Classes are held:
Online: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm over Zoom. Join Here
Meeting ID: 854 709 9644
Beginners are always welcome!
Looking for a better workout?
Want to feel safer and more confident?
Get all of that and more from the Cuong Nhu Karate Club at UCF!
We practice an authentic Vietnamese Martial Art called Cuong Nhu that focuses on self-defense, physical fitness, and improving students' moral character. By using principle ideas from 7 different martial art styles, we provide members the opportunity to develop a unique skillset that can be applicable in many self-defense situations. Our practices consist of fast paced full-body workouts that change from night to night to provide students variety in their exercise. Beyond developing your body and self-defense skills, our style also has a philosophy to help guide our members mentally and spirtually.
Come join our martial arts family today for fun and fitness!
Cuong Nhu Martial Arts Association is a federally recognized non-profit educational organization. Cuong Nhu is a martial art that blends the basic elements of a number of different styles. Cuong Nhu has its roots in Shotokan Karate and combines aspects of Aikido, Judo, Wing Chun, Vovinam, Tai Chi Chuan, and Boxing. 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) - Soft (Nhu).
The head instructor is Sensei Mark Brandenburg, a 4th degree black belt with 22 years of experience in Cuong Nhu. Senseis M-J White, Tom Pham, Nick Lippis, Matt Bahr, Elysse Rantanen and Cameron Adelsperger assist Sensei Mark. Master Donald Williams, a 6th degree black belt with nearly 30 years of experience provides guidance to the dojos in the region. Each brings their unique perspective to training that prepares students to become great martial artist and experience Cuong Nhu in a nurturing and fun way. Kicking, combinations, sparring and mat work are areas we focus on.
Kim Hiep Si is Vietnamese for Golden Samurai. The mascot for UCF at the time of the dojo's creation was the Golden Knights. Since 2005, we have served the community and UCF as a quality martial arts dojo. Kim Hiep Si is part of the Cuong Nhu Martial Arts family.