The context of the reality TV series Forged in Fire is so unique that nothing compares to it. The series features bladesmiths as they compete against each other by forging new and unique blades. A panel of jury judges the forged blades based on their uniqueness, design, and sharpness. Doug Marcaida is one of those jurists. A martial arts and weapon experts, Doug is involved in the show since 2015. Now, Doug is an integral part of the series and we simply cannot imagine a panel of the jury without him. Today, we take a closer look at what little is known about Doug Marcaida.
Doug Marcaida was born in the Philippines and spent much of his early life there. The man remains tight lipped about his early life including his date of birth, parents, and education. From a young age, Doug was interested in weapons and martial arts. He often used to fight with his friend at school. At the request of his father, Doug joined formal martial arts training. Doug fell in love with Kali (martial arts) and also started using knives as a weapon at the same time.
Professional Life & Net Worth:
In complete contrast to what he is doing now, Doug began his career in the US Air Force. Doug not only excelled during his time in the force, but he also began training them. He has since gone on to train the US Force Recon Marines, Spetsnaz Unit Alpha, and the Belgian Special Police. Later in his career, Doug established himself as an edged-impact weapons specialist. Taking a break from his life as an army man, Doug joined FOX knives. The Italian-based company allowed Doug to co-design the DART XT which is a tiny curved knife.
Dough began his career on-screen from 2015 when he was selected as one of the judges in the series, Forged in Fire. Alongside David Baker, Ben Abbott, J. Neilson, and Jason Knight, Doug began to test the craftsmanship of four forgers. The series first aired on the 22nd of June 2015 on the History Channel and is currently on its seventh season. Doug has amassed a considerable sum from the series and his net worth is estimated to be around USD 500,000.
Back in 2017, Doug suffered from an arm injury and had to take a break from the TV series. It was later revealed that Doug suffered the injury while testing one of the weapons presented during the series. Since then, Doug has fully recovered and resumed his duties as a judge.
Doug is a relatively private person and doesn’t like disclosing too much about himself. While we do know that he is happily married, there are no details on his wife’s identity. The pair are blessed with three lovely children. Doug often takes to Instagram to share photos of his children alongside details about his work.
Fascinated with martial arts from a young age, Doug is also a teacher of the arts. He owns three martial arts schools, two in New York and one in Romania. He teaches the Marcaida Kali and receives a large number of students every year. Doug’s work has also been recognized in Hollywood and has been used as props in several films.