"Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee

South Shaolin Kung Fu

The Traditional Approach

Whether you're 4 years of age or 64, Tay Son Nhan - South Shaolin Kung Fu is designed to challenge your mind and body. The primary focus of this system is Self Defense. In these classes you will learn every aspect of Martial Arts: Concentration, Discipline, Self Awareness, Flexibility, Physical Fitness, Confidence, and Self Defense. Certified Black Belt Instructors, whose main concern is to offer top quality training to every student, teach all classes.

Tay Son Nhan - South Shaolin Kung Fu dates back to the Southern Shaolin Temples in China. It also offers a rich heritage of more than 100 years in Vietnam before Master Hong Nhan brought this system to the United States. Here in the U.S.A. Tay Son Nhan is quickly becoming renowned for its easy to learn and extremely effective techniques!

Muay Thai Kickboxing

Sifu Tony Jordan is also a Certified Judge Referee for the Texas Amateur Contact Karate Association. Sifu Jordan has the knowledge and skills to bring out the best in you. Whether you want to get ready to fight in the ring, or simply want fun, excitement, and exercise, Sifu Jordan will get you ready. With his fun and energetic teaching style you will have the time of your life. No uniforms or belt ranks involved. Just good solid techniques. Click here for kickboxing times and schedules. Currently because there are no kick boxing tournaments being promoted in Texas, we are training students in Muay Thai skills. What this means to you is that you will receive not only the fitness you are looking for, but also very strong street-wise fighting skills!


Our school's daily routine is a total-body workout.


We begin each session with up to fifteen minutes of stretching, ensuring your muscles and joints are properly prepared to prevent injury. Next we'll take you through kicking, punching, and stance drills designed to get your heart rate going.


The forms of Tay Son Nhan contain the self-defense techniques of our system combined into an artful dance of martial arts strength. They are designed to build muscle memory and the fluidity that is key to Kung Fu.

Coming to class ensures a complete workout several times a week.


Sifu Tony Jordan commands the class with authority. The focus of martial arts is to discipline your mind and body; to refine them into a better-functioning whole.

Attention is paid constantly to teaching respect for yourself, your classmates, your Sifu, and all others.

Students of Tay Son Nhan learn that fighting is the last resort, and are disciplined to avoid it at all costs, and never to instigate.

Whether you are looking to instill discipline in your child or further it within yourself, the Shaolin/ Kickboxing Institute is the place.



Imagine being prepared for any situation--having a body and mind so fine-tuned that they're ready to react any given second, and having the skills necessary to defend yourself and your loved ones should the need arise.

Tay Son Nhan is an excellent system to help you build self-confidence. You will learn progressively complex self-defense techniques, your stamina will steadliy improve, your physique will become more athletic, and you will be able to walk proud that you are an elite member of an authentic martial arts system with a direct lineage to the Shaolin Temple.

Four Basic Principles of
Tay Son Nhan

1. Feet never leave the ground.


2. Lost balance.


3. Change the stance.


4. Take off blouse... yield the position.


* Element of surprise.


Seven Golden Rules of
Tay Son Nhan

1. Show respect to your Sifu as you may become one some day.


2. Be considerate of your classmates (they are your family).


3. Never betray your Sifu or classmates


4. Consider other schools as part of the 'Great Family'.


5. Never use your skills to abuse others.


6. Always be ready to assist those in need.


7. Never take advantage of the less-fortunate.


School Locations

Plano & Garland

Kung Fu

Mondays & Wednesday

Children Classes (ages 7-12) 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Tuesday & Thursday

Children Classes (ages 7-12) 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Mon, Tue, Wed, & Thurs

Adult Classes (ages 13+): 7:30pm - 8:30pm


Monday - Thursday

Ages 12+ 8:30pm - 9:30pm


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Plano, TX

2360 E. Park Blvd. Suite 206
Plano, TX 75074




Garland, TX

2441 W. Walnut #231

Sifu Maggilo Castro


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Grey Eagle Elite Team




Authentic Shaolin Kung Fu

Tây Son Nhan has such a rich history that it is impossible to include all of it in only these few pages, but here are the highlights.

Much of this site has been copied and facts have been altered by others in an attempt to prove their lineage. It should be known that Tay Son Nhan is not connected with Tay Son - Binh Dinh or any of the Tay Son Brothers that are famous in Vietnam.

Our founder, Chin Hoa taught many different kung fu forms to his students. Because he had learned so much in the 30+ years in the Shaolin Temple he could not teach every student all the forms. However he did teach each one some things that others did not learn. As a result, Sifu Tony Jordan has had to work extremely hard to learn skills and forms that NO ONE else here in America knows or will ever have the opportunity to learn.

Due to his trip in Vietnam February 2002, and recent trips in 2003, and 2004, and through his constant contact with Grand Master Thanh who controled Tay Son Nhan in Vietnam until his death in 2017, he has acquired knowledge that was never before available.

Only our students will learn the more in-depth history of the system. For everyone else, these pages hold the basic facts.



Grand Master of Tay Son Nhan 1945 - 1958

Bui Vah Hoa was born 1894 in Guangdong province of China. He learned Kung Fu from his father and grandfather until he was 10 years of age. In 1904 he met a disciple of the Shaolin Temple and became a student. Because he was very intelligent and hard working, he was able to learn for 35 years in the temple.

In 1931 he came into hard times and moved to Vietnam for 3 years. He lived in the Binh Dinh area and had planned to open a kung fu school, but the country was under French rule at that time and the French military would not allow it. He taught in secret to select students and to the Vietnamese Military, teaching pressure points and Sword techniques.

After 1945 he opened the first school of Tay Son Nhan iin Kim Dong School in District . His first students were Luu Van Lien (Ba Lien); Ba Suu, Ba Lai, Ba Toc, Sau Bon, Nguyen Van Mach, Sau Ke, and Ba Ve.

In April of 1954, Nguyen Van Mach invited Chin Hoa to teach in So Cuu Hoa. Nguyen Van Mach took care of Chin Hoa during that time and helped to build the school with many more students. Some of these students include: Dao Ly Cua, Sau Ke (Sau Nuoc), Nam Tao Son Ho (minh Thanh), On , Ong Mieu, Quoc Vu, Ong Bay, Ong Thang, Sau Tru (Ngo Van Tru), Ong Phong, Ong Tinh, Ong Nhan, Ong Diep, Ong Sau Vinh, Ong Minh, & Ong Ngoc.

Chin Hoa died May 5, 1958 at the age of 65 in Chanh Hung, Quan 8.



Grand Master of Tay Son Nhan January 1960 - June 12, 1990

Born February 14, 1921 - Died June 12, 1990

After Chin Hoa died, the instructors of Tây Son Nhan held a meeting and it was decided that because Ba Lien was the best student that he would be named Grand Master of the system. Ba Lien refused the position because he did not want to worry with the politics in the system and was to retire to the mountains to become a Buddhist Monk.

The group then chose Nguyen Van Mach to be the new Grand Master of the system because of his knowledge and ability to build the system. Nguyen Van Mach was born February 14, 1921 in Binh Dang - Cho Lon, Quan 8. He learned from his father and uncle as well as training with many other masters of Kung Fu in different styles.

Nguyen Van Mach taught many students and at one time had as many as thirty schools in South Vietnam. He was well known and respected in the community not only for his skills, but also for the fact that his fighters never lost a fight.

Grand Master Nguyen Van Mach taught his students that "Martial Arts and Good Morality must be together'. If a Master is only good in Martial Arts but not good in conduct, he is not a good Master."

Grand Master Mach trained many students who became famous masters such as Master Dong Nhan, Master Tay Nhan, Master Nam Nhan, Master Bac Nhan, Master Cao Son Nhan, Master Lam Nhan, Master Hung Nhan, Master Cuong Nhan, Master Trung Son Nhan, Master Hong Van Nhan, Master Hong Yen nhan, Master Hong Hue Nhan, Master Hong Ung Nhan, Master Xuyen Son Nhan, (Thanh Nhan), Master Hong An Nhan, Master Dan Nhan, Master Ha Quang Nhan, Master Cam Nhan, Master Hong Hai Nhan, Master Hong Liet Nhan and Master Hong Duc Nhan to name only a few.

All of these Masters won glorious victories in fighting. Especially Master Hung Nhan who was the Champion in Boxing and Kick Boxing.

Grand Master Nguyen Van Mach selected some masters of good conduct to train students at many schools in his name such as: Central School at 285/4 Trah Hung Dao, District 5 Master Dong Nhan, Master Nam Nhan, Master Hong Van Nhan, Master Hong Yen Nhan, Master Hung Nhan, Master Cuong Nhan, Master Trung Son Nhan, master Hong An Nhan, Master Nguyen Van Luong, Master Hong Liet Nhan, and Master Hong Hai Nhan trained students at this school.

School at 143-147 Mac Van Street, District 8, Master Thanh and Master Hong.

School at 272 Bin Tien District 8, Master Ha Quang Nhan- Cam Nhan.

School at Thu Thiem, District 2, Master Hac Nhan

School at Au Duong Lan STreet, District 8, Master Hong Son Nhan.

Shortly after taking control of the system, war broke out between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. As a result, kung fu schools were closed and students scattered in many different parts of the world. Nguyen Van Mach was considered to be a rebel to the Vietnamese government because he worked with the people from the south. He moved to the Long Thanh area that is now known as Ba Ria - Vung Tau and eventually died there. There he continued the teachings that he learned from Chin Hoa. He taught many students and owned a small company there. In 1975 the war between the North and South ended.



Grand Master of Tay Son Nhan - Vietnam

1992 - 2017

To Dinh Thanh learned Kung Fu from Nguyen Van Mach. After Nguyen Van Mach promoted him to instructor level, he was also fortunate enough to study with many other Masters such as Luu Van Lien, Ba Suu, Ba Toc, and Ba Lai.

Each of these masters has certified and recognized To Dinh Thanh as being a worthy and gifted student and a Master of the System. He is a Doctor of Herbal Medicines and Accupuncture as well.

In 1975 the War ended and all martial arts training ceased. In 1978 Master Thanh and Masster Hong An Nhan continued teaching Tay Son Nhan in Ho Chi Minh City. In the Can Tho province, Master Nam Nhan trained students also.

After Nguyen Van Mach died, Tay Son Nhan did not have a Grand Master from 1990 to 1992. At that time the Tay Son Nhan Council elected Master To Dinh Thanh as the current World Wide Grand Master. Nguyen Van Mach's wife approved and even wrote a Power of Attorney to authorize Master Thanh as the Leader of Tay Son Nhan.

Grand Master Thanh has achieved the highest level possible of Kung Fu in Vietnam and as a result the Government of Vietnam also recognized him and certified him as being the Grand Master of Tay Son Nhan.

He is one of the top Masters of Kung Fu in Vietnam and currently has 3 certified Masters of Tay Son Nhan under him teaching Kung Fu in Vietnam including his son, To Din Phi who boasts over 50 Black Sash students of his own.

He has personally trained 5 Masters, 8 Sifu, 50 Trainers, and over 900 students.

Listed below are just some of his special achievements:

Before 1975 Master Thanh served in the RVNAF Navy and was trained in the USA. He has studied Tay Son Nhan since 1965 and has trained in many other international schools of Martial Arts and obtained high level certificates such as:

1. Masters Degree in Vietnamese Traditional Martial Art. (This is an International and National rank).

2. Certificate of Referee and Assessment (National Rank)

3. Certificate of Trainer - BOXING-Outstanding Grade

4.Certificate of Referee and Assessment - BOXING - Outstanding Grade.

5. Certificate of Trainer and Referee - MUAY THAI SCHOOL - (International Rank)

6. Masters Degree in Pencasilat (International Rank)

7. Certificate of TAE KWON DO - 3rd Level

8. Certificate of AIKIDO - 2nd Level

9. Certificate of Judo - 2nd Level

10. Certificate of Kendo - 2nd Level

He was specially awarded the 'Achievement in Martial Arts' Medal from the government thanks to his great contribution to the Martial Arts in Vietnam.

He obtained his Baccalaureate Degree 1974 and Certificate of Herbalist (Traditional Medicine).

Grand Master To Dinh Thanh also created the name 'Thieu Lam Noi Quyen - Tay Son Nhan- AND designed the logo that we use in this school. No other school in any country may use the name or the logo without his specific permission. Sifu Tony Jordan TRADEMARKED the logo in 2003! Use of the name or logo will constitute FRAUD in all World Courts!

Grand Master To Dinh Thanh died in Vietnam in 2017.



A Master of Tay Son Nhan - USA

1991 - Present

Nguyen Van Mach's oldest son, Nguyen Van Deu began learning at the age of 5 years. At the ripe age of 15, Nguyen Van Mach decided that it was time for his son to enter the ring. Back then, the only padding used was thin gloves much like today's motorcyle gloves. No head gear, no foot pads, only gloves.

The rules were simple: fight until the other fighter can no longer continue. Nguyen Van Deu was very scared. He told his father he did not want to fight, that he was afraid of his opponent. Nguyen Van Mach told him that he had placed a considerable bet on him and that not only would he fight, he would also win or he would beat him when they got home. Nguyen Van Deu was so scared of his father that he forgot about the fear he had about his opponent. He won his first fight quickly.

Every fight after that, Nguyen Van Deu knocked out his opponent and his opponent lost blood. Thus he was given the name Hong Nhan (Red Albatross). In the U.S. we are more familiar with the Eagle, so he changed the name of Nhan to mean Eagle instead of Albatross. Scholars would also state that Hong means pink. The older generation of Vietnamese would remember that Hong was also a strong color, not exactly red nor pink, but very similar to the color of blood. As we know it in the U.S. he is 'Hong Nhan', or 'Red Eagle'.)

Nguyen Van Deu entered the South Vietnam Military and worked with the United States. After the war, North Vietnam placed Nguyen Van Deu in prison with the other Southern Rebels. After a year in prison, Nguyen Van Deu was released. His father convinced him to move to the USA and told him that he would hold the rank of a Master in the USA. He opened his first American Kung Fu school in Dallas, Texas under his kung fu name "Hong Nhan" where he taught many students. Hong Nhan loved fighting and if the students showed any fear would tell them to leave the school. Hong Nhan promoted the students on fighting ability in the ring. Although he did teach Kung Fu, most of the training was strictly fighting. From this school, he produced 5 Black Belt students.

Hong Nhan after moving to the USA lost all contact with the other instructors in Vietnam as well as his certifications. In 1991, Tony Jordan helped Hong Nhan to go back to Vietnam to visit.

When he was not in Vietnam, Hong Nhan lived in Sifu Tony's home, ate his food, drove his car, and spent the majority of his time in the USA with Tony. They became best friends. Unfortunately due to influences from others, their paths have taken different directions.



Senior Master Instructor

Tony Jordan moved to the Dallas area and met one of Hong Nhan's students, Paul Kirksey who was teaching a form of Tay Son Nhan. At the time Tony Jordan began training, he had smoked and worked as a salesman for many years. As such he was in very poor condition. Sifu Kirksey taught Tony out of his home and through extremely tough conditioning exercises, Tony gained strength and stamina.

Hong Nhan moved to California but visited with Paul about every 4 to 6 months. During those visits, Hong Nhan would put on seminars in the yard. Tony continued training and practicing the techniques of the seminars on the side.

After Tony earned his Brown Sash, Hong Nhan moved back to Dallas, Texas and realizing that Tony's heart was really into Kung Fu, he took him to the side and began more in-depth training. Tony earned his Black Sash from Hong Nhan and became the 6th Black Sash trained by Master Hong Nhan.

Sifu Tony Jordan has trained with many of the Masters of Tay Son Nhan in Vietnam including World Wide Grand Master To Dinh Thanh as recently as November of 2004. Forms and techniques that before were never before available to American students are now being taught due to Sifu Tony's travel and training.

Sifu Tony Jordan was given the name Lam Nhan, "Gray Eagle" due to the fact that the first time Hong Nhan met him, Tony was wearing a pair of faded gray GI pants. Hong Nhan felt that for someone to train so long that his pants would turn gray, he was truly in love with Kung Fu. A Gray Eagle personality also is relaxed and easy going. If you want to be friends, great. However if you choose to fight, then prepare to get down and dirty. This fits Sifu Tony Jordan exactly. Sifu Tony Jordan was promoted to 3rd Degree Black Sash in March of 1996.

On July 29, 2000, Master Hong Nhan promoted Sifu Tony Jordan to 4th Degree Black Sash (Master Instructor) and appointed him as the Chief Instructor of Tay Son Nhan in the United States. On August 16, 2002, Master Hong Nhan Promoted Sifu Jordan to 5th Degree Black Sash (Senior Master).

January 1, 2002, Sifu Tony Jordan was certified as a Senior Master of Tay Son Nhan Thieu Lam Noi Quyen, recognized by the Tay Son Nhan Federation in Vietnam, by World Wide Grand Master To Dinh Thanh, and by the Vietnamese government as being a Master of this system.

Sifu Tony Jordan is the ONLY PERSON IN THE USA to hold this very distinguished honor.

This honor is due to the time and training under World Wide Grand Master To Dinh Thanh and the fact that he knows that Tony Jordan will stay true to the Tay Son Nhan system.

Sifu Tony Jordan opened his school in Garland, Texas in 1992 and dedicated his teaching and training to be exactly as was taught by each Grand Master before. Sifu Tony Jordan has gone to great lengths and expense to ensure that the skills taught in his school are authentic and that nothing is modified or changed. Sifu Tony Jordan takes great pride in pointing out the Flag and Certificate of Nguyen Van Mach that hang in his school. This is because Master Hong Nhan feels that he teaches the same as his father had taught before.

In 2008, Sifu Tony Jordan realized his long-time dream of expanding the Tay Son Nhan system by opening a second school in Plano, TX. He teaches a diverse group of students eager to learn from a true Kung Fu Master.

On June 1, 2012 World Wide Grand Master To Dinh Thanh and the Tay Son Nhan Council appointed Vo Su Tony Jordan to be Vice Grand Master World Wide and Grand Master in the USA. GM Tony Jordan is recognized by world renown organizations such as the Kuoshu Association , Wing Pi Federation, ICBA and many others as being Grand Master Tay Son Nhan Thieu Lam Noi Quyen in the USA.

In 2017 GM Tony Jordan founded the Lam Nhan Federation which serves as assisting world wide with Certified Rank Recognition.


The Origin of Martial Arts

All martial arts practiced in the world today have their origins in Shaolin Kung Fu. It is the oldest form of martial art, having begun thousands of years ago. It's name is a reference to the Shaolin Temple, a Buddhist sanctuary in China that is still a place of learning Kung Fu to this day.

The Legend of Bodhidharma

In 527AD, an Indian warrior-prince left his wealth and belongings behind and started on a journey of self-discovery. Eventually he made his way to the Shaolin Temple, where he noticed the monks in poor physical health due to their constant meditiaton. The combination of his learnings of physical combat and the monk's focus on meditiation produced Shaolin Kung Fu.

Bodhidharma became a Buddhist monk, and legend tells many interesting stories. One involves a would-be desciple who travelled to study under Bodhidharma. He was rejected for being still too attached to the material world. To show his readiness, the desciple cut off his left arm. Hence, the traditional one-handed Kung Fu bow was born.

The Evolution of Shaolin Kung Fu

The Shaolin monks would perfect these arts, including marrying them with the styles of the various animals they observed around them. Each style is marked by a fluidity and economy of motion that is a signature of Shaolin Kung Fu.

Eventually, the monks would leave to spread Buddhism and the art of Kung Fu to other countries, and would eventually reach nearly every corner of the Earth.

Kung Fu was made popular in modern times in large part to the charisma and wisdom of the actor Bruce Lee, whose writings on martial arts remain some of the most eloquent ever made. He famously said, when describing the need for the Kung Fu practitioner to be "formless", like water, to take advantage of his opponent's weaknesses and optimize his own position:

"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it...

"If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup... Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend."