Kru Hai Nguyen

Kru Hai Nguyen is a lifelong practitioner and teacher of the martial arts. In 1970 he was born in Saigon, Viet Nam during the war, Kru Nguyen and his two (2) older brothers became refugees from their war-torn country at the end of the Viet Nam war. His father, who was in the Navy Officer at the time, was able to transport himself and others out to sea on a Navy vessel on the very last day of the war, April, 30 1975 when Saigon was captured by the North Vietnamese. They were picked up by an American Navy ship and put aboard an oil tanker which transported them through Guam to Camp Pendleton in Southern California.

 His father was then sponsored by a church in New York, and then they helped him found a job and relocated to Maryland. In 1981 his father sponsored his wife and three (3) siblings to US. Kru Nguyen began his training in Wing Chun in 1974, at the age of 4 in Viet Nam. In 1981 he began Kenpo Karate and Tae Kwon Do began at age 11 when he arrived US. In 1990 he received 1st Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. In 1995 he received his 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. In 1998 Kru Nguyen received 3rd Dan in Kenpo Karate under Master Ed Hutchinson, Dragon Kenpo Karate.  In 2006 he received 6th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do under Kukkiwon. In 2013 Kru Nguyen received Certified Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do and Certified Law Enforcement Instructor under GM Paul Vunak, Progressive Fighting Systems. He joined his Masters as a full time instructor taught Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, and Jeet Kune Do.

It was these early experiences that taught Kru Nguyen the importance of giving back to the community and helping others the way he and his family were giving assistance when they needed it. Kru Nguyen opened a Wing Chun and Tae Kwon Do in Maryland and Virginia with his partners and taught hundreds of students of all ages and backgrounds. His schools were one of the most successful martial arts organizations in the States until his divorce and then he decided to get his college degree in 1999.

In 2003 Kru Nguyen graduated from University of Maryland University College, received a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. In 2006, he graduated from American InterContinental University, received a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance; a Master of Business Administration in Management. In 2008, he graduated from University of Pennsylvania--Wharton Business School, received his Graduated Certification in Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management. 

He is a Board Certified Wealth Management (CWM), Board Certified Merger and Acquisition Professional (CMAP), Board Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA), Board Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Graduated Institute Realtor (GRI), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM); Certified Private Capital Markets (CPCM), Certified Market Analysis (CMA), Real Estate Licensed in Maryland and Virginia, Licensed Tax Advisor.

Occasionally, he spends his time speaking with groups throughout US and International country on the importance of investing the stock markets, real estates, wealth preserving and protecting assets through the innovative of restricting their life and their entity. 

Kru Nguyen has never forgotten his roots and the schools provide a multitude of community minded projects and charity events every year including:  local food drives, local Asian community, and American Red Cross.

When Kru Nguyen opened his school he was also training and competing in American Style Kickboxing, Wing Chun and WTF Tae Kwon Do. His love of martial arts and desire to compete led him to research the best methods for developing the highest levels of fitness for kickboxing. At the same time, he was interested in the most effective martial arts self defense. This led him to discover the art of Muay Thai and he quickly fell in love with all aspects of the Thai Martial Art. He began to focus in Muay Thai. Kru Nguyen passion for Muay Thai brought him the world renowned GM Toddy Thohsaphon Sitiwatjana in Las

Vegas, Nevada and in Thailand where he eventually earned a certified as Kru under Muay Thai International Association. Later, he heard of GM Woody Chinawut Sirisompan, he became a student of the World renowned GM Woody Chinawut Sirisompan, earned a certified as Kru under Kru Muay Thai Association.

Combining his passion and knowledge of Muay Thai with his experience as a successful martial arts operated, he was inspired to integrate the art of Muay Thai into curriculum. He recognized that Muay Thai is a tremendous way to develop fighting level fitness and it is something everyone could do. Furthermore, it is the most effective and realistic method of self defense for anyone, regardless of size, ability or age.

Unlike other traditional arts like Wing Chun, Jeet Kune Do, Tae Kwon Do or Kenpo Karate which can take many years to master and even then be ineffective for self defense, Muay Thai gets students into the action right away and gets them in shape quickly. Ultimately, Kru Nguyen created his innovative and groundbreaking Muay Thai Curriculum which is designed for school owners of any style to be able to blend Muay Thai into their existing program. The beauty of this curriculum is that it includes the traditional aspects of martial arts like respect, courtesy, life skills and goal setting through belt levels. With this system anyone can learn authentic Muay Thai in a safe and fun way without necessarily being a competitive fighter. The curriculum packages the art to be appealing to the modern American martial arts consumer and school owner without losing the authentic essence. With the advent of MMA, Muay Thai had emerged as the striking art of choice because of its proven effectiveness and the new generations of martial artists have begun seeking it out in unprecedented numbers. In response, Kru Nguyen has created Interception Fighting Systems and Global Muay Thai Association to support school owners interested in integrating modern Muay Thai into their schools and leading the evolution of this wonderful art to a worldwide audience.

Today, he is a professional investor, a consultant, and a highly respected speaker. He is currently operated an investment firm and investing in commercial real estate (Hotel, shopping center and an apartment), and operated a Wing Chun and a Muay Thai gym.

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