Who is Doug Marcaida?
There is no information regarding Doug’s date or place of birth, but he is of American and Filipino descent, actually born in the Philippines. Doug is a martial artist and weapons combat expert, best known for being a judge on the History Channel television show “Forged in Fire”. He is a weapons designer as well whose weapons have been featured in numerous high profile films.
First knife I ever forged and finished under the guidance of ABS Master Blade smith J Neilson….he really guided my hands. No i mean literally. He took my hands and showed me how to grind. Then eventually took it from my hands and "showed" me what needed to be done by DOING it…several times….multiple times till it was done. And that is why it looks great ! IT WILL CUT and It will Keal! #myfirstknifeIdisntreallymake #forgedinfire #historychannel #itwillcut #itwillkeal
The Riches of Doug Marcaida
How rich is Doug Marcaida? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $300,000, earned through success in armed combat consulting, and designing weapons. He also helps with weapons based combat choreography for various projects, and was previously with the US military. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
While little is known about Doug’s childhood or why he endeavored to pursue martial arts, it is known that at some point early in his life, he pursued the Filipino martial art of Kali, which emphasizes weapon-based fighting using sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, as well as improvised weapons, but also teaches open hand techniques without the use of weapons.
Travelling the world as an instructor allows me to gain a broader perspective as a student of the martial arts.
He would develop his skills over time, and eventually gained enough experience to establish his own style of kali called “Marcaida kali”, the primary aim of which is to protect and not to harm. His expertise eventually saw him become a consultant in armed combat, and he was hired on a contract to the US military. Due to his knowledge and experience with weapons, he started designing his own weapons which have been used in films. Some of his most notable designs include the Italian FOX knives, and creating the DART (Direct Action Response Theory), which is a tiny curved knife that is portable and easy to handle.
Work in the Entertainment Industry
His expertise coupled with his great designs led him to be a consultant in several high profile Hollywood films; some of those he’s worked with include “Blade” which is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, starring Wesley Snipes. He was also involved during the production of “300”, which is also based on a comic series, this time by Frank Miller. The story of the film focuses on King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans as they battle an invading Persian army consisting of more than 300,000 soldiers.
Another highly popular project he was a part of is the “Bourne” films, which is a series of action films focused on the character Jason Bourne, based on the book series of the same name written by Robert Ludlum, and starring Matt Damon. The film showcases a lot of the use of improvised and melee weapons, with techniques that have been based on Kali as well as other weapons-based fighting styles.
Forged in Fire
Marcaida was later invited to become a judge for the competition television series called “Forged in Fire” on the History channel, an offer which he accepted. Each episode showcases four bladesmiths as they compete in a three round elimination contest, forging bladed weapons, with the overall winner receiving a $10,000 prize. The show is hosted by former US military member turned television host Wil Willis, and has three judges, who are all experts in weapons and weapon history. The contestants are often given a limited time, depending on the complexity of the weapon they are to forge. Afterwards, each blade has to be tested in terms of material, design, strength and lethal use.
The popularity of the show led to a spin-off entitled “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death” which is hosted by WWE Hall of Fame member Bill Goldberg. In the main show, Marcaida often evaluates the weapons by testing to them, to help determine their effectiveness. If he cannot test the weapon then he asks a co-worker or family member to take his place. The show has been running for a total of five seasons, with the fifth airing in 2018.
For his personal life, it is known that Doug is very quiet when it comes to his family, and as such there is no information known about any marriages or children. There was a time when he had to take a break from work to undergo arm surgery, due to an incident at work, though he didn’t reveal too much detail about it. He has social media pages and a personal website, but it mainly promotes some of his weapon designs and recent projects. He is also active in promoting his work in “Forged in Fire”, but there is no mention of anything too personal.