Daisy Lang Interview

DAISY LANG made history in women’s professional boxing by becoming the first Bulgarian to earn world champion titles. Known as Daisy ”The Lady “Lang, she competed for Germany between 1996-2004 because women’s boxing did not exist in Bulgaria when she began her career. Lang is one of the pioneers of female professional boxing, who increased…

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Tommi Nystrom

Tommi Nystrom is a Finnish self-defense and personal security expert. Tommi has been training martial arts and self-defense for over 30 years and turned to Krav Maga when it came to Finland in 1996. For the past 25 years he has focused on training and developing Israeli Krav Maga in Finland while coaching actively in…

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Sanjeev Mehta Interview

Sanjeev Mehta is our FIMA Representative in Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes, UK, and has been practicing martial arts for almost 40 years. He started his journey into martial arts at the age of 15, initially in Taekwondo in North London. His journey continued from there into Shotokan Karate and furthermore training in Aikido. Sanjeev’s training in…

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Christine Bannon-Rodrigues Interview

Christine Bannon-Rodrigues has studied Martial Arts for over 43 years and is a 10th-degree Black Belt in Oki-Ryu Kenpo. She teaches Kenpo, Krav Maga, Kickboxing and Wushu.  She and her husband, Don, own the Don Rodrigues Karate Academy in Warwick, RI. They both co-promote the Ocean State Grand Nationals, one of 13 events on the…

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Hank Garrett Interview

Hank Garrett was born in Monticello, New York and his is parents soon relocated to Harlem, New York.  At age 15 Hank started performing in the Catskill Mountains and turned professional wrestler at age 17 (by lying about his age).  A small sample of his credits are:  Officer Nicholson on the TV sit-com “Car 54, Where Are…

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Ron Van Clief Interview

Grandmaster Ron Van Clief  The story of Grandmaster Van Clief is one of resilience and success.  We are proud to have him as a FIMA celebrity member.  He joined the marines in 1960 during segregation and the civil rights movement, and during his service he survived a hanging by racists and getting shot down in…

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Art Camacho

Art Camacho is an accomplished director, fight choreographer and stuntman in independent action films. Dubbed “The Fight Master,” by Inside Kung Fu magazine, his directorial work includes Wild League, Assassin X, Recoil, Confessions of a Pit Fighter, Half Past Dead 2, The Power Within, Little Bigfoot, Little Bigfoot 2, The Cutoff, Point Doom, Final Payback,…

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Cameron Davis Interview

Cameron Davis has cross-trained in a variety of traditional martial arts including Brazilian Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, American wrestling, and Kumdo, Kali and Modern Arnis in which he is a certified instructor, and in American Karate in which has achieved a Black Belt. He is also a certified instructor in the Korean art of Saing…

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Tziviel “BK” Blankchtein Interview

Tzviel ‘BK’ Blankchtein served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an infantry reconnaissance team member from 1993 to 1997. His expertise includes firearms, tactical operations, hand-to-hand combat, amphibious assaults, operational security in hostile areas, intelligence and counter-intelligence operations, and tactical trauma care. He has a 4th degree black belt in Israeli Combat System. Today, BK…

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Silvio Simac Interview

Silvio Simac, is a dedicated martial artist, has trained in Taekwondo and became a world champion during his competitive years. His film career began in 2001 on an episode of Lexx . He has been in many movies including Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing, DOA: Dead or Alive, and Transporter 3. He has achieved the…

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