KAIZENTAO PERSONALIZED COACHING
The next best thing to taking a KaizenTao class in person with Thong is via our KaizenTao Personalized Coaching classes. Thong has successfully guided world-class athletes, dancers, martial artists, and even legendary masters in reversing a lifetime of impingements, misunderstandings of their body’s usage while improving their technical and application understanding of their arts.
Thong is fond of saying, “Wherever you go, there you are.” Meaning all the mistakes/problems/misunderstanding you have learned, developed or reinforced will follow you in all that you do… for the rest of your life. Anything can be rectified and re-calibrated so long as you are aware of the problem.
Even the most experienced martial artists can have an overblown sense of their skills and abilities as they always train within their comfort zone with a craving to look good. By perfecting whatever it is we do well, we most certainly ensure that our weaknesses will only grow weaker.
If you’ve always wanted to take a KaizenTao class but are unable to come to Thong, you can now experience his unique teaching methods and lifetime of M.M.A. (Mixed Movement Arts) experience from your computer.
WHAT STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
ARE SAYING ABOUT K.P.C:
From Copenhagen Denmark
For a little over 3½ years I met Thong Nguyen on Facebook, via a martial arts site and friends. We had some small conversations, that went to private conversations by email, Instant Messenger and over Skype. We had many long talks about the Martial arts /science etc. which led to what Thong and I do.
We learned that there were many similarities between our arts and some things were nearly identical, whereas others were different but related. Some were different due to culture and other reasons. We could start sharing more specific things since Thong was experienced with coaching on Skype from the dojo and home. I shared about my handicap and abilities and my training in the martial arts, light weightlifting , bicycling, qi gong , and aerobics from my wheelchair.
I missed my younger years of doing Kung Fu, since I love Kung Fu movies, and especially Shaolin animal hands. Thong said he could help me. By combining my love for Kung Fu and other training, he began showing me exercises which resembled Qi Gong, gymnastic, with physical and mental visualization.
Thong was amazingly quick in adapting the exercises for me in my wheelchair. One day, Thong said: I will teach you a Kung Fu form which he had already modified in his mind for me, and it was a very long form. I am stillnot good at it, but every time I am “finished”, Thong takes me to the next level.
All his exercises and moves in the form fit perfectly into my daily life. I am now in much better shape, far stronger, with greater balance and coordination. Thong said you are use to very small movements due to your high level in Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu, but it is also beneficial to return to basics and do bigger movement to train range of motion and get you out of your comfort zone.
Since training this way, my blood flow is much better, my doctor says there is no need for my next surgery, and it seems that my old wounds can now heal naturally by themselves. This has led to my improved balance, better blood flow, more strength, more confidence, and some of my fears are now gone or nearly gone, which comes from some of the mental work Thong is doing with me.
I am looking forward to continuing my training with Thong with continual growth and also my friendship and with the KaizenTao family. I still have many more years to train/practice with Thong, and it betters my life and all that I do with my martial arts and much more. I may have to practice with Thong until I die and it would be a pleasure for me.”
~ Ole Kingston Sensei has trained in Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Roppokai over 28½ years. He is the most senior non-Tokyo member of the Roppokai in the world, as well as the highest ranking non-Japanese member. He was promoted to the rank of 4th Dan and awarded the Jun-Dairi-Kyoju (sub-teaching license) by Soshi Seigo Okamoto October 10, 2002. He is the founder of Daitoryu Aikijujutsu Enryukai in Copenhagen Denmark.
From Munich, Germany:
The KaizenTao online training gave me many insights on how my body and mind should work …. as one unit. Thong is an excellent teacher with years of teaching experience and he “senses your weakness” in an blink of an eye and helps you to improve through very clever invented step by step progressions.
When I started my KaizenTao journey I felt pretty relaxed and mostly tension free but in only a few minutes of doing exercises guided by Thong I looked in “the mirror of reality” and saw it was just an illusion ….my illusion of being relaxed. My online training with Thong helped me a lot since then to get more and more rid of unnecessary tension in my body and it also had a very positive effect on how to reduce stress in my daily life because everything is connected (Mens sana in corpore sano: a healthy mind in a healthy body). I noticed several additional benefits, to name a few: I am able to feel my body more; my alignment improved; my balance got much better; I am more connected to myself and can feel where tension builds up in my body and mind; my awareness got better…..etc..
What I really love about Thongs training is that he teaches you what you really need and not what you think you need ….and this is sometimes completely different. The KaizenTao training gave me a much better understanding about movement in general and about the benefits of moving more efficient and precisely which can be used universal.
I feel like a completely different person since I started my KaizenTao journey and I love it! I can highly recommend the KaizenTao online training to anyone who wants to improve …..to get the best out of yourself!
Thank you very much for your guidance Thong!
~ Alexander Schilgen
Judo, Shotokan/Fudokan Karate, Wing Chun, Latosa Escrima, Systema
From Buenas Aires. Argentina:
I would like to share my own experience with online coaching by Thong. I live in Buenos Aires and work as a psychiatrist. I used to practice Aikido and Taichi, now I have embraced KaizenTao and follow its path and also practice Rukopashneyboj Berserk, a Russian style. I met Thong in 2010.
He does what he does. Changing people. I’ve been around. I know people. I have met many, instructors and students. I’m myself a coach experienced in assisting other people’s growth.
Thong has a knack for, how should I say it, reaching to your core. Not in a violent or invasive way. Just fast, quiet and effective. He is so humble, so simple, that that is the first test for me to see. You’ve got to see it to comprehend. Not his teaching. He will deliver. Myself I just have to believe I can. Just that. Simple. Yet scary.
I have athletes with panic attacks, asking me for advice. So, panic is not far from our own daily experience. Thong helps me to understand panic in my life. My body reacts but I don’t perceive it. I was stuck inside, unaware.
I have a 3rd black belt degree in Aikido and my back was in bad condition (it is not Aikido or Sensei’s fault, of course). After correcting my posture, I recovered my spine. Relaxing is something I can say openly, for me is after and before Thong. How he does it? Magic. I mean, just take a class and judge it for yourself. I call it magic. Period.
Also, through online coaching I sharpened my perception. Thong training enhances “the pixels in between” the image. I can discriminate and enhance performance through perception. I already knew all the theories. Thong helps to make them real. Now I’m enhanced. For what I need in my practice, in my life. Others will get what they need in their practice and lives.
If I was asked to put in two words what Thong has taught me, it is perception and values. Perception as an ever-expanding horizon of resources. This is the base for excellence, stamina and self-esteem. And values because KaizenTao is about growing with others.
Even through a Skype video session, he will make sure I can relate. To my own body, to my environment. And, to others.
This perception needs fuel. Ongoing training is a must. Now and then practice, although beneficial will only yield now and then results.
For a seeker as myself, KaizenTao Online coaching with Thong is a must!”
~ Dr. Adrian Kertesz
Sandan under Koichi Tohei Shihan, Ki Society, Tai Chi Wang Style under Sifu James Wang Sing, Systema, Professor in Charge of the Chairs of Psychopathology and Psychotherapy II Group II of the School of Psychology at the University of Flores(1997-2003).
From West Pam Beach, Forida:
“I live in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and I found out about Thong after returning from attending a Systema seminar in Montreal. Upon my return, I was browsing the various systema videos and I came across Kaizen Tao. What impressed me the most was how good his students were and how meticulous he was in instructing (transmission). I decided to contact Thong and it took about 2 years to finally meet in person. I scheduled a 1-2 hour private lesson which ended up to be in excess of 4 hours! Thong never looked at the clock instead he was determined to impart to me the importance of body awareness and elimination of tension.The depth of Thong’s understanding of movement is derived from decades of martial arts, dance, sports and an extremely active lifestyle. The advantage his students have is, Thong has a deep tool box that he can reach into to help his students achieve their goals. It can be dance, MMA, golf, biking,mountain climbing, law enforcement or you name it…..For me the lessons have been fun, challenging and offered me tremendous insight about myself. Thong has carefully stringed tasks that build on each other. The advantage of a Skype lesson is there is no hiding or pretending. Thong’s focus is 100% and if a student can’t or is struggling on a particular task, you are not told to “practice” instead you are given multiple ways to achieve the task on hand
.If you are not near DC or can’t attend regular classes, please consider Skype lessons. I’m certain you will like it and it will improve your life in more ways than one. I’m approaching my 3rd year with the Skype lessons and it has enriched my life.”
~ Ephrem DegefuStudent of various arts over the past 20 years including Wing Chun, Hsing-I, Silat, Systema, Ju-Jitsu, Judo
From Munich, Germany:
I am privileged to attend Thong Nguyen’s online lessons for the past 3 years now. Thong’s teachings triggered a very strong transformation process in any aspect of life. As a young man I am tremendously grateful for having a mentor and brother who helps me to build my life on a very solid base and confronts me with the truth instead of only praising all my talents for no reason.
What I gained from KaizenTao online lessons is a great amount of patience, humility, integrity, the ability to better distinguish right from wrong, discipline to put effort in things that matter to me and my loved ones, the ability of taking important decisions guided by intuition and intellect and the joy of growing in many fields!
My life offered me plenty of challenges to deal with in a very short period of time. KaizenTao helps me to learn from it and use them as stepping stones towards progress and happiness.
After calming down my ego and high self-expectations it is a lot of fun to study the martial principles and techniques and slowly walking the path of learning how to learn to acquire some skills.
Thank you Thong and the KaizenTao Crew for being family, really teaching and sharing very powerful tools!
Love, respect and gratitude,
~ Youssef Koresch
12 years Tae-Kwon-Do, 4 years Yang Taijiquan, 4 years Systema
From London, United Kingdom:
For many years I’ve always been interested in movement and how to get fitter and move better, I tried a lot of fitness things in the gym, remembering the high intensity training I learnt in boxing, but the older I got a part of me was saying I can’t do this type of hard training now, too much tension. I then began to look into Martial Arts for answers to this dilemma and enjoyed exploring several different arts and meeting people hearing of their experiences. During this time I had the pleasure to know Thong and his lovely KaizenTao Crew, I had known Thong for a while and was blessed to be able to meet and learn from Thong at a seminar in Munich in 2014 which pretty much changed my view on movement and life, I felt it answered the questions that had been simmering in me for years.
I have been having Skype lessons with Thong for the past year. These lessons are unlike any I have had with any other martial arts and to me it feels holistic and is a therapy to me, Thong links well being and the troubles and stress one goes through in life to martial art and shows me how to come to terms with it over time. Thong’s teachings give me constant insights and re-calibrations, via breathing, movement and alignment drills and lots more. All that Thong teaches has carried over to my everyday life instantly, it seems about the here and the now and I am amazed at how responsive the mind and body can be if given the appropriate sensory experience, Thong has really opened my eyes to the possibilities, more importantly I feel more stable in my life and know what needs to be done and maintained, self-defence was my initial aim and perhaps it still is but not solely in a combat sense anymore. To me it is learning to cultivate the self and defending from the inside, being mindful of my dark side and being a good person, to which I am forever thankful to Thong for and will pay it forward to my loved ones.
~ Stephen Belbin,
A dedicated student of various arts: Kickboxing, Boxing, Capoeira, Systema, Silat and Wing Chun. Started Kick-Boxing when he was 15 years old, over 22 years ago.
From Munich, Germany:
I would like to share my experiences and insights on my own personal path in martial arts with you and fortunately to have found with Thong Sensei and the Kaizentao family what I have always been looking for.
At the age of 7, I took the first steps towards martial arts. At that time my father with judo background and my uncle from the field of Aikido were the trigger. Since then I have been a seeker with experience in various martial arts. After some time, however, driven by a sense of emptiness that I personally missed something unidentifiable.
So the years moved into the country, until that fateful day on which my brothers Alex and Youssef from the Kaizentao Group Munich gratefully accepted me in their group. With the first incredible Skype lesson with Thong Sensei, followed by an overwhelming weekend seminar I realized this way I would like to go here with my brothers Alex and Youssef from the Munich Group.
Thong Sensei’s excellent guidance, corrections and taking care of personal habits that complicate everyday life, my life in all areas has begun to change only positively. By releasing physical and mental blockages, over time, a new form of mindfulness develops in the outside, as well as a new, sensitive body feeling, and enjoy discovering your physical and mental bad habits, becoming aware and working hard and turning them into good habits.
In the meantime, it is also fascinating how many possibilities there are in my personal everyday life to work physically and mentally. All this, and that is only the beginning, an increasingly fascinating journey to which I am deeply pleased to thank Thong Sensei and the Kaizentao family. The upholding of moral and ethical principles in all areas, which must be lived, perfect the personal image of yourself.
What gives Thong Sensei, with his incredible way of teaching and guidance to others, is one privilege that can be accepted in deep gratitude and is very special and I am thankful from the heart that this opportunity has resulted in my life.
Judo, Kickboxing, PFS( Jeet Kune Do Principles, Philippino Martial Arts, Wudang Pai.
From Calgary, Canada:
Here is a visual example of K.P.C. progress. This Aikido-Feldenkrais teacher and avid golfer who sought my help with his “frozen shoulder” condition which chronically hampered his golf game. Within minutes, this gentleman was able to immediately regain his range of motion that he thought eluded him through time and a back surgery.
“I recently took a lesson over skype and addressed the lack of flexibility in the shoulder region while making a golf swing. Thong diagnosed the impediment as a restriction in the opposite ankle. After Thong walked me through the one step process of freeing up the ankle I was able to complete a fuller range of motion. So simple after it was shown what to do. Thanks again to Thong for so quickly identifying the limitations and providing a simple, effective solution.”
~ Gordon Thomas
Aikido Teacher, Feldenkrais
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