Born: March 13, 1983
Birthplace: Fountain Valley, CA – USA
Fight Weight: 145 lbs Featherweight division
Nam began training martial arts at 8yrs old under Grandmaster Ha Quoc Huy. He trained Quyen Dao (a Vietnamese martial art) for 9 years and earned his black belt at age 17.
In 2000, Nam started Brazilian jiu jitsu under Carlson Gracie Black Belt – Franco De Camargo. He studied for 5 years with Sensei Franco before moving on to train with Marciol Feitosa at Gracie Barra. Over time, Nam began to slowly move away from Gi jiu jitsu and in 2005, solely devoted his training to No Gi JJ. At this time Nam met friend, mentor, and coach Jeremy Williams, where he trained full time at Apex Jiu Jitsu; until his tragic death in May 2007.
Nam continues to train No Gi JJ at Nam Phan MMA, as well as Subfighter Gym with Rick Estrada, Russ Muira, and Adam Lynn at Laguna Hills, CA.
To become more versatile, Nam began boxing as well. He started in 2004, and his amateur record is 5-3. He became a professional boxer in 2006 and currently holds a pro record of 3-0. He trains under Art James of Team PunchOut of Anaheim, CA.
Nam’s well rounded MMA skills also include a wrestling component. He began in his early high school days when he was on the Rancho Alamito wrestling team in Garden Grove, CA. He was a league champion and CIF finalist. Nam also wrestled for Golden West College in 2002. In addition to BJJ, boxing, and wrestling, Nam also trains Muay Thai kickboxing under Master Fumi Fujimoto.
Nam earned his BJJ Blue Belt from Franco De Carmago
Nam earned his BJJ Purple Belt from Marciol Feitosa
Nam earned his BJJ Brown Belt from Rick Estrada
Nam earned his BJJ Black Belt from Rick Estrada
Favorite color: Red
Loves to compete in amateur No Gi Jiu Jitsu tournaments that are organized & efficient
The youngest of three brothers (Oldest brother Tan, middle brother Khanh)
Favorite MMA fighters: Kazushi Sakuraba, Genki Sudo, Rumina Sato, Murillo Bustamante, Yushin Okami, Sergei Kharitonov, Adam Lynn, Russ Muira, and the late Jeremy Williams
Favorite BJJ Fighters: Marcelo Garcia, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, Leo Viera, Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza, Damian Maia, Rick Estrada, Russ Muira, and Murilo Bustamante
Favorite kickboxer is Masato Kobayashi
Favorite music: R&B, Techno/Trance, 80s, and Hip Hop
Loves milk chocolate
Loves The Venture Brothers on AdultSwim
Enjoys surfing although he’s working on being a better swimmer!
Favorite foods that are bad for him: New York style pizza, fried chicken from Popeye’s/Church’s, and Tommy’s chili fries
Favorite restaurant: Pho 79 in Westminster, CA
1. How did you get started in BJJ?
I saw the first UFC back in the day and it got me hooked . I started Jiu jitsu in 2000
2. What is your current rank and who gave it to you? Where do you currently train at now?
I am a black belt under Rick Estrada . I have my own academy,Nam Phan MMA Academy,in Garden Grove, Ca
3.Is there a person you would like to roll with if you were given the opportunity?
4.Do you compete in BJJ?
Yes, I still compete in gi and NoGi Jiu Jitsu tournaments for fun . It keeps me in shape
5.How did you do in all your tournaments? Accomplishments?
I always did pretty decent . I usually walk away with a medal .
6. What do you do for a living? Work? School?
I run and teach at my gym, Nam Phan MMA Academy . I still compete professionally in MMA
7.What do you enjoy doing other than BJJ? Hobbies?
I love spending time with my wife, walking our dogs and I like to practice magic tricks. lol
8.How has BJJ changed your life?
It has made me become very open minded and to see things much more clear . I’ve become more patient as a person and I am much more secure with who I am .
9. Any advice to the new white belts that recently started BJJ?
As tired or as sore as you are still come to practice everyday .
10.Do you train any other martial arts or exercise other than BJJ?
I train kickboxing , Mma , judo , wrestling , run and lift weights
11.Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers of this interview? Jiu jitsu is life
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