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Our New Promotion Exam Format

Longtime students at RVTKD know that the format of our promotion exams has remained basically unchanged since the school's founding in 1997. Like most of our practices, it carries forward traditions passed down from previous generations of instructors. Over this…

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Netflix Documentary Filmed at RVTKD

Director Erin Lee Carr brought a film crew to our Florence dojang to gather footage for an upcoming Netflix documentary, which is scheduled to air in 2020. Carr directs documentaries for Netflix and HBO with a focus on legal themes, such…

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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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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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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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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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