Sifu Shawn Newell is the Co-owner/Operator of Dual Dragons Martial Arts. He
also serves as the Head Instructor in the Dual Dragons Jeet Kune Do program.
Sifu Shawn began his Martial Arts training in Fall of 1996 while attending SCSU.
After completing his course requirements in the Okinowan Kenpo class at SCSU, he
began under Sifu Mike Rutter in Bruce Lee's art of Jeet Kune Do in December of '96.
Sifu Mike Rutter is a Certified Instructor under JKD legend Sifu Ted Wong, one of
Bruce Lee's closest friends, private student, and true historian to authentic Jeet Kune
Do. Shawn went on to train privately with Sifu Rutter for over 5 years, and received
his Instructor Certificate in Feb of '01.
During this time he also had the opportunity to attend annual seminars with Sifu Ted
Wong from 1997-2006. Looking to expand his martial arts awareness, Shawn also
spent some time exploring various arts such as Arnis De Mano, Aikido, and Tai Chi.
|Sifu Andrew, Sifu Ted Wong & Sifu Shawn
|Dual Dragons Martial Arts
Mr Bernie Williamson is the Co-owner/Operator of Dual Dragons Martial Arts. He
also serves as the Head Instructor in the Dual Dragons Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Program. Mr
Bernie is a deputy sheriff for Wright County, and is an active Mn Army National Guards
member and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran.
Martial Arts Experience
Wrestling for 11 yrs
Green belt in TaeKwonDo
Gold belt in Ronin Jiu Jitsu
Blue Belt in BJJ (Guerilla JJ) under Jared Feierabend
JKD Basic Trainer under Sifu Shawn Newell
2009 2nd place white belt masters/beginners division(gi)-welterweight
2009-3rd place Submission Hunt whitebelt(gi)-welterweight
2010 MN Army National Guard Middle Weight Champion
2011 2nd place All National Guard Tournament-welterweight
|Welterweight Army Capt. Bernard
Williamson, left, listens to advice
from his coach between rounds at
the 2011 Army National Guard
Sensei Alex Pham is a 2nd Degree Black Belt and Head Instructor of the Integrated
Martial Arts program. Alex is also a Certified Instructor in Dual Dragons Jeet Kune Do
Sensei Alex was born in Vietnam. His family immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. He began
his martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do while attending Apollo HS. After graduating from
high school, Sensei Alex took a break from martial arts to concentrate on college. After
graduating from St. John's University in 2007, Alex went on to receive his Nursing degree
in December of 2009 from St. Cloud Technical & Community.
While attending college, Alex resumed his martial arts training at the Dual Dragons
Martial Arts under Sensei Jeff Wegner in the IMA Program and Sifu Shawn Newell in the
JKD Program. Upon Sensei Jeff's retirement in 2010, Alex took over full-time
instruction in the IMA program.
Martial Arts Experience
2nd Degree Black Belt-Integrated Martial Arts
Certified Instructor in Dual Dragons Jeet Kune Do Program under Sifu Shawn Newell
Currently, Sensei Alex is training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Mr. Bernie Williamson and
Arnis de Mano under Maestro Jim Ogle and Maestro Kurt Becker.