Meet The Real-life Master Roshi, a 55-Year-Old Vietnamese American Man

Master Roshi

Meet Nhon Ly, a 55-year-old Vietnam-born bodybuilder from San Diego, California, who is practically a real-life version of Master Roshi, the great martial arts teacher from “Dragon Ball.”


Ly is a member of the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Professional League.

He holds multiple achievements as a professional bodybuilder, including fourth place in the lightweight category of the U.S. Championship 2011, seventh at the U.S. Championship in 2012 and fifth on the Nationals 2015, to name a few.

Image via Instagram / master_roshi_real_life

In 1980, Ly arrived to the U.S. from Vietnam at the age of 16, according to Muscle Madness.

Before entering bodybuilding, he was first a manicurist who later opened his own nail salon.

A younger Ly. Image via Instagram / master_roshi_real_life

Ly met his wife, Teri, at the nail salon where they had both worked.

The couple are blessed with three children.

Image via Instagram / master_roshi_real_life

Unlike many people his age, Ly is able to train and compete with younger athletes, as seen in his social media posts.

He has a following of nearly 40,000 on Instagram, who all agree that he is Master Roshi’s real-life incarnation.

Image via Instagram / master_roshi_real_life

Master Roshi, a “Dragon Ball” character also known as Turtle Hermit and Jackie Chun — among a slew of other aliases — is a martial arts master who trained Granpa Gohan, Ox-King, Krillin, Yamcha and Goku.

Image via Instagram / master_roshi_real_life

Needless to say, Ly’s styled beard and impressive physical prowess show a striking resemblance to Master Roshi.

His followers couldn’t agree more:

Featured Images via YouTube and Instagram / DEATH BATTLE! (left) and master_roshi_real_life (right)

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