A Humbling Testimonial: Steve Kardian, author of “The New Super Power For Women”
Photo courtesy: “The New Super Power For Women”, Simon & Schuster
I’ve had the great honor of working with some truly amazing and fascinating professionals in my life. It is sometimes embarrassing to hear their words, but I am always grateful to hear their impressions of KaizenTao training.
My dear friend and newly signed author with Simon & Schuster, Professor Steve Kardian shares how we first met in NYC on a blistering cold Thanksgiving weekend and become fast friends. I am humbled by these sentiments from a highly accomplished lifelong martial artist, Law Enforcement DT trainer, security expert television consultant, and author of a what is arguably the best treatise on personal self-protection and self-defense, “The New Super Power for Women”. I highly recommend this book and we have purchased them for our school, friends and family.
Thank you for being you, Brother Steve!
I met Sensei Thong Nguyen via Facebook about 6 years ago and we quickly became friends, and had frequent phone conversations. We eventually met in NYC, at Grand Central Station, Thanksgiving weekend 2013. Thong drove me to a park in what I would refer to as a challenging neighborhood in Harlem. Thong demonstrated some small joint manipulation subject control techniques on me and I immediately knew that he possessed special skills. With more then 30 years in law enforcement and 40 years in the martial arts I had never experienced this level of efficiency.
As Thong continued to demonstrate and teach me, a crowd began to gather from a nearby housing project. I was working for the NYC Dept. of Investigation at the time and as this group of “gentlemen” continued to grow I said, in somewhat half joking voice, “no worries, I do have an extra magazine with me.” Thong replied that he didn’t believe that would be necessary (I now know this to be true). Some in the crowd asked Thong to teach them the techniques he was demonstrating and he politely declined. We decided to cut the session short and enjoyed a coffee, sightseeing in Manhattan, and some great conversation. This was also the first time I met his lovely wife to be, Vanessa.
When Thong visited NY in 2016 he offered to give me a private lesson and I jumped at the opportunity. We met at a local martial arts academy just outside NYC. We did a private session for more then 2 hour and Vanessa captured the session on video. I have never been exposed to this type of energy. He combined the elements of leverage, technique and timing with precise economy of motion. His fluidity and grace were a thing of beauty and I embraced his patience and attention to detail.
To say I was beyond impressed is an understatement. He is a man of great integrity, morals and compassion. I have always compared the martial arts to chess, there is a move for everything, a counter for every move, and a counter for every counter! In chess the title of Grandmaster is the highest title a player can attain and Thong is every bit deserving of that title in every aspect of his life. I am proud to call him a dear friend!
The more I learn the more I realize how much I still have to learn!
law enforcement – martial arts – safety
Extensive background in GJJ/BJJ, Combat Submission Wrestling (Erik Paulson), Kyokushin Karate. Exposed to JKD, Wing Chun, Kru Muay Thai. Retired Police Sergeant; Mt. Pleasant PD NY, former Chief Investigator NYC Dept. of Investigation, contractor for the U.S Marshals Service, Sr. Defensive tactics instructor, general topics instructor including interactive skills, use of force, how to be and effective supervisor, Westchester County Police Academy. Certified consultant to the NYS Dept. of Criminal Justice (DCJS), appointed – NYS DCJS select committee to review and revamp the statewide defensive tactics curriculum. Founder – Less Than Lethal Tactics and Ground Control for Law Enforcement and the Jane Jitsu Women’s Safety and Self Defense Program. Professional Speaker: CAMPUSPEAK (former), Never Stop Learning, NSL (current speaker). Media personality: Law Enforcement and Safety Consultant for Inside Edition, Fox and Friends, Fox New, Dr. Phil, Dr. OZ, Dr. Drew, GMA, The Today Show, CNN and HLN. Author “The New Super Power For Women” Simon & Schuster 2017.