Posted by Kha's School of Karate on Tuesday, August 1, 2023

About Silkisondan Karate

Silkisondan Karate is a system developed by Master Thinh Nguyen, 7th Dan, which is based in the original International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) style of Tae Kwon Do. Master Nguyen traveled to China and Japan where he earned equally high rankings in Judo, Kung Fu, and Karate.

Many years before the mixed martial arts craze, Master Nguyen combined these styles into a balanced martial arts system. Silkisondan Karate holds true to the traditional values of the martial arts. Our instructors teach from a love, respect and passion for these traditions. They earn their living elsewhere, so teaching is not a vocation for our Sensei; it is a calling. We have classes available in central Virginia area: including Richmond, Hanover (Mechanicsville), New Kent, and Goochland; In Northern Virginia: Ananndale, VA, and Florida: Tallahassee.

Silkisondan roughly translates as “the Way of the Flowering Path.” As life is a journey, so are the martial arts. With each day we grow and develop at our own individual pace and we enjoy the path as it opens or “flower"s along the way.

In the Silkisondan Karate Association our mantra is “Karate for Life.” Those who join our association will earn their rank at their own pace. And for them, the martial arts will become a way of life, a journey into ourselves, a journey of understanding. As Master Nguyen says, “Know yourself; Improve yourself.”

About Kha’s Karate

Kha’s Karate School was established in 2016 in Annandale, Virginia. In addition to learning self-discipline, self-control, respect, and character, Kha’s Karate teaches self defense with an emphasis on traditional martial arts. We welcome students of all ages and levels.

Instructor bio

Master Kha Nguyen was born in Denver, CO, and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He received his first karate uniform and white belt at the age of four and has since been active in martial arts. He and his five siblings learned karate from their father, Master Thinh Nguyen, who founded the Silkisondan Karate Association in 1971. When he’s not teaching martial arts, Master Kha is a Linux system admin/AWS solutions architect. He lives in Fairfax, Virgniia, and spends his free time with his wife and two daughters.


Annandale Location

6930 Little River Turnpike Suite A
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 209-0729

Falls Church Location

James Lee Rec Center
Falls Church, VA 22003

Tuition (Effective 8/1/2023)

Quarterly payments

$150 / month for each student
$35 annual membership fee per family.
Karate uniform: 6 oz student lightweight: $75 per student (includes alterations to fit, school logo embroidery, and patch) Payment is due at the beginning of each month. Tuition will be prorated for students enrolling partway through the month.

Semi-annual payments

$135 / month for the first family member
$100 / each additional family member
$35 annual membership fee per family.
Karate uniform: 6 oz student lightweight: $75 per student (includes alterations to fit, school logo embroidery, and patch)
Payment is due upon renewal.

Annual payments

$120 / month, billed annually for the first family member
$80 / month, billed annually for the second family member
$50 / month, billed annually for each additional member
1 free lightweight(6 oz or similar) karate uniform per student with 1 year commitment and full payment up front.
Annual payments receive 1 additional month free.
Annual membership fee is waived if tuition is paid annually.
Payment is due upon renewal.

Accepted forms of payment

We accept cash, check, venmo, paypal, zelle, and even various forms of crypto. Please make checks payable to Kha’s Karate School.

Optional uniform

The standard student uniform is 6 oz (or similar). Students can elect to purchase optional uniform as follows:
middle weight 10 oz (or similar): $165 (includes alterations, school logo embroidery, and patch)
heavy weight: 12 oz (or similar): $235 (includes alterations, school logo embroidery, and patch)
Please allow minimum two weeks for delivery.
Black uniforms: available for brown belts and up. White uniform will be required for test and demonstration performances.

Scholarships, tuition assistance

Please inquire about available scholarschips and tuition assistance.


Rank belt tests

The second Saturday in January.
The second Saturday in April.
The second Saturday in July.
The second Saturday in October.
(subject to change)

Black belt tests and practices

As a part of the International Silkisondan Karate Association, Kha’s Karate participates in semi-annual black belt promotion tests which are held in Richond, Virginia. Dates will be announced as condidates are reviewed and approved for promotion. Black belt tests are closed tests and by invitation. Monthly black belt classes are held in Richmond, Virginia, on or around the first Thursday of each month. Brown belts and up are invited to participate in black belt classes.