At MMA Academy we've been creating champions since 1978.

(1920's-1940's) - Emergence of Combat Sports

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Boxing and combat sports flourish in Glace Bay, producing local champions and famous fighters, setting the stage for Coach Dan's future involvement.

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An AI generated image of Glace Bay Cape Breton in 1978

1978 - Early Roots in Glace Bay

Coach Dan Thomas is born into a family of coal miners in Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island, where boxing is deeply ingrained in the community's culture and history.

1986 - Introduction to Boxing

Dan begins his journey in combat sports by joining Ring #73 in Glace Bay and immersing himself in the world of boxing.

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1994 - Relocation to Ontario

At the age of 14, Dan moves to Ontario, leaving behind Ring #73 and the boxing community in Cape Breton.

Late (1990's-2000's) - Challenges and Growth

Despite facing challenges and not achieving significant success at the national level in boxing, Dan's experiences in defeat lay the foundation for his future coaching philosophy.

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Coach Dan in the early 2000's

Early 2000's - Exploring MMA and BJJ

The rising popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) captures Dan's interest, prompting him to explore this new combat sport. His lack of grappling experience leads him to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).

MID 2000's - Kickboxing and Muay Thai Community

Dan transitions into the kickboxing and Muay Thai community, broadening his horizons in the world of combat sports.

Coach Dan with his Muai Thai community
Coach Dan with son George and Sonny

Late (2000's-2010's) - creating a legacy

As he connects with a new community of passionate individuals in combat sports, Dan's perspective on training and the essence of being a champion undergoes a transformation. He begins to appreciate that the seemingly wasted years in his journey were, in fact, his most valuable education.

present 2020's - Coaching and Life Insights

Coach Dan Thomas draws on his life experiences, including struggles, conflicts, and unwavering perseverance, to guide and inspire the next generation of fighters and athletes. He recognizes that his unique journey has equipped him with invaluable insights into coaching and life.

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