About Cuong Nhu


At Satori Dojo, we do not believe that any one style of martial arts is superior to another. There is no superior style, only superior martial artists. Founded in 1965 by Grandmaster Ngo Dong, Cuong Nhu combines the basic elements of a number of different styles. Cuong Nhu blends aspects of Shotokan Karate, Aikido, Judo, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Vovinam, Tai Chi Chuan, and Western boxing to create a truly well rounded and versatile martial art.  It is this blending of hard and soft styles from which Cuong Nhu (pronounced Kung New) derives its name, which is Vietnamese for hard (cuong) and soft (nhu).

One could describe Cuong Nhu as a traditional mixed martial art.  We begin by developing a strong foundation in hard style, linear karate.  In the intermediate levels students learn joint locking techniques similar to those of Aikido, basic boxing skills, and short stick techniques like those in escrima, in addition to continuing to develop their hard style training.  At the advanced levels students learn the throws of Judo and the groundwork of Jujitsu as well as forms and fighting with the long staff.  Black belt students concentrate on developing the soft style techniques derived from Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan, and Wing Chun.  Advanced dan ranks study the Kung Fu animal forms of Vovinam as well as advanced weapons training.

Cuong Nhu also contains a philosophy component designed by Grandmaster Dong to help students better understand themselves, their martial arts training, and life in general.  We are guided by an eight-facet code of ethics, and educate our students in the rich history of the martial arts.

For more information, visit Cuong Nhu’s National website at http://www.cuongnhu.com.