Mitchell Bobrow

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Mitchell Bobrow
Born Mitchell Paul Bobrow
Washington, D.C., US
Other names Boy Wonder
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
Style Tang Soo Do, Karate, Aikido, Boxing, Taekwondo, Jujitsu
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of

Kim Studio

Silver Spring, Maryland
Trainer Ki Whang Kim
Years active 1961–present

Mitchell Bobrow[1] was a martial arts fighter trained by Ki Whang Kim in the early 1960s. Bobrow was known for his continuous attacks using a unique combinations of kicks, punches and sweeps including his Trademark Jump Back Kick[2] that scored on his opponents with either leg.


Bobrow was nicknamed "Boy Wonder" by Blackbelt magazine in 1967.[3] Bobrow fought Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, Ron Marchini, Toyotaro Miyazaki, Thomas Carroll and Bill "Superfoot" Wallace during the "golden era" of martial arts in the US. Bobrow was a personal friend of Bruce Lee, who was often seen on the sidelines when Bobrow competed. Blackbelt magazine yearbook rated Bobrow as a top ten fighter in the world throughout the 60s and Karate Illustrated magazine placed him #1 in 1969 above Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis and Bill Wallace. Bobrow was the youngest fighter to ever be ranked a Top Ten fighter by Blackbelt Magazine and still holds that honor.

Bobrow was inducted into the inaugural Taekwondo Hall of Fame as Best Fighter of the 60s and was the chairman of the event.[4] In 2009 he was selected as a Technical Advisor for the Taekwondo Hall of Fame.[5] He represented the United States Team in Tokyo in the First World Karate Championships World Karate Federation held at the Budokan. He was Grand Champion at the 1969 All American Open Championship at Madison Square Garden,[6] American Invitational Tournament of Champions, Marine Corps Champion, International Heavyweight Champion and Universal Open Champion. Bobrow was the founder of the first chartered karate club in the United States at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in 1966. Bobrow is the founder–owner of Otomix Martial Arts Gear which was the official sponsor of the first UFC mixed martial arts fighting championships. Bobrow has appeared in films and television.[7] In 2012 Bobrow founded the Ultimate Professional Golf Shootout a professional golf event and tour in Las Vegas.


Year Film Role Other notes
1993 Coneheads Garthok Combatant
1992 Blackbelt Rene Co-Star
1990 Max Monroe Thief
1989 Wild Jack Chet


  1. ^ "Mitchell Bobrow Taekwondo Grand Master". Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  2. ^ "The Martial Arts Masters". 1997-10-17. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  3. ^ "Black Belt Magazine Article - April 1970 - Page 17 - "Through the Fists of Mitchell Bobrow"". Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  4. ^ "The Greats of Tae Kwon Do - Mitchell Bobrow - "Best Fighter of the 60s'"". 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Taekwondo Hall Of Fame - Technical Advisors". Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  6. ^ "Past Sparring Grand Champions". Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  7. ^ "Mitchell Bobrow". IMDb. 

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