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npt's next door neighbors

"Next Door Neighbors "Peace of Mind" will premiere on Nashville Public Television on Tuesday, June 28th at 7:30 PM.

This year's documentary features some inspiring individuals, including a 5th-degree black belt in Taekwondo, an award-winning visual artist, and some heroes of refugee resettlement. Our show explores the various ways in which they've confronted emotional trauma and worked to enhance the mental well-being of themselves and others.

In addition to our broadcast premiere, you can also watch online using the PBS Video App:"

Master Thuy Joins the board of the national women's martial arts federation

The NWMAF's vision: sees a future in which all-inclusive environments that foster safe spaces for all people, everywhere, are the norm, not the exception.

The NWMAF's mission: Working to build personal and collective strength, safety, and well-being through martial arts, self-defense, and healing arts, to empower women and others affected by any form of discrimination.

The NWMAF's values:

We believe:

● That diversity matters,

● That inclusivity and intersectionality are essential in fostering a welcoming environment,

● In respect and empowerment for all,

● In members who lead and teach with Integrity,

● In fostering trust between our leadership, our members, and the community,

● In fostering a Safe Space for all who wish to learn, and

● In fostering transparent communication in order to generate a better

environment for all.

demo and training at A preschool

Pre-kindergarden students learning Tae Kwon Do, watching demonstrations as well as participating in exercises, kicking and punching techniques.

flying side kicks at korean school

We loved teaching all the kids at the Korean School of Nashville.

a personal mission

I was a child refugee from Vietnam and grew up in poverty. I attended high risk and low performing schools all the way to high school. Experiencing racism, discrimination, and bullying, I always dreamed of studying martial arts. At my junior high school, there was a brief Tae Kwon Do program that one of the teacher's assistant developed. Finally being able to practice Tae Kwon Do for the first time in 8th grade, my teacher told me that I could be in the junior olympics if I wanted to. This gave me so much confidence, so I made it my mission to study to become a black belt. It wasn't until I was 26 that I was able to finally join Tae Kwon Do. I am now a 5th Dan master certified under the Kukkiwon. My husband, Michael Rocco (3rd Dan); and our kids all practice together. Tae Kwon Do has helped us so much in our lives; we hope to share this passion with our community.