Current In-Studio Protocols

Experienced, dedicated instructors.

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.

Barry Shackelford
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.

Francis Pineda
Master Instructor, Co-Owner, and Vice-President
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
Master Instructor and Senior Manager
Master 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, Master 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, Master Hawk has been recognized in the NASKA-rated Capital Classics National Tournament and the Sidekick International Tournament. In October 2007, Master Hawk earned her 2nd Dan Black Belt. In November 2010, Master Hawk passed the 6 hour, 2-day exam for her rank of 3rd Dan. Ten years later, after another decade of teaching, training and contributing to the art of Tae Kwon Do, Master Hawk passed her exam for her current rank of 4th Dan in November 2020.

Avi Rome
Master Instructor and ATKD Program Director
Master Rome has nearly 30 years of Tae Kwon Do experience. He received his 1st Dan in 1995 under World Champion Kiko Pacheko. He received his rank of 2nd Dan in 2006, his rank of 3rd Dan in June of 2009, and his 4th Dan (Master Instructor) in May of 2014. Master Rome has been certified by the Jhoon Rhee Institute as an Instructor and has been teaching consistently for the over 20 years. He 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. Master Rome’s weapons experience includes the Nunchuk, Escrima, Kama and the Bo Staff and he regularly teaches weapons as part of our Weapons Program. Master Rome is also director of our Adaptive Tae Kwon Do (ATKD) Program, teaching children with special needs, and holds a degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Creative Arts and Therapy from George Mason University.  To read information about Master Rome’s Adaptive TKD Program, click here.

Jace Barrett
Master Instructor
Master Barrett started at Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do in Falls Church when he was six years old under the instruction of Master Chun Rhee and Master Manuel Bonilla. Master Barrett tested for his first degree black belt along side of his dad and sister in November of 2002 and then earned his second degree black belt three years later. As a second degree, he became an instructor at Jhoon Rhee in Falls Church and attended his first Instructor’s Certification in June 2009. Later that year, Master Barrett started working as a part-time instructor at Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do in Arlington, Virginia. On March 13, 2010 he passed his 3rd degree black belt test with outstanding marks. After another 10 years of teaching, training and mentoring assistant instructors, Master Barrett passed his exam for his current rank of 4th Dan in November 2020. Master Barrett has a college degree from George Mason University which he earned in December of 2015. In January of 2018, he became a full-time instructor at Jhoon Rhee Arlington.  Master Barrett has experience in the Martial Arts weapons of Bo Staff, Kamas and Speed Nunchuks having trained with Master Tim Wong and Mr. Harry Carter.  MasterBarrett leads the Jhoon Rhee Demonstration Team. The demo team competes in local tournaments as well as performs for schools and community events.

Sarah Liberatore
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.

–Assistant Instructors–

Ashton Azelton, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Katie Bowman, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Lydia Chenowith, 1st Degree Black Belt

Tom Dolan, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Logan Eisenbeiser, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Alex Frye, 1st Degree Black Belt

Benjamin Katz, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Jason Klein, 1st Degree Black Belt

Matthew Nguyen, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Erin Pfeifer, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Rohan van Heyningen, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Master Shannon Wong, 6th Degree Black Belt