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 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.
Episode 82 – Gus Bottazzi is a Martial Artist of 30 years specializing in Krav Maga teaching in the NY area
Gus Bottazzi is a 30 year veteran of the martial arts, holding multiple black belts in Japanese karate (Kenpo) and Israeli Krav Maga, the hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Army. Gus has the distinction of training with, promoted to full instructor and black belted by three direct students of Krav Maga’s founder, Imi Lichtenfeld. He is also certified through 4 of the most respected Krav Maga federations in the world (Krav Maga WorldWide, IKMA, IKM-AC, Krav Maga Academy). A sought after self defense instructor and self-defense strategy speaker, Gus has given workshops and seminars internationally to audiences ranging from law enforcement to women’s empowerment organizations. Over the last 15 years, Gus has designed and implemented a training program and methodology that has been taught to thousands of college-bound students. Gus’ mission is to help reduce the number of victims of violent crimes every day; to instill the knowledge of self-defense to all students he teaches and build the confidence necessary to stay vigilant and safe. Gus teaches private lessons and can be reached via his website. In this podcast, we discuss his origins, Krav Maga, Use of Force, Our teaching philosophies, and violence in general with a little extra added on as always. The post Episode 82 – Gus Bottazzi is a Martial Artist of 30 years specializing in Krav Maga teaching in the NY area first appeared on Urban Tactics Krav Maga.
Episode 81 – Sebastien Lavoie is a retired Divisional Sgt Major of the RCMP, with 20 years experience including Team Leader of BC ERT (SWAT)
Sebastien Lavoie is a retired Sgt Major in the RCMP. He started his journey with martial arts as a youth, and in early adulthood found his way into the Canadian Armed Forces where he was "squared away". This then leads him to the RCMP and his Singular goal of getting into the ERT (Emergency Response Team a.k.a. SWAT) which he achieved by spending 12 years on the BC ERT Team 7. He finished his career as the BC provincial Sgt Major for the RCMP Provincial Division. He is currently a Brown Belt (Soon to be Black Belt) in BJJ and is Co-Owner at Ascension Martial Arts and has recently started a company called Raven Strategic with the goal of helping others achieve their goals and better their lives whether it be personal or corporate. One could even say he may be the future Canadian "Jocko Willink" but only time will tell. In this episode, we talk about policing, Use of Force, ERT Selection ideologies, Public Opinion and politics, Teaching strategies, Leadership strategies, and all sorts of ideas and philosophies. You can follow Seb on Instagram @slavccmdr and @RavenStrategic The post Episode 81 – Sebastien Lavoie is a retired Divisional Sgt Major of the RCMP, with 20 years experience including Team Leader of BC ERT (SWAT) first appeared on Urban Tactics Krav Maga.
Episode 80 – Blogpost series – Martial Arts and Ego
This is a blog post series focused on EGO. It is inspired by the three blog posts titled, Martial Arts and Ego – My Martial Art is better than your Martial Art, Martial Arts and Ego – Cobra Kai, and Martial Arts and Ego – The Student, the Instructor, and the Journey. This podcast discusses ego (the self and mental health) in three parts, What is the Ego and the Self, How is the Ego shaped by Culture, and Ego Death or dissolution. Each of these sections is a setup and expansion of the general ideas of each of the separate posts. This is a long, and deep podcast with a lot of academics but if you have the patience and time to better understand what is the ego please enjoy the listen. The post Episode 80 – Blogpost series – Martial Arts and Ego first appeared on Urban Tactics Krav Maga.
Episode 79 – Adrian Valman is the head of Global Kapap in the UK
Adrian Valman is the head instructor and Co-founder of Global Kapap and Kapap/Krav Maga organization based out of the UK with schools in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Dubai. Adrian served in the IDF in the Infantry Regiment Nahal in the 80s where he learned military Krav Maga both in his unit and at the famous Wingate Institue. He holds the designation of Master Kapap & Krav Maga Instructor, Senior IKF Instructor, and is a 6th Dan SKDA Karate Instructor among other designations. He and his organization have built a network of schools and instructors teaching civilians, security, and Law Enforcement. In this podcast, we discuss Adrians' early years in the IDF and our shared IDF experiences, Krav Maga/Kapap, Teaching ideologies, Israel, Use of Force and policing, and much more. The post Episode 79 – Adrian Valman is the head of Global Kapap in the UK first appeared on Urban Tactics Krav Maga.
Episode 78 – Ryan Valley is a BJJ Brown Belt under 10th planet black belt Nabil Salameh, Coach, and Magician…
Ryan Valley aka "Tuna" is a brown belt in BJJ under 10th planet Black Belt Nabil Salameh based out of Titan Training Center in Metro Vancouver. Ryan originally got into BJJ to help lose weight and help him get over a breakup. A story is common to many it has brought him health and happiness as he now regularly teaches to kids, teens, and adults. He is a bit of a jokester and was formerly passionate about magic. He wants to use BJJ and martial arts to help the next generation be better versions of themselves for as the Whitney Houston song suggests "Children are our Future". In this episode, we talk about BJJ, Teaching, The lost art of the conversation, and what's going on in the world. Remember, martial artists are not just meatheads and many of us can also have reasonable discourse about a variety of topics. The post Episode 78 – Ryan Valley is a BJJ Brown Belt under 10th planet black belt Nabil Salameh, Coach, and Magician… 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.