About Our School

Mission

Mission

The International Black Belt Center has been operating in Charlottesville since 1992, we have an enduring reputation for quality. We Teach: The original, highly aerobic, non-contact style of traditional taekwon-do. A philosophy non-aggression, courtesy, humility, self-control, and of course, physical self defense techniques. We Provide: A non-competitive environment emphasizing individual improvement. Personalized service in a friendly, supportive environment. Our school leader and a staff of experienced black belt instructors. A full schedule of adult classes throughout the day and evening to accommodate most work schedules. A customized fully-equipped facility including a training room, showers, and a viewing lobby. We Offer: Youth / Adult programs...

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Chief Instructor

Stefan Trip Chief Instructor of International Blackbelt Center, Virginia. Practicing Taekwon-Do for 15 years in Europe & the US. Bachelor degree in Business. Majored in Business Psychology. Speaks German, Russian, and English fluently. History My Name is Stefan Trip. I was born in Moldova in a city named Tiraspol. When I was 7 years old, I moved with my family to Germany and, until I was 12, I was pretty much a couch potato. I spent the most time at home not doing anything and wasn’t doing well in school either. I had a hard time due to the language barrier, low self-confidence and so on. Then, everything changed in one day! Or let’s say everything started to change after a certain day. That was the day I found Taekwon-Do. I remember that day very...

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Black Belts

Black Belts

Theresa Alford Charlotte Crystal Cindy Kyle Gilbert A. Lopez Teresa A. Lopez Brit Minor Haris Mukic John Oliver Stefan Trip      Stefan Trip Chief Instructor of International Blackbelt Center, Virginia. Practicing Taekwon-Do for 15 years in Europe & the US. Bachelor degree in Business. Majored in Business Psychology. Speaks German, Russian, and English fluently. Read more…                   Gilbert A. Lopez Gilbert Lopez has been training in taekwon do for over 20 years  since 1993 and also earned his black belt. A self-employed restauranteur, when he is not teaching Taekwon-Do, Gilbert runs the Guadalajara Restaurants in the surrounding Charlottesville area. He employs philosophy and joy with a...

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School Leader

School Leader

School Leader   John J. Oliver is the school leader of the International Black Belt Center of Virginia. He has practiced traditional martial art since the age of 11 and earned his black belt from Grandmaster Kwon. In Charlottesville and Richmond he owns the Aquarian Bookshops. John is also the star of the Court TV Show, “Haunting Evidence” and the Nippon Network Japanese TV Show, “FBI Psychic Investigator.”        ...

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Board consists of dedicated students and teachers of both adult and youth classes. If you have any questions please feel free to Email Us or call (434) 973-8885.               THERESA Theresa Alford was given her black belt by Grand Master Kwon in April, 2011. She has been a student of TaeKwon Do since 2005 and is one of the main teachers at IBBCV. She is also adept at other martial arts such as Judo and Kung Fu. She has been a dedicated student of meditation for 20 years has studied various disciplines of yoga including Ashtanga, Hatha and Bikram Yoga. Theresa holds a BS degree in Government and Public Speaking from Longwood University and is a Certified Results Kinesiologist. An expert in nutrition, she has been...

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Facility

Facility

The IBBCV Facility Includes: A Viewing lobby with windows into the training room and television Plenty of seating for watching classes or doing work while children or other family members take class Toy box for little ones to use in the main lobby IBBCV has separate dressing and shower rooms for Men and Women There is a private Stretching area for use before and after class    ...

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