Molle Johnson, Author (partial excerpt from a letter, if you want to see more of what Molle says, visit our our Facebook page!);


I am so impressed with the level of instruction at Jung Kwon Martial Arts Academy.  Master Hughes is a gifted instructor.  Both my sons have flourished here. They started 8 months ago, and we are thrilled with how much they have learned and how much personal attention they get in class. - Both of Molle' and Barry's sons competed in the 2019 NC State Games, bringing home half a dozen Gold and Silver Medals in Forms, Creative Forms and Sparring! UPDATE- older son Ash, is preparing to test for 1st Dan Black Belt this summer (2022)!



Yluminada Salas, Social Services Worker, Henderson County (Yluminada practices here, with her husband, and two children);


Jung Kwon Martial Arts is an excellent school!  5 Stars!

Dan Cook, District Water Systems Engineer;


The kids and I practiced at another local school, before joining Jung Kwon Academy. The cost here, is less than half of what we paid at the other school!  And, we get the benefit of personal attention and training from a Certified Master Instructor in every class! My daughter is a 1st Degree Black Belt; my son and I recently earned our 2nd Degree Black Belts together. -- Dan's daughter has gone off into the world and is headed to University. Dan and his son are now 3rd Degree Black Belts and are instructors at JKMA.

Bennett Finkler, Social Services Professional; 


I've known Mr. and Mrs. Hughes for over 7 years now. We met at a previous martial arts school in Asheville, before they opened their own school. They are dedicated to the art of Taekwondo, and emphasize precision in movement, and self discipline, but they still make their classes fun. They create an enjoyable family atmosphere in class, where people help each other out, and are not in constant competition with each other. 


Through their small class sizes and close personal attention, I acheived the rank of Black Belt, which is something I never thought I could accomplish!  - Much to his own surprise, Bennett has now made it to 2nd Dan Black Belt and is training to be an assistant instructor!

Liam M.


Master Hughes is really an amazing person and cares greatly about all of his students. There is an authentic environment at this school, both with its respectful community, and it's age-old teachings - designed to be the most effective. There is no better school in Western North Carolina and I highly recommend attending here.

Keith Finch, 9th Degree Grandmaster, President of the UK-GB/IJTF for Taekwondo and Hapkido, based  in Western England;


This is a great traditional Tae Kwon Do academy!

SOME OF THE PEOPLE FROM ABOVE, ON THE MAT AND IN ACTION!

Dudley Merrifield, Professional Film Maker/Atlanta;


Master Hughes is the best martial arts instructor in Asheville!

Georgie-Rain Figliola Alexander;


5 stars! This school is amazing! Both my girls excelled both physically and mentally from being taught by the Hughes family. Even my oldest daughter, who suffers from ADHD, has shown great personal growth from their teaching. Since we moved out of state, we really miss being there!

Layne Galloway, 19;


This is a great school! I really enjoy every class I attend!

Thomas Bollins, Certified Corporate Security Professional, 34;


I've surveyed over a dozen schools in the Buncombe area, watching classes and trying classes, in my preparations to move to Asheville. I'm looking for a new home, I've decided that this is the school for me!

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What you can expect to experience here:

Matthew Betsill, Professional Musician


I attend with my 7 year old son. I am 29. The teachings are person centered and very fun for both my son and I. We enjoy our time and look forward to going every day. Master Hughes, along with the rest of the instructors are so great at what they do and explaining things to any age range. It’s also very affordable!! I had searched around Buncombe for a martial arts academy to attend for my son and I and jung kwon had the best price and have a great location, and also the most easy to reach (and talk to) instructors. We went in for a sample class and I immediately wanted to join. Have been having a blast ever since.​

Hope Donnellan, College student, Barista


I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but I'm glad I chose this school. As a college student, the classes are very affordable. Everyone is overwhelmingly
nice to me—even though I'm shy and don't intermingle after class—but they still push me out of my limits and it really has helped me come out of my shell some since I started over a year ago. I also love the outside classes at carrier park. It's fun!   -
Hope is now a 3-time NC State Games Gold Medallist (2018).

Student/Parent Testimonials - What we do for you! 

9TH Dan Grand Master Louis Radicione (excerpted from post-seminar comments to the audience):


I have been travelling this summer, visiting schools around the country. The students here,  by far, perform the cleanest and sharpest techniques of any school I have visited!

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Jesse Savage, Contractor


Great school! After hitting about 8 or 9 places in the county I have to say this place is the best by far. Prices are the best around, all the black belts are knowledgeable (and humble!), and the people are friendly too. If you're looking for place to practiceand learn, without drama or egos getting in the way, this is it!

Candace Pressley


Great family run school!!!! Small classes, excellent instructors, alot of one-on-one instruction. Your always learning something new no matter what belt rank you are. No added costs for special classes. Its all inclusive in the price. Since joining for several years, my son and I love Jung Kwon!! This was written a year ago. Candace and her son Timothy just earned their 1st Degree Black Belts together, their Christmas present to themselves!

Eryn Bondi 


II am ever so grateful to Master Hughes, the Hughes family and their black belts staff for the help and assistance they provided our nephew while he was living with us during his dad's military deployment this past year (2017). His personal growth here has been phenomenal! He was depressed and angry about feeling abandoned and suffered from being bullied in class and on the bus due to his small size. Within weeks of beginning practice at Jung Kwon School his confidence was visibly improved, the bullying stopped, and he started making friends. He is braver, stronger and more physically coordinated now, too. We put him in martial arts to learn to defend himself, but we never expected his time at Jung Kwon to make his entire life experience better! that was a plus that made all our lives easier and smoother!

Bethany Coy


Positive: Communication, Professionalism, Value
Highly recommend. We were looking for an activity to help our son with his attention span/behavior and ADHD. That’s when we found this school and we couldn’t be more happier and appreciative with how Instructor Master Hughes has showed not only professionalism but how attentive he is to our sons “needs”. When starting class, about 6 months ago, our sons attention span went from about 15 minutes to now being able to make it through the whole class. He has learned a lot in a short matter of time. The self control, discipline, and integrity he has learned in class, he is displaying at school and at home as well. The class as a whole works well together and helps one another.


Ryan and Elizabeth Groth (with permission, partially taken from a letter to the school, at Christmas);


Dear Porter, Malinee, Michael and David:


We wanted to give you just a token, compared to our deep appreciation for the work you've done with (our son) over the past 8 months. We got to talking about all the positive ways you have impacted his life, since his start at Jung Kwon. You're willingness to go the extra mile with him has been evident from the very beginning. You have not only been willing to work through his tough times, but have done it with patience and grace.


Recently, you may know, his Kindergarden teacher was removed from the classroom, and didn't return. I was so worried about that disruption for him, but he just said "well, at least I still have the Hughes' !





Hayley J.


We couldn’t be happier with this school! Master Hughes is a great instructor. He is attentive and focused on each individual student as well as the entire group. The lessons my son is learning go beyond the mat. Thank you master Hughes and everyone at Jung Kwon Martial arts!

Brandon Wheeler, Professional Chef/Asheville;


I have a background in Kung Fu and Tai Chi. I moved here last year and have had a hard time finding a martial arts school that felt like a good fit - I am selective about my training. Jung Kwon Academy has far exceeded all my hopes and expectations!



George P.


I like this school because everybody here is nice. And anybody I ask for help can help me, even the color belts! - George is not identified because he's 9. He and his family came here late this summer from another school where they cancelled their membership after 3 months (2021).

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Jesus Varella, Champion Weightlifter, Insurance Rep., Arden/Fletcher: (Jesus practices here with his son, (12) and daughter (6):


Great experience! I love the way they do things here. I can practice with my kids and we are all earning together, creating a stronger bond.

Renee May


As someone that comes from a teaching background, I am happily impressed with how Master Hughes pays attention to each individual and give insights I don't think you would get from other instructors.

Beck Henderson

I have been attending Jung kwon since October 2020. I have never had a bad experience here and I doubt I ever will. The Hughes family is extremely helpful to students and there is an atmosphere of authenticity at this place. Jung kwon is by far the best Tae kwan do school in western NC.

Amanda Viselli, College Student;


​I love that we learn practical self defense techniques, and not just tournament fighting! Jung Kwon is more than a school, it's an idea, and it's our martial arts family. It has been for years now!

Craig Sandberg, Professional Musician


Great location, easy to find. Bar none the most affordable classes in Asheville. Lot's of great one on one instruction. And the best training I've seen. Anyone leaving poor review is a troll. This place is amazing! Try one class and you will see that I am right. ​- Craig is now a 4-time NC State Games Gold Medallist (2018).