“Sir” Mike Lee kanarek
Israeli Special Forces Commando Veteran
6th Degree Black Belt – Joe Lewis Fighting System
4th Degree Black Belt – Survival Hisardut
4th Degree Black Belt – Tae Kwon Do
1st Degree Black Belt – Krav Maga
Certified Muay Thai Kickboxing Instructor
Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Tactical Knife Fighting Expert
Black Belt Magazine’s Instructor of the Year 2007
Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame
Deadliest Warrior Season 2 Finale Spike TV
Instructor to Special Units in every U.S. Military Branch
At the age of 18 years old, Michel Kanarek volunteered to serve in the Israel Defense Forces, the IDF. After selective process and passing a grueling tryout called a Giboush, Michel Kanarek was selected to serve in one of the IDF’s toughest Special Forces Commando unit “Orev Golani.” One of the three Special Forces units of the legendary Golani Brigade. His volunteer tour of duty in the IDF included a deployment at the Notorious Beaufort Castle in South Lebanon, and a deployment in the West Bank town of Nablus during the First Intifada.
After serving 3 years in the IDF, Michel Kanarek first worked for a private security company in Israel, behind the green line, preventing agriculture theft in Jewish settlements from neighboring Arab town’s organized thieves. Kanarek second security job was a security contract in West Africa for a short period of time. Kanarek then immigrated to the United States and was renamed Mike Lee Kanarek. Since that time, he strives to constantly evolve his knowledge and experience into developing a Reality Fighting system matched by none. Mike Lee Kanarek earned a 6th degree Black Belt in Joe Lewis Fighting System directly under Kickboxing Heavy Weight World Champion Joe Lewis, the father of American Full-Contact Kickboxing. He holds a 4th degree Black Belt in Israeli Hisardut directly under Super Heavy Weight World King Cup Muay Thai Champion and Shidokan Super Heavy Weight U.S, Champion Moti Horenstein. Mike Lee Kanarek is also a 4th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do Kukkiwon. Additionally, he holds a 1st Degree Balck Belt in Israeli Krav Maga under Rhon Mizrachi the highest ranking most experienced Israeli IDF Krav Maga Master Instructor in the U.S. Mike Lee Kanarek is also a certified instructor in Muay Thai under North Eastern Muay Thai Champion Vut Kamnark. Lastly, holds a Brown Belt in Machado Jiu-Jitsu under Marcos Santos.