Blackbelt leadership

My name is Master Phil Nguyen.

I am a martial artist, a teacher, and founder of Black Belt Leadership.

But really, I am the father of 2 ninjas. :-)

I’m a 7th degree black belt in Taekwon-Do, a 1st Degree Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu, and a white belt in the art of living (because every day, I’m learning something new).

Every day, I try to be present, positive, and passionate.

Although my title is “master”, I’m just a kid who started training in the martial arts long ago, and I just kept on marching. I hope that our paths may cross and that we can march together on this warrior’s journey called life.


My core message is:

“To do good in the world, be good to yourself.” – Master Phil

This is who I am.

I specialise in helping people of all ages solve their problems through martial arts training, wisdom, and philosophy. Whether it’s helping kids who are bullied in school transform from victim to victor or instructing and inspiring parents and professionals like you how to master your life and embrace your leadership challenges.

“Ultimately, all of my work is about helping leaders, achievers, warriors, and seekers do more + do it better + do it with honor."

(Because nurturing your wellness, discovering your wisdom, and unleashing your warrior within is a beautiful thing.)

Although I’m a black belt in martial arts, really, I teach people how to become black belts in life and business.

That is what I do.


You may or not be a martial artist.

If you are a martial artist, then I bow to you my fellow peaceful warrior.If you are not a martial artist, then perhaps you are intrigued by the idea of applying 1,000 years of martial arts wisdom to help you face your every day life and leadership challenges. I bow to your open mindedness and awesomeness.

You see, I believe that you don’t have to be a black belt in Taekwon-Do to become a black belt in life.

You don’t have to be a kung fu master to become a master of your own destiny.

You don’t have to be a ninja to unleash your inner ninja at work, home, and your community.

Are you a professional seeking peace?

If so, then Black Belt Leadership is for you.


I believe that

“Black Belt Leadership is the next evolution of the martial arts that can help our society face its current challenges and build a more peaceful world.”

It is a movement that powerfully blends eastern philosophy with western success principles.

It is a way of life based on martial arts wisdom, leadership inspiration, and zen enlightenment.It is a philosophy based on nurturing your 3 Treasures of Mind, Body, and Spirit.

It is a 9-Point path to help you master your life and embrace your leadership challenges.

It is a set of practices to help you do more + do it better + do it with honor.


Although I’m a martial artist who walks around barefooted for a living, I’m now seeking to make a digital footprint. That is, to dedicate myself to supporting you through a multitude of resources, live, in print, and online:

  • Books, blogs, e-newsletters, digital magazines, web sites
  • Speaking at live events, radio interviews, and television shows
  • Digital, audio, and video podcasts, programs, products
  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Google +)
  • Leadership and teambuilding workshops at conferences, seminars, and meetings
  • High performance and leadership training at my own Black Belt Excellence Martial Arts Academy located in Ottawa, Ontario

I hope we can connect online or in person in some way.


I believe that everyone needs a coach, a mentor, a teacher, or sensei. Literally translated, “sensei” means “one who has gone before.”

Here’s to all my senseis and friends who have helped me on my journey of life.


Master Phil with Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins, a peak performance expert and motivational speaker, inspired me in my 20-somethings as I watched his informercials and bought my first ever personal development audio program, “Personal Power”. I still remember listening to him on my Sony Walkman cassette player and thinking to myself “Wow, this is great stuff. I wonder if I can do this kind of stuff one day?!”

And here I am today, sharing my own life and leadership experiences as an author, speaker, seminar leader, coach, and “virtual sensei”.

Interesting fact: Tony Robbins received his black belt in Taekwon-Do from Grand Master Jhoon Rhee.

Master Phil with Brendon Burchard

Fast forward 20 years later and I’m still dedicated to personal development. Now, I’m learning from Brendon Burchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Millionaire Messenger” and The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive”. I’m a proud graduate of his Experts Academy and High Performance Academy.


Interesting fact: Brendon Burchard is a 2nd degree black belt in martial arts and here’s what he had to say when I personally asked him how martial arts influenced his life:

“Martial arts was HUGE in my life. It is one of the BEST things that ever happened to me. Martial arts also taught me about respect, physical and mental mastery, and the overarching virtue of commitment and discipline in a positive way at an early age. I think more people should do martial arts.” – Brendon Burchard


Master Phil with Jack Canfield

I’ve dedicated the past 30 years of my life training, teaching, competing, and coaching in the martial arts. Now, I’m dedicating the next decades of my life to teaching martial arts success principles to the masses. This is why I’ve chosen the path of an author-speaker.

Who better to learn from than author-speaker Jack Canfield, the co-author along with another of my mentors, Mark Victor Hansen, of the legendary #1 New York Times bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series which has nearly 200 titles, in over 40 languages, and have sold over 500 million books.

Professional Associations

Master Phil is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and the Global Speakers’ Federation.


“Master Phil was a wonderful and inspiring speaker. His energy, enthusiasm, and clear, concise message invigorated all participants to overcome tangible challenges by breaking wooden boards.”

The Honourable Senator Vivienne Poyohn Doe