Located at 2530, unit 9 Speers Road in Oakville, Para Bellum is a unique training facility that caters to a spectrum of athletes; from the mixed martial arts mma student working up the ranks to achieve his/her goal, to the recreational brazilian jiu-jitsu athlete looking for a challenging new workout, to people looking for a viable self defense system muay thai boxing gym .

Para Bellum will help you achieve your goals while improving your confidence, your discipline, and your fitness.
The name Para Bellum was taken from a longer Latin adage: “Si vis pacem para bellum”. This means “If you wish for peace, prepare for war.” This philosophy is reflected in all our programs. Whether its athletes literally preparing for combat, or someone learning how to defend themselves, we truly believe that success, and peace, lay in preparedness.

We have a team of highly qualified instructors and trainers here to help you reach your full potential. We offer comprehensive programs including: Mixed Martial Arts, No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing, Krav Maga (Israeli Self Defense), Muay Thai, Strength and Conditioning classes and a fully developed kids program. Martial arts have been shown to increase self confidence, and discipline, all while having fun! Whatever your starting point, our team of dedicated instructors are here to help develop you into an elite level! mma muay thai boxing gym


Meet Our Team

Rory McDonell

Lucas Chaston

Lyndon Whitlock

Bradley Barrick

Mike Scamurra

Adrian Vilaca

Para Bellum IS LATIN FOR:
“If you wish for peace, prepare for war.”



Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is something this beautiful country prides itself on. For years, the Thai’s dominated the top rankings in all Muay Thai organizations until the Dutch style of kickboxing, which favours footwork and western boxing skills, proved it was as effective a striking system by beating some of the best Thai fighters in their home country.

The clash of 2 dominant striking systems forced both systems to evolve. The Muay Thai community was forced to put more attention into punching offensively and defensively, and other subtleties such as foot work. The Dutch style kickboxers were forced to deal with well- developed traditional Thai weapons, like elbows and clinch work, offensively and defensively. This was an exciting time for the sport.

As the sport evolved, so did the rules. Some organizations stuck with the traditional rules of Muay Thai, while others went to a modified version, which we now know as the K1 style.

As the years went by, MMA started to surface and the new rule set presented interesting challenges for almost every pure striking system. The small gloves and takedowns meant footwork was important. Knees and kicks meant a defensive system based purely on head movement was high risk. Each striking system, from boxing to Muay Thai to karate, had all been the dominant striking systems for some period of time only to see, years later, the same fighters struggle to compete with the new generation of well rounded up and comers. One thing is for certain; not one striking system is perfect and can clearly be called the best. The only thing we know is that those who are unwilling to evolve get left behind.

This leaves us in an uncomfortable position as to what we should label this program. It would be very short sighted to label this program under just one discipline. This is not traditional Muay Thai, Dutch style kick boxing, Western boxing, or karate. It is a comprehensive striking system using all 8 limbs. We don’t prioritize kicks, knees, elbows, or punches; rather, we teach that context and understanding range determines the appropriate weapon. Neither head movement, footwork, or blocking are prioritized as the primary defensive system; rather, understanding the safest line of defense to be used on your opponent is what we focus on.

We will label this program as Muay Thai because of the usage of all 8 limbs (weapons) but it is much more than Muay Thai. The purist might be upset or confused at our usage of the term, but our philosophy here at Para Bellum is that we will not be defined by a label; rather, we will discard the bad while adapting the good.

No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art system which primarily focuses on grappling and wrestling. It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defeat a bigger, stronger opponent by using leverage, proper technique and strategy to isolate joint-locks and chokeholds in order to elicit a surrender. One may train BJJ for sport grappling tournaments or self defense, or as a component of MMA. One of the core tenets here at Para Bellum is the idea of using what is effective and discarding what is not. We try to apply that principle to all of our martial arts, and our grappling program is no different. There are almost as many forms of grappling on earth as there are languages and cultures. From Olympic style wrestling to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and from Russian Sambo to catch-as-catch can wrestling, every culture on earth has contributed something to the sport of grappling. The goal of our comprehensive grappling system is to create as complete a grappler as possible; an athlete with a wide range of grappling skills, including takedowns, pinning control, and submissions on every limb.

Through training BJJ, students will gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body, and at the same time improve their own strength and conditioning.

Why No-Gi? It’s the next evolutionary step of Jiu-Jitsu practice. No-Gi is faster, more exciting, and more practical for MMA. Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in the world today and Jiu-Jitsu is a critical component of that sport. However, many Mixed Martial Artists learn a traditional system of Jiu-Jitsu using the Gi and consequently are not learning the most efficient ground fighting principles and techniques for a sport that does not allow contestants to use a traditional uniform.

Many Mixed Martial Artists accept this fundamental problem out of necessity– in many cases, a Gi-based Jiu-Jitsu system is the only type of reputable Jiu-Jitsu available to them and/or they want to pursue a certified rank and someday attain a Jiu-Jitsu black belt.

Para Bellum addresses this issue by providing both cutting-edge knowledge and training under head coach Rory McDonell and the opportunity to attain a certified rank from the World No Gi association founder – and one of the world’s most sought-after Jiu-Jitsu coaches – World Champion Black Belt, Daniel Valverde.


Krav Maga is a comprehensive martial arts system which was initially designed to be used by the Israeli Military. The nature of the conflicts that Israel was involved in during the latter half of the 20th C. necessitated an effective combat system which addressed everything from unarmed hand to hand combat to close-quarters weapon and firearms tactics. Krav Maga was developed to be used by the military and so needed to be quickly learned and useful in as short a period of time as possible. This is a martial art which is far more martial than it is art and as such, the effectiveness and efficiency of any technique – and ultimately the survival of the student – are the driving forces behind how this system developed.

Para Bellum First Instinct Krav Maga is a self-protection system based on the body’s natural instinct. The idea behind FIKM is to improve and, in some cases, re-teach the way the body and the brain function in stressful and volatile situations, using the end goal of survival as the main motivator. We have a heavy focus on reality-based situations, from hand to hand threats to dealing with weapons and multiple attackers. In addition to the physical techniques taught, there is also a focus on mental training. We put the body and the mind under stress in a controlled environment so that students can gain experience and train the correct reactions with fewer consequences. These are part of the philosophies taught from day one. Unlike other systems which can take years to be useful, FIKM is an effective practical system which can be learned and be effective in a short period of time. FIKM is used by a diverse group of people from regular citizens to police, corrections and military personnel.


Boxing is a combat sport in which the participants fight using only their hands, and which has a long and storied history, tracing its roots back to the original ancient Olympics. It has existed in its modern form for over 150 years and exists as both an amateur Olympic sport and as a professional contest and, in recent years, it has become a fundamental skill required for MMA. The majority of training is spent in preparatory phases to develop coordination, conditioning, technique and strategy. Training will develop both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems, as well as the offensive and defensive tools required for boxing. Boxers must also be able to react quickly and intelligently to an opponent’s attack.

Finally, agility and reaction time are vital components of a boxer’s repertoire. Foot work and hand speed, reactive power and hand-eye co-ordination will all be drilled and significantly improved with proper training. Our boxing program here at Para Bellum is great for fitness enthusiasts, beginners interested in competition, or established athletes and fighters looking to hone their skills.

Strength and Conditioning

Here at Para Bellum we follow a Westside Barbell style conjugate system developed by World Champion coach, Louie Simmons. We rotate between a series of different types of work days over the course of a week; maximal effort, dynamic or “speed” effort, hypertrophic or strength building repetition and metabolic conditioning days.

The conjugate system makes it possible to address all the different requirements for building strength and conditioning in a comprehensive system. We can lift to a maximum effort lift (your one rep max) every week while also improving speed and conditioning simultaneously, all year long. We know of no other system that can do this. The maximal effort days build absolute strength and make one very strong, while the dynamic effort days build speed and power and make one very explosive. The repetition days build muscle endurance and muscle hypertrophy. The metabolic conditioning days use special exercises to increase one’s general physical preparedness (GPP) and respiratory endurance. What more can you ask for?

Para Bellum is a real strength and performance gym which measures its success with results on the mats, in the cage or on the platform. We welcome everyone from the general public wanting to get into the best shape of their lives to the elite athlete training for sport. Whatever your goal is, you can achieve it here.

Youth and Kids

Our kids program at Para Bellum is geared toward discipline through martial arts techniques and philosophy. It will teach your child how to deal with day to day situations that they may encounter in a non-violent, positive way. We advocate core principles in each of our classes: anti-bullying, anti-violence, as well as healthy living and eating habits. We are committed to providing a safe and fun learning environment where your child or teen can achieve their very best. We offer tailored programs for various age groups with age-appropriate curriculum geared to build a solid foundation for techniques while continuing to challenge and inspire our students. The study of mixed martial arts is a lifelong pursuit. Techniques are nearly infinite and are being refined and reinvented daily. As a result, our students are constantly learning new techniques and perfecting old ones, which improves mental focus and self confidence, creates a wide knowledge base, and will carry over to success in many aspects of your child’s life.

We encourage you to bring your child in to try a free class to experience firsthand the benefits of Martial Arts in building confidence, self-esteem, and sportsmanship.


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