Spitfire: an integral part of Atlantic Canada's Muay Thai and MMA Scene
Back in the early 2010s, when Mixed Martial Arts was just starting to gain traction here, Tony Doolin, founder of Spitfire, had only recently moved to Canada from England. Despite that, he was already changing the landscape of combat sports in our region. He organized the first Muay Thai fights ever held in New Brunswick, and the competitive team he lead went on to have sweeping success on the local Mixed Martial Arts scene. Alderic Keith, Chris Johnson, and Amy Pidt won titles on the local circuit, and Spitfire quickly gained a reputation for producing vicious and technical strikers. Not only did Spitfire develop a reputation for effectiveness, it gained a reputation for having exemplary athletes in and out of the ring, a value that is still very important at the gym. The gym gained in popularity, and became not just a great place to learn how to fight, but a place that had a lasting positive impact on countless people who have walked through it's doors. The sense of community at the Gym evolved into something truly unique, where everyone built lasting friendships and bonds with both coach and teammates. For many people who have spent time here, the gym, and Tony, hold a special place in their hearts even years after they've left. You would be hard pressed to find any former members who would not speak fondly of the months or years they spent at Spitfire.
Today, Spitfire has a new face, a new leader, and a new location, but its core values haven't changed. Despite how intimidating fight sports can be to the uninitiated, our gym has one of the most welcoming atmospheres of any group activity. Our members love and value helping beginners learn, they are helpful, and they will guide their fellow members in any way they can. Today, like in the old days, we put community, brothership, and hard work first, and we provide all of our members with the means and opportunities to achieve whatever sport or fitness goals they set out for themselves.
Lukas first joined Spitfire in 2013, and trained closely under his coach, Tony Doolin, for 6 years before beginning to dabble in coaching. Being a competitor himself, Lukas was first interested in helping other fighters prepare for their upcoming bouts. He shared his extensive knowledge about Muay Thai, nutrition, strength & conditioning, mobility, and flexibility with Spitfire's budding competitors, and some time later he found he enjoyed teaching anyone who was motivated to learn. When Lukas was given the opportunity to take over the gym in 2021, he jumped on the chance, eager to continue what Tony had started. Under Lukas's leadership, Spitfire maintains its identity and integrity, and continues to be a great place to train for everyone.