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Word of the Week:


“Meditation is allowing what is.” – Victor Davich

The goal of meditation is to achieve peace and mental control. Ironically, the key to gaining control is to let go—to allow your unconscious mind to have ideas, thoughts, impressions, etc, but to not let your conscious mind take over and dwell on any of them. There are many ways we can do this, and different ways work for different people, from sitting in silence, to walking, to writing, to playing an instrument, or to observing nature. The key is to make time to think and process so that your brain can rest and refocus.

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April Calendar



Poomsae Week

No Classes Friday April 27th due to mandatory weigh in and credential pick up in SLC from 12-4pm or 5-7pm. All Students & Instructors who are going to the State Championships MUST weigh in & pick up their credentials at those times. If you need a ride to SLC, please contact Master Sorenson. Also, if you’re participating in State & Nationals, please join the class Master Sorenson has created in remind. Details have been texted/emailed.

We have a Youtube Channel! We have posted all of our current forms videos that you find on kicksite, as well as a variety of kicks and technique videos. There’s even a video of Board Breaking from our last Black Belt Testing! We will be posting technique, educational, and “just for fun” videos periodically. We hope you will get online and subscribe to get access to these new benefits!

Quizlet Explanation: We have emailed a link and instructions out to all of our active students. If you did not get it, please check that we have the correct email on file for you. There are a few limitations with Quizlet, such as the fact that we cannot set up a custom test for students to take. This means that if students want to use the test feature at home to earn their yellow tape, they will need to follow the guidelines on the Quizlet handout in order to set up the test correctly. For the student creed (White-Blue/Green Belts) it will probably be easier to pass off verbally at the front desk, but if you set up the test as listed on the handout, it will be accepted for credit. Note that Quizlet will mark things wrong for missed spelling/punctuation, etc, but so long as the words are correct the front desk will count it as a pass when you show them your test. For higher ranks, you can leave the test setting as is, or you can go in and adjust them however you like. For example, if “written” answers are too hard because of spelling, you can turn that option off and just do the match, multiple choice, and True/False. We also have no preference as to whether you do Koren to English, English to Korean, or both. The goal is to practice the words and know what they mean so that you can be successful at Taekwondo events, so as long as you are achieving that, we are happy. We hope the Quizlet will be a useful tool as you go forward. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know!

What is Black Belt Club? Black Belt Club is our program that includes all the classes you need in order to get your Black Belt. Everyone who has started sparring should be in Black Belt Club. Other classes included in this program are Poomsae & Board Breaking classes Friday evenings, as well as any specialty classes you have applied to join, such as Tricks & Flips, Demo Team, or Hosinsul. The only Specialty class not included in Black Belt Club is Leadership. Once you are in Black Belt Club you can come to as many classes each week as you want, so long as you are able to focus and be productive in each of them.

New Sparring Class on Wednesdays from 7-8pm! This class is open to all Black Belt Club members and will immediately follow the Wednesday night Teen/Adult Class. The focus will be on actually sparring, so not a lot of drills, just lots of actual practice! For those attending Nationals in sparring, this class will be a huge benefit! It starts this week, so come if you can!

Belt Jump Camp is June 18-22. This is an opportunity for students to get all the practice they need for their next belt in one week! Follow the link below for the schedule. Note: Current Red/Black Belts who do regular testing in June AND do Belt Jump Camp will be eligible to Black Belt Test in January 2019. Please talk to Master Sorenson if you are considering this option. Early Registration rates are $250 for Basic students and $275 for Intermediate/Advanced students (this includes their sparring hours). Early Registration ends April 30th. Belt Jump Camp Schedule Here.

Put the Summer Leadership Conference on your Schedule Now! (Tuesday June 26 – Friday June 29) This four-day overnight seminar is one of the most anticipated events of the year. We will of course work on leadership skills, from public speaking to classroom management, but we will also have a ton of fun, build lasting friendships, and make lots of hilarious memories! Price TBD based on activities planned. Parents are welcome to attend with their student as a chaperone. Contact Master Sorenson or Master Page with any questions.

The 2018 Yearly Calendar is Online! To see our testings, close dates, and other scheduled events for the year, check out our yearly calendar! You can tell what tape we will be working on each week as well!


P.O.N.A.’s Corner

The next PONA meeting is TBD

BST Carpool: Some parents have expressed interest in a carpool list. This list will allow parents to communicate with others about where they live and who they can connect with to carpool for Taekwondo classes and events. Please contact us at the email or phone number above if you are interested in getting your name on a carpool list. Please give us your name, city, and phone number.

PONA’s Facebook Group: We have a Facebook group called PONA (Parents of Ninjas Association). The following link is where BST parents can request access to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BSTPONA/

Safety First - Look both ways before going out into parking lot!


There are lots of cars in the parking lot and lots of parents dropping off and picking up kids. Remember this when you are running out to your car and make sure it is safe before you step into the parking lot!

Bring a water bottle to classes!

We want to stay hydrated for peak performance, but waiting around to get drinks can use up a lot of class time. Come prepared with your own water so that we can re-hydrate and get back to learning as soon as possible!


We have a Bike Rack at BST!

Students who ride their bikes have a place to lock them up! Please make sure you do bring a bike lock, and remember to take bikes home each night. We don’t want bikes to go missing!

Parent Association – PONA (Parents of Ninjas Association)


Some parents have expressed an interest in creating a parent association here at BST. There is a letter explaining areas where parents can volunteer at the front desk, as well as sign ups posted in the hall. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Waterlyn. You can get his contact info at the front desk, or email us at Beyondsportsutah@gmail.com and we can forward it to you.

No wearing shoes or eating on the mat please!

The mat is a special place reserved for practicing Taekwondo, and we need to remember to respect that space by taking care of it. Both wearing shoes and eating food on the mat can damage it or at the very least get it dirty, which makes our studio less enjoyable to learn in. If you see someone who doesn’t know or who has forgotten these rules, please respectfully remind them that that food and shoes need to stay off the mat!


Remember to bow when you go on and off the mat.


This is a way we show respect to our environment. We are so blessed to have such a clean, big training area, and we need to make sure we are showing our gratitude.  


Remember to show respect by saying "Yes Ma'am/Sir"



A huge part of showing respect is simply acknowledging when someone has spoken to you. Please remember to use this skill when you’re here at BST, and you can even surprise your teachers and parents by using it outside the studio as well!”



Pushups are a consequence, not a punishment!


When students are late they miss part of the warm up, so they get to do pushups to make that up! Be on time so that you can warm up properly and avoid injury!

Wasatch Exhibition

Congrats to everyone who competed! See you next year!

New Student Special

Web Special:

1 month FREE with registration!

Focused Practice, Ninja Challenge, & Performance 25s:

Poomsae Week 2

June CBT Paperwork Due








Download your Testing Paperwork from Kicksite!

Color Belt Testing Week Starts in








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School Talks

We have a variety of talks that we routinely do at schools in order to support our teachers. To find out more click here!

Upcoming Events

  • Utah State Championships: April 28. Registration Deadline:  April 25
    Register Online here. (Must have USAT Membership.)
  • June Color Belt Testing: June 18-22. CBT Week Schedule Here.
  • Belt Jump Camp: June 18-22. Schedule Here.
  • Summer Leadership Conference: June 26-29.
  • US Nationals in SLC: July 2-9.
  • September Color Belt Testing: September 24-28. CBT Week Schedule Here.
  • December Color Belt Testing: December 10-14. CBT Week Schedule Here.
  • March Color Belt Testing: TBD. CBT Week Schedule Here.

Close Dates

  • May 29: Memorial Day
  • Jun 25-Jul 6: Summer Break (Leadership Conference & TKD Nationals)
  • July 24: Pioneer Day (Utah)
  • Sept 3: Labor Day
  • Oct 18-22: ASD Fall Break
  • Oct 31: Halloween
  • Nov 21-23: ASD Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 20-Jan 2: ASD Christmas Break

Note on Close Dates:

Many families go out of town for Holidays & 3 day weekends, which means that if we had class, many students would end up being behind when they got back. To mitigate this problem, we generally follow Alpine School District’s Calendar and are closed when students don’t have school. We have worked these breaks into our curriculum schedule, so that students who attend our scheduled classes regularly will cover everything they need in order to test. We publish our close dates for the year in our Yearly Calendar. Please refer to it and plan as many vacations as possible during close dates to help keep interruptions on your path to Black Belt to a minimum.