Bushin Martial Arts Academy of Richmond
Mike Nguyen - Head Instructor
Internationally Certified Martial Arts Instructor, Mike Nguyen / Bushin Martial Arts Academy of Richmond.
Mike began his martial arts training in Karate-do, Judo and Vietnamese martial arts in 1976 from his Father. In 1978 he started training in Shorin Ken Karate-do in Newport News, Virginia under Hanshi Posenau. In 1983, at the age of 16, he received the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Karate-do. Mike was awarded the rank of Rokudan in 2008 and also received a title of Shihan (Master Instructor) in his primary discipline of Karate-do from Hamada, Hanshi of Bushin-Kan Dojo USA. Mike continues his training to achieve his teachings and rank in the classical Japanese arts of Iaido, Kendo and Jiu-jitsu. He assisted instruction at Newport News Parks and Recreations, headed up the Karate program at the College of William and Mary, established the Karate program at the University of Virginia before opening the Bushin Martial Arts Academy in Williamsburg in 2008 with his brother John. Mike and his wife Suzanne established Bushin Martial Arts Academy of Richmond in 2012 to share the wonderful self-defense arts with the Richmond and surrounding area.
In 2008, Mike received his Instructor's Certification in Gracie Jiu-jitsu from the Gracie Jiu-jitsu Academy headquarters in Torrance, California and was promoted to Brown belt by Ryron Gracie in September 2016. Mike continues to teach and train daily to further improve his martial skills and enjoy helping others to grow.
Suzanne Nguyen - Instructor
Internationally Certified Martial Arts Instructor, Suzanne Nguyen / Bushin Martial Arts Academy of Richmond.
Suzanne began her martial arts training in Shorin-Ken Karate-do at the College of William and Mary in 1997; she received her Shodan rank in 2000. Suzanne achieved the rank of Godan, Renshi in her primary discipline of Karate-do from Hamada, Hanshi of Bushin-Kan Dojo USA. She also holds rank in Judo, Iaido, Kendo and classical Japanese Jiu-jitsu. She was the assistant instructor for the College of William and Mary Martial Arts Club from 1999-2001, and at the University of Virginia Recreational Sports Program from 2001-2006.
Suzanne began her training in Gracie Jiu-jitsu in 2008 at Bushin Martial Arts Academy (Williamsburg) and achieved her blue belt in 2009. She attended the Gracie Academy Instructor Certification Program in July 2011 and July 2015 Suzanne was promoted to Purple belt by Rener Gracie, and Purple belt 1st stripe by Ryron Gracie in September 2016. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM). Suzanne balances her training, teaching, personal training sessions, holding a full-time job outside the home and being a loving Mother of 3 beautiful children.