke-hold or move out of a situation where you are pinned down by an assailant.

Due to the enthusiastic response from the participants a regular self-defense session will be held in the coming months.