Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Marcus Kowal is a professional kickboxer, boxer, and mixed martial arts athlete. He now owns Systems Training Center, currently with three Los Angeles area locations, and trains a variety of clientele including fighters, families, and celebrities as well as works with at-risk students and victims of domestic violence. He also speaks regularly as a self-defense expert and commentates for combat events.
Kowal began his martial arts journey through Karate and Aikido while still a young teenager and became well-versed in multiple disciplines, winning the K2 World Title in kickboxing in 2002 and placing second in both the 2004 Golden Gloves and 2005 Title Boxing World Championships. After studying under Rickson Gracie, Rafael Cordeiro, and UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, he made his professional MMA debut in 2009 and was competing for major promotions, including Strikeforce, shortly thereafter.
Now, most of Kowal’s time is spent on the other side of the mat, as an instructor and coach. He opened Systems Training Center, first in Hawthorne and now also in Encino and Westwood, with a mission to offer an environment comfortable for everyone, from families to the professional fight team who trains there. He is also the founder of YourKravMaga, a website designed to give you the professional training of a Krav Maga school at the comfort and convenience of your own home
“I’m passionate teaching anyone who is passionate in learning,” Marcus says.
NOTE: Marcus Kowal and Mishel Eder's 15-month old son, Liam, was struck September 3 in a Hawthorne, California crosswalk by an alleged drunk driver. His parents chose to donate his organs so that others might live.
Marcus and Mishel are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from all over the world and would like to encourage people to stand with them to #RememberLiam by working towards changes in impaired driving laws.
"Our hope is that, together, we can make changes, and that is the best way to honour Liam possible," says Marcus.
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