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.
This once a year special offer fills up fast so contact us to reserve your space ASAP!
*Classes must be scheduled by midnight 12/31/17. Expires 3 months from date of purchase.
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
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
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.~Jörg Detzer
Judo, Kickboxing, PFS( Jeet Kune Do Principles, Philippino Martial Arts, Wudang Pai.
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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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