Oneonta Taekwon-Do December 2009 Newsletter

Snuggle in, it’s a long one…..

Competition classes

Thank you to all students who participated in the competition classes. This was the first time we offered classes geared toward the sparring and competition aspect of Taekwon-Do. It was fun to give everyone the chance to take a break from patterns awhile and hit each other.

New students

In November, we welcomed several new students including Anthony, Dr. Mark, Aaron, and Finn. We are also pleased to welcome back Sky Monosson who was temporarily out due to an injury. As such, classes have become a bit more crowded. Thank you for your patience and consideration.

The Mirror Fund

The Mirror fund finally reached its goal of $350 and we are ready to purchase mirrors. However, mirrors are not easily moved and we anticipate moving to our new home in January or February so I decided to go ahead and purchase a free-standing heavy bag I found second-hand at a deep discount. We will surely have enough funds to install mirrors when we move into our new space.

Gift certificates online

Our website features the ability to purchase gift certificates good for bellydancing or Taekwon-do. Why not give a friend or loved one the gift of a good workout for the mind, body, and spirit?

Gift ideas

For that Taekwon-Do practitioner in the family, I’ve compiled a list of recommended gift ideas. For those who don’t know, the website receives over 3000 visitors per week from around the world. When people click on a link to another website, we earn a small percentage although it doesn’t change the purchase price at all. It is my intention that income from the website be used to help keep tuition prices as low as possible!

The new space

To those who haven’t heard, we are finalizing an agreement to move into the former McLaughlin’s in the Clinton Plaza on Main Street across the street from Salvation Army. “Oneonta Mind Body Spirit” will offer complementary and integrated health services including chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, reiki, reconnective healing, and numerous other forms of health and wellness services. By partnering with several practitioners in the area, we expect to strengthen by way of shared services and cross promotion. The space is over 4,000 square feet of which 1200 will be dedicated to studio space for Taekwon-Do, Bellydancing, yoga dancing, Tai-Chi, Qi-Gong, and any other practitioner we can corral. As you can imagine, there is a great deal of paperwork and planning to pull off such an effort and an opening date is not predictable at this point. Stay tuned.

Bellydancing renews for winter sessions

Caroline Huxtable has decided to offer more bellydancing sessions beginning in January. All women are welcome and encouraged to take classes. Please email Caroline at for more info. Better yet, come see the troupe perform on Saturday, December 12th at My Father’s Place in the east end of Oneonta (Rainbow Inn).

December promotion test and celebration

The December promotion test will be held on Thursday, December 17 at 6pm sharp. There will be no classes and students are encouraged to arrive early for stretching. Please join us to celebrate afterwards. Not only are we celebrating the test, and the holidays, but we are celebrating 5 years of Oneonta Taekwon-Do. In December of 2004, Brian Davis responded to an ad in the paper I placed and we began training 3-4 days per week in a vacant living room. This lead to several months in Laurens, followed by a few months here and there before we landed at 12 S. Main St in 2007.

Mr. Davis will be doing an interim test and it is sure to be a fun occasion. Please remember to submit your test forms as soon as possible and drop off a check or cash prior to the day of the test.

Children’s classes

At this time, we anticipate offering classes for children aged 6-10 beginning in the middle of January. Theo Carbone has signed up for an internship program with Hartwick College where he will be involved in organizing the sales, marketing, and logistics for the launch. A training program has been established and more will be written in the near future. Classes will be offered twice a week at 4:00pm. Eventually, our new space will permit simultaneous adult and children classes with a separator partition.
Unlike adult classes, the children’s classes will run in sessions to control the chaos of introductory lessons. We will only take 10 children to start and allow 5-10 new children per month.

Christmas closings

Please mark your calendars. School will be closed on 12/24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1. As a reminder, school closings are displayed on our website at

Emergency closings

Last year, we had 2 or 3 occasions where no instructor could make it to class. Since we cannot call everyone, we will send out email upon a sudden cancellation as well as a text message. Please subscribe to our emergency-only text message system. You can always call my cell phone at 607-431-8810 if you are unsure about classes being cancelled.

Patterns online

Some of you may know that I have been working on building the Taekwon-Do International website for the past few months in my spare spare spare spare time. This week, I released the patterns encyclopedia at Thanks to some help by John Buck, we have managed to build a database of patterns, stances, techniques and videos. Much more will be added in time. Please bookmark the site and refer to it often as it will be our best source of pattern information. To learn why I think it will be the BEST Taekwon-Do encyclopedia online, watch this video.

Thank you all, I look forward to seeing you in class again soon.

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