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.
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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