OUR INSTRUCTORS

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MIKE NGUYEN

Head Instructor

Mike began his martial arts training in Karate-do, Judo and Vietnamese martial arts in 1976 from his Father. Mike, Shihan (Master Instructor) was awarded the rank of Shichi-Dan, Kyoshi in his primary discipline of Karate-do from Hamada, Hanshi of Bushin-Kan Dojo USA. 1978, he started training 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 continues his training to achieve his teachings and rank in the classical Japanese arts of Iaido, Kendo and Ju-jitsu. He assisted instruction at Newport News Parks and Recreations, headed up the Karate-do 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 communities.  In 2008, Mike received his Instructor's Certification in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu from the Gracie Jiu-jitsu Academy headquarters in Torrance, California.  September 2016, he was promoted to Brown belt by Ryron Gracie. Mike continues to teach and train daily to further improve his martial skills and enjoy helping others to grow.

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SUZANNE NGUYEN

Lead Instructor

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 received the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Instructor in July 2011 from the Gracie Academy, and January 2019 Suzanne was promoted to Brown belt by Ryron Gracie.  She is also a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM).  Suzanne balances her training,  instructor at the dojo, personal training sessions, holding a full-time chemistry teacher at the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School and being a loving Mother of 3 beautiful children.

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BRANDY BURKETT

Yoga Instructor / Assistant GJJ & WE Instructor

Brandy earned her PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009 and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at The College of William & Mary.  Active her entire life, Brandy grew up a three-sport athlete, with a passion for basketball, continuing to play basketball at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. Brandy fell in love with martial arts and has been training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Shorin-Ken Karatedo since 2010 under Mike Nguyen, Shihan. Brandy was awarded the rank of Shodan in in Karatedo in 2017 from Hamada, Hanshi of Bushin-Kan Dojo USA.  She was promoted to Brown belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu 2020 by Gracie University and is also a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Instructor. Wanting to pursue teaching in a fitness setting, Brandy became an American Council on Exercise Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Yoga Instructor. Brandy enjoys a Hatha Vinyasa style of yoga where poses are linked to flow together and held to build balance, strength, endurance, and flexibility. She also completed training to become a Level 1 Trainer for the TRXSuspension Training System. Brandy enjoys motivating individuals to help reach their goals.

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JOHN COLE

Assistant GJJ Instructor

John was promoted to Purple Belt by Gracie University HQ November 2020, and achieved Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Instructor January 2021.