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VIDEO: Coach of Okanagan MMA club talks about runaway success

Toshido MMA coach David Lea was profiled by fight website The video was released Sept. 15, 2015.
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September 17, 2015 - 8:30 AM

KELOWNA - An online fight website has profiled local MMA coach David Lea about his gym’s remarkable success in the world of professional fighting.

David Lea is the coach of Toshido MMA. In the video, produced for, Lea describes how he started the club in 1998, only five years after the Ultimate Fighting Championship was founded.

“I needed a place where I could explore this side of the martial arts,” he says. “It was a long journey.”

He goes on to explain how injuries and subsequent surgeries forced him to look seriously at retirement.

“The club expanded to where I needed to pick a fighting career or a coaching career,” he says. “I decided coaching would have more longevity.”

Toshido currently has four fighters in the UFC, Shane ‘Shaolin’ Campbell, Sarah ‘Cheesecake’ Moras, Matt Dwyer and Rory MacDonald.

“A lot of people are taking notice now,” he says. “I’ve cornered seven UFC fights this year already. There’s no slowing down in sight. It’s a very exciting time for us.”

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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