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The Value of Public Evaluations

Instructors and students alike, we are all in this together. For most of the time since RVTKD was founded in 1997, we conducted evaluations in the same way. About a week after each rank test, we'd assemble the school, bow in, and…

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July 11, 2016 Promotions

Congratulations to those who were promoted after our school's July 2 rank test. Advancing students include: Sam Dan (third degree black belt) Matt Roncone Third Gup (brown belt) Kate DaSilva Casey Krone Hamid Shojaei Fourth Gup (green belt) Swan Sixth Gup…

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Revisiting the Five Ji Do Kwan Tenets

For most of their history, the martial arts have existed as oral traditions. Only a few well-known texts predate the twentieth century. Over the past hundred years, as printed martial arts material has become more common, most of the publications…

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Merchant, Priest, Horsefly

I was looking into one of my favorite martial arts books this morning and rediscovered this passage, which I'd bookmarked years ago: "There is a story of a very wealthy and powerful merchant who came to visit a priest, to…

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Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

In 2011 I participated in the first "Beast" length Spartan Race. This is a roughly half-marathon length (12-14 miles) obstacle race designed to push participants to their physical limits. To finish, racers not only run the mileage but also climb walls, carry…

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New Classes in Florence

Beginning March 1, River Valley Tae Kwon Do will offer classes on Monday-Thursday evenings at a new dojang, located at 140 Pine Street in Florence. Our school has been holding classes for black belts in this space since October 2014. The new classes…

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New RVTKD Website

As you can see, our school has a new website. Improvements include: a revamped responsive design, so the site works better on all devices improved class schedule and location pages an event calendar to show upcoming rank tests, special gatherings, and anything that…

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The Right Time to Teach

When I observe the individual training portion of each class, I'm often struck by both the self-discipline students show while working on their own and by the obvious camaraderie on view when they organize into partners or small groups. Focused solo training and constructive…

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Ji Do Kwan Tenet: Love of Country

This new blog will contain a wide range of posts, as described by its title: Traditions, Concepts, Stories. Some will be informal and fun, and others will discuss serious issues that are fundamental to our school's history and identity. I thought…

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