Nguyen was kind enough to answer a few questions so we could get to know him a little more leading up to his main event bout.
Wake up, read, train BJJ/Judo, teach, do work for the academy and then sleep.
Q. What is your athletic history?
I've been doing Judo on and off since I was 7 years old, I've been doing BJJ for 7 years (consistently for the last 4 years). I've always loved sports, I also played soccer when I was younger.
Q. What led you to begin training BJJ?
I started BJJ to supplement my Judo training, more info in my martial arts bibliography: http://dnabjj.com/dainis-bio2.php
I compete because it challenges me to put the skills I have learned to the test. It also motivates me to continue to eat healthy, train hard, and stay in good shape. I do it to set a good example for my students, and most of all because I love it!
Q. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Getting a bronze medal at the Abu Dhabi World pro last year. I overcame a lot of adversity and injuries that year to just win the abu dhabi trials. Then at the World Pro in Abu Dhabi, I fought to the best of my ability and beat some really tough opponents and then lost in the semi finals to the eventual winner by a decision and then came back to win the bronze, what a day! I'm proud of receiving my black belt from one of the most best and most reputable professors in Canada, Jorge Britto. I have learned lots from him, including the RIbeiro Jiu-Jitsu system and I am still learning lots to date.
I'm proud to have myself and my students representing Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu on the local and world stages. Being the head instructor at Team DNA and running the BJJ program there has brought my lots of joy in that I have been able to positively impact many peoples lives through teaching them jiu-jitsu, how to eat properly, living a healthy lifestyle amongst many other things, seeing my students and friends making great progress makes me very happy.
I especially love teaching and working with our kids/teens and molding them into young champions on the mats and more importantly champions in life, I see the huge impact that BJJ can make in their lives.
Q. What will it mean to you to win at Chokes by the Ocean?
It's an honor to be able to compete on another one of Derek's events. He lit the scene on fire and has really left his mark, his events are second to none and my first experience competing at his event in Ontario was unforgettable. I'm looking forward to fighting a tough opponent in Nova Scotia in an awesome event which is outdoors and right by the ocean, I want to go for a swim afterwards! Win or lose, I will give it my all. If I am able to walk away with a victory at this prestigious event, I would be happy that my hard work is paying off and if not, then it's time to keep working hard and continue getting better.
Q. What message would you like to send to your opponent?
Let's put on an awesome show for the fans and showcase with BJJ is all about!