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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November 1, 2015 Promotions

Congratulations to those who were promoted after our October 25 rank test. Advancing students include: First Gup Anna Paskausky Fourth Gup Hamid Shojaei Seventh Gup Nathan Donnelly Lucien Dalton

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August 9, 2015 Promotions

Congratulations to those who were promoted after our August 2 rank test. Advancing students include: First Gup Jesse Gorham Fifth Gup Swan Sixth Gup Katy Southard Seventh Gup Barbara Ball

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January 25 Promotions

Congratulations to those who were promoted after our January 18 rank test. Advancing students include: Fourth Gup Casey Krone Fifth Gup Hamid Shojaei Sixth Gup Swan Seventh Gup Hannah Trobaugh

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