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Outside the Dojang Matt enjoys an active lifestyle and busy family life. Some of his interests include
- rock climbing
Over the years, Matt has made most of the bo (wooden staff) that RVTKD black belts use during weapons training.
Matt Roncone began practicing the Ji Do Kwan style of Tae Kwon Do at River Valley Tae Kwon Do in 2001 and currently holds the rank of Yi Dan (second degree black belt) from the Kukkiwon in Seoul, South Korea. He trains and teaches alongside Bill Tuman, his teacher and head instructor, at the Northampton Athletic Club and at the Florence home dojang. Matt has been teaching since 2008 and currently runs the youth program at RVTKD, teaching afternoon classes for younger students.
An avid rock climber, Matt was initially drawn to the martial arts to increase his flexibility and balance. After attending an introductory Tae Kwon Do class, he never turned back. “Tae Kwon Do is more than learning how to kick and punch, it is a way of living within our community with respect and self-assurance. The lessons we learn and teach in the dojang apply seamlessly to life outside of it, which is one of the reasons why Ji Do Kwan resonates so well with me.”