About David Karpel

David Karpel is from Miami Beach and now lives in a South Florida suburb. He is married to the funniest woman in the world and they have two freakishly well-behaved children. When he’s not teaching Krav Maga, practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu, or eating leather in muay Thai classes, he’s a high school English and Social Studies teacher, aspiring poet and amateur essayist, neglectful blogger at Jew Jitsu: Life in Search of the Soul Roll, and the founder of Frum Fit to Fight, a self-defense academy dedicated to serving the Orthodox Jewish community of Coral Springs and Boca Raton, Florida. David is now also on the editorial staff of The Good Men Project.

Holding on to Holden’s Dream

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At the end of another school year, let us acknowledge the nobility of educators. Teachers are our catchers in the rye.

Warrior Poet’s New Book, ‘Until You Make the Shore,’ Is Required Reading

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We shouldn’t read poetry to quiet the mind. We should read poetry to wake us the hell up.

Why My Family Smells Like Love

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Friends say David Karpel’s family smells. He claims that’s just the musky scent of book love.

The Trials of Good Parenting: A Demonstration

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How far can we go when confronting other adults in regards to our children? Louis CK, with his kids in a grocery store, wins.

Fighting Spirit: When Tables Turn On the Bully

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This is the world we’re giving you, kids. A world in which one or more people will video what’s happening instead of helping.

What is the Most Important Lesson You Can Learn About the Holocaust?

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For David Karpel the answer is, “Never Forget.”

Talking to Dog

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Dave Karpel wonders how is it that talking to his dogs is easier than talking to God?

Hitting My Son

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David Karpel on training his son in self-defense and character development.

100 Words on Love: 23 Years

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If I had a lifetime to spare, I’d spend it nestled in the hollow of your neck.

Symptoms of an Epidemic: Knockout

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David Karpel, a father and self-defense instructor, believes the “Knockout Game” is yet another example of how we are failing our boys.

Tell Me Why I Have to be a Powerslave

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An ode to Iron Maiden.

Masculinity Haiku: In the Fight, Pressure

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David Karpel’s haiku shows us that “pure” is not synonymous with flawless.

Circumcised at 99

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David Karpel, an Orthodox Chassidic Jew, on what circumcision means in his religion and family.

Mashpiah: Assume for Yourself a Master

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On the intersection of Orthodox Judaism and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Of Pushups and Parenting

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David Karpel shares a story of how a typical Tuesday turned profound.

One Arm, 8-0 Record: Talking MMA With Nick Newell

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David Karpel talks with the MMA phenomenon about disability, a fighting mindset, and the importance of focus