Born in Avondale (Middle Arm), Newfoundland, Canada, Glen Doyle began his martial arts education at a very young age.
Greg Doyle, Glen's father, was a military man who was also a marathoner and a boxer. Greg ran
for Canada many times and boxed for the Canadian Armed Forces during and after the Korean War.
Greg felt his son would need the education of the fighting arts to help give him confidence and drive. At the tender age of four, Glen put on his first pair of boxing gloves and began his pugilistic career. Under the strict guidance of his father, Glen continued to train for over eight years in both boxing and the Doyle family style of Irish stick fighting. However, at age twelve, Glen startled his father with an observation about his boxing art. He told his father that although boxing was an outstanding sport for both endurance and coordination, he found it limited in its realism for street combat. Glen sat his father down and mapped out boxing limits with respect to striking and defending below the waist, and weight disadvantages. In a ring with a referee and a controlled situation, boxing was an incredible art, but Glen knowing he would not be a large man (his father was only 5'5" and his mother 4'11''), would be at a disadvantage should he get into a confrontation on the street.
With the support of his father, Glen decided to look for a more complete fighting art. The search took him through a sampling of the Japanese and Korean arts, and even into the military for a few years to test out its hand-to-hand combat program. Nothing seemed to make him feel complete. Then in 1983, strictly by chance, Glen met an elderly Chinese gentleman, Mr. James Lore (Lore King Hong). Lore was a Hung Gar Gung Fu teacher at the Jing Mo Kung-Fu Club, which operated out of the Chinese Community Center of Ontario. Glen watched one class and signed up...the partnership had begun.
For the next five years, Glen trained every day for six to seven hours and moved up his club's pecking order. Though Glen was not Chinese, he threw himself totally into both his martial art and the Chinese culture and became a recognized face in Toronto's Chinatown, earning the Chinese name of Lok Siu Fung (after a figure in Chinese mythology).
Glen's next step was the competition circuit, and on his first outing he won the Eastern Canadian Championships and won a chance to compete in the Canadian National Championships, which saw teams from all over Canada and numerous teams from the U.S. The competition was fierce, but Glen emerged as the Canadian Champion, and would keep the title, until he stepped down to pursue other interests in the form of training sports teams and adopting his fighting theories to all aspects of life -- from self-defense to self-help.
Developing his "Stealing the Energy" theories and martial arts cross-training techniques, Glen went on and became the martial arts coach for figure-skating mega-star Elvis Stojko (who still works with him), ice dancers Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz, Pro-Roller Hockey teams, AHL and OHL players, soccer teams, football teams and more.
Glen now offers unique, highly effective martial arts cross-training classes and seminars specifically tailored for hockey, figure skating, running, soccer, basketball, and other sports . Using his keen ability to analyze motion and movement within sport, he takes the muscle explosion, muscle awareness, focus, breathing, power, control, and emboldening self-confidence found in the martial arts and directly applies them to each specific sport and athlete. This streamlined approach allows the athletes to reap many of the benefits of martial arts that are directly applicable to their sport without the time required for studying martial arts in the traditional manner.
Glen's style, flair, and open approach to his martial arts has landed him on the cover of numerous magazines, seen him perform at both national and international events, on television shows throughout Canada and the U.S., and even won him the prestigious honor of being the special guest performer at the historic Opening Ceremonies of the World Wu Shu Championships in 1995, held in Baltimore. It was the first time the games had been held outside Asia, and the event was to be seen by millions via satellite.
Always looking for new ways to spread his teachings, Glen accepted assignments as a fight choreographer for Cynthia Rothrock and for Canadian film and television programs. This helped him realize his potential to both teach and learn, and Glen began to set aside much of his time to explore this area. Studying film arts and screenwriting at Ryerson University and then journalism at Humber College, Glen developed new creative avenues to increase his power to teach and invent. However, he did not want to stray from the purity of his art, and he still had a drive to continue to educate and help those wishing to better themselves so Glen decided to put some of his thoughts and ideals into a book entitled The Martial Artist's Way. It is not a picture-filled "how to" book, but rather a simple set of thoughts and suggestions for those wanting to get more from their martial art or sports experiences.
Glen recently opened his own martial arts club in Milton, Ontario. The Céad Bua Club offers traditional Kung Fu, Irish stick fighting, Sports Cross-training, as well as Theatrical Martial Arts for Film. Contact Glen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Glen has made foray into the entertainment world via screenwriting. He has had three of his scripts produced within the last few years - and they have been seen at numerous international film festivals and TV networks. Look for Sometimes a Hero, The Circuit, and Circuit II at a video store near you.