Amir Perets

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Amir Perets
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Amir Perets in Fight Science on 9 September 2009
Born (1974-09-20) 20 September 1974 (age 45)
Tiberias, Israel
Native nameאמיר פרץ
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight103 kg (227 lb; 16.2 st)
StyleKrav Maga
Kyokushin, Muay Thai, MMA, Defense Tactics
Rank4th degree black belt in Krav Maga
Black prajied in Muay Thai
Black belt in Kyokushin
Years active1985–present

Amir Perets (born 20 September 1974 in Tiberias, Israel) is an Israeli-born mixed martial artist, entrepreneur, and active participant in Fight Science featured on the National Geographic Channel.[1] He is an instrumental figure in popularizing the self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces known as Krav Maga.


At age 18, Amir Perets became Israel's heavyweight full-contact martial arts champion, and he joined the IDF. Perets later on became the IDF Krav Maga/hand-to-hand combat instructor of the Israeli infantry and Special Forces units.[2]

Excelling as an instructor, Perets was assigned to the top level of Krav Maga instruction in the IDF, certifying the hand-to-hand combat instructor course; Having taught some of the IDF top instructors, Perets then was selected for the elite IDF Naval Commando Unit where he built the unit's hand-to-hand combat program.[1]

After completing his military service, Perets traveled to Thailand to continue to pursue his interest in mixed martial arts by training in “Muay Thai,” (Thai boxing),[3]

Perets then immigrated to the United States and pursued teaching defensive tactics and life saving methods to military counter-terror units, law enforcement agencies and civilians worldwide.[4] Simultaneously, he became a lead instructor at the newly formed “Krav Maga National Training Center", in Los Angeles California, where he holds a fourth degree black belt.[5]


Perets completed his high school education mastering in psychology/sociology at Amal Institute in Israel. He then joined the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) - Excelling as an instructor for Krav Maga and Combat Fitness, Perets was assigned to the top level of Krav Maga instruction in the IDF, certifying the hand-to-hand combat instructor course, Having taught some of the IDF top instructors, Perets then was selected for the Elite IDF Naval Commando Unit.[6]

Motion Capture[edit]

Perets was used as Niko Bellic for the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV"[7] and did motion capture for the main character's fighting moves along with Bas Rutten.

Hall of Fame[edit]

In 2009 Amir Perets was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to law enforcement, military and the world of martial arts.[8]

The Masters Hall of Fame is an association of Martial Artists and other interested parties that works to recognize, develop, enhance and improve the Martial Arts Leaders and Businesses by “Developing and Recognizing Excellence” in the Martial Arts Communities.[9]


  • Warrior .... Yosi
  • Drillbit Taylor (2008) .... "Mossad" Agent aka "Drillbit Taylor: Budget Bodyguard" - USA (poster title)
  • Never Back Down (2008) (Technical Advisor)
  • Psychotic (2002) .... Juice

TV / Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Car Science (2011)
    • "Bust a Move" (2011) TV episode .... Himself
  • Inside MMA (2007–2010)
    • Episode dated 5 March 2010 (2010) TV episode .... Himself
    • Episode #1.14 (2007) TV episode .... Himself
  • Fight Science (2008–2010)
    • "Human Weapon" (2010) TV episode .... Himself
    • "Fighting Back" (2008) TV episode .... Himself
  • Fight Science (2007) (TV) .... Himself


  1. ^ a b "Fight Science | Profile: Amir Perets | National Geographic Channel". 2009-12-22. Archived from the original on April 14, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  2. ^ "Amir Perets – Martial Arts Champion, Fitness Guru, Israeli Self-Defense Expert". 2009-12-12. Archived from the original on 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  3. ^ "Hollywood's Defense Minister". Retrieved 2010-06-01.
  4. ^ "Foreign defense | News". South Philly Review. 2003-03-06. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  5. ^ "Winter Workshop with Amir Perets (4th degree BB KM) in Los Angeles — Krav Maga Worldwide Israeli Self Defense Forums". 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  6. ^ "Deadliest Warrior: U.S. Navy SEAL vs. Israeli Commando". 2010-07-27. Archived from the original on May 8, 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  7. ^ "Grand Theft Auto IV". Archived from the original on 15 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
  8. ^ "MHOF Inductee List 2009". Masters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  9. ^ "KMW Instructors Inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame". 2009-08-21. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-27.

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