We pride ourselves in helping each student achieve their goals and developing their mental and physical strength. This is what attaining a Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do Black Belt requires.

For some of our candidates this journey to Black Belt began in our Knee High Ninja Program, when they were only four years old!

This month, these candidates passed our Arlington Qualifier and the Panel Exam in front of the Jhoon Rhee Masters from Arlington and Falls Church. Our candidates persevered and we would like to present and congratulate our newest Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do Black Belts!

“…through teaching many different classes and students, I’ve learned that everyone has their own ways of learning. A prime example of this would be the ATKD program. During my time helping, I was given a variety of students, each with vastly different dispositions. I spent my first class with them just getting to know them. My first student was highly energetic and friendly. I quickly realized, for him to excel, I would have to be just as energetic and light with him. On the other hand, one of my other students was very reserved. From the time I spent teaching him, I learned that being very direct with my instructions worked best and to keep the energy low and calm.While these are two more extreme examples, I’ve been able to apply the idea anywhere. It has improved my ability to connect with all types of people from those who are more shy, to those who are as outgoing as it gets. Having this skill has allowed me to build friendships with people I otherwise never would have talked to and I’m grateful for that opportunity.”

“Teaching tae kwon do brought a whole new adventure, one that I most sorely underestimated. I considered myself already a master at teaching because I was an older sister. What could I possibly not know? The answer to that question was, a lot. Each time I was in class learning from my masters and instructors, I paid attention to the words they used, the tone of their voice, the quality of their curriculum and I was never disappointed, but what I did notice was the shift in perspective. The slight change in their critiques of technique or interpretation of a move. The perspective on what said move was meant to do. I loved that. I took perspective with me every time I taught and it slowly became the reason I fell in love with teaching”