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Report on Special Training 2018

Andrew Benioff (Ee Dan, Ji Do Kwan; Ni Dan, Aikido) traveled from Philadelphia to serve as Guest Instructor during a weekend of Special Training August 17-19, 2018. In what I hope will become an annual event during the waning weeks of…

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Superhero in Our Midst

If you're ever looking for an illustration of how our physical practice translates into the mental and emotional discipline that leads to success elsewhere, you'd be hard pressed to find a better one. In our Tae Kwon Do dojang, we don't…

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Two Special Visitors to RVTKD this August

Most of you probably already know that Andrew Benioff will return to our school August 17-19 for another weekend of Special Training. This one will focus on the bo (techniques, partner drills) so will geared mainly for black belts, who…

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Learn Korean, Part III

In the ongoing saga of my efforts to learn the Korean language, I have a third installment for those who may be interested in this exciting and satisfying cultural journey. Having studied every day since mid-November—some days as little as…

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William Tuman Promoted to O Dan

William Tuman, Founder and Head Instructor of River Valley Tae Kwon Do, has been promoted to the rank of O Dan (fifth degree black belt) following an examination in Berkeley, California on December 2, 2017. As most of my students…

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Buddhist Monks’ Take on Video Games

This article on Buddhist Monks' perceptions of the values/risks of video games is interesting and, in some ways, relevant to our practice of Ji Do Kwan. Two ideas of particular note: some monks believe video games are fine in moderation,…

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Ideal Brick Composition for Breaking

One unexpected benefit of my recent trip to Berkeley, California was having the chance to meet the Coordinating Instructor of UCMAP's Yongmudo program, Dr. Norman Link. My teacher and I watched an open dojang for his club for a while, and we…

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