Mick Doyle was born in Dublin Ireland. His family has had a long tradition of fighters including his great grandfather Mickey Finn, the legendary bare knuckle champion of Ireland. Mick began Martial Arts training at the age of 7.
From 1980 to 1985 Mick went undefeated and become the Irish Kickboxing Champion. His tournament and fight schedule allowed him to travel much of Northern Europe and fought and studied under some of the best fighters of that time.
On December 6th, 1986 at the age of 18 Mick made the decision to immigrate to the United States. He attended Bellevue University full time until 1988 when a position opened up at Saint Joseph Center for Mental Health where he became the Fitness coordinator for the hospital, it’s patients and staff. He also opened his first Martial Arts school in the same year called The Midwest Fighting Arts Academy.
In 1989 he met one of his childhood goals—being recognized as one the best active fighters in the world. He was ranked the number one welterweight fighter in the IKKC World rankings by Denver based World promoter Vern Stephenson, and later that year won his first World Title in Muay Thai.
In September 1994, Mick won his second World title. The IKBO (International Kickboxing Organization ) based out of Emmen, Holland and run by Mr. Fred Royers.
On April 25th, 1996 Mick was appointed Head Coach of the United States Muay Thai Team. In May of that year Mick traveled with the team to Thailand to train and compete in the Princes Cup World Championship. He is the only combat sports coach who has been appointed to both the National Muay Thai and National MMA teams.
After returning from Thailand, Mick began to spend more time perfecting his Jui Jitsu and Grappling skills. Mick was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by his friends Scott Thompson and R.J Nebe who were the first blue belts in the midwest under the legendary Rickson Gracie.
In 1998 Mick wanted to test his new found skills of grappling and No Holds Barred fighting with a real competition and won the Budokai Bare Knuckle Challenge in Springfield Missouri. Also in 1998, Mick won the Grand Championship Belt at Bas Rutten’s U.S. Open Jui Jitsu/ Tough Man Tournament in Denver, Colorado. His last full contact fight was in Beijing China in 1999 as part of the first ever professional mixed martial arts fight promoted in China.
Since retiring from competition Mick has devoted his energies to continuing his advancement as a Martial Artist and a coach. He currently holds the rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Scott Thompson andMaster Fabio Santos who is one of the highest ranking students of Rickson Gracie. He strives to teach people the life’s lessons he has learned from years of constantly challenging and pushing himself to be the best. The odds have always been stacked against him. From being blind in one eye, to immigrating to the U.S. at the age of 18, unsure of what his future in this country would hold. Mick has faced all these challenges with the courage and determination of a modern day warrior. To date, he has coached 39 National Champions and cornered and coached 7 World Champions. He has coached fighters at 9 different UFC events and appeared on TV worldwide. His seminars and fighter coaching sessions are among the best in the world. He has lived his life by the Samurai maxim “everything, everybody, outside of myself is my teacher”.