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Chiropractor opens Ohio Valley Taekwondo Academy in Marietta

Photo by Chad Plauche-Adkins Ben Rush displays his technique at the Ohio Valley Taekwondo Academy in the Ely Chapman Education Foundation building in Marietta.

MARIETTA — After a hard day’s work most people like to relax with family and friends to help wind down the day.

But Dr. Ben Rush, co-owner of Bodies in Motion Chiropractic and Wellness, has a unique method of releasing stress that he likes to share with people.

As chief instructor and owner of the Ohio Valley Taekwondo Academy, Rush has created an additional career teaching people the martial art that he loves.

Rush said he wants people to know that taekwondo is more than just a method of fighting. It’s also a tool that they can use in other aspects of their life.

“It builds character,” he said. “It helps with self-esteem, self-control and self-defense.”

Rush said taekwondo is a Korean martial art similar to Japan’s style of karate.

“Taekwondo is often referred to as the ‘Korean karate.’ The biggest difference between the two is flexibility,” he said. “Taekwondo uses a lot more head kicks than karate.”

Since Oct. 1, the Ohio Valley Taekwondo Academy has been offering classes to the public on the third floor of the Ely Chapman Building at 403 Scammel St.. Rush said the academy moved from its former location in Vienna for several reasons, including that the noise level in the previous location from other activities was too distracting.

“It was very loud with a boom box playing on the other side of the building. It wasn’t very conducive to training,” Rush said.

As a resident and business owner in Marietta, Rush said driving to Vienna to teach was also taking too much time away from his family life. Having good family interaction is what Rush wants people to get from his classes, he said.

“There aren’t a lot of physical activities that families can participate in together,” he said.

Three siblings that take advantage of the shared family time are Lily, 10, Gabe, 11, and Noah Price, 12, of Parkersburg. All three children have already achieved the rank of black belt and said they enjoy their time practicing taekwondo.

“I learn things about different cultures and how to defend myself,” Lily said.

“If someone is picking on me I know how to get away from (the situation),” said Noah.

Classes are available to people 5 and older on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. on the third floor of the Ely Chapman Building at 403 Scammel St.. The cost is $180 every three months for people to take as many classes as they want. Visit the academy’s Facebook page or call 304-991-3041 for more information.

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If You Go

* What: Taekwondo training.

* Where: Ohio Valley Taekwondo Academy, third floor of the Ely Chapman Education Foundation, 403 Scammel St., Marietta.

* When: 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

* Cost: $180 for three months of training.

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