Instructors leading kids class


Kru Mike holding belts

Mike “Iron Fist” Doherty

Owner/Lead Instructor at Nomad Striking Academy
– 2020 to present
Former Owner/Lead Instructor of Dohjo Muay Thai & Fitness
– 2012-2020

Competitive Accomplishments

  • 18 years of martial arts experience. 45+ Amateur Bouts in K1, Muay Thai, Kickboxing and MMA. 1-0 as a professional.
  • Ranked #1 in Ontario and #8 in WBC as a Professional.
  • Traveled, Trained and Competed in Thailand.
  • 2010 WKA Canadian 165 lbs National Kickboxing Champion
  • 2011 CASK Canadian 155lbs National K1 Champion
  • 2015 First MTO Open Class bout in history
  • 2015 WKF Canadian 165lbs National K1 Champion
  • 2015 WKF Canadian 165lbs National Muay Thai Champion
  • 2017 Destiny Muay Thai 165lbs International Champion
  • 2019 WAKO Canadian 165lbs National K1 Champion
  • 2019 IKF World Kickboxing 160lbs Champion
  • 2022 Legacy Kickboxing 165lbs K1 Champion
  • 3X Team Canada K1 World Athlete
  • 2022 World Games Competitor
  • 2023 Road to One Tournament Athlete

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Certified Kru of Muay Thai. First official Kru of Muay Thai in the Kawartha Lakes area.
  • Level 2 Kickboxing Coach
  • Functional Patterns Human Foundations Practitioner
  • 2020 Winter Games Youth Coach
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor
  • Coached 1000’s of athletes in the Kawartha Lakes area.
  • Produced and Coached Provincial and National Champions from youth to adult.


Nomad is like one big family! The atmosphere is amazing, everyone is so supportive and encouraging. Kru Mike is one of the most dedicated individuals of his craft. Mike helps you learn by relating what he's teaching you to something you will understand. My son is 11 and has been apart of Nomad since he was 4. Nomad has helped my son gain confidence, self-discipline and a sense of pride in his accomplishments. This is he GREATEST place on earth. Join today and give it a try ❤

- Melissa

In terms of a physical and mental workout, no sport or class I’ve done compares to Nomad. Kru Mike is very dedicated to his craft - which is why he’s a Muay Thai champion and a fantastic teacher / motivator. I’m really happy with what I’ve learned in 3 months since starting, and humbled / excited about how much further there is to go. Regardless of age or current shape, it’s definitely worth attending a class and seeing for yourself what it’s like.

- Paul

Trying something new can be difficult, but here Mike ensures that the only barrier to entrance is showing up. Wether you are; preparing to compete in the sport, wanting to practice self defense, or just pick up a new healthy hobby, you will have no problem finding a spot for yourself here. He is a professional and experienced fighter that prioritizes inclusion, respect, and individualized self-improvement. This gym tackles building a community first, and a proper environment to learn, that allow everything else to come easily. Take a trial class, and wont take long to notice!

- Waun

Great place to start your Muay Thai journey. Mike is a professional and super friendly instructor. Non-intimidating and super fun workouts. You feel a sense of community at this gym. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

- Bakhtawar

Best Martial Arts Club! Mike is extremely nice and hospitable the place feels like a family. Don't hesitate you will learn and sweat lots.

- Kathir

Extremely friendly and supportive group of people. Mike really goes above and beyond to make sure that everyone is learning proper technique, getting a good workout, and having fun.

- Patrick

Best Muay Thai club in town, great atmosphere and great instructor, if you looking for a class to get fit and learn something new, this is the place to come.

- Alexander

Went for a trial class and loved it - clear instruction, help with technique, and a very welcoming environment. Hope to be back soon!

- Jennifer