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Winter Tae Kwon Do Classes starting Tuesday, Jan. 12th
Hi Everyone,

Hope you and your family are doing well!

I just wanted to let you know we got the green light to start classes back up again.

Winter Tae Kwon Do classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 12th at Nicollet Middle School (400 East 134th St., Burnsville) in the auxiliary gym. Use Entrance #15 on the east side of the building.

NEW REQUIREMENT: All students will need to wear a face mask/covering for the duration of the class. No exceptions. This includes instructors as well.

Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance. I will be checking in each student as they arrive. All students have to be pre-registered. Once a student is checked in for class, guardians must leave the building and either wait in their car or leave and return to pick the student up at the end of class.

To register for our upcoming classes, go to:

Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and hope to see you soon!

Master Nam

Fight Video
Mr. Robb Miller, Master Rob Schneider, Master An, Mrs. Stacey, Mr. JT, and Master Nam did a fun fight video together with a few of their friends. Check it out!

Holiday Video
A bit earlier than our previous years, we decided to finish off the last few scenes of our annual Christmas video. We share with you “A Christmas Story at the Nguyens.” Hoping this will help spread a little holiday cheer!

Kukkiwon Certificate
My early Christmas gift. Finally got around to framing my certificate for our home. Hope you are all doing well!


11/19 & 11/24 Tae Kwon Do Classes Cancelled
Hello Everyone,

Given the Governor’s new directives, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has suspended all in-person activities, classes, meetings, etc. through December effective immediately. All Tae Kwon Do classes on Thursday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 24th have been cancelled. Community Ed staff will contact participants via email and provide refunds for unused sessions for current classes and refund in full for classes not yet begun.

Students scheduled to test this evening will be rescheduled to a later date. Any checks that I have received for the test fee will be shredded and disposed of.

Our Winter Session I classes will begin on Tuesday, January 5th pending any further cancellations. I will keep you all informed. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.

Take care and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Master Nam

Fall Session II
No classes on Thursday, Oct. 29th and Tuesday, Nov. 3rd. Fall Session II begins on Thursday, Nov. 5th. Have a great week and see you all on the 5th!

After 6 long months…
It’s GREAT to be back!


Fall Tae Kwon Do Classes
Classes begins Tuesday, Oct. 6th.

Classes will be held at Diamondhead Education Center (200 Burnsville Pkwy, Burnsville) in the Upstairs Commons area. Use Entrance #2 on upper east side of Diamondhead. Enter from Pillsbury Ave. The Commons area is carpeted and spacious so we can spread out if needed.

The class schedule is as follows:
Youth Beginner (Beginner through Yellow Belt):
Tue/Thu 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Youth Advanced (Green Belt through Black Belt) & All Level Adult:
Tue/Thu 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Registration link:…/2082/subcategory_id/26

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Flashback to my 1st Degree Black Belt Test
Flashback to 1987! I can’t believe it is already been 33 years since I tested for my 1st degree black belt in karate. A long enduring 5.5 hour test at the Edina Community Center.

Tae Kwon Do Classes Returning this Fall
Great news! Tae Kwon Do classes returns this Fall beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6th! We look forward to seeing you all again.

Some changes however. We will be combining both the Youth Advanced class and Adult class (All Levels) into one class so the schedule will be as follows:

Youth Beginner (Beginner through Yellow Belt):
Tue/Thu 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Youth Advanced (Green Belt through Black Belt) & All Level Adult:
Tue/Thu 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

The 30 minutes in between classes allows us to sanitize any high touch surfaces and equipment. This also helps control the number of people coming/going into the gym space.

Some guidelines (subject to change) that have been put forth by Community Education that we will all to need to follow:

  • All staff and visitors of ISD 191 are required to wear a face covering that covers both nose and mouth. Participants are required take their temperature before arriving and attest to a health check prior to each class session. Do not attend if temp is 100° F or above, or if you or any member of your household has been in contact with anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms within the last 72 hours.
  • If symptoms develop while in the facility, the individual will leave immediately.
  • Upon arriving, all persons must wash hands or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer when hand washing stations are not available.Observe physical distancing, entrance, exit and traffic flow guidelines.
  • Only registered participants are permitted in the building.

Youth Classes

  • One (1) guardian per registered child/ren allowed at class drop off and pick up. No friends or siblings permitted.
  • Once a student is checked in, guardians must leave the building and return to pick the student up at the end of class.
  • When class is completed, instructors will release students 1 at a time to their guardian.
  • Do not congregate and leave promptly after class.
  • Read the full COVID-19 Policies and Procedures prior to attending class.

Happy Birthday
One of our students turns 9 on June 18th. Happy Birthday Mr. Jackson! Wishing you a wonderful day.


Future Jean-Claude Van Damme
Mr. JT demonstrating his flexibility!


Happy Memorial Day
Thinking of all of you. Stay well. Happy Memorial Day!


TKD Video Library Additions
In this week’s lesson, we are covering 4-Way Patterns, Ki Bon Hyung, Basic Movement, Basic One-Steps #1-7, Advanced One-Step Counter Attacks #1-6, Working Techniques #1-20, Target Striking #1-7, 22 Movement, and 5 Sets of 3-2-1 Steps. Hope you all are enjoying the training videos!

A Special Message from Ms. Ruth
While watching our TKD Video Library today, Ms. Ruth Waters drew a picture and made this sweet card that read “I miss you Master Nam ❤ Ruth.”

Thank you Ms. Ruth! We miss you too. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Finalizing our video library!


TKD Video Library
Finalizing our video library! Library content now includes all 8 Pal Gwe patterns, Kicking Combinations #1-12, Intermediate Kicking #1-10, Kicking Practice #1-10, Face Contacts #1-20, and Advanced One-Steps #1-6. More content next week.

Emails will go out to all students this week with link to playlist. Hope you are all doing well. We miss you all!

Training Videos
During this Stay-at-Home order, we want to bring our Tae Kwon Do training to you in your homes.

We are in the process of setting up a private YouTube video playlist for our students to access all of our curriculum ranging from patterns, kicking sets, one-steps, and many others.

The library is ever-growing so check back often for new content.

If you are interested in viewing our playlist, please PM us your email address and we will notify you when it is available.

Stay safe and we will see you soon!


Rise Up – The Step Challenge
Figuring ways to challenge each other and increase our steps. Another video from The Nguyens for some humor and entertainment. Remember to keep moving and your mind as stress-free as possible. Sending you all positive vibes and love as we go through these crazy times. Stay strong.

Tae Kwon Do Classes Cancelled through April
This afternoon the decision was made to cancel all Community Education classes that are occurring now or starting in April. Tae Kwon Do classes are cancelled for now until further notice. Students who have registered for classes starting on 3/31 will be refunded the tuition in full. Students registered in the current session (3/3-3/19) will receive a credit for the cancelled classes to your community ed account for use on any future community education class in ISD 191.

Color Belt and Black Belt Testing will be rescheduled to a future date.

We appreciate you being a part of our Tae Kwon Do Family, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Thank you for your understanding. Take good care of yourselves and your loved ones!

3/17 & 3/19 Tae Kwon Do Classes Cancelled
In response to direction from Governor Tim Walz, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has decided to cancel school beginning Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 29th. This includes all practices, activities and community education programs, including Project KIDS school-age care, Ready to Grow and Ready to Learn.

All Tae Kwon Do classes for Tuesday, March 17th and Thursday, March 19th have been cancelled. We will most likely schedule make-up classes in April for the cancelled classes.

At this time, our Spring Session I classes will begin on Tuesday, March 31st. For those color belt students scheduled to test this upcoming week, we will reschedule your test in April. As of now, Black Belt Test is still on for Saturday, April 11th.

We appreciate your understanding and continued support so that we may resume our regular classes following this closure. We will provide updates on this page when we receive them.

Take care and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Saturday Morning Practice
Preparation for Black Belt Test is underway!

Kukkiwon Certifications
Mr. JJ Jones received his 3rd Dan and Mr. Jacob Jones received his 1st Dan certificate on Thursday evening. Congrats gentlemen!


Newly Kukkiwon certified for father-daughter duo! Ms. Brielle Anderson and Mr. Rich Anderson both received their 1st Dan certificate on Thursday evening. Congrats!


New Purple Belt
A little TRI and a lot of UMPH! Mr. Logan Kretz finally crushed his boards on the combo break to complete his purple belt test. Way to go Mr. Logan!!


No TKD Classes on 2/25 & 2/27
No Tae Kwon Do classes on Tuesday, Feb. 25th and Thursday, Feb. 27th. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Mar. 3rd in the Nicollet Middle School auxiliary gym. Have a wonderful week!

Best part of my Job
Always such a good feeling to present a new belt to a student who has worked hard, shows good TKD spirit, and successfully completes their test.


New animated image Blue Belt Promotions
A solid performance by Mr. Dylan Carston on his purple belt test this evening! Congrats Mr. Dylan on your promotion! We are proud of you.


Blue Belt Promotions
Mr. Liam Doan and Ms. Kerry Crawford both had an outstanding performance on their belt test this evening. Great Job on your blue belt promotion!


Adult Student Belt Promotions
Four adult students tested, all four passed. A Grand Slam! Mr. Mike Kretz, Mr. Brian Waters, Mr. Michael Reitz, and Ms. Kathleen Reitz all had outstanding memory, showcased good technique, and crushed their double roundhouse kick break. Great Job to all of you!!


Orange Belt Promotions
Mr. Jackson Nejman and Ms. Sabrin Elmi performed very well during their color belt test this evening. They both smashed their boards. Congrats on your orange belt promotion!


Black Belt Luncheon
Our Black Belts recently gathered for a New Year feast at Super World Buffet today!


Northwoods Conquest
Ms. Rachel Countryman is competing at the Northwoods Conquest Tae Kwon Do Tournament in Wisconsin this Saturday! Good Luck Ms. Rachel!!


Koryo Chunbi!


Determination and Perseverance
Determination and perseverance are two words to describe Ms. Kathleen Reitz’s attitude and focus in her practices and attempts the last few months. She finally crushed her leg over side kick break tonight! Congrats Ms. Kathleen on a job well done!!


Get Your Rear in Gear 5K
Join the Nguyen School of TKD on Sunday, August 30th at Veterans Memorial Park in Richfield for the 2020 Get Your Rear in Gear in an effort to raise awareness for colorectal cancer.

Online Registration:

DATE: Sunday, August 30, 2020
LOCATION: Veterans Memorial Park, 636 East 66th St., Richfield, MN 55423
FEES: Through Sunday, April 26 at midnight
Adult: $31
Youth (12 and under): $16
Kids’ Fun Run (10 and under): $16

7:30 a.m. – Registration
8:20 a.m.- Opening Ceremonies and Team Awards
8:50 a.m. – Kids Fun Run
9:00 a.m. – 5k Timed Run/5k Walk and 1.7 Mile Walk
9:50 a.m. – Post Race Finisher Awards


Holiday Dinner & Awards Banquet Highlights
A memorable evening celebrating 27 years with ISD 191 Community Education is in the books! It was very nice to see students and instructors of past and present and their families. This has been an amazing year. Seven new black belt promotions!

We would like to congratulate all students who were nominated for this year’s awards and to all of our award recipients! We also presented our very first “Courage Award.” Also, congrats to all prize winners!

Thanks to you all for being part of our dojang. Without all of you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. View all banquet photos

2019 Award Winners:

Courage Award – Ms. Kasthuri Kamalanathan
Instructor of the Year – Mr. Eric Nguyen
Tae Kwon Do Family of the Year – The Carston Family
Best Kicks – Ms. Kerry Crawford
Tae Kwon Do Perseverance – Ms. Kathleen Reitz
Most Improved – Mr. Brandon Acord
Tae Kwon Do Spirit – Ms. Michele Gressman
Tae Kwon Do Role Model of the Year – Mr. Brian Waters
Best Manner – Mr. Jackson Albrecht
Competitor of the Year – Mr. Liam Doan


Location Nicollet Middle School (Auxiliary Gym), 400 East 134th Street, Burnsville, MN 55337 Phone (612) 202-8557 E-mail Hours Tuesdays & Thursdays: Youth (Beginner - Yellow Belts) - 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM; Youth Advanced (Green - Black Belts) & All Adult (All Levels) - 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
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