Due to three small car accidents (as passenger!) I suffered from lots of tension, stiffness and pain in my neck as a teenager. I was recommended to have Alexander Technique lessons and attended a two week course in 1983. There, I gained some huge insights and understanding about my neck problems.
Firstly, my neck got so much better. In fact, I felt much more free, open and stronger in my whole body and also in my mind. I felt that I was able to learn so much about myself through my work with the Alexander Technique. I learned about all my habits, how I functioned as a whole, and about body and mind. I also learned about being present in the here and now through finding a strong centre to support myself and learn how to connect with others, nature, and life.
In my heart, I felt that I could not work with anything more interesting and more important then to help other people in similar conditions. I trained to be a teacher of the Alexander Technique at Alexander Technique Training Centre in Totnes, England 1985-1988.
My studio is in Göteborg, Sweden where I give private lessons and run workshops and evening classes. I have worked with actors at the theaters of Göteborg and with the singers at Göteborgs operahouse (GöteborgsOperan). I regularly work with musicians at Gothenburg Symphonical Orchestra.
I love teaching Alexander Technique to people who enjoy exploring the many ways of developing body and mind, as through dance, martial arts, strength training, running, riding, yoga and so on. I also love teaching people those who come because of pain and stress from juggling with daily life with work and family. The Alexander Technique can be such a relief, joy and comfort.
I love my family, like to spend time at our country cottage, to read books. I am interested in psychology, enjoy baking cakes and eating them, love chocolate and enjoy tea time with friends. I’m very fond of cats, deers and elephants.
Ken J. Good:
Ken Good formed up with Class #105 for UDT/SEAL BUD/S training and was the class Honor Graduate. Mr. Good was assigned to SEAL Team One in Coronado, CA. He attended Scout/Sniper School and subsequently received an instructor rating based on his performance during that training.
Ken was also selected to be a member of the highly competitive U.S. Naval Pentathlon Team (CISM) and set the world points record during his second tour with the team. He has traveled extensively around the globe as member of Naval Special Warfare and operationally deployed to the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea.
He is experienced in the administration of classroom and practical instruction for the federal government and private industry.
Ken initially co-founded Combative Concepts Inc. This company aggressively sought out strategies, principles, tactics, and techniques that would prevail in actual combat across a wide spectrum of encounters.
Curriculums were relentlessly refined based on real-world experience and constant feedback from a diverse population of operators. These curriculums have been embedded and formed the foundation for several other Institutions and training entities over a 30-year period.
Ken is the author of “Strategies of Low-Light Engagements – A Law Enforcement Officers Guide”. This manual encapsulates many years of practical training and doctrine development in this particular area.
Ken holds patents on several illumination tool products to be deployed in combative environments.
Ole Kingston has been training in the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Roppokai for over 28½ years. He was the most senior non-Tokyo member of the Roppokai, as well as the highest ranking non-Japanese member. He was promoted to the rank of 4th Dan and Jun-Dairi-Kyoju (sub-teaching license) by Soshi Seigo Okamoto. 10 October , 2002.
Ole also happens to be completely paralyzed from the chest down. Shortly after his 16th birthday, on December 30, 1975 while riding his bicycle in Copenhagen Ole was hit by a car. Since that time he has lived in a wheelchair. Despite this, perhaps unbelievably for those who are unfamiliar with Roppokai Aiki techniques, he trains and instructs, executing throws while he wheels about.
A friend and Ole saw a video of Okamoto Sensei in an exhibition of several martial arts styles and said, “Ole, if he can do it you can too.” The next day they visited the club and enrolled October 1, 1986.
Ole has a tattoo of a wild boar and the kanji for the year of the boar. He was born in the year of the boar and the actual kanji character was written by Okamoto Sensei. On the other arm, is “Benkei” a historical Japanese character renowned for his strength, who was the loyal vassal of Minamoto Yoshitsune. Ole got the tattoo because Okamoto Sensei once told him, “You are like Benkei.”
In Daito-ryu and Aikido the kihon (basic) waza you do nearly the same technique, but in aikido they tend to soften the waza. In Daito-ryu the basis is jujutsu and techniques are done as jujutsu and it is a bit hard on the opponent. In Daito-ryu, later you use aikinage (aiki throw) to make the basics more fluid and more soft in nature, and use aiki to break the opponent’s balance and then finish off with jujutsu: kime, katame, shime, etc. In aikijujutsu, it seems that that part in particular is more like aikido. But, in Aikido you tend to move around the opponent rather than moving the opponent around you, which you do in Aikijujutsu. Also in the Roppokai the waza are many times smaller than in Aikido, and the Aiki no jutsu [compiled of nuki aiki (releasing aiki), tome aiki (stopping aiki), fure aiki (touching aiki), aikizeme (aiki attack), aikime (eye aiki), hiki and zeme (pull and attack), kokyu (breath), circular motion and conditioned reflex] are of great importance to executing small waza.
After Okamoto sensei’s passing in January 2015 , Ole Kinston’s group chose not to continue with the new version of Roppokai since Okamoto sensei had not appointed a successor. His organization based in Denmark is now called Daitoryu Aikijujutsu Enryukai: Circle flow association.
Steve Kardian is one the nation’s go-to experts on issues of women’s safety, crime prevention and risk reduction. Steve is a national media consultant for Inside Edition, CNN, HLN, Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Jane Velez-Mitchell, HLN Morning Express, News Now, Fox News, The Morning Show, CBS, NBC, ABC World News, Men’s Journal, the New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Women’s Day, All About You Magazine, Best Life Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated and many others…
Steve is called upon by the national media to offer solutions and interpretations to many of the nation’s most high profile cases. As a career law enforcement officer, detective, sergeant and chief criminal investigator, Steve has a demonstrated lifelong passion for the issue of personal safety, particularly as it applies to young women.
Through his media and consulting work, Steve has helped millions of young men and women better understand their role in preventing sexual assault, dating violence, stalking issues, date rape drugs, crimes against the person and the gift of good intuition. Steve’s vast knowledge on how the predator thinks can be seen in some of his investigative media work with NBC and Inside Edition in
which he lured 21 out of 21 women into compromising situations that, if he was real predator, would have compromised each of the women’s safety. Steve teaches women how to project themselves as a hard target. His students many “saves” are evidence of his success!
Steve has been lecturing on crime prevention, campus safety, and women’s safety for 30 years. Prominent martial artists and educators travel from across the nation and Europe to learn the Women’s Empowerment Series. He has also been invited to lecture and teach the Executive Division of the Governors office for the State of New York. Steve is one of a small group of Americans to hold the rank of 3rd degree Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, one of the most prestigious and effective martial arts in the world today. Steve was also appointed to the Westchester County Victims Assistance advisory board where he continues to assist crime victims in their various stages of recovery. Steve also lectured, for the past 5 years, across the country at colleges and universities for the prestigious CAMPUSPEAK agency, voted top agency in the country 3 out of 4 years in a row by Campus Magazine.
Steve has been teaching to police officers since 1980. Steve has taught international, federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers on the East and West coast of the United States and in Europe. His students have included members of the FBI, DEA, US Treasury Department, NY State Police, Army Rangers, Navy Seals, the DELTA forces, London’s Metropolitan Police, Ireland’s Garda Siochana, and the Israeli Security Agency under the Prime Minister’s Office. Steve is a certified New York State/FBI defensive tactics instructor. He also holds State certification as a general topics instructor, T.A.S.E.R. instructor, chemical weapons and pepper spray instructor, use of force instructor, baton instructor and a radar/laser instructor. Steve was a senior instructor at the Westchester County Police Academy teaching defensive tactics, interactive skills and how to become an effective supervisor among other subjects.
Steve is the founder of the Less Than Lethal program which teaches tactics and ground control for law enforcement. Steve has previously worked on a committee with the Office of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, for the State of New York to evaluate and submit changes in the way recruits and Defensive Tactics Instructors across the State of New York are trained and taught. He is also a certified consultant for the NYS Dept. of Criminal Justice.
Yoshihito Shibata began Karate at the age of seven. Throughout high school, he enjoyed Sumo and Judo. In 1985, he met his teacher Takuya Ogura. Yoshi lived with him for seven years and studied his style of Ogura-ryu Yawara. Ogura had learned Judo from Uchida Sensei, Kyuzo Mifune style, and Yamada Yaju , Nagaoka Hidekazu style. For five years Yoshi trained with Seigo Okamoto Soshi in Daitoryu Aiki Jujutsu Roppokai. Okamoto’s teacher was Kodo Horikawa Sensei.
Yoshi began studying Aikido in 1989. He returned to Japan for several years to deepen his Aikido practice and train with several Aikido masters whilst also studying Seitei Iaido and Shindo Muso-ryu Jodo.
Yoshi has been practicing a way of life called “KANNAGARA” in Japanese, since 1988. His practice is to unify spirit, mind and body together, to harmonize with the flow of Nature. His daily practices are Aikido, Aiki Jujutsu, Japanese Calligraphy, and Nature Photography.
He currently teaches Aikido and Self-Defense at the University of California Santa Cruz.
What People Say…
To all the faithful followers of Sensei Thong Nguyen,
I have been fortunate in my life to have had the opportunities to travel to many parts of the world and see life from numerous perspectives. (more…)
Robert Koga SenseiFounder of Koga Institute, Chief DT Instructor LAPD 25 yrs.
If I were going to try and encapsulate the meaning and implications of KaizenTao, it would be to be perfectly human.
Introspection and accurate self-evaluation is required for constant growth, improvement, and specific skill building. (more…)
Classically, the “scientist” seeks to reveal and understand relationships that exist within the natural world and the “artist” forms and expresses new relationships from previously existing ones. It is rare that you find a person who demonstrates both (more…)
In my years of martial arts training, I have learned from a lot of different teachers, from a lot of different styles. Most of these teachers only demonstrate the physical level of the techniques. Training with Thong, I immediately noticed that he teaches from the inside out. (more…)
Yoshi Shibata SenseiAikido, Karate, Ogawa ryu, Yawara, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikijujitsu
Please allow me to share something that touches me very much. I’m writing this with a mind that is still racing, but in a very positive way. This morning at around 3am, I came home from a two day seminar with Thong Sensei. (more…)
Norbert G. MatauschKyokushinkai Karate, Wing Tsun, Systema, Senshido
I have been around martial arts for a few decades. After a decade in Asian Arts, including a good amount of Aikido, I spent a decade playing Capoeira. Then most recent decade was training in Systema (more…)
I started Systema in 2005 at a seminar of Mikhail Ryabko in Augsburg, which impressed me very much. After that, I learned with a small Systema group in Munich and took seminars and occasional private lessons from Andreas Weitzel. I had a feeling I’d learned a lot during these last couple of years and built up some very solid skills and knowledge… Until I got in contact with KaizenTao. (more…)
Alexander SchilgenJudo, Karate, Wing Chun, Latosa Escrima, Systema
I’m a VP at a very large US Defense Contractor. My job is extremely stressful, and takes me to very austere environments around the globe. I originally came to Thong seeking to gain more confidence in my abilities to protect myself and loved ones. (more…)
The mental aspects of human conflict permeate all components of class and lay the foundation for the lessons learned during each session. Thong has a fun and genuine group of people spanning a wide spectrum from professionals at the forefront (more…)
Major Matt Van EchoBattalion Cmdr. Instructor Basic School USMC, Quantico VA
I began training with Mr. Thong Nguyen three years ago and in that time it’s been an excellent journey of discovery, not only of martial arts, but of concepts that are applicable to daily life.Thong’s teaching style is (more…)
Scott KelleyChief Warrant Officer 4, U.S. Army
I have had the pleasure of training with Mr. Thong Nguyen both as part of a group and on an individual basis. Mr. Nguyen’s extensive martial arts background combined with his other athletic pursuits (dance, cycling, rock climbing) creates a unique learning (more…)
Lieutenant D.GPolice Officer, DC Metro Area
I am most fortunate to have studied several martial arts under the direction of tremendous instructors. However, until happening upon Mr. Thong Nguyen, I never felt any single art addressed all aspects of self-awareness or self-defense. (more…)
Brian SchmidtBJJ Instructor Criminal Justice Academy, Fairfax, VA
I just met Thong at the “Three Paths One Journey” seminar hosted by Aikido of Roseville. To prepare for the workshop I took a tour of you tube to view as many videos as I could find.Although Thong’s approach is not “traditional Aikido” (more…)
I live in Buenos Aires, Argentine, where I work as psychiatrist. I found KaizenTao website by chance, around 2010, during my pursuit of further instruction. I´ve been into Aikido (Tohei Style, then Yoshigasaki Sensei Organization) for decades,actually holding 3rd degree black belt. (more…)
Dr. Adrian KerteszSandan under Koichi Tohei Shihan, Ki Society, Tai Chi Wang
I am from Mexico City. I started training PHYSICALY MA 35 years ago. 15 years ago in 1999 my REAL MA training started when I met my mentor Robert Koga, this was precisely the reason I met Thong. (more…)
Josafath HerreraTrainer of LE, Bodyguards and Military in Mexico
Joining KaizenTao is a life changing event. In retrospect, I was like a frog living in a well and thought that the sky was this BIG, only as big as the size of my place. Now though I am still the frog but I have come to learn (more…)
Mitchell WuTai Chi Practitioner 40+ years
The longer I train with Mr. Thong Nguyen the broader and deeper the ramifications of his teaching. The training has had a major impact in all areas of my life, affecting not only my other martial training and teaching, but also my work, sense of self (more…)
Nick KiritzChief Instructor Georgetown Aikikai, Godan ASU
Being a teacher of mathematics I’m well-aware of the challenges faced in teaching a powerful tool grounded in fundamentals which must be practiced until they are mastered.The teacher must be knowledgeable and capable at all levels (more…)
Dr. Justin Wyss-GallifentSenior Lecturer, Mathematics UMCP, Contact Improv Dancer
The martial arts training I’ve received under Mr. Thong Nguyen is the best combativestraining program I’ve ever seen. I’ve never found any martial art this complete. As a Marine we need to be both physically fit and ready for combat at any moment and KaizenTao helps (more…)
Lance Corporal Jon SkeensUSMC, Muay Thai, Shodan Aikido Schools of Ueshiba
KaizenTao, as taught by Mr. Thong Nguyen, is magical, joyous and astonishing indeed. Thong assures your safety first, then opens up your abilities in multiplicitous ways you would never have even conceived.Gentle, precise and self-effacing, Thong’s personal touch
Dr. Percy WalcottMaster Taiji, Tae Kwon Do, Judo Master Yang, Sandan ASU
I’ve trained in various martial arts since I was eight years old; however, I almost always felt as if tradition, secrecy, and closed minds obscured the fundamental value and true application of the techniques. When I was fortunate enough to find Mr. Thong Nguyen’s KaizenTao classes, (more…)
Thomas BrennanShaolin Hung Fut, TKD, Shackle Hands, Kupigana Ngumi
I trained with Thong in May 2014, during a three-day seminar near Sacramento, California. Thong taught how to stayed connected and relaxed while under stress…. then freedom and ki emerges. His beautiful martial arts style is soft, yet very powerful.
Cliff BernsteinTrained Aikido since 1978 under Frank Doran Sensei