Moni Azik, Commando Krav Maga
CKM, formerly known as Combat Survival (see: http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=21352 )
makes several claims about its founder, Moni Azik. His webpage and biography is here: http://www.commandokravmaga.com/html/biography.html
Among these claims are:
1) He was an Israeli Judo Champion
-This one is true - he was a junior judo champion in Israel
2) He was a member of an elite Israeli commando unit.
-This one is true, but extremely misleading. Moni, as a promising judoka, was not assigned to combat. He was trained as a physical fitness trainer, and was assigned to an elite unit as their physical fitness leader. He never served in combat. In photos of him and his unit, he is wearing a white shirt underneath his uniform. Combat soldiers always wear green shirts, while noncombat soldiers wear white.
3) The IDF asked Moni to improve their combat curriculum.
-The IDF denies this claim. IDF Krav Maga is formulated by the Wingate Institute, which Moni is not a member of.
4) He trained under World Judo and Sambo Champions Isao Okano and Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki
-This one I have no idea if it is true or not.
5) Moni trained "Ultimate Fighting Champion Carlos Newton, Japanese Shooto star Joel Gerson"
-Again, no idea if this is true.
6) Moni co-created Krav Maga with Imi Litchenfeld
-This one is so absurd (Moni is only about 50) that he has stopped saying so. He did say this in several interviews however.
This is not to say however, that Moni is not an excellent fighter. He is excellent at judo and jujutsu, and if he had just called his fighting system Israeli Jiujutsu, instead of making these unfounded claims, nobody would care.
Also, some technique demonstrations: http://www.commandokravmaga.com/html/techniques.html
Gotta love that groin stab at the bottom.
Some other claims (which I dont see on his website, so I am not listing them up above):
He and his 74 man unit were ambused by 1000 syrians and only a handful survived.
Anyway, could you kind people help me check the UFC and shooto claims?