Thong Nguyen has trained in martial arts since the time he could walk. Growing up in a martial arts family in Vietnam where his father and uncles were masters of numerous martial arts, he learned early in life there is no one invincible art. On any given day, any style could win. What mattered was not the art but the appropriateness to the response to any given situation.
Thong began pursuing as many disciplines as he could find qualified Masters willing to share. He was nicknamed “The Sponge” by his mentors as he had an uncanny ability to absorb and retain information.
After becoming a professional dancer, coach and trainer, Thong better understood the value of grace, poise, balance, proper internal and external alignment in fueling effortless, efficient, and powerful movement. The mind, body, connectivity gained from a dancer’s freedom, helped to gel Thong’s understanding of his martial arts, in a way that martial arts training alone could not do. It became the lubricant and coolant for his high performance engine.