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2013 Open House & Holiday Food Drive

2013 Open House & Holiday Food Drive

Martial arts open house Dec. 12
Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
(NOTE: This article is reprinted with the kind permission of the MS Area Newspapers,

 Celebrating the Holidays, MSMAP-style

The holidays are getting underway at the Mount Shasta Martial Arts Program with their 6th Open House and Holiday Food Drive, scheduled for December 12 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at their studio at 612 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd.

The annual event includes demonstrations by local children, teens, and adults; raffle drawings for several prizes — including adult ski day passes and more — donated by local businesses; and, a food drive benefitting the Senior Nutrition Program.

“This event began as a simple housewarming party in 2008 and is now our holiday tradition,” said MSMAP executive director and head instructor Chuck Buhs. “We greatly appreciate all the support we receive from local businesses and the rest of our community for this event. It gives us the opportunity to share all our holiday energy with martial arts action, lots of gifts, and much needed food for seniors.”

  Split Kicks   Practicing the Front Kicks  
  Korean Buffet   Check Presentation  
Participants in the Mount Shasta Martial Arts Program get ready for their 6th Open House & Holiday Food Drive.


 The Gift of Food

District Administrator Mike Rodriguez notes “these food donations make a real difference in the lives of our seniors, many who are stretching every available dollar. A good number of our homebound seniors must survive on very limited monthly incomes, $800 or less. Just paying their monthly rent, utilities, and out-of-pocket medical expenses virtually depletes their funds to the point of making grocery shopping a real hardship. A simple bag full of soup or other food items is a welcome gift and a blessing.”


 Action & Prizes

According to Buhs, “The demonstrations are promising plenty of high-level action including the Korean self-defense style of yongmudo. We have several kids with 3, 4, 5 years of training under their belts and ready to jump higher, kick faster, and show more advanced skills. These are very impressive and talented kids. In fact, Vitaliy Tveritin is getting ready for his junior black belt exam next May at U.C. Berkeley.”

“This my fourth open house and it’s really awesome,” said Vitaliy, 12. “It’s a chance for all of us to show our skill in front of an audience. In my experience, having a crowd cheer you on is very inspiring and helps build confidence. Preparing for this event allows me to practice a lot with the group. And, this group provides me with the support I need to get ready for my exam.”

Raffle prizes are contributed by the Mt. shasta Ski Park, the Siskiyou Ice Rink, Andaman Healthy Thai Cuisene, Shasta Base Camp, Sereni-Tea, and many other local businesses.

Raffle tickets are $2 each and are available at 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., email ( or telephone (859-2024). A complete list of raffle prizes is online at .


 More Information

About the Senior Nutrition Program
The Recreation and Parks District is the official provider for the senior meal program thru a contract with the California Department of Aging and Planning and Service Area 2 - Agency on Aging. Year-round donations of food and money for the Senior Nutrition Program can be made by calling 926-2494.

“Since 1974, there has been a hot lunch program for senior citizens at the City Park Recreation Center...55+ meals are delivered to homebound seniors in the South County (Meals-on-Wheels). Transportation to and from the Mt. Shasta lunch site is also available...The Senior Nutrition Program strives to not only meet the nutritional needs of its senior participants, but also recognizes the importance of socialization and life enrichment. Informational programs, special events, and other activities are a regular component of the senior lunch program schedule.” More...


A Little About MSMAP
MSMAP offers dynamic and modern martial arts training for children, teens, and adults five days each week. More information can be found on their website at, email ( ), phone (530.859.2024), and on Facebook (MSMAP on Facebook). And, learn more about our annual open house and holiday food drive.

Newspaper Articles

We've been doing the Open House for over a decade. Learn a little more about what previous events were like.

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Celebrate the holidays, MSMAP-style!
We invite you to attend our Seventh annual event in December 2014. Come see what we do and help make the holidays a little brighter for seniors in-need with the gift of food for the Senior Nutrition Program.

Jump Back Kick

Shorter Event, More Action
The senior ranks step up and offer the community some exciting martial arts action, loads of raffle prizes, and food for the seniors.
December 24, 2014; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

Yongmudo Throw

Ramping Up for a Holiday Tradition
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December 10, 2014; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

2013 Open House Action

More Creativity, More Heart-Pounding Action
Lots of participants, lots of raffle prizes, and lots of food for the Senior Nutrition Program.
December 25, 2013; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

Split Kicks

Getting Ready for New Things
We get ready to do more exciting stuff: jumping kicks, spinning kicks, higher dive rolls, lots more.
December 11, 2013; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

2012 Open House Action

Mission Accomplished: Our Best Event...Ever
The best demo, the most raffle prizes, and, most importantly, the most food ever collected for this annual holiday celebration.
December 26, 2012; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

2012 Open House Prep

Getting ready for our biggest event...ever
Our goal this year: the best event that we’ve ever done.
December 12, 2012; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

4th Open House & Holiday Food Drive

Highlights of our 4th annual event — lots of people, lots of food, lots of gifts. And, we get ready for our Winter Break Mini-Camps, a great way to burn off excess holiday energy. “With the large show of people and enthusiasm of the children, this is a great opportunity for service to the community.”
December 21, 2011; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

Preparing for the Yongmudo Demonstration

“We’re glad to help with our own special way of celebrating the holidays: Exciting martial arts action, giving away cool gifts, and, most importantly, helping to brighten the spirits of those less fortunate during this season of giving.”
December 07, 2011; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

3rd Open House & Food Drive Action

New Location, Bigger Action!
How much fun can children, teens, and adults have helping others in need during the holiday season?
December 29, 2010; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

2nd Open House & Food Drive Action

Bigger and Better
Our activity center expands to include local treasure, Nuria’s Dance Academy. We share demonstrations of dance and martial arts and hold our first, and very successful, food drive!
December 9, 2009; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

2008 Open House & Housewarming Party

The Start of a Holiday Tradition
We open our doors and welcome the community to our new, dedicated training facility — five demonstrations (three taekwondo, two yongmudo), food, prizes, and lots of energy.
November 9, 2008; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers