Welcome to ‘River City Martial Arts Academy’

“Jung Sin Il Do Ha Sa Bul Sung”

“When your Mind and Body are together, Nothing is impossible.”

     River City Martial Arts Academy is one of the many Song Moo Kwan schools nationwide and worldwide.  We are part of an organization that has provided quality and refined training in many martial arts styles over the many years since Song Moo Kwan was founded in 1944.   At our Academy, we teach 6 styles: TaeKwonDo, Kung Fu, Hapkido, Kumdo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Tai Chi.            

     Our  Martial Arts Academy shares in the deep lineage through our Supreme Grand Master Byung Jick Ro, who trained in his earlier years with Gichin Funakoshi, the famous Shotokan master, and then went on to develop the martial arts style we now know as TaeKwonDo.  Supreme Grand Master Ro started the first Song Moo Kwan school in 1944, and  is called the founder and “Father” of modern Taekwondo.  From his school and his students, all other TaeKwonDo schools emerged. 

     We are a member of the “World Song Moo Kwan Assoc.” and ”World Martial Arts Centers”.   Our main school and headquarters are located in Seoul, Korea.  Our instructors are certified every two years with our central school here in Minnesota, through Grand Master Hee Sang Ro.

     Our Students have an opportunity every year to travel to Korea for TaeKwonDo training at the TaeKwonDo College there, and/or to travel to China and train in the Shaolin Temple through our yearly training tours.

TaeKwonDo is similar to Japanese ‘Karate’, but has more variety in technique and includes flying kicks and other more expansive maneuvers.  It is defined as the ‘Art of Kicking and Punching’ and uses more direct force in the execution of these techniques.

     As a part of Song Moo Kwan, we are an accredited Shaolin Kung Fu school.   We train in Traditional Chinese Shaolin style Kung Fu.  This is the Long Fist (Changquan) style  Kung Fu.  We practice Wushu Competition Forms and use the traditional Sanda style sparring in our regular training and for competition. 

      Hapkido is the Korean Art of Self Defense.  It uses joint locks and wrist manipulations to subdue your opponent and is one of the best forms of self defense in an attack situation.  It is a must for all who want to protect themselves in any situation, women included.  The Hapkido style we teach is much like the Japanese form of self defense “Aikido”, with a bit more intensity in our execution and variety in the training .  Our school is one of the best Hapkido schools available in the area.  

     We teach Traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with emphasis on developing the traditional style.  We train our students in complete knowledge of the technique before allowing them to execute submissions or enter competition.  Our instructors have many years of experience in the art.  One of our instructors for our Jiu Jitsu school was trained by one of the famed Gracie family, Helio Gracie.  Our training is detailed and expansive.  Whether you  are interested in learning self defense tactics or Mixed Martial Arts training (MMA),  check out our Jiu Jitsu school, because being accomplished in ground fighting is essential to these goals.

Kumdo is the “Way of the sword.” This art style is much like Kendo, but with more variety and latitude.  It is an enjoyable way to develop discipline and respect for the ancient weapon styles.  Although weapons training is an integral part of many martial arts styles, Kumdo trains only in use of the Kumdo sword and practices repetition in order to exact blade orientation.  We spar in full Kumdo armor, that resembles the armor of the Samurai.

     You can check out the other styles we teach that use a variety of weapons for training, including different styles of swords. 

     Our school also offers Tai Chi classes for mind and body.  Tai Chi is practiced for health benefits, improved concentration, and reduced stress.  We have beginner forms and more advanced forms including the Tai Chi Fan.

     We are a family oriented school, promoting a supportive atmosphere for students and family.  We implement individualize training to adjust instruction to the best way the student will learn.


~If  you are looking for a good ‘kids’ Taekwondo (or ‘karate’) class for your children to promote discipline and respect, to keep them fit, and to inspire them to do better in school…

~If you are looking for a good fitness program to get or stay in shape, or …

~If you want to become skilled in the Martial Arts, learn self defense, or even be a part of a Demo Team…

We are here for you!

Martial arts training is a full mind and body exercise that can help in many areas of our lives, and is especially helpful for children.  We will help inspire your vision and help you reach your goals.  “Your mind will be amazed at what your body can do!”

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