Meet the Master 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.
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 Kwon school in Danville, VA 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 1982. At that time, he was the youngest to attain a Black Belt at the Ju Hun Kim School of Tae Kwon Do. He received his 2nd Dan from Master Kim in 1985.
Also in 1985, Master Shackelford began studying Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do from World Champion Master Charlie Lee in Blacksburg Virginia while attending Virginia Tech. Master Shackelford received his Jhoon Rhee Black Belt from Master Lee in 1987 after training under Mr. Yoon Lee (and serving as an assistant instructor). For his remaining two years at Virginia Tech, Master Shackelford was Co-Head Instructor of the VA Tech Jhoon Rhee Martial Arts Club along with fellow Jhoon Rhee Black Belt, Mr. Roger Vasiliadis.
After graduating with a Psychology degree in 1989, Master Shackelford relocated to Washington, DC, where he obtained the position of Head Instructor at the prestigious Georgetown Jhoon Rhee Institute, which was then one of the largest Jhoon Rhee Studios in the world.
In 1990, Master Shackelford entered Graduate School at Radford University, majoring in Psychology, where he continued to train, teach and compete in the Martial Arts.
In the late 80s and early 90s, Master Shackelford competed in numerous regional and national Martial Arts tournaments, winning hundreds of divisions and awards. In the early 90s, he was Nationally rated as one of the top four competitors in the Korean Forms division as well as one of the top four in the Super-Lightweight Sparring division. In addition, he was recognized as one of the top 20 fighters in the nation across all weight divisions.
In 1992, Master Shackelford graduated with a MS in Counseling Psychology, with a 3.9 GPA, and relocated to the Washington, DC, area. While working in the field of psychology, he continued to instruct at various Jhoon Rhee affiliated schools, such as Charlie Lee Karate and the Jhoon Rhee Institutes in Annandale and Falls Church, Virginia. Over the next decade, he instructed many students who would go on to become accomplished fighters and World Champions in their respective divisions.
In 1994, he became more than just a student of Jhoon Rhee by entering the family when he married Heather Chun, whose mother, On Goo Chun, is Jhoon Rhee’s sister. Dedicating time to his wife and his career, Master Shackelford decided to informally “retire” from competition.
In 1999/2000, Master Shackelford ended his competition “retirement” by competing at a few National Tournaments. While he did not enter the requisite number of tournaments to be considered his division’s Champion, he did win his division as well as Grand Champion much of the time. He also defeated the then current World Champion of his division and other accomplished fighters.
Well overdue for his next degree, in 2002 Master Shackelford received his 3rd Dan from Grand Master Jhoon Rhee while training and instructing at the local Jhoon Rhee schools.
After working for more than a decade in the field of Psychology and Employee Assistance Programming (EAP), and obtaining a License as a Professional Counselor, Master Shackelford decided to make teaching and operating a Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do school his full time endeavor. In 2005 he opened the first Jhoon Rhee School in Arlington, Virginia, and also received his 4th Dan Black Belt, which is considered the rank of “Master Instructor” in the Jhoon Rhee Institute. His colleague and head instructor, Master Francis Pineda, joined him in partnership at the end of 2005, and after the first year of opening, they had established one of the fastest growing schools in the Jhoon Rhee Institute. Master Shackelford is also a Certified Master Instructor, having completed formal Instructor Certification from the Jhoon Rhee Institute. In November 2016, Grand Master Rhee promoted Master Shackelford to his current rank of 6th Dan.
Master Shackelford’s wife, Heather, is also a Black Belt, passing her test in November 2008 as one of the first Adult Black Belt students from the Arlington School. Mrs. Shackelford and Master Shackelford have two children, Braden and Jenna, both Black Belts and Instructors at Jhoon Rhee Arlington. At the age of 9, Braden became the youngest student from Jhoon Rhee Arlington to earn the rank of Black Belt… Just as his father was the youngest to earn his Black Belt at his Tae Kwon Do school in 1982.
Master Instructor, 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. In 1997, Master Pineda set out for Arizona, where he served for five years as Vice President and Head Instructor of America’s Best Karate, a system of five 7,000-square-foot schools with 300 students each. In 2004, after returning to Virginia, Master Pineda began his current role as Co-owner and Head Instructor of Jhoon Rhee Arlington. A year later, he was also appointed Head Instructor of Jhoon Rhee International. Over the course of his career as a martial arts educator, Master Pineda has trained more than 20 national champions; he has also provided training for the Maryland State Police, the Washington D.C. Metro Police, and the Arizona DPS. The many students who have benefitted from his instruction include Congresswoman Mary Bono.
Master Pineda, a 6th Dan Black Belt, has excelled in competition, as well. Ranked Top Ten nationally in forms and sparring for five years running, he has been a nationally sponsored member of both Team Otomix and Team Prestige, and was Team Founder and Captain of the University of Maryland’s Sport Karate Team. He has also served as Tournament Director of regional and national martial arts tournaments for more than 12 years.
Given his impressive martial arts credentials, it’s perhaps no surprise that Master Pineda also finds himself in the entertainment spotlight from time to time. In addition to being featured in the 2002 movie Leather and Iron, he works as martial arts choreographer and director for Creative Edge Studios in Sterling, Virginia, and appears as “Khan” in the company’s series of Untouchable computer, coin-op, and console games.
Master Pineda holds a B.S. degree in Biology, with a minor in Psychology, as well as a B.A. in AOS in Network Engineering.
Master Pineda is married to Elizabeth and has three sons, Alex, Anderson and Austin. Alex is a Black Belt at Jhoon Rhee Arlington while Anderson is currently working his way through the ranks. Austin hopes to be a “Kneehigh Ninja” soon!
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.
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.
Ben Ardaiz, 1st Degree Black Belt
Rachel Cervoni, 1st Degree Black Belt
Amelie Cohrssen, 1st Degree Black Belt
Max DeLa Cruz, 1st Degree Black Belt
Logan Eisenbeiser, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Maia Nakata, 1st Gup Brown Belt
Cattleya Pressman, 2nd Gup Brown Belt
Jonah Reed, 1st Degree Black Belt
Ian Solano, 1st Degree Black Belt
Janhvi Spahr, 1st Gup Brown Belt
Ashton Azelton, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Alex Ardaiz, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Lydia Chenoweth, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Benjamin Katz, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Erin Pfeifer, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Maya Rahman, 1st Degree Black Belt
Braden Shackelford, 1st Degree Black Belt
Jenna Shackelford, 1st Degree Black Belt
Savannah Thompson, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Office Administrator/Asst. Instructor:
Nicole Ardaiz, 1st Degree Black Belt
Special Program Instructors
Remote Training Program:
Master Shannon Wong, 6th Degree Black Belt
Fernando Gan, 3rd Degree Black Belt