Muaythai Canada is the National Federation for the sport of Olympic Style Muaythai in Canada, recognized by the International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA). A registered not-for-profit, Muaythai Canada set the standards for athletic, coaching, officiating, and competitive development across the country. Through its commitment to structured holistic development, excellence in governance and business management, and international sports leadership, Muaythai Canada strives to create a roust support system and better opportunities for the Canadian Muaythai practitioner.

Vision

For Olympic Style Muaythai to be the sport of choice among Canadians of all ages; a sport that is part of our daily lives and in which our athletic, coaching, and officiating talent is renowned across the world.

Mission

To foster a nationwide community of Muaythai practitioners, establishing Canada as a leading country in the development and support of world class talent with representation from each of the provinces and territories.

 

Values

Safety

Make every decision with the athlete’s well being in mind.

Integrity

Do what’s right, keep our commitments, and lead by example.

Fairness

Treat all members equally, be consistent in our actions, and respect all backgrounds, experiences, & beliefs.

Innovation

Pursue new knowledge, remain open minded, and be at the forefront of amateur combative sport policy & operations.

One World, One Muaythai”

— International Federation of Muaythai Associations

IFMA bears the responsibility and duty of being the sole Olympic-recognized Muaythai federation, promoting the sport and art of professional and non-professional Muaythai around the globe.

Working towards the goal of bringing Muaythai to the Olympics, IFMA became fully recognized as an International Federation by SportAccord in 2006. In 2008, the IFMA World Championships were held as a part of The Association for International Sport for All’s “World Sport for All Games”, making it the first Muaythai event under the patronage of the IOC. 2010 marked the year when Muaythai was one of the 13 world recognized combat sport to be part of the World Combat Games in Beijing under the IOC, and the second edition of the event was held in 2013 in St Petersburg, Russia. The 2015 SportAccord Convention in Sochi marked a following milestone for IMFA as the International University Sports Federation (FISU). In 2017, Muaythai was established as a full medal sport in the World Games, the largest amateur multi-sport event outside of the Olympics.

Board of Directors

President

Robin Finley

Starting Muaythai in 1997, Robin participated in 10 amateur competitions at the same time as raising a family. From 2006 to 2015 Robin held the position of President with the CMTC-A. Living in Calgary, Alberta, he has been involved in many re-writes of the city’s combat sport bylaws.

Robin owns and manages Finley Inspection Services Ltd. and holds a BA in Political Science and an honours diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology.

General Secretary

Michael Reid

Michael has been a student of Muaythai since 2009, and is pursuing both competitive and instructional avenues in the sport. A 2 time amateur tournament champion, he has taught at multiple schools throughout Toronto, where he currently resides.

Michael is an accountant by profession and works in the sport and recreational services industry full time.

Athletic Development

Grant Turner

Grant began training Muaythai in 2011, and has since been actively involved in the community as a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Consultant. He holds a Masters degree in Kinesiology, a certificate in Human Performance Training, and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.

Grant is the Athletic Development & Physical Wellness Coach at a private school and Corrective Exercise Specialist at a physical rehabilitation centre..

Officials Development

Brian Edwards

Brian started with martial arts at the age of 4, training throughout his life and finding Muaythai in 1997.  He opened his Mississauga gym, Training Ground Muay Thai, in 2005 and has since established himself as one of Canada’s best referees in amateur Muaythai.

An IFMA certified Official, Brian brings a wealth of knowledge to the training programs that will be put in place throughout the country.

Director of Western Canada

Jason Fenton

Jason has a long Muaythai career that started in 1993 and saw him through 57 competitions. He won several titles and faced some of the biggest names in the golden era of Muaythai such as Jongsanan Fairfax and Kongnapa.

Jason has been instructing Muaythai since 1995, and in 2008 moved to Vancouver to open his gym Iron City Muaythai, where he continues to coach the current generation of Canadian athletes.

Director of Central Canada

Jenypher Lanthier

Jenypher first became involved in Muaythai in 1998. She has extensive competitive experience from her 15 years in the sport, winning a professional title in 2005 as well as establishing herself an an accomplished Official in multiple organizations.

In 2009 Jenypher became the first female Muaythai gym owner in North America with the opening of York Muay Thai in Toronto.

Director of Eastern Canada

James Richard

James has spent most of his life training in Muaythai, and held the position of Vice-President of CMTC-A as well as the team manager of Team Canada from 2011-2015.

He owns and operates 8 Limb Muay Thai in St. Johns, and has been actively involved in building a Provincial Sport organization in Newfoundland since 2009.