Master Dan Nou brings many experiences in life and martial arts to our studio. Born in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh, our master came from a line of academics. His father a doctor of medicine and mother a professor.
In Cambodia his family had more then everything they could ask for in life. In the late 1970’S however, in just one short instant everything was lost.
The communist Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh. His family was forced out of their home at gun point and into the killing fields. Many of his family members were killed and executed. After five years of touchier, famine and regime, his family was then sponsored to Canada.
Arriving in Edmonton Alberta in 1980, his family was free from the regime after settling in Calgary but they were now faced with many challenges. A new environment, laws, culture, language, racism and prejudice.
His family had little money and lived in a low income neighborhood. His father had worked as a janitor and trades men while his mother worked as a seamstress. It wasn't their profession but they needed to survive.
Growing up in a low income neighborhood as a little boy and teenager, Master Dan found himself associating with the wrong group of individuals. His relatives taught him the ancient Angkorian martial arts Kun Khmer and Bokator. This was the first martial arts he had learned in order to protect himself. Read more >