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Highlights from Special Training 2017

Over the weekend of August 4-6, 2017 many RVTKD students participated in Special Training led by guest instructor Andrew Benioff, Ee Dan, from Philadelphia. The participants trained seriously and with obvious enthusiasm, keeping the energy level high throughout a weekend…

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A Better Ridge Hand Strike

In our school, students learn a technique called Ridge Hand Strike at the Fourth Gup level.1 This technique uses an unusual striking surface—the muscle and bone on the inside edge of the hand, revealed by folding the thumb underneath the…

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Pain in the Dojang

All River Valley Tae Kwon Do students will experience pain with regularity. It comes in varying degrees and from many causes. To an outsider, the concept of pain in martial arts practice might conjure images of sparring injuries, bruises and swelling from…

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May 20 Promotions

Hearty congratulations to these worthy RVTKD students who were promoted as a result of satisfactory performance on our May 13 rank test: Fourth Gup Hannah Trobaugh Fifth Gup Lucien Dalton Our next all-school test will be held on Saturday, September…

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Ji Do Kwan Tenet: Respect The Elder

Ji Do Kwan Tenet: Respect the Elder

In a previous post, I discussed the complexity inherent in translating the Five Tenets of Ji Do Kwan from Hanja—the original written language of Korea, which was derived from Chinese writing. This one examines our school's second tenet, "Respect the…

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March 11, 2017 Promotions

Hearty congratulations to these worthy RVTKD students who were promoted as a result of satisfactory performance on our March 4 rank test: Second Gup Casey Krone Hamid Shojaei Third Gup  Swan Sixth Gup Jose Loja Seventh Gup Wilmer Buri Andrew…

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Timing and Timeliness

Andrew Benioff, Ee Dan I had recently moved to Hawaii and although I continued training in Tae Kwon Do, I had recently begun training in Aikido. I was rushing to make it to class on time from my job waiting…

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Ji Do Kwan Tenet: Loyalty to Country

Before continuing a series of posts interpreting the Five Tenets of Ji Do Kwan, I'd like to revisit my original post about the First Tenet, which I wrote shortly before receiving information that spurred an investigation into a more precise translation of our Five Tenets.…

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