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2024 Hangeul Challenge

Our 2023 summer conditioning series culminated in a benefit for the Center for New Americans, and the recently completed 2024 Hangeul Crash Course gives members of the dojang the chance to benefit CISA. If you're solid in your understanding of…

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Benefit for Center for New Americans

As the culmination of our summer 2023 conditioning series, we held a benefit for the Center for New Americans. An anonymous donor pledged to contribute $0.20 per repetition performed by RVTKD students during the (dreaded) 10-minute workout created by Instructor…

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Seniors and Juniors in Martial Arts Training

The Senpai(先輩) Kohai (後輩) Relationship by Andrew Benioff Ee Dan, Jidokwan Taekwondo; San Dan, Aikido [ed: the Korean translation for "senpai" is 선배 (seonbae) and "kohai" is 후배 (hubae).] In Japan, the senpai-kohai system underlies nearly all relationships. Although there…

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Comfortable Being Uncomfortable, Part II

A post called "Comfortable Being Uncomfortable" from May 2016 is probably one of the top five in terms of generating feedback from students of all levels. In early July 2022, while we were all training in masks, in an unairconditioned…

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Dojang Reopens Sunday, April 3

The dojang leadership has set a reopening date of Sunday, April 3. We've been closed longer than we'd hoped when we moved classes to an outdoor model in January, but if trends continue, it looks like we've reached a meaningful…

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Dojang Closed Through March 2022

The dojang leadership met over the weekend and concluded that it's in everyone's best interest to remain closed through March. We will meet again in two weeks to reassess, and it's possible that if favorable trends continue, we may reopen…

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10-Minute Conditioning Challenge

With New Year’s resolution time upon us, you may be pleased to learn that Luke Ryan, RVTKD Instructor and Partner, has created a deliciously agonizing conditioning routine to share with all RVTKD students and instructors. The challenge: perform ten varied…

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Improve Your Korean: Directions and Categories

If learning Korean Taekwondo terminology seems daunting, it's understandable: the US State Department has included Korean in the top tier of "most difficult" languages for native English speakers to learn.1 The alphabet isn't hard to learn, but the sounds don't…

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Improve Your Korean: Dojang, Tti

While doing research for another project, I stumbled upon a term that I thought I knew well, but which I recently realized I've been mispronouncing for decades. The word 도복, which is usually Romanized as "dobok" is usually pronounced like…

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