River Valley Tang Soo Do Academy

River Valley Tang Soo Do Academy

30 years in business

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The instructor's and students of River Valley extend a very warm greeting to you. We hope that you take the opportunity to check out our website and then call us to schedule your first class or stop by and visit us to see our instructors and students in action.

We teach Personal Excellence!

Our programs:

  • Teach real self defense 
  • Improve your mind, body & spirit
  • Boost self confidence
  • Increase overall health 
  • And much much more!

Come experience The River Valley Difference for yourself. 
Our family welcomes you and your family to join us for a 
lifetime of learning and self improvement.


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Ambridge, PA 15003
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New students age 7 and above receive two private introductory lessons. These lessons get the student familair with the basic techniques we use every class.   The goal of the intro lessons is to make the student feel comfortable joining the full class.

Students age 3-6 participate in a separate program which is designed to allow the student join the full class right away. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Our studio and instructors are certified by the World Tang Soo Do Association.  The chief instructor (Master Homschek) has been training since 1981 and operating the studio since 1992.   Our instructors have designed our programs to teach the students in an age appropriate manner.

All class instructors are Adult Black Belts who have completed at least 5 years of martial arts training in addition to a minimum of 1 year of instructor training.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Dragons - (age 3-6)  = $55 / month

 - Dragons attend 1 class per week

Youth/Teen/Adults (age 7 and above) = $110/month

- Youth/Teen/Adults can train as many days per week as they would like. 

Please see the following link for more information on our studio.


How did you get started teaching?

Chief Instructor, Master Homschek, began learning to teach children when he attended college (1987-1991) and assisted in the children's martial arts program at a local YMCA under the direction of a Master Instructor. Upon graduation he moved to the local area and founded River Valley Tang Soo Do Academy in Ambridge in 1992.  We have been teaching Youth & Adults students ever since.   In 2000 we began offering a special program for Pre-School aged children.  This unique program is one of our favorite classes to teach. 

What types of students have you worked with?

We work with students of all age and types.  Our youngest students start at age 3, our oldest are in their 60's.  We meet students where they are at and work to help them set and achieve goals.   Every student brings unique challenges and gifts.  Students with various learning challenges (ADHD, autism, hyper activity, over weight, visually impaired, etc..) are all welcome to join us.   A martial artists progression is based on their individual efforts and accomplishments. We seek to show all our students what their true potential is. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of our greatest joys is to see students who started at age 3 or 4 in the pre-school program (Dragons) who mature into the youth, then teen classes ultimately earning their Black Belts.  They soon join the instructor training program to become assistant instructors who then assist in the Dragons programs and help to get future Black Belts on the path to personal growth and development. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Watch a full class first.  If possible take a short term trial program before making a long term committment.   The quality of the instructors should be your first priority not a particular "style" of martial arts.   Don't sign a contract without being fully aware of all its provisions. Most do not have a cancellation provision. - if you stop training you are still obligated to pay.  See the following link for how we differentiate ourselves from other martial arts schools. 


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If I have physical limitations or learning disabilties how will that impact my learning?