(pronounced /Kung new/) Oriental martial arts was originally developed by Dr. Ngo Dong
(O'Sensei) in 1965 in Hue, Vietnam
. The Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts Association (CNOMAA) is a federally recognized non-profit educational organization. Cuong Nhu is a martial art
that blends elements of Shotokan
, Wing Chun
, Tai Chi Chuan
, and Boxing
. It is this blending of hard and soft styles from which Cuong Nhu derives its name, which is Vietnamese for Hard (Cuong) / Soft (Nhu).
The first Cuong Nhu dojo
in the United States was opened in 1971 in Gainesville, Florida
, at the University of Florida
, where Ngo Dong achieved his Ph. D in Entomology
. The headquarters of the style was originally relocated to Gainesville Florida in 1977, following a daring escape from Vietnam by Ngo Dong and his family. The Cuong Nhu World headquarters is now permanently located in Jacksonville Florida; locally known as the Mandarin Martial Arts Center.
The current head of style for Cuong Nhu is Grandmaster Quynh Ngo.
Students at beginning levels of Cuong Nhu first concentrate on learning hard style Shotokan karate
and Wing Chun techniques such as blocking and kicking, along with basic mat skills such as rolling, falling, takedowns and applications. Emphasis is given to the... Read More