Jeffrey was born in South Vietnam and has determined that he is 11/16 Vietnamese and 5/16 Chinese. Oppressed by the post-war regime, his brave and cunning parents spent years planning for a daring escape. Jeff was only three years old when he and much of his family fled from Vietnam by boat, under the cover of darkness.
Jeff's family made it all the way to Indonesia where they lived in a refugee camp for a year, before being welcomed into the United States. They settled in "The Valley" near Los Angeles, where Jeff grew up and went to school.
Jeff started training in the martial arts at the age of five and continues to be passionate about it today. In school, Jeff developed a knack for math and physics, which led him to study Engineering at Harvey Mudd College, of the Claremont Colleges. It was there that he met his wife-to-be, Erin.
Jeff got his first job doing digital circuit design for an aerospace company in Southern California, and began studying towards a Masters degree at UCLA. Jeff now works for Canon's research arm in Sydney, Australia. In addition to martial arts of all kinds, Jeff enjoys rock climbing, photography, hiking, camping, snowboarding, motorcycling, and of course, traveling.