I began my training at the age of 11 in 1973.  At that time the art was called Korean karate. The style was actually Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do and is still taught today. My instructor (Danny Lane) was under the guidance of Master Sok Ho Kang who is accredited for bringing martial arts to this area.  On May 28, 1973 Korea  unified the many different styles in their country and called the art Taekwondo. In 1983 I joined with Master Chong Woon Kim who taught traditional Taekwondo. The art was the same I had studied before, only the name had changed.

  Upon attaining the rank of master instructor, after 38 years of combined training and teaching, I  opened the Ashland school and began teaching Taekwondo as it is recognized by Kukkiwon and the World Taekwondo Federation in Korea today.

  Unlike what is being taught in many schools and called Taekwondo; the art has changed. Training methods have changed and now students achieve in less time what was only possible with years of training before.

I have competed for many years and still do so today. I have held the title 2 years in a row at the AAU Kentucky State Championships both in Olympic sparring and forms. I also am a national champion with the AAU.


  I believe that an instructor should be a role model for students by setting the example of staying in shape with continued training and competition.


  I was born and raised in Ashland Kentucky, graduated from Paul Blazer High school in 1979. I am an employee of CSX Corporation and am a member of Russell First Baptist Church. It is my hope to teach and pass on what I have learned these many years to other students.


  Taekwondo has many benefits with self defense being only an integral part of it. Those who dedicate themselves to the training become leaders and role models for others to look up to. You will learn to be the best at whatever you attempt in life in and outside the school. Taekwondo is a way of life that continually changes you into a better person if you are properly taught and diligent in your training. You can never learn everything about it in a few short years.


  After 46 years I am still challenged by the many new changes and methods I am presented with. I invite those young and old to come and see the benefits our school has to offer and train with me.


                                                                  Master Instructor Darrell F. Hall Jr. 




Mrs. Hannah Hall

3rd Degree Black Belt

Assistant Instructor

School Administrator

AAU & USAT Certified Coach and Referee

Kukkiwon Certified Black Belt




Mr. Russell Johnson

3rd Degree Black Belt

Head Assistant Instructor

AAU Certified Coach and Referee

Kukkiwon Certified Black Belt














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