- For Kids
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- Adaptive TKD
- Cardio Kickboxing
At Jhoon Rhee Arlington, a love of instruction—and a dedication to our students—sets our staff apart. All of our full-time teachers have received formal instructor certification from the Jhoon Rhee Institute, are CPR-certified, and have undergone criminal and child sex offender background checks.
Master Instructor, Co-Owner, and President
Master Barry Shackelford began his Tae Kwon Do training in 1978 at a traditional Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan school in Danville, Virginia, headed by the accomplished and well-respected Master Ju Hun Kim. Under the direct instruction of Black Belt Instructors Dr. Stephen Ausband and Mr. Lewis Wilson, Master Shackelford received his 1st Dan Black Belt from Master Kim in 1983. At that time, he was the youngest to attain a Black Belt at the Ju Hum Kim School of Tae Kwon Do. He received his 2nd Dan from Master Kim in 1985.
> Read Master Shackelford’s full bio.
Master Instructor and Co-Owner
Starting his training in 1981 at the Jhoon Rhee school in Marlow Heights, Maryland, Master Francis Pineda received his black belt with outstanding marks three years later. Within five years, Master Pineda was the manager and head instructor of the Glenn Dale Jhoon Rhee school, a position he held until 1991. He then became Assistant Manager and Head Instructor at Jhoon Rhee’s Georgetown school, further developing his martial arts and school operations skills.
> Read Master Pineda’s full bio.
Deanna Goelzer Hawk
Instructor and Office Manager
Instructor Deanna Hawk started her Tae Kwon Do training at the Falls Church Jhoon Rhee school in 1997, under Masters Chun Rhee and Manuel Bonilla. Continuing at the Alexandria school under Rizal Dumadag, Mrs. Hawk earned her black belt in 2002. She earned her Jhoon Rhee Instructor Certification a year later, and joined the Arlington school as an instructor in 2005. As a national competitor, Mrs. Hawk has been recognized in the NASKA-rated Capital Classics National Tournament and the Sidekick International Tournament. In October 2007, Mrs. Hawk earned her 2nd Dan Black Belt. In November 2010, Mrs. Hawk passed the 6 hour, 2-day exam for her current rank of 3rd Dan.
Ms. Rome has over 15 years of Tae Kwon Do experience. She received her 1st Dan in 1995 under World Champion Kiko Pacheko. She received her rank of 2nd Dan in 2006 and her current rank of 3rd Dan in June of 2009. Ms. Rome has been certified by the Jhoon Rhee Institute as an Instructor and has been teaching consistently for the last 10 years. She joined the Arlington Jhoon Rhee staff in January 2008 as a part-time instructor and was welcomed as a full-time instructor in August 2008. Ms. Rome’s weapons experience includes the Nunchuk, Escrima, Kama and the Bo Staff and she regularly teaches weapons as part of our Weapons Program. Ms. Rome also holds a degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Creative Arts and Therapy from George Mason University and regularly teaches Tae Kwon Do to children with disabilities. To read information about Ms. Rome’s Adaptive TKD Program, click here.
Instructor Fernando Gan has over ten years of Martial Arts training. He earned his 1st Degree Black Belt from the Jhoon Rhee Institute of Tae Kwon Do in June 2002 and his 2nd Degree in February 2006 under Master Chun Rhee and Master Bonilla. His weapons experience includes Escrima, Bo Staff and Nunchucks and he regularly teaches weapons as part of our Weapons Program. Mr. Gan joined the team at Jhoon Rhee Arlington in February 2009 and received his 3rd Dan in November 2010 after passing the 6 hour, 2-day Black Belt Exam.
Mr. Mendoza first began training in 2002 under Master Chun Rhee and Master Bonilla at the Jhoon Rhee Institute in Falls Church, VA. He later relocated in 2005 to live overseas with his family. After two years away he returned to the Northern Virginia area and continued his Tae Kwon Do training. He received his black belt in 2007 and immediately began teaching classes. He has learned the four basic weapons of nunchuku, bo staff, kama, and katana. He continued teaching martial arts until 2010 when he joined the US Marine Corps. Currently, Mr. Mendoza serves in the Marine Reserves once a month. He joined Jhoon Rhee Arlington in November 2011 as a part-time Instructor.
Mrs. Bournigal began her Tae Kwon Do training in October 2005. She was one of the first adult students to receive her 1st Dan Black Belt from Jhoon Rhee Arlington, reaching this goal in November 2008. Mrs. Bournigal joined the Arlington Staff in July 2009 as an Assistant Instructor and Cardio Kickboxing Instructor. She has been living in the Arlington area for over 15 years, and has three daughters who have achieved various ranks at Jhoon Rhee Arlington, including black belt. She is a Certified Virginia teacher in grades pre-K to 8th grade and has been teaching grades 4-8 for 14 years at St. Agnes School in Arlington.
Mr. O’Neil began his Tae Kwon Do training at Jhoon Rhee Arlington in 2006. He earned his 1st Dan Black Belt, with Outstanding Marks, in November 2009. Mr. O’Neil was, from the beginning, very active in Jhoon Rhee Arlington’s Leadership Program, logging over 200 hours in assisting with classes and special events. He joined the Jhoon Rhee Arlington staff as a part-time Assistant Instructor in June 2009. Mr. O’Neil is familiar with the hard work and dedication required of the Martial Arts as he is also an Eagle Scout. Mr. O’Neil passed his test to 2nd Degree Black Belt in November 2011 with Outstanding Marks. While Mr. O’Neil is currently away attending college at the University of Virginia majoring in kinesiology, he returns home regularly on the weekends to teach, train and reconnect with his Jhoon Rhee Arlington “family.”
Cardio Kickboxing Instructor
A certified fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), Ms. Liberatore teaches TRX and Bootcamp classes; she also teaches Cardio Kickboxing for Falls Church City. She is certified in Spinning, Pilates, Bosu, TRX, and Cardio Kickboxing, and has experience teaching Core and Strength Training Classes. Prior to her certification, she also trained for four years at a Tae Kwon Do studio in Maryland.
Mrs. Sena Mazanec assists our Office Manager Mrs. Hawk and the other instructors in our main office. Mrs. Mazanec comes from a Martial Arts family as she is the grand-neice of Grand Master Rhee and is married to an expert Hapkido Instructor Mr. Steven Mazanec. She also has two children in the Tae Kwon Do Program at Jhoon Rhee Arlington.
Mr. Eric Hawk assists in the front office a few days a week. The husband of Mrs. Deanna Hawk, Mr. Hawk has also recently started his Tae Kwon Do training, helping to enforce the motto “The family that kicks together, sticks together!”