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 and are CPR-certified.  All employees at Jhoon Rhee Arlington have undergone criminal and child sex offender background checks.

Barry Shackelford
Master Instructor, Founder, and Co-Owner
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 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
Senior Manager and Instructor
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.

Avi Rome
Master Instructor and ATKD Program Director
Master Rome has over 20 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, her current rank of 3rd Dan in June of 2009, and her 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 last 15 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. Master Rome’s weapons experience includes the Nunchuk, Escrima, Kama and the Bo Staff and she regularly teaches weapons as part of our Weapons Program. Master 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 Master Rome’s Adaptive TKD Program, click here.

Jasmin Vargas
Instructor and Office Administator
Ms. Vargas started Tae Kwon Do at Jhoon Rhee Arlington in 2010. She was an amazing student and received her Black Belt in 2013. She quickly showed a special talent for teaching and was hired as a part-time instructor in June of 2013. In addition to teaching, she also continued her training and received her 2nd Degree Black Belt in 2016. Continuing to show exceptional skills both on and off the mat, Ms. Vargas was hired as our Office Administrator in 2016, so you will see Ms. Vargas both in the office and teaching classes.

Michael Tull
Mr. Tull has been a mainstay in the world of sport martial arts for over 30 years. He started his Tae Kwon Do training in 1983 and received his 1st Degree Black Belt in 1987. Mr. Tull quickly excelled at competition and has been on multiple National Sport Karate Teams such as “Force One/DKT”, “Prestige” (team mates with Master Pineda in the early 1990’s) as well as RheeMax (the official sponsored team of the Jhoon Rhee Institute) and others. He was rated top 10 regionally in forms and fighting. He is also experienced with martial arts weapons, being proficient in the kama and bo staff.

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.

–Other Instructors–

JT Mathews
3rd Degree Black Belt (2nd Degree WTF Black Belt)


Elaina Christian
2nd Degree Black Belt (2nd Degree Black Belt “CMAA”)


Max Dela Cruz
1st Degree Black Belt


–Guest Instructors–

Reneé Beck

Guest Instructor
2nd Degree Black Belt

Katie Bowman

Guest Instructor
2nd Degree Black Belt


Amanda Hayes
Guest Instructor
2nd Degree Black Belt



Logan Eisenbeiser
Guest Instructor
1st Degree Black Belt