Archive for July, 2010

Jul 27

Deadliest Warrior: U.S. Navy SEAL vs. Israeli Commando

Did you know that Krav Maga Worldwide trains members of different U.S. Navy Seal units?  Did you also know that Krav Maga Worldwide Instructor Amir Perets was an Israeli Commando?

Well, tonight, coincidentally, both of these elite military units go head to head on Spike TV's hit show Deadliest Warrior: U.S. Navy SEAL vs. Israeli Commando.

"This good guy vs. good guy battle promises to be as interesting and "explosive" as anything we've seen yet and while you may think these two modern warriors have similar weapons and tactics, remember this: SEALs typically deploy for a specific mission in a hostile foreign country with full kit while Israeli Commandos can be walking home in civilian clothes and be attacked inside their own borders while carrying nothing but a Glock 17 and have to deal with a large potential for Israeli citizen (blue-on-blue) collateral damage. So the operations, training, skill requirements, rules of engagement, and methods to defend yourself are quite different."

More about Krav Maga Worldwide's Force Training Division:

The Krav Maga Worldwide Force Training Division has been directly responsible for providing training to over 500 law enforcement agencies in the United States and multiple U.S. Military units stationed locally and around the world. Krav Maga Worldwide is the official trainer for a number of elite units and have directly contributed to the mobilization and deployment of personnel in support of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kososvo-Bosnia, Kuwait and the Sinai.

Click here to read more about the Krav Maga Worldwide Force Training Division.

More about Krav Maga Worldwide Instructor Amir Perets:

Krav Maga Worldwide Instructor Amir Perets on the set of National Geographic's Show "Fight Science"

Amir Perets was assigned to the top level of Krav Maga instruction in the Israeli Defense Forces, certifying the hand-to-hand combat instructor course. Amir also taught some of the IDF top instructors and was selected for the elite IDF Naval Commando Unit (the Israeli equivalent to the U.S Navy SEALS). There, he built the unit's hand-to-hand combat program and trained them to use it.

Click here to read more about Amir Perets.

Deadliest Warrior: U.S. Navy SEAL vs. Israeli Commando airs tonight at 10pm.

Don't miss it!

Jul 12

An Interview with KMW Training Centers™ Instructor Kevin Lewis

There is an e-mail newsletter circulated among the staff at Krav Maga Worldwide called the "Daily Kevin Lewis" that shares one incredible fact about him each day. These are similar to the Internet phenomenon known as "Chuck Norris Facts," which – if you haven't heard of them – document fictional, often absurdly heroic feats and characteristics about Norris. For example:

  • Kevin Lewis sleeps with a pillow under his gun.
  • Kevin Lewis ends every relationship with: “It’s not me. It’s you.”
  • Chuck Norris’ real name is Carlos Ray Norris. Kevin Lewis’ real name is Kevin Lewis.

I'd heard about Kevin Lewis before I met him, so you can believe I had the highest of expectations. But with such an awesome reputation preceding you, how do you live up to it? The real Kevin Lewis, however, is more impressive than the hyperbolic personality created for him. If you've sat down and had a conversation with him, you already know why. And you can understand why he is the recipient of such unsolicited attention.

The reason is that Kevin Lewis is a humble man, which sounds common and unimpressive, but considering the skills he has acquired from his years of training, it might be the greatest fact of all.

Kevin Lewis mentions Imi Lichtenfeld and Bruce Lee as influences in this interview, which should come as no surprise since Imi Lichtenfeld created Krav Maga and Bruce Lee singlehandedly brought martial arts into the mainstream conscience of America.

Heck, even I looked up to Bruce Lee — and I don't admire many people — until I read a book called The Tao of Bruce Lee, a memoir that uncovers the man behind the legend. Upon close inspection, Bruce Lee is revealed to be a singular talent, but a complicated and flawed man. Contrary to popular opinion, Lee was actually quite arrogant, insecure, and self-centered, a man more interested in looking like the greatest fighter of all time than actually being one.

Such truths do not take away from Lee's accomplishments, but they teach us a valuable lesson: Our heroes are not perfect so we don't need to be either ... and yet we are still capable of accomplishing great things. Like all of us, Kevin Lewis is not a perfect person, but he has accomplished something great. In fact, he did something Bruce Lee was unable to do: He stayed humble.


KMW: Before we begin, tell us about yourself.
KL: I was born in Florida. I grew up in North Pole, Alaska, and went to high school on Santa Claus Lane. [Not a joke.] I was in a military family and have 8 stepbrothers and sisters. I'm currently [pauses to do the math] 47 or 48 — something like that. I'm currently the Vice President of Special Projects for Krav Maga Worldwide. And what I enjoy most is teaching Krav Maga to law enforcement, military and security teams.

KMW: How long have you been an instructor?
KL: I guess it's been 15 years. I started training when they were at the University of Judaism, and then went through the first instructor program when they opened the first Krav Maga Worldwide™ Training Center (KMW Training Centers™ • West L.A.). I came to Krav Maga with a black belt in Shudokan karate. I was also doing amateur boxing and kickboxing. I taught karate in Alaska, way back when, in the 80s.

KMW: Why did you start training in martial arts in the first place?
KL: I wanted to train in martial arts because of some childhood experiences I had – as a kid being picked on and bullied, and having two older stepbrothers that were abusive, and watching other people get mistreated that way. I wanted to make sure that I wouldn't be a victim. As well as a strong desire to just do right, you know? Just do the right thing. One of the things I'm doing as [V.P. of Special Projects] is some investigative work on Imi Lichtenfeld. Hearing stories from different people who I've talked to, people who he trained from military units, and [learning about] the type of character of a human being that he was; that has inspired me as well.

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