BLACK BELT BUSINESS UNION
Connecting Martial Arts Schools with Success!
Black Belt Business Union is a network of successful martial arts school owners. We provide a platform for communication that unites our industry. Our goal is a to connect a community of boutique martial arts studios, specifically for combat sports such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) looking for business knowledge and tools to compete with the "Big Boys". Our network breaks the traditional barriers of our industry and welcomes all members regardless of team affiliation into a powerful martial arts collective. In sharing information, we support one another in our endeavors to help improve our schools, ourselves, and our students.
The Chairman and CEO
MMA School Owner, Global Entrepreneur, Investor & Business Strategist
Nakapan Phungephorn has over 30 years experience teaching, training and competing in martial arts. He is a 4th Degree Black Belt in BJJ, a Muay Thai Kru, and the Founder of BETA Academy, Washington DC's largest and longest running Martial Arts School. He's helped hundreds of business owner's grow their organizations and his vast knowledge stretches across multiple industries.
Nakapan owns the largest Martial Arts School in Washington DC. BETA Academy is in its 15th year of operation. The school grosses over $1million in annual revenue, has over 650 active students in a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art-facility. He oversees a team of over 30 staff members to deliver a World-Class training experience in the Nation's Capital.
Nakapan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), in the state of Virginia. Prior to establishing BETA Academy, Nakapan was a partner in a successful Tax and Accounting firm where he advised clients on wealth building tax saving strategies. He leveraged his specialized background to help dozens of school owners obtain millions of dollars in government funding during the pandemic.
Nakapan holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA), and a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting from George Mason University School of Business. Piggy backing off these accomplishments, Nakapan was sought out to manage the financial departments for multiple start up companies and help them grow to $10 million dollar businesses.
Nakapan is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai World Champion. He has been competing for over 30 years and holds championship titles in multiple martial art disciplines including the 2016 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship. He is a former WKA Amateur Middleweight Muay Thai World Champion and a retired Professional MMA Fighter.
School Owner Seminar
Nakapan is highly sought after business coach, motivational speaker, and strategist that has helped hundreds of organizations flourish. Check our Events page to see upcoming schedule of live and virtual events. Book a conference call and see your business grow!