Cuong Nhu Martial Arts

Please click on Scholarship links below to see the details for each specific one available. You may always contact CNOMAA for more details.
In memory and in honor of Master Mary Davis-Cates, each year CNOMAA awards up to three scholarships to cover the cost of registration to IATC. These awards are offered to women of all ages actively training in Cuong Nhu that exemplify the spirit and dedication of Master Mary. At the time of her passing in May 2006, Master Mary was the highest ranking woman in Cuong Nhu.

To qualify for the scholarship award candidates must submit a written essay of not more than two pages discussing how training in Cuong Nhu has impacted your life. Previous winners are not eligible as the goal is to provide opportunities for as many women as possible.

Please submit papers by April 15th to Master Allyson Appen (, Master Allen Hoss (, and Sensei Gordon Eilen ( with the subject: CNOMAA IATC Mary Davis-Cates Scholarship Application.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2017. Recipients of the awards will be notified by May 1st.
The annual Cuong Nhu Training Camp is a unique and great experience that must be shared. The Raymond & Reine-Nicole scholarship exists to help a deserving student who may be financially poor yet rich in the spirit of a martial artist - an open mind, open heart and open arms. This small gesture pays the entry fee to allow that deserving student the ability to experience Training Camp by paying their entry fee. Criteria is for the recipient to continually but quietly give of themselves in their own way over the year and without any expectation in return. Nominations are typically from the head of school and among those, one student will be selected as that year’s scholarship recipient.

Nominations need to be submitted by April 15, 2017, to Recipient of the award will be notified by May 1st.

Sponsor: Raymond P. Reid, Jr. is an attorney in Jacksonville, FL and also a First Degree Black Belt who is always with us in spirit.
The Jim Thrift Spirit Award is an annual IATC scholarship, awarded to one Cuong Nhu student attending training camp. It is open to all Cuong Nhu members, and is based on the recommendation of the applicant’s Head of School.
  • Must be an active Cuong Nhu member in good standing, green belt rank or above
  • Must have attended a “Mini” or Regional Training Camp
  • Should exhibit the qualities of Jim Thrift:
  • Show commitment to the style over time
  • Exhibit the qualities of the Three O’s
  • Enthusiasm and a positive attitude that brings the spirit and overall energy of their dojo to a higher level.

To apply or get more information, please contact Sensei Deanna Bonnell ( with the subject: Jim Thrift Spirit Award Application. The deadline for application is April 24, 2017

This scholarship is offered to students under the age of 25 who are otherwise financially not able to attend training camp. The scholarship is open to any rank that meets the requirements and will cover the tuition and housing costs for training camp (this award does not include a t-shirt). Although students that have natural physical abilities are nice, this scholarships acceptance criterion is more based on candidates that show they contribute to their Dojo, have a passion to help other people, and a determination to stay with Cuong Nhu, and persevere. Brown belt candidates will also need to submit leadership attributes and assistant teaching experience. Black belt and higher candidates need to provide leadership and more advanced teaching experience where they developed a class on their own.

Nominations need to be submitted by April 15, 2017, to Recipient of the award will be notified by May 1st.

Sponsor: John Somerville (aka Sensei Big John) has been in Chong Nhu since 1993 starting at the age of 40. John has a proven record of working well with kids and young people and also enjoys teaching advanced self-defense and Kata for all ages. John has an electrical engineering career at Boeing in Seattle Washington, teaches classes on aircraft navigation and also mentors students at the famous Raisbeck Aviation High School in Seattle. This passion to help young people is the reason this scholarship is offered.
This scholarship is offered to students that have attained the rank between green and brown belt, who are in financial need to attend training camp (this award does not include a t-shirt). The candidate should demonstrate great spirit, enthusiasm for learning, as well as contribute to their dojo with leadership like attributes. This nomination should be made by a head of school with a short write- up explaining the candidate’s efforts.

Nominations need to be submitted by April 15, 2017, to Recipient of the award will be notified by May 1st.
Sponsor: Anonymous