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Florian Garel is an old friend and training partner of mine.  He is a seasoned Muay Thai, grappling, karate practitioner, instructor and active MMA fighter signed under “One FC“.  Before you step into the dojo you can see the classes though the clear glass. You can see either a bunch of little kids doing kicks and punches alone with Florian in a Zendoaki Karate gi, or you will see a bunch of MMA fighters boxing each other and doing take downs.

In truth, I have rarely seen any dojo  has such an open view to the outside world as Florian’s gym. Many times people will stop and just watch the practice in amazement, especially in Taiwan, a society that values harmony and peace over aggression and prowess of fighting. Children were often taught not to be physical with each other and keep their hands to themselves. Wrestling with friends in mud is an image that only exists in Hollywood movies, but the society is changing. More and more of these audiences are jumping into the practice of MMA and Full Contact Karate.


The dojo is not big and is about 1000 square feet. There is no lavish equipment but only the necessary gear such as mats, punching pads and other important stuff. It reminds me of the old school MMA gym, and people are here to train and to fight.  Florian’s regular MMA class is not big, generally 5 to 8 people, but many local Taiwanese Pro and Amateur MMA fighters train there with Florian. This speaks to the quality of Florian’s teaching. I participated in several of Florian’s MMA classes and I have to say that Florian has excellent instruction when comes to takedowns. This might surprise you, but the first time Florian and I fought was in 2008, and I was the one taking him down with my superb Judo skill. Now, after years of Sambo and pro-MMA fights, I am the one who can benefit from Florian’s teachings.


Florian’s take down and grappling style is based more on Sambo and wrestling instead of grappling. It is more active and focuses on getting on top of the opponent. It is also a very MMA focused type of grappling instead of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that I practice and see. The tempo is much faster and techniques are less refining but brutal – Russian style. This is the beauty of Taiwan. It seems to attract styles from around the world instead of limiting to one style.

The teaching style of Florian’s class is considered as Linear Teaching. Florian would teach one technique and then the modification, defense, and so on and so on. From my experience this is the best method of teaching, and Royce Gracie used the same teaching method at the seminar where I was his assistant. Students spar and perform takedowns against each other using the right amount of force and technique and no one has an ego there. Students’ behaviors in sparring reflect the instructor’s attitude and ego, and I have to say Florian does a better job than me.

It is a true United Nations at Florian’s school. You will spar with Pilipino migrant workers in boxing, roll with Canadian MMA fighters, and do ground-and-pound with local Taiwanese students. Martial Arts truly bring people together and bridge the gap of language.


Zendokai Karate Association in Japan was founded in 1999 by a great Karate Master Mr. Takashi Ozawa. Zendokai Karate is a type of sophisticated Multi-Martial Art based on Japanese Karate that includes punching, kicking, grappling, throwing, and joint locking techniques, while standing and fighting on the ground.  The easiest way to describe Zendoaki Karate is that it is MMA in a gi with some karate moves.

1147749_613530242023622_1767328248_oAt every Saturday Open Mat you will see guests from other dojos coming to train at Florian’s school and he would train with other gyms as well. This is Taiwan. It has a small population when it comes to Martial Arts and even a smaller population when comes to MMA and grappling, but the people are really close and there is a brotherhood among everyone and seldom will you will see rivalry between gyms as you sometimes see in North America. When the community is this small people need each other to survive. For Taiwanese people, it is a far cry from “don’t make physical contact with others”, to rolling on the ground trying to tap each other out. A lot of things have changed and, in my opinion, for the better. I hope…no,I know Florian’s MMA and Karate dojo will prosper in Taiwan because this is what we need.

Written By: Borki Yony

Photo By: Zendokai Karate ( Taiwan ) & Florian Garel

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Ottawa Shooting 20141022For those who do not live in Canada, last week there were two separate attacks against Canadian soldiers in Ottawa and Quebec. The one in Ottawa especially hit home for me. The death of Cpl Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, Hamilton upset me deeply.

I have worked in a similar position as Cpl Cirillo at Parliament Hill from 2005 – 2007 as I was a member of the Capital Ceremony Gun Detachment. We provided ceremony gun salutes for diplomatic occasions and important events such as Police Memorial day on the right side of Parliament Hill.  For three years, I did that about twice or three times a month on top of my regular army duty as an army reservist. All of the soldiers who work at the Parliament were unarmed and the most dangerous thing to us was the chilly wind of Ottawa during the winter, or the hot sun during the summer. Life was good and peaceful. You felt pride and sense of duty wearing your uniform representing Canada. The dying and pain of our brethren in Afghanistan seemed very far away from where we stood.

The death of Cpl Cirillo changes all that.  A terrorist hits home and we were not prepared; not at our home, not at our nation’s capital. Canada is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Except for the War of 1812, almost all of our military operations were launched on foreign soil instead of against foreign invaders on our soil. We Canadians do not know what the meaning of being scared is. We do not worry if the bus is going to blow up or if there will be a rocket landing on our roof. We are naive and innocents We live our lives not worrying if someone will deprive us of our lives in the next few seconds. Canadians who dare to venture outside of our comfortable nation know that we Canadians are fortunate and blessed. We live in Elysium.

Everything has changed now, and I have to admit that I am scared. We are facing a new type of enemy who do not wear uniforms and they live among us. They are not criminal. They are not cowards and they have very little regard for other people’s lives. How do you combat that?

 By not giving in, we can be fearful of the events but we do not fear those who wish us harm. If we are fearful of the event then we are aware of the situation. Emotion is normal and those who say they have no fear are either ill-informed or lying. As living creatures we fear death, but that makes us more careful or  allows us to cherish our time on Earth more. Those who train will train even harder and be thankful for everyday we have on Earth. Now we have a purpose for why we train Krav Maga. We do not rely others to protect us and we are the guardians of our safety and captains of our fate. We are not lambs but lions. We fear for our lives but fear will only drive us to move faster, scan wider and punch harder. We want to live, and we want to save lives. That is why we will triumph over terrorism by doing exactly what terrorists expect us not to do; to live under the sun with our chin high. 

Written By: Borki Yony

Edited By: Warren C

In this video there are four of my buddies from Military Krav Maga Instructor course. I have to say this is probably one of the best demo video I ever seen. The quality is superb.

You guys can read about my Serbian adventurous at here.

By: Borhan Jiang

Food is fuel, not rocket science.

For as long as I can remember, there has always been at least one person “dieting” in my life.   Friends, family members, acquaintances at work, the barista at Starbucks, and the cashier at the grocery store. One thing that seems to be the same amongst all the dieters is that they tell you about it.  They boast and tell everyone and anyone who will listen.

“Nope, no carbs for me, I’m on a diet!”

“No, no, I couldn’t possibly have a cookie, I’m on a diet.”

“Oh, I would love one but…”

This isn’t a bad thing! They are taking control of their health and they should boast!  We “non-dieters” may find it boring, a tad annoying, and REPETITIVE. Like if Susie was on zero carb high fats, then didn’t find results with her “shakes”, then ate nothing but cabbage soup, and now Susie is a cave women?

Enough already with the fads, the yo-yo dieting, and the on the train again, nope, not working out again cycle. I have a number of clients who have tried many different programs, with results that never last; hence they try another, and another. Their metabolisms are screaming “WTF!” every time they switch to new program.

This has happily brought them to my door.  Beyond it is a gym.  Yes, a GYM.  Never thought of that route while consuming low-fat, no-fat, and magic pills right?

There are so many programs and so much information out there; anyone “starting out” and taking their first few terrifying steps can become easily overwhelmed and quit. It seems everyone has a different regime, a different brand, a concept, a diet and something that WORKS FAST!

The health and fitness industry is constantly changing and adapting for many reasons. The more we advance as a society the more we learn, the more we grow and change and adapt new concepts to all aspects of life, and fitness is one. If my father walked into a gym and someone was flipping a tire, a women was tossing around a kettle bell, and a guy wearing spandex was kipping on a pull up bar, he would think he was in the wrong place, mutter something about a circus and leave!

Too much information is hindering people. Health and fitness shouldn’t be intimidating, it should be fun. Dieting shouldn’t exist, but a healthy life style should. Stick to the basics. Educate yourself on some nutrition facts, like the BV scale of different protein sources, or the Glycemic Index. Learn what complex carbohydrates are, so instead of swearing off all carbs, just eat the right ones. Fat isn’t all bad, but there are bad fats, learn them. Read your food labels. If you can’t pronounce a long list of ingredients, it is not food, its manufactured processed crap that may have once been food.  Vary your meals, eat lots of vegetables, fruits, good grains, lean meats, dairy, and eggs.  Remember those basic food groups we learned in school?  There is that word again, BASIC.  Eat REAL food, and exercise and you won’t need to go on and off these fad “diets”. Fuel your body, stop feeding your cravings. There is no mystery behind it really: if it works fast, and is easy, it is not the right way!

Feed your body the fuel it needs (not the crap the TV ads suggest) and exercise. Walk, run, lift weights, ride a bike, play soccer, do KRAV MAGA, and get plenty of rest! Don’t let the information overwhelm you, go back to basics and watch the rest take care of itself.



Trainer Jenn Brown with her client.

Written By:  Jennifer Brown

Edited By: Borhan J & Adam Y

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