July 8, 2009, - 10:22 am

Who Says Jews Are Weak?: A Fight I Wish I Could Attend

By Debbie Schlussel
I’m not in the New York/New Jersey area, and this fight likely starts before the Jewish Sabbath ends, but if those two problems weren’t the case, I’d be in the audience for this.

Spare Ran Nakash the metaphors that boxing is a war. Mr. Nakash, a burly cruiserweight who will box against William Bailey at Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday, is chief commander of hand-to-hand combat instruction for the Israeli Defense Force. He’s trained thousands of soldiers in krav maga, an anything-goes street-fighting technique with minimal similarity to boxing. Still, Mr. Nakash is 18-0 with 14 knockouts and hopes someday to fight champ Tomasz Adamek, whose title defense versus. Bobby Gunn headlines the Newark card.

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Ran Nakash

If you live in that area, Ran Nakash is offering free boxing and Krav Maga lessons tonight and tomorrow night for children aged 5-17 and having a meet and greet for all ages (I hope they have good security at these places).

Israeli Cruiserweight Boxing Champion Ran “The Jewish Warrior” Nakash will be at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC on Wednesday, July 8, 7:00pm to offer a free boxing and Krav Maga Clinic and to promote his upcoming fight at Prudential Center in Newark this Saturday, July 11th. Children and teens ages five to seventeen are encouraged to participate in the clinic in which Ran will demonstrate and teach various boxing and self-defense maneuvers. The clinic will be followed by a “Meet and Greet” where guests will have the opportunity to learn a little more about this “intense” fighter. His background is very interesting.
Nakash, who hails from Haifa, has a perfect professional record of 18-0 with 14 of those wins coming by knockout. He is trained in a number of martial arts including Muay-Thai, kick boxing, and karate. Nakash is also the Chief Instructor of the Israeli Defense Force’s Krav Maga Unit; making him Israel’s highest ranking authority on this form of hand-to-hand combat.
On Wednesday, the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC Metrowest is located at 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, 973-530-3404.
On Thursday, July 9 at 7:00pm Nakash will offer a similar demonstration at the Jewish Enrichment Center, 38 West 13th Street, New York City, 646-486-0470.

More about Ran Nakash here. Also check out another site I like, J-Grit, the “Internet Index of Tough Jews.”
And on a related note, check out this postcard photo I saw on ebay, featuring Jewish U.S. Army soldiers who served in World War I (in the American Expeditionary Forces) celebrating a Passover Seder in 1919 in Paris after the war.

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Deb:
Have you heard anything from or about Dimitry Salita in recent months? Wiki says he is likely to have a title fight coming up in October or November.
I regret that I lost track of Dimitry. So many sports; so little time.
Nonetheless, Dimitry is worth keeping an eye on. If you have solid news on his progress, I encourage you to share it here.
Regards,
TINSC

There is NO Santa Claus on July 8, 2009 at 1:01 pm

That guy looks tough-I’d love to take Krav Maga lessons, no one near me offers them

mindy1 on July 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm

The fight I would pay for would be this guy against that Sasha Baron Cohen, “Bruno” freak. Teach him some manners and all the lessons his dad didn’t teach him.
[CS: I SECOND THAT EMOTION. I’D PAY DOUBLE TO SEE THAT. DS]

californiascreaming on July 8, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I took Commando Krav Maga from an instructor in Garden City Mi and it was the most taxing conditioning I’ve ever been through. I trained kickboxing, tae kwon do, and some jujitsu. CKM is a combo of many styles and is fun too. Could save a life.
That guy might try his hand at the cage as well.
July 11, UFC 100 WILL BE HUGE!

samurai on July 8, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Krav Maga is tough. My husband and I took classes in central OH last year. It kicked my butt. But I’m not as afraid to walk in a dark alley anymore.
Thanks for all you do Debbie!

janice on July 9, 2009 at 11:58 am

Oh, here’s my post about our first Krav Maga class.
http://19jancan66.blogspot.com/2008/03/security-and-self-defense-idf-style.html

janice on July 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I HAVE BEEN A TSADIC OF MUAY THAI FOR 30 YEARS .

ITS VERY HARD TO BECOME RECOGINISED AS A KNOWER OF MUAY THAI.

THE MASSES CANT HANDEL THE AMOUNT OF INFORMATIONS I HAVE.

MOSTLY EVERY ONE THINKS A CHAMPION KNOWS THE MOST OR SOME BIG BULKY BODY BUILDER..

WORK OUT HARD , HAVE FUN AND PERHAPS YOU HAVE THE NATURAL ABILITY TO BE THE ONE!!!.

SAMMY SAYS on September 20, 2009 at 8:19 pm

TSADIC RETUNS AND IS A SA SA TRA AJAN THATS A GRAND MASTER OF MUAY THAI .. A MAKER OF “FEEMUR“ STYLE FIGHTERS….

ALL THIS NOISE ABOUT THE MERRITTS OF KRAV MAGRA AND I HAVE NOT PERONALLY SEEN THE RESULTS.

I HAVE TRAINED THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND A HAD A FEW CHAMPIONS IN MY TIME.

WHAT BURNS MY BUTT IS I TALKED TO THE K V CLUB IN LOS ANGELAS AT THE NATIONAL HEAD QUATERS SAYS THEM..

THEY COULD NOT ACCEPT MY SKILLS, THEY ASKED MY PETAGREE IS IF I WAS A DOG..

NEVER MIND I SPARED AND TRAINED WITH THE BEST IN LOS ANGLES AND THAI LAND..

YES A AM A MUAY THAI TEACHER OF ANOTHER L A MUAY THAI CAMP ..

I SAY “KRAV MAGRA IS A BUNCH OF JUNK ..IS ALL LIES..

I AM AN ANGRY OLD MAN

TSADIC RETURNS on January 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm

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