John Makdessi

UFC Competitor

Self-Defense Trainer

Nutrition Coach 

"Self-Defense is not Fighting:

Student Workshop"


John Wayne Makdessi was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on May 3, 1985 and is a first-generation Lebanese-Canadian born to Lebanese parents. His martial arts training started with Tae Kwon Do at the age of six. When Makdessi started high school, his dojo closed, and he could no longer continue. Towards the end of high school at the age of 18, he found a karate dojo where he learned Shotokon. Makdessi spent a lot of his time competing in kickboxing tournaments, and in 2006 won a gold medal in the USKBA. After going 22-0 in kickboxing, Makdessi began training in mixed martial arts.

When he is not training, John enjoys coaching. He spends time as a nutrition and self-defense coach. His other passion involves convincing young people that learning a self-defense is positive and not "fighting," but there is no honor is starting a fight. 

Speech Emphasis 

Fighting is a Poor Choice for Settling Differences

Self Defense Training Produces a Positive Attitude

LIfestyle Coaching: Nutrition and Exercise


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