Phil was a very active professional fighter between the ages of 16 and 26 fighting constantly until breaking his neck in a terrible car accident just after his 26th birthday. Being told he would never do anything physical again he rehabbed his body and started The Asylum to pass on the Kachin Systems of fighting. While training others to fight he decided to prove the doctors wrong and fight again.
At the age of 36 he received medical clearance and took his first fight back at GSO 3 held in Atlanta in a Main Event Super Fight against Pride 2 and Reality Super fighting Veteran Juan Mott. Phil competed a number of other times before deciding to retire and focus on training other fighters.
After battling cancer and with his health back in February of 2015 at the age of 52 he started competing in No Gi Submission grappling and BJJ tournaments again. Usually the oldest competitor there he competed in a number of weight classes including the Ultra Heavyweight and open divisions. According to Phil he feels he has been lucky enough to have 3 separate careers coming back twice after doctors had written him off. Phil has had over 300 matches since turning 52 and at 57 is still competing in professional shows such as Fight 2 Win, Submission Underground, Submission Hunter Pro to name a few. Phil has placed at every tournament he has done including a Silver at the IBJJF Masters Worlds, 5 Gold medals at the IBJJF American Nationals and 6 gold medals at the SJJIF Worlds. Phil has also finished first at numerous NABJJF, NAGA, New Breed, 5 Grappling, Grappling industries tournaments many times doing multiple divisions including moving up in weight and down to adult to get matches. Phil is a master of Lethwei (Burmese Boxing) Naban (Burmese Grappling) and received a BJJ Black Belt from Ricardo Calvalcanti and has dabbled in other grappling and striking styles such as Sambo and Muay Thai.
The Asylum Fight Team is run by Phil Dunlap a former fighter who for over 25 years ran a school / fight team The Asylum Fight Gym in the NY metro area training countless fighters who competed in Mixed Martial Arts, Submission Grappling, and Thai Boxing prior to having to close the school due to severe health issues. Phil moved out to Vegas in 2014 and as his health came back, he missed training and teaching, so he decided to open AFS The Asylum Fight Team. Phil believes finances should not be the major roadblock to training and doing something you love so, he runs free classes for the general public.
Phil is the recognized lineage holder in the Kachin arts from Northern Burma. He was trained in the Kachin Fighting Systems by his grandfather William “Wild Bill” O’Shaunessy, who received the lineage from his instructor Duwa Thein Naw (in what is now the area known as Jagun in the Kachin State) while living and fighting side by side with the Jinghpaw people prior to and during WW2. His actions and deeds through these years led him to be proclaimed Jinghpaw. After his grandfather passing Phil became designated lineage holder.
Phil having been raised in this tradition was expected to fight from an early age. He has fought all over Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Japan and the United States. Between Lethwei (Burmese Boxing), Thai Boxing and Thaing (Mixed Martial Art) matches he is a veteran an of 119 Professional fights winning world titles in Lethwei in 3 weight classes during the late 70’s and 80’s, a small stadium championship in Thailand during the early 80’s and several MMA titles in regional organizations in the 90’s.