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.

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

Running: A Poem

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David Karpel tells an American story of persecution and flight: a family that can’t stop running.