Krav Maga is not just a self defence system, it is a way of life. Warriors den is a podcast for Kravist, fighters, martial artists, warriors, politicians and general citizens. Consider this:
“The Society that separates scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools” – Thucydides
Your host Jonathan Fader UTKM Co-Founder talks to guest in an open and uncensored format about their fights, their philosophies, and their lives. No topic is taboo and the conversation may start in one place and end in another. As the quote suggests you cannot separate the warrior from the politics and the world around them as a true warrior must be a student in all forms of arts and science.
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Episode 88 – Mike Hansen BJJ Black Belt and Owner of Budo Burnaby in BC, Canada
Mike Hansen is the Co-founder of Budo Martial Arts in Metro Vancouver and Current Owner of BUDO Burnaby. Mike holds a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, and has trained BJJ and Muay Thai Kickboxing since 2009. He has competed and won a 2014 NAGA Champion and he competes regularly at the IBJJF World Masters and Pans. He has trained with some of the most respected names in the BJJ world, including Ricardo De La Riva, Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, and Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. He believes that martial arts are a great way to build confidence and get in shape and his goal is to share this belief with his students in a fun and friendly training environment. Mike has built up a strong school well known in Metro Vancouver and is one of the top lighter black belts in the city. Mike is also the Warriors Den Host, Jonathan Faders BJJ professor. In this Episode we discuss, His background, BJJ, MMA, mentorship, teaching philosophies and more. The post Episode 88 – Mike Hansen BJJ Black Belt and Owner of Budo Burnaby in BC, Canada first appeared on Urban Tactics Krav Maga.
Episode 87 – Blogpost series – Doomed to Repeat?
This is a Blog post series Episode based on the Series doomed to repeat by UTKM assistant Instructor Petra Foerster. You can Listen to Episode 85 if you want to learn more about Petra and her perspective. The purpose of the series was originally to compare Petra's experience growing up in East Germany and the Fall of the USSR and to give you perspective on some of the similarities between the authoritarian regimes of old and the directions that many governments have been trending in recently. In this episode your host Jonathan Fader discusses Authoritarianism in all its forms from communism, Fascism and yes even socialism. For the mask that Authoritarians wear is irrelevant as the end result is an oppressed and suppressed population. We must learn from the past to prevent the follies of then from happening again. The purpose of this podcast is simply to give you perspective regardless of whether or not you agree with the conclusions or sentiment as true knowledge and truth can only be found with an open mind and a willingness to change it. The post Episode 87 – Blogpost series – Doomed to Repeat? first appeared on Urban Tactics Krav Maga.
Episode 86 – Ron Engelman is the head Instructor of Krav Maga Israel
Ron Engelman has been doing Krav Maga since he was a young boy. When he moved to Israel he was fortunate to live near Netanya the proverbial epicenter of Krav Maga. Since then he never looked back eventually becoming both an IDF combat soldier and Krav Maga Instructor. He has been in the military for nearly 20 years and has been teaching Krav Maga to soldiers and civilians. He spent time in Australia where he attended university getting a degree in psychology and where he founded the Krav Maga Defence Institute (KMDI) which is now in the hands of his students. Ron now is the Head Instructor at Krav Maga Israel where he teaches civilians and instructors from Israel and all over the world. In this episode we discuss Ron's Origin story, Krav Maga mentalities, Krav Maga training, His teaching approach and philosophies and Israel. As well as really defining Self Defense vs a fight. You can follow Ron on Instagram @krav.maga.israel and @ronengelman. Stay tuned for his own podcast, The Ron Engelman Podcast. For older episodes of Warriors Den: https://utkmblog.com/category/urban-tactics-krav-maga/warriors-den/ The post Episode 86 – Ron Engelman is the head Instructor of Krav Maga Israel first appeared on Urban Tactics Krav Maga.
Episode 85 – Petra Foerster is a UTKM assistant Instructor and Green Belt, Judo Black Belt, and BJJ Blue Belt
Petra Foerster was Born and raised in East of Germany, before the fall of the Berlin wall. There she was exposed to communist/socialist authoritarian governments and the tail end of the cold war. She started practicing Judo at the age of 6 practicing for more than 15 years achieving her Brown Belt. In December 2012 she decided to move to Vancouver and looking for a new start found Krav Maga at the end of 2014 at a gym in downtown Vancouver. In the fall of 2016, she switched to UTKM where she is now an Assistant Instructor and Green Belt. A few years ago she started training Judo again finally getting her Black Belt and now is teaching Kids classes at the Kensington Judo Club. As part of UTKM requirements, she also trains BJJ recently receiving her Blue Belt from Mike Hansen at Budo Martial Arts Burnaby. In June 2019 she went with fellow UTKM instructors to California and completed the IKF instructor Course under Amit Himelstein. In This Episode, we discuss her Martial Arts Journey, Judo, Krav Maga, Growing up in East Germany, Her recent Blog Post series Doomed to Repeat, Mental health, and more... The post Episode 85 – Petra Foerster is a UTKM assistant Instructor and Green Belt, Judo Black Belt, and BJJ Blue Belt first appeared on Urban Tactics Krav Maga.
Episode 84 – Blog Post Series – Tales From… Vol. 1
This Episode is a Blog post series shares the first in hopefully will be many Volumes in what we like to call "Tales From". These are stories regarding self-defense training, mentality, incidents, situations whether handled well or poorly. The idea of these series is for others to see that Self Defense is complicated and many individuals have possibly experienced what you have, have thought what you have, or have reacted like you have so that you do not feel alone with your experiences. This series is from 4 authors which include a bonus one, Transit Tales: Thoughts on My evolving Transit Experience, written by Karis M. A UTKM Green Belt. Tales From the Job: My Armoured Car Experience, Tales from the Job: Avoiding an International Incident, written by Jonathan Fader and So one May Walk in Peace, written by UTKM Yellow Belt Ted E. We encourage you to submit your stories regarding use of force, self defense, training whether on the Job or as a civilian. If you would like to submit a story about your experience in Security, Law enforcement or the military in relation to self defense, violence, de-escalation, what you learned and or how you handled it please make submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Min 500 word. Published Submissions will be rewarded with 3 months free access to UTKMU. The post Episode 84 – Blog Post Series – Tales From… Vol. 1 first appeared on Urban Tactics Krav Maga.
Episode 83 – Ron Rotem is a Top Israeli Krav Maga Instructor who has intimate knowledge of Krav Maga History, It’s approach and Politics
Ron Rotem is a Top Israeli Krav Maga Instructor who has taught in all aspects of Israeli Life from the IDF, Prison System, and Civilians. His start in Krav Maga was very much like something out of a Hong Kong Fight movie where a would-be street fight ended up in a pursuit where Ron found himself in the others Krav Maga Gym. The then Instructor told them to put gloves on and fight. Though it did not happen Ron found him staying and ended up moving up the ranks eventually becoming an assistant instructor under Eli Avikzar one of Imi's top students. This led him to be a Black Belt prior to his IDF Service where he served in an Anti-Guerilla Unit. There he was introduced to Military style Krav Maga which was quite different than his Civilian Experience. From there he became the head of the training for the Israeli Prison System which was also quite different. These differences lead Ron to begin researching the history of Krav Maga and which is now his lifelong passion. Ron is the Admin of the Facebook group Krav Maga History and culture which has well over 10,000 members. In this podcast, we discuss the history of Krav Maga, Krav Maga Principles, Concepts, and approaches as well as our own teaching Philosophy. A notable line from Ron is, "Krav Maga builds out of two subjects. Self Defense which is the main subject. And hand-to-hand combat, with time Krav Maga became very very good at the self-defense... but it became, maybe the hand-to-hand combat section was a little bit neglected. But we know self-defense very good." Ron is referring Boxing, Kickboxing, wrestling, Judo, MMA with regards to hand-to-hand combat, Or as UTKM would consider the skills needed for a back and forth fight. Ron now runs his own school Israeli Krav Maga Institute. The post Episode 83 – Ron Rotem is a Top Israeli Krav Maga Instructor who has intimate knowledge of Krav Maga History, It’s approach and Politics first appeared on Urban Tactics Krav Maga.
Insightful and Underrated
As a previous student who’s trained with the host Johnathan, he is hands down one of the most unique chilled, motivated, and fun instructor I’ve had. The core of this show, in my personal opinion, has always been to preach to individual’s to increase their awareness of the world through self-defence. It’s a “know your enemy and know yourself” type of growth mindset that is always enjoyable to hear.
A suggestion would be to ramp up the editing quality of the episodes, particularly episode 55, better to cut out the awkward 10 second pauses. In addition, maybe refer more to specific sources that are gathered or discussed in each episode, that way newcomers to the podcast understand the pool of knowledge you’re making your opinions off of.
Episode length is a hair on the long side and would also think that keep each episode to an hour max. Split them up to 2 parts of need be.
I’d love to see this channel grow and have John invite more popular guests onto the show since Krav Maga is relatively niche. Overall a splendid podcast that is relevant to today’s world we live in.