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Perry William Kelly


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Over the past thirty-five-year period, Perry William Kelly has written literally hundreds of thousands of words on the subject of martial arts and combat sports.

Kelly has been a feature writer for: Martial Arts Professional; Martial Arts Experts; Ultimate Grappling; and, Ultimate MMA, and is currently the Canadian and MMA Correspondent for MA Success magazine. During his lengthy career covering stories around the globe, he has interviewed multiple Olympic coaches and Gold Medalists, countless UFC champions and their trainers, World Kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu Champions.

He is one of the few MMA writers to have interviewed many of the CEOs of the world’s top MMA promotions, i.e. UFC, Bellator MMA, ONE Championship, Professional Fighters League and Combate Global. In addition, he has interviewed martial arts action film stars including the late David Carradine (Kill Bill) and Alain Moussi (Kickboxer).

In 2017, Kelly won the World Police and Fire Fighter Games Karate Gold Medal - Over 50 Middleweight Division. The following year, he was dubbed “The Fighting Writer” by the Editor of Black Belt Magazine, the world’s oldest martial arts publication, when he won a Silver Medal at the famed Battle of Atlanta while taking on double duty by also reporting on the event.

For over ten years, Kelly provided his master level knowledge of five martial arts while writing on law enforcement officer safety in articles featured in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Gazette. This work was featured in a book entitled The Thinking Officer's Guide to Police Defensive Tactics published with a forward by the former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Herb Gray and an introduction by former RCMP Commissioner and Interpol President Norman D. Inkster.

Kelly’s other combative sports books include a biography of Bruce Lee’s protégé entitled Dan Inosanto: The Man, the Teacher, the Artist with a forward by the first martial artist elected to the NFL Hall of Fame Randy White and the biography ICEMAN: Kickboxing Legend Jean-Yves Theriault.

Kelly is currently the Tribal Representative for the Metis Nation of Ontario for the Native American League of the U.S. Muay Thai Association.

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