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 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 22 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 last 15 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 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.

Jace Barrett
Instructor
Mr. Barrett is a 3rd degree black belt instructor. He 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. Mr. 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, Mr. 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. Mr. Barrett has a college degree from George Mason University which he earned in December of 2015. In January of 2018, Mr. Barrett became a full-time instructor at Jhoon Rhee Arlington.  Mr. 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.  Mr. Barrett leads the Jhoon Rhee Demonstration Team. The demo team competes in local tournaments as well as performs for schools and community events.

 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.

Katie Bowman
Instructor
Ms. Bowman is a 2nd Degree Black Belt.  She began her Tae Kwon Do training with Jhoon Rhee Arlington in 2006.  She quickly excelled and became one of our first students to reach 2nd Degree Black Belt.  Ms. Bowman has also experience in martial arts weapons, especially the Bo Staff.  With Ms. Bowman’s high energy and creativity, it is no surprise that she loves teaching the Knee High Ninja classes!

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–

Tom Bolles, 1st Degree Black Belt

John Godwin, 1st Degree Black Belt

Erin Pfeifer, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Jenna Shackelford, 1st Degree Black Belt

Rohan van Heyningen, 2nd Degree Black Belt