• Phuoc “Pete” Nguyen
    Phuoc “Pete” Nguyen Khosa-nim (master) / 5th Dan Black Belt

    Phuoc “Pete” Nguyen has been appointed chief instructor of Catawba College Kim Soo Karate NC. Has over 25+ years experience in martial arts. 15 years as an assistant instructor under the direct supervision of Master David Mitchell. Is an adjunct professor, teaching a credit course class in self defense for Catawba College. Is proficient in: karate, taekwondo, chuan’fa, hapkido, self-defense, and bong-sul. In 2018, achieved his 5th dan black belt in Chayon-Ryu Martial Arts.

  • David Mitchell
    David Mitchell Master / 8th Dan Black Belt

    Master David L. Mitchell began his martial arts training as a twelve year old in Salisbury, NC. After receiving his black belt at the age of 19, he moved to Brownsville, Texas later that year, he introduced the martial art of Chang Moo Kwan, to the Rio Grande Valley. This was the first time martial arts, of any style, had been taught in this region of America. In 1971, he began teaching at Texas Southmost College, now a branch of University of Texas.
    In 1973, Master Mitchell enrolled at the University of Houston to obtain his Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. Along with obtaining his education, a major reason for his relocation to Houston, was to meet and train with a renowned martial artist and educator, Grandmaster Kim PyungSoo. Grandmaster Kim accepted Mr. Mitchell in his school as a Black Belt, as they had both originally studied in the Chang Moo Kwan system previously. For the next seven years, Mr. Mitchell trained hard; directly under the leadership of Grandmaster Kim. In 1981 Master Mitchell returned home to North Carolina and obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Catawba College in Salisbury N.C. and in 1984, became an adjunct professor at Catawba College teaching ChayonRyu martial arts/self-defense to the college students. On December 4, 1993, Grandmaster Kim promoted Mr. Mitchell to the level of Master, fifth Dan Black Belt. Master Mitchell received his 8th Dan Black Belt in June 2011 in Korea and later that year, Master Mitchell began teaching members of the Salisbury Police Department’s Police Interdiction Team (PIT) in unarmed self defense.

  • Kim Soo
    Kim Soo Grandmaster / 10th Dan Black Belt

    The youngest 10th-degree Black Belt in the world (10th-degree is the highest rank), Grandmaster Kim began teaching at both Rice University and the University of Houston in l968. In addition to founding his schools in Houston (the World Headquarters of Chayon-Ryu in Spring Branch, plus his Katy school), he oversees the Chayon-Ryu International Martial Arts Association, which now includes 26 additional locations in Texas, 24 in 20 other states, and one each in Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. Chayon-Ryu is now the largest martial arts system of any style in the Southwestern United States.

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