Duy Long Nguyen

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Duy Long Nguyen
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Born (1964-10-17) October 17, 1964 (age 59)
Other namesLongy Nguyen
Years active1998-present

Duy Long Nguyen, often referred to as "Longy" Nguyen (born October 17, 1964) is a Vietnamese-born Australian sports injury therapist and author of The Dragon’s Journey,[1] co-written by James Knight.

Early life

In 1969, Longy joined the junior army scouts under the guidance of his mentors at Corps II headquarters and the US army where his father Hien Nguyen was Inspector General.[2] At the age of 10, Longy became a 1st degree Taekwondo "Black Belt" (Korean Taekwon-Do Association). Following ‘Fall of Saigon’[3] in 1975, Longy’s father was sent to a re-education camp. After Longy fled Vietnam, during his escape he and his siblings were rescued by a Japanese oil tanker. In Japan, Longy resumed his martial arts training. After one year, Longy and his siblings left to settle in Sydney, Australia, arriving in 1981. In 1998, he began working for businessman Frank Lowy as his bodyguard and therapist.[4]


1996–1998: Rugby League

From 1996-1997, Longy was involved as a trainer and sports injury therapist for the Manly Sea Eagles and the Queensland State of Origin team. During this time, Longy treated Adrian Lam for 'severe shoulder injuries'.[5] Later, from 1997-1998, Longy was involved with the Rugby League Test Team.

1996–2003: Boxing

From 1995-1997, Longy worked with middleweight boxer Troy Waters and from 1997-2001 with Shannon Taylor as a sports injury therapist. Longy also treated boxers Anthony Mundine and Danny Green.[6]

1999–2003: The Matrix

After actor Keanu Reeves sustained a neck injury there was a halt in the production of The Matrix directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski. Following a treatment from Longy, Reeves was able to continue training that prepared him for the film's production.[7] During the filming of The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Longy also treated Reeves' co-stars Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving for stunt-related injuries.[7]

2000, 2004: British Olympic Track and Field Team

During the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Athens 2004 Olympics, Longy worked with the British track and field team. In the Sydney 2000 Olympics, he treated English sprinters Darren Campbell[8] and Katherine Merry.

1996–2016: Australian Horse Racing

From 1996-2016 Longy treated jockey Jimmy Cassidy for 'chronic back and shoulder problems'[9] that involved 'stretching the muscles and joints'.[9]


The Dragon’s Journey is a memoir about Nguyen’s Life co-written by James Knight published in 2004 by Harper Collins, forwarded by Rupert Murdoch and Frank Lowy, to which ‘jointly wrote the forward to his life story.’[10]The book follows Longy’s life from childhood amidst the Vietnam War until 2004, during his career in Australia.


  1. Nguyen, Duy Long; Knight, James (2004). The Dragon's Journey. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780732279240.
  2. McKenna, Thomas P. (2011). Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813140360.
  3. Gilman, Owen W. (2006). Wilson, Charles Reagan (ed.). ""Vietnam War" In The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture". University of North Carolina Press. 3: 252–57 – via JSTOR.
  4. Cassidy, Jim (2016). Pumper. Pan Macmillan. p. 176. ISBN 9781743540114.
  5. Wiedler, Daniel (8 September 1996). "Games no.1 man might not be on hand". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. Webster, Andrew (29 July 2016). "Oh NRL Heritage Round, takes me back to a simpler time when Dragons were great". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Burke, Nicollette (3 November 2003). "Stars Embrace a Dazzling Finale to Matrix Film Trilogy". Daily Telegraph.
  8. Broadbent, Rich (16 November 2018). "As Long As I Can Breathe, I Can Fight. I Won't Quit". The Times.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Thomas, Ray (3 November 1998). "Pumper Swears By Longy's Healing Touch". The Daily Telegraph.
  10. Poynting, Mike; Poynting, Scott (1 January 2007). "Ruling Class Men: Money, Sex, Power". University of Woolongong Faculty of Arts. 1: 147 – via University of Woolongong Australia.

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