WATCH SEASON #1
ULTIMATE SELF DEFENSE
For the second time 6 Martial Artists and athletes compete against each other in 7 different self-defense challenges to see who is the ultimate self-defense champion.
Get to know the competitors
Height: 5 ft 9 in / 175 cm
Weight: 170 lb / 77 kg
Description: UFC Fighter
Bio: Natan Levy is an Israeli professional mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was born in Paris, France, and moved to Israel as a toddler. He has a 3rd degree black belt in Uechi-Ryū Karate and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Levy started his MMA career as an amateur in 2016 and turned pro in 2018. He fought in the LFA and won five fights before joining the UFC in 2020. He has a UFC record of 2-1, and professional MMA record of 8-1.
Height: 5 ft 8 in / 173 cm
Weight: 152 lb / 69 kg
Description: Professional MMA Fighter
Bio: Jeff Chan is defending champion of USDC. He began his martial arts journey when he was 15 years old. His first main martial art was Muay Thai, but later on, he progressed to learn all the main martial arts of MMA.
Jeff has had a successful professional fighter's career and at the moment he is proud to be able to help thousands of fighters across the globe to hone their skills both through live seminars and camps, and his YouTube Channel "MMA Shredded"
Height: 6 ft 1 in / 185 cm
Weight: 185 lb / 84 kg
Description: Karate Black Belt
Bio: Jesse Enkamp is a karate black belt, a YouTube sensation, and an author of a best-selling book. He was born in Sweden and started practicing karate at the age of 10.
He has travelled to Japan, Okinawa, and other countries to learn from various karate masters and to explore the history and culture of the martial art.
He is also known as “The Karate Nerd” and the host of a popular YouTube channel that features tutorials, challenges, interviews, and more.
He has written a book called “The Karate Code: The Secret to Success in Life, Karate & Beyond”.
Height: 5 ft 10 in / 178 cm
Weight: 170 lb / 77 kg
Description: BJJ Black Belt
Bio: Jordan is a BJJ black belt, a YouTube creator, and a gym owner. He started training BJJ 10 years ago and competed successfully in various tournaments.
He also has experience in Muay Thai and amateur MMA. He runs the popular “Jordan Teaches Jiu-Jitsu” YouTube channel, where he shares his insights and tips on BJJ.
He is also the head coach of “Limitless Brazilian Jiujitsu & Kickboxing” in Trenton, Ontario.
Height: 5 ft 9 in / 175 cm
Weight: 176 lb / 80 kg
Description: Shaolin Kung Fu Monk
Bio: Ranton is a German-Chinese YouTuber, Martial Artist and comedian who posts videos about his passion for Kung Fu, Buddhist culture, and the Shaolin way of life.
He was born in Paris, France, and moved to China at the age of 19, where he spent three years at a Shaolin Temple. He has more than 1.2 million subscribers on his main YouTube channel, where he uploads reviews of various video games, vlogs, challenges, and reactions.
He is known for his humor, honesty, and charisma, as well as his impressive martial arts skills.
Height: 5 ft 8 in / 173 cm
Weight: 207 lb / 94 kg
Description: Regular Guy
Bio: Biggest viewers' request from the previous season was to have a "regular guy" as a participant. Someone who is not a hard core martial artist, so that everyone watching the show could perceive how they would do if they were in it.
So after Kevin (basketball player) broke his foot just before the championship we introduced Craig—a regular Aussie guy with a full-time job, a wife and three kids, occasional gym, and self defence class visits, and a penchant for a few beers.
Craig truly embodies the essence of the "everyday guy", and we believe you'll grow to love him just as much as we and our fellow participants have!
Bio: Rokas has been a devoted Aikido student for more than a decade and eventually a full-time instructor with his own Dojo. Yet after stepping into a ring with an MMA fighter, he realized that Aikido is by far not what it was promised to be by his instructor as an efficient form of self-defense.
This moment of disillusionment led Rokas to quit Aikido entirely. He closed his Dojo and moved to the States where he began his combat sports journey by doing an intensive six-month MMA training program with a cage fight at the end. Once the fight was over Rokas continued to document his martial arts journey of exploring the truth in martial arts and self-defense, regularly training in combat sports himself.
His journey eventually led him to come up with a concept to create a reality show where famous martial artists would pressure test their skills in various self-defense challenges and compete to see who does the best and when he met Jeff Phillips, who has done similar championships with his students, the show came to become a reality.
Bio: Jeff was born into martial arts with his father being a JKD instructor. In his teens, he ventured into combat sports having a successful career competing in Boxing, Kickboxing Muay Thai, and Grappling & MMA collecting a few titles along the way. After injuring an opponent quite seriously in a bout, the guilt Jeff experienced made him realize he didn’t have the killer instinct required to take it to the next level so he retired shortly thereafter.
He looked into a positive way to use his life’s work and started teaching self defence. He soon realized the arts he drew from were inadequate for the less athletically gifted so sought out other options. He stumbled onto Krav Maga & trained for years eventually becoming an instructor. After teaching that strict curriculum he witnessed many holes in Krav Maga & started to apply ‘dirty MMA’ and other things from his experience, his staff & also from hosting a who’s who of reputable self defence & combatives instructors from around the world.
This enabled him to fill many of the gaps in training & Western Combatives was born in 2008. This system continues to evolve with a portfolio of creative drills unseen before designed via Jeff’s experience being a Physical Education Teacher, Strength & Conditioning Coach & sports coach with degrees in Sports Science and Education. Jeff's other work involves certifying fitness trainers as well as running a variety of programs in correctional facilities.
Western Combatives seeks to replicate reality as close to the event as possible, without bias, in creative ways whilst maintaining the safety and well-being of participants. What will be seen in the Ultimate Self-Defense Championship is only the tip of the iceberg.
Where can I watch the series?All the episodes will be published on the Martial Arts Journey YouTube channel.
How many episodes will there be in total?There will be seven episodes in total, featuring different challenges in each one, with the finale being the seventh and last episode announcing the winner and the new ultimate self-defense champion.
How will the winner be decided?Each challenge will have a unique system of scoring, usually by involving judges or very specific win/lose conditions. At the end of each challenge the points will be added together to see who is winning in the leaderboard. In the final episode, once the last challenge ends, all the points earned throughout all challenges will be added together and the contestant with the highest amount of points will be announced the new ultimate self-defense champion.
When can I expect the next episode?The first episode will air on April 2nd, at 12 pm UTC on Martial Arts Journey YouTube channel. Then the following episodes will be released weekly at the same weekly time.