About Marcus

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Marcus Kowal is a professional kickboxer, boxer, and mixed martial arts athlete.  He now owns Systems Training Center, currently with two 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.  

Most of Kowal’s time is now 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, with a mission to offer an environment comfortable for everyone, from families to the professional fight team who trains there.  

“I’m passionate teaching anyone who is passionate in learning,” he says.

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Is Martial Arts The Answer? 

Some ask how I can work as much as I do. How? Because, I truly love what I do. Not only do I really enjoy everything we do myself but I also know how important what we do really is. 

Two of the biggest acute problems in the Western society are obesity and mental health. We deal with both. Obesity for obvious reasons and improving mental state and health (for very obvious reasons for all of you who train martial arts of some sorts.) 

The most common mental health issue? Depression. We deal with that! How? Three of the best ways of battling depression = physical activity; social interaction; purpose in life. We give you all of those. 

Some of the darkest sides society? Domestic Violence, Rape, Bullying, Racism. We work with all of those. We work to decrease those numbers and we have tons of success stories and proof of what we do, work. 

The world's biggest problems include: secularism, religious fundamentalism/extremism (of all 3 of the major religions) and a growing intolerance for other cultures (I know there's plenty of others, such as the environment, world starvation and overpopulation but these are some of the social ones). I'm a little biased but I honestly believe that if there was as much focus on the teachings of the martial arts, as there is on religion, there wouldn't be an Israel/Palestine situation. ISIS wouldn't exist. The prescription pill epidemic wouldn't exist and the thought of someone like Donald Trump running for office would make people laugh, not cry. Why? Because nothing teaches you that we are all human and that we sweat the same sweat and bleed the same blood; to be humble; to be respectful; the sense of camaraderie, as being on the mat or in the ring with people.

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Systems Training Centers

Hawthorne:
13040 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA  90250
(424) 269-1337

Encino:
17263 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91316
(818) 788-6188

systemstrainingcenter.com
marcus@marcuskowal.com

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  • #TBT couple of years back...#Lindome
    #TBT couple of years back...#Lindome
  • Best part of having a baby? Getting to go to the playgrounds and go down slides without looking like a weirdo.
    Best part of having a baby? Getting to go to the playgrounds and go down slides without looking like a weirdo.
  • #stctechniquetuesday with @systemstrainingcenter tag your #mma #bjj #kravmaga and #kickboxing friends that need to see this!
    #stctechniquetuesday with @systemstrainingcenter tag your #mma #bjj #kravmaga and #kickboxing friends that need to see this!
  • Love how packed @systemstcwestwood is already! If you live in the #Westwood #Brentwood #santamonica or #WestLA area, come in for free class of #kickboxing #kravmaga
    Love how packed @systemstcwestwood is already! If you live in the #Westwood #Brentwood #santamonica or #WestLA area, come in for free class of #kickboxing #kravmaga
  • Beautiful win by @systemstrainingcenter's @flash_mma but a ton of respect for Gooch for a great fight and amazing heart! #MMA #SystemsTrainingCenter #GTA
    Beautiful win by @systemstrainingcenter's @flash_mma but a ton of respect for Gooch for a great fight and amazing heart! #MMA #SystemsTrainingCenter #GTA
  • Yeeeeaaahhhh!! @systemstrainingcenter's @d1_mma wins an amazing fight!
    Yeeeeaaahhhh!! @systemstrainingcenter's @d1_mma wins an amazing fight!
  • Arriving at the Sportsmen's Lodge for some #MMA. Not sure why they're not wearing shirts. They both have girlfriends though, I promise. #CXF #SystemsTrainingCenter #Encino #Hawthorne
    Arriving at the Sportsmen's Lodge for some #MMA. Not sure why they're not wearing shirts. They both have girlfriends though, I promise. #CXF #SystemsTrainingCenter #Encino #Hawthorne
  • I'll be there for you, these five words I swear to you. Extra points; who sings that song?#CountOnMe #funnyfriday
    I'll be there for you, these five words I swear to you. Extra points; who sings that song?#CountOnMe #funnyfriday
  • People ask what I want to be like when I grow up. This is it. 62 years old! Absolutely amazing. Also, some 30+ #marathons and former natural #bodybuilder and a great #acupuncturist! #KravMaga #MMA #boxing #SystemsTrainingCenter #kickboxing #inspiration #motivation
    People ask what I want to be like when I grow up. This is it. 62 years old! Absolutely amazing. Also, some 30+ #marathons and former natural #bodybuilder and a great #acupuncturist! #KravMaga #MMA #boxing #SystemsTrainingCenter #kickboxing #inspiration #motivation
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    Don't be that guy or girl! #BJJ #MMA #Repost @systemstrainingcenter with @repostapp. ・・・ Be a good training partner and CUT YOUR NAILS. Find out why you MUST cut your nails if you train at the gym <--- 👀 link to video in bio. Tag your friends and share this important message. #STCTechniqueTuesday #BJJ #KravMaga #MMA #JiuJitsu #Wrestling
  • From this weekend's #SexualAssult seminar at the @hawthornepolice station. #KravMaga #selfdefense
    From this weekend's #SexualAssult seminar at the @hawthornepolice station. #KravMaga #selfdefense
  • Thank you @rockstarenergy for the presents, so we can train harder! #Rockstar #MMA #kickboxing #BJJ
    Thank you @rockstarenergy for the presents, so we can train harder! #Rockstar #MMA #kickboxing #BJJ
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