29 September

Rory McDonell

Rory has been training and coaching combat sports for over 20 years. He wrestled during high school and university and won a National Championship while in university. As he finished his wrestling career, he began to train in Krav Maga, boxing, kickboxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It was then that he decided to dedicate his life to the pursuit of martial arts.

Rory earned his first pro MMA fight by fighting in (and winning) an open tryout run by Apex MMA. He fought professionally for a decade, and all his wins in MMA came by way of submission. He was selected to travel to Afghanistan to put on the first ever MMA fight in an active war zone and he has also been selected twice to represent Canada at the FILA World Championships for No Gi grappling.

He has his level 2 NCCP National Coaching Certification in Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, as well as in boxing. Rory was awarded his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under World Champion, Daniel Valverde.

The athletes Rory has coached have become national and international MMA champions as both amateurs and professionals and have fought in the biggest MMA leagues in the world including the UFC, WSOF and Bellator. He has coached provincial and national champions in wrestling and grappling. He has taught self defense to prison guards, police and military personnel, as well as high school and elementary students. He has worked with National Championship Hockey, Baseball, and Rugby teams. Rory is a passionate coach with years of experience on the mat.