Nick Lawson began training at the Barboursville Tae Kwon Do center in February 2009. In February 2012, he achieved his 1st Dan black belt and became a junior instructor. He currently instruct in the 2nd classes of Monday and Friday. Tae Kwon Do has become a big part of his life and he plans to continue teaching and training in the martial art for many years to come. Nick is a student at Wayne High School and will graduate in 2015. In high school, he is in J.R.O.T.C. and spends many weekends participating in community service activities such as adopt-a-highways. After high school, Nick plan on going to medical school to become a pediatrician.

Master Instructor Larry D'Alessio has 26 years of formal Tae Kwon Do experience. He earned his Master Instructor certification in May 2000.

Master D'Alessio is a D-3 certified United States Tae Kwon Do Union referee. He has trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and is experienced in both national and international competition. His wins include:
1997 United States Tae Kwon Do Union National Championships - 2nd place Poomse (forms)
1994 United States Tae Kwon Do Union National Championships - 3rd place Kyorugi (sparring)
1993 World Law Enforcement Championships - 1st place (forms)

Master D'Alessio strives to promote the benefits of Tae Kwon Do at the Barboursville Center and in the community at large. In addition to presenting group demonstrations at various community events, he also speaks to local groups and schools by invitation. He has conducted general self-defense courses for women, and organized and taught a three-month Tae Kwon Do class for disadvantaged children at Beverly Hills Middle School.

Please contact the Barboursville Tae Kwon Do Center at (304) 733-3397, or by e-mail if you would like to schedule a speaking engagement, self-defense course or group demonstration with Master D'Alessio.

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John Hernandez is a Veterinarian from Greenup Kentucky. He began TKD in 1996 and became an instructor at the Barboursville TKD Center as a 1st Dan Black Belt in 1999. He is currently a Kukkiwon Certified 4th Dan Black Belt. He enjoys instructing in regular class and assists Master D'Alessio in teaching Jujitsu self-defense techniques in black belt class. Both of his children retired from Barboursville TKD Center as 2nd Dan Black Belts. After 17 years, TKD has become a part of his life.


Johnathan Holland is a 16 years old sophomore at Cabell Midland High School . He has been in Tae Kwon Do for over 8 years. From the moment he stepped into the Dojang, at age 8, he knew he
belonged there. During the course of his training, he has become a 2nd degree black belt and has earned the right to help instruct other students. Tae Kwon Do has taught him how to be a disciplined student and a leader. Aftergraduation Johnathan has three goals: (1.) To continue his training in Tae KwonDo. (2.) To obtain a degree in Computer Programming. (3.) To open his own Tae
Kwon Do studio. For Johnathan Tae Kwon Do... It's not just his hobby... It's his lifestyle.

Manaf Elhamdani is a 17 years old and a junior at Cabell Midland High School. He ha been taking Tae Kwon Do for 13 years and is currently a 2nd Dan black belt. He says that he enjoys teaching and appreciates the chance given to me to affect the children of the community.

Adee Elhamdan is a 3rd Dan black beltand 19 years old. He is currently a sophomore at Marshall University majoringin biochemistry while trying to achieve his future goal of becoming a doctor.
Adee started taking Tae Kwon Do in 1998 during the month of May, and after aking it for approximately 15 years, it has become a part of his life.