This year's MSK Black Belt Symposium, was a three day event that took place at the Inn at SilverCreek in Granby, Colorado. It was excellent!
Symposium participants trained extremely hard in poomse, sparring, one-step sparring, breaking, staff, self-defense and other areas of Moo Sul Kwan martial arts. The weekend began with poomse training for everyone on Friday evening. Saturday began at 6:00 AM with black belt advanced exercise. The day's seminars and classes continued until 4:00 PM.
On Saturday evening, everyone, including many family members and friends, took part in the Symposium Banquet and Party which showcased the gameshow "Are You Smarter than a Junior 1st dan?", music by our own black belt band Moo Sul Rock, a movie on our recent parade participation in Littleton, photos from the recent MSK Summer Expo and more.
The theme of the weekend, "Beyond the Expected", was evident in each of the classes. A special obstacle was thrown in the was of the students - they were blindfolded for part of each of their classes. Performing without sight proved to be very challenging, with everyone learning a lot about balance, posture and much, much more!
Some Symposium blurbs:
Peyton Brauch, 3rd dan says, "I would recommend the Symposium because it helps instructors, future instructors, and assistants gain new perspectives about Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo and on how to lead others."
Averie Chavez, brown belt, says, "The best part about the Black Belt Symposium was being blind folded breaking boards I learned at the symposium a few moves poomse and sparing judging I would recommend the symposium because it is really nice to learn you get to have lots of fun and being with other brown belts red belts and black belts. "
Eileen Lindner, 3rd dan, says, "My favorite part of the symposium was talking with the other tiger teachers, working on improving our instruction. I also always enjoy staff work. I would recommend the symposium because upper belt training is invaluable. Spending time with upper belts in a totally different environment builds our community even more, and there is always a surprise!"
Deb Denny, 1st dan, says, "My favorite CTI event is the annual Black Belt Symposium. I find that there is plenty of content and it is impossible not to improve your skills. Classes focus on breaking down fundamentals, as well as learning advanced techniques. Learning in an environment with so many upper level black belts in one place insures that there is always someone available to assist with anything you need help with, and in turn improves your skills with assisting other students. The atmosphere is electric with high levels of enthusiasm."
The Symposium was led by Moo Sul Kwan / AMASEA masters including; Grandmaster Jim Sautel, Grandmaster Mindy Sautel, Grandmaster John Sautel, Master Erik Albrechtson, Master Alice Meyung and Master Clayton Garner. Other Symposium instructors were: Andy McDaniel, 4th, Dustin Wheeler, 4th, Bridget Sautel, 4th, Abdu Kikhia, 4th, Michael Sandusky, 4th, Collin Kreutz, 3rd, Tyler Murphy, 3rd, Peyton Brauch, 3rd and Eileen Lindner, 3rd.