River Valley Tang Soo Do Academy, LLC

River Valley Tang Soo Do Academy, LLC

5.0 (15)
Best of 2021
1 hire on Lessons.com
5 employees
29 years in business

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River Valley Tang Soo Do Academy is a professional martial arts education center.  We have committed ourselves to offering the highest quality of martial arts instruction while at the same time keeping the business side of the studio simple & straight forward.  We thoroughly enjoy helping people realize the life long benefits of martial arts training. Here are a few things that separate us from other martial arts schools.  

We offer "Martial Arts for the Whole Family"

Classes for:

Pre School


Teen & Adults


Check out the "River Valley Difference" to see how we stand out from other martial arts schools. 

Our instructors teach because they are passionate about what the martial arts has done in their lives and want to help others realize what it can do for their lives. 

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Ambridge, PA 15003
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15 Reviews


  • Mara B. Angelo

    My husband, my son, and I all train under Master Homschek. He is a wonderful teacher and always very professional. He is passionate about his art and about sharing his knowledge. He never stops learning and progressing in Tang Soo Do, and he is delighted to pass his learning on to his students. He excels in teaching all ranks together, never leaving behind those who are still learning the basics, and never ignoring the needs of those more advanced. I can't recommend him highly enough - I wish I could rate him at six out of five stars.

  • Eric Haas

    Our boys have been students at River Valley Tang Soo Do Academy for about 4 years now. The amount they have learned can't really be measured. Yes they have earned several belt ranks. But what they have also learned are life lessons, lessons in character, self respect, self control, friendship, teamwork and many other fantastic character traits. This is all thanks to Master H and his fabulous staff. Their success can also be attributed to the stream of students earning their black belts and also learning how to become great teachers themselves thanks to the black belts that have come before them and taught them. I look forward to the day when I see my boys at the front of the class leading and teaching others. I cannot imagine a better school that I would entrust their martial arts (and life) education too.

  • Christina Palmer

    My son has been attending RVTSDA since he was 4 years old. He started in the Little Dragons class and is currently an E Dan. RVTSDA is more than a karate studio, it is a family. Master Homschek looks out for his students, provides them with guidance in not only martial arts but in life. He expects his students to live by the Seven Tenets of Tang Soo Do and aids them in becoming fine young men and women.

  • Tiberio Family

    Master Homschek and River Valley Tang Soo Do have been so patient with our two preschoolers in teaching them and working with them every week. We haven't been attending for very long but I hope that this becomes years of participation for our children. I recommend Master H and his studio to everyone with young children who are looking to get more active, more coordinated, stronger, and more centered and disciplined.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New students in our Traditional Tang Soo Do classes receive two private introductory lessons.  These lessons are designed to show the student the basic movements necessary to join the full class and hit the ground running.   Introductory lessons are scheduled by appointment only. This ensures that one of our senior instructors (usually a Master) is available to get you started on the right foot.

New Yoga students are always welcome in our Beginners and Beyond class Sunday evening 6:30-7:30 PM.

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

All our class are taught by adult Black Belt instructors who are certified by the World Tang Soo Do Association www.wtsda.com.  In addition to being Black Belts these instructors need to complete a minimum one year instructor training program as well as attending monthly refesher classes and yearly Black Belt training programs organized by WTSDA.

Our Yoga program is taught by Julia Harvey, RYT200 (currently completing RYT500 certification)

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

Tuition for our martial arts program is based on the program the student enrolls in.  Our program is a flat monthly fee.  No contracts, No extra "enrollment" fees, no test fees prior to Black Belt testing. Our philosophy is to keep the business side of things simple so we can focus our time and energies on teaching great classes.  Call or e-mail for current pricing and be sure to ask about our family, active military, veteran and law enforcement discounts. 

Yoga classes are a $5/class drop in fee.

How did you get started teaching?

Our Chief Instructor (Master Homschek) started training in 1981, earning his 1st Degree Black Belt in 1984.  He began serving as an assistant instructor at the Penn State Martial Arts Group in 1988.  In 1992 he started River Valley Tang Soo Do Academy in order to share his passion for the martial arts with the local community.

What types of students have you worked with?

We have worked with students as young as 3 and as old as 70+.  When the student is ready to learn we begin to teach. Our age appropriate programs are designed to meet the student at their learning level with the goal of making them a life time learner and lover of the martial arts. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Our favorite thing to do is to tie a new belt around a students waist following their successful completion of the promotion exam. The belt is an outward example of the students experience and the changes they have gone through as they march towards the goal of achieving their Black Belts. 

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

The most important thing to do is go and watch a class being taught to see how the instructor interacts with the students. If the instructor and the martial arts studio seems like a good fit for your goals and personality then try an introductory program to try it first hand.   We do not utilize long term contracts, however if the school you are looking at does we recommend signing up for an short term introductory program first to make sure the school is a good fit for you. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students should have an understanding of the principles we discuss in the "River Valley Difference".  There are lots of martial arts schools available today - this lists helps you to know the right questions to ask when investigating a potential school.  Check out 


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