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2014 Open House & Holiday Food Drive

2014 Open House & Holiday Food Drive

MSMAP plans open house and food drive
Published: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
(NOTE: This article is reprinted with the kind permission of the MS Area Newspapers,

 Celebrating the Holidays, MSMAP-style

The Mount Shasta Martial Arts Program is ready to close out the year with its 7th Open House and Holiday Food Drive on December 11 from 5 to 6:30pm.

“We invite the community to join us for our unique celebration of the holidays,” said MSMAP Executive Director and Head Instructor Chuck Buhs. “In addition to the martial arts action, there are great raffle prizes from local merchants and a food drive to support the senior meal program.

“With all their steady training, competing in three tournaments, and a couple of black belt exams over the past year, these kids are ready to show their skills,” added Buhs.

Emmanuel Saryon, 13, participating in his fifth open house, won first place at the Redding Invitational in November. He said that his success is the result of “quality time on forms, training well, and learning to correct my own mistakes.”


 The Korean Self-Defense Martial Art of Yongmudo

Riley Withereall, 14, participating for the third time, will be demonstrating yongmudo, the Korean martial art of self-defense, with Buhs.

“She had two big events in October: her first yongmudo exam followed by the 9th UC Yongmudo Championships and 3rd Multi-Martial Arts Challenge at UC Berkeley,” said Buhs. ”She now has several options to defend herself — talking things out, kicks, strikes, throws, jointlocks, or even running away. Whatever it takes to get safe.”

  Split Kicks  
Participants in the Mount Shasta Martial Arts Program get ready for their 6th Open House & Holiday Food Drive.


 Holiday Cheer with Prizes & Food

Expressing his thanks, District Administrator Mike Rodriguez said he was impressed by the spirit of giving from the students and families of the Mt. Shasta Martial Arts program, adding “it’s a nice way to send some extra Christmas cheer to our home bound seniors.’

Prizes for the raffle drawings include gift certificates/cards from The Oven Bakery, Studio B, Shasta Base Camp, Burger Express, Directions, and Couch Critics.

“The contributions from local merchants for this event is always very generous,” said Buhs. ”But, their support this year is really amazing. It’s both humbling and inspiring. There’s a lot of trust from the community in what we’re trying to do, and there’s a strong desire on our part to make the program even better.”

A raffle drawing will be held in January for the “There’s No Business Like Snow Business” package: a Free Ski/Premium Snowboard Rental from the Sportsmen’s Den and one Adult All Day Lift Ticket from the the Mount Shasta Ski Park.

Raffle tickets for the general drawing are $4/each (or, 2 for $6). Tickets for the Ski/Lift Package are $5/each. Tickets are available at 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. More information is available via 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.

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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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7th Open House & Holiday Food Drive: Dec 2014

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
Planning for a shorter, more action-packed event with lots of prizes and food for the seniors. Game on.
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