Combat Sports Comrades

Hi, we’re Josh and Will. We’re Canadian blood brothers and professional writers based in Asia.

We have been training in martial arts for most of our lives, particularly Muay Thai.

And we’ve teamed up with martial arts experts and trainers from around the world to bring you Way of the Fighter.

This site aims to provide you with a reliable source for everything martial arts so you can feel the confidence and fitness benefits of a combat sports lifestyle.

Hope you enjoy!

Our Editorial Team

Here are some of the combat sports experts contributing their knowledge bombs to the site!

Michael Ireland

Michael Ireland is our resident Boxing expert.

He’s a Provincially Certified Boxing Coach (Ontario, Canada) and has trained all skill levels and ages from 14 to 40.

He’s the creator and head trainer at ‘Athlete Combat Academy’. A boxing training business for multiple sport athletes, pro and amateur, who wish to diversify their training regimes.

He’s also the Head boxing coach for the Governor General Foot-guards and Cameron Highlanders, two of the oldest Reservist units in the Canadian Armed Forces.

And co-creator of ‘Clash of Cartier,’ a charity boxing event held annually by the Canadian Forces whereby The Governor General’s Youth Awards are given out.

These are prestigious bursaries for high-achieving youth in the community who seek post-secondary education.

Lê Thiên Thư

Thu has been a Muay Thai trainer for 9 years.

He began to train Muay Thai while in high school in Vietnam, and after his studies, he moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand to train under Perchumphae and Charaphat Rakrakshin.

With this knowledge, he returned to his country and began training students at AKC Fitness, KICKFIT Academy. That’s where we met him, and the rest is history.

He’s a wealth of knowledge not only for Muay Thai but a variety of other striking martial arts like Arnis from the Philippines, Boxing, and even knife defense.

Elisabeth Lively

Elisabeth Lively is a freelance writer based out of Texas.

Her first brush with the world of MMA came in 1995 when she happened to be at a friend’s house watching UFC 7 on pay-per-view. Although she had no idea what was going on, she knew that it was exciting, and she loved it.

As an MMA fan in the late 1990s and early 2000s, she felt her interests especially drawn to the fighters who specialized in Jiu Jitsu and grappling, like BJ Penn and Demian Maia. Reading BJ Penn’s book Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge opened up a whole new world and helped her appreciate the technique and skill involved.

Although she dabbled briefly in Kickboxing and Muay Thai, she found her true love when she started training BJJ in early 2020.

She is currently a blue belt, a volunteer coach in the kid’s program at her school, and trains 5-6 times a week in both gi and nogi.