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CTI Model Concept Newsletter - June 2020

At home Art Project!

Stay Tuned!

Hang in there!  We are close to having classes at all of our CTI Campus locations.  Check for the beginning modified schedule coming soon!

In the meantime,  go to our CTI Remote Training Center and get some work done.  Also we have been offering CTI Private Lessons and CTI Zoom Classes for our students!

Stay busy!  Stay CTI-Strong!

Chalk one up for Miss DeTienne!

Congratulations to Miss DeTienne , 2nd dan instructor from the Littleton Campus, who got nominated for the Jeffco Value Award!

CTI Motto

discit qui ducit

who learns leads

Do a CTI Zoom Class for your age and belt level this week!


Purple belts and above who are in our CTI Black Belt Club, are eligible to join our CTI LeAD Team (with instructor recommendation).

Our CTI LeAD Team stands for - Leadership through Academic Development

Started eighteen years ago by Grandmaster Sautel, CTI LeAD Team Meetings take place several Saturdays each month at 9:00 AM at our Green Mountain Campus.  Students and instructors train in leadership, judging, teaching skills, advanced technique and much more!

Ask your instructor today about our dynamic CTI LeAD Team!

Working with a CTI Remote Class at home

Getting Ready for Poomse

From a class taught by Stephen Sautel, 3rd dan at our 24th Moo Sul Kwan Black Belt Symposium

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."                     ~Benjamin Franklin

         Poomse is the true amalgamation of every skill that you have learning since the first day that you joined CTI Taekwondo.   A brief reflection will show this, name any Poomse in your head and you could talk easily for three minutes on even the simplest of forms.   That is a lot of material, and as you have made your way through the belts the list of things to think about has grown and, at least to me, is a great benchmark for seeing how much you know.


  • Learning the moves
  • Repetitions
    • Repeat, repeat, repeat.  This is the hardest and most necessary piece to Poomse.   Muscle memory needs to be formed, and set before moving on.
  • Diagramming
    • Diagram out your Poomse from memory.
  • Mental Practice
    • Running the moves over in your head, this can be done anywhere at any time and has no prescribed time to fully complete.
  • Instructor Verification
    • If you ever have a question, or want to know how you are doing always verify with your instructor.

Before Performance

  • Warm Up/Stretch
    • Self-explanatory but one of the most missed components for lower belts or younger students.
  • Repetition
    • Repeat, repeat, repeat!
  • Mental Preparation
    • Run the Poomse over in your head up until you are in ready stance for your Poomse.

During Performance

  • “In The Zone”
    • Right side of the brain


  • Consult judges/audience for feedback
  • Consult instructor
  • Relay your performance to your classmates


     Responsibility is important for growth and learning. Responsibility is having a job or duty that you have control over. Responsibility covers many things in life. Everyone has many responsibilities. Whether it be big responsibilities like school and work or small responsibilities like making sure your room is clean. As a teenager, I have many responsibilities both at school and at home. Whenever I am given a new responsibility I can use it as a learning experience. Responsibilities help me build good characteristics like work ethic and help me be more reliable. Even the smallest responsibilities help prepare me for bigger responsibilities in the future. 

It is important to find new responsibilities. Rarely has a responsibility just been handed to me. Usually, I have to prove that I can handle the job and work hard. It is important to work towards responsibilities because they can benefit you in many ways. When someone trusts me with a responsibility I always do everything in my power to get that job done. They have trusted me with a job and by completing it I can build trust with that person. Working towards responsibilities helps build trust with the people around you.

As I find more and more responsibilities in Taekwondo I learn more and more. I find that getting responsibilities outside of class has taught me so much that I would have missed out on. I am always looking for another responsibility at Taekwondo because every time I get a new one I learn more about Taekwondo.

It is important to look at the bright side of responsibilities. There are many things I’ve had to do that I didn’t want to. Everyone has a responsibility that is not appealing to them. It is important to find the bright side of the job. Having a positive outlook on the job will help get it done. Having a negative attitude towards work never gets anything done. 

Responsibilities help with the growth of character. finding how to learn and become better from the responsibilities that are given to you is very beneficial. I am always surprised by the things I learn from doing jobs I thought were simple. There is always a positive outlook on any job. It is also important to complete the responsibilities that are given to you. When you do you build trust with that person. It is crucial to always be striving to become more responsible.

- Konner Evans, 1st dan, 16 yrs old, CTI Masters Club Member

Mateo P breaking at a recent CTI Promotion Test

How is Your Foundation?

A building is only as good as the foundation it sits on.  Just like a building’s foundation, your Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo techniques are only as good as your basics (your foundation). The basics we learn in MSK Taekwondo are the foundation (backbone) for everything we do.

Our basics consist of blocks, punches, strikes, and kicks.  The basics are put together in various sequences to form our poomes, one-step sparring, self-defense, etc.  If you feel you are having difficulty, look first at your basics, you may find the problem there.  Do you twist at the proper time on the punch?  Is your knee moving properly with your sidekick?  Do you pick your knee up to the outside on your roundhouse kick?  

Basics must be practiced over and over. Twice a week in class is not enough.  Walking drills are an excellent way to practice your basics and can be performed in a small space. In order to learn a technique well, it must be performed hundreds of times.  To perfect your basics, practice weekly at home, before and after class, or attend additional classes with your instructor’s permission.  Always remember to warm up properly before practicing to avoid injury.

What’s the key?  It is all about the basics…..basics, basics, basics!

- Rex A. Splitt, 2nd dan

Colorado Taekwondo Institute

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