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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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Sean Owen Promoted to Chil Dan

On December 2 in Berkeley, California, Sean Owen was promoted to the rank of Chil Dan, seventh degree black belt. This is the rank at which the title "Grandmaster" is commonly conferred. Having the head of our school promoted to…

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Promotions on 11/18

Although only one student tested on November 11, I'm pleased to report that two students were promoted. Congratulations to both for reaching these important milestones at River Valley Tae Kwon Do. Il Dan (first degree black belt) Anna Paskausky First…

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