Hungarian-born American Martial Arts instructor, author and fight coordinator Emil Farkas started his marital arts career while still a youngster, and before age 20 he had earned his black belt in both Judo and Karate. Today he is one of America's most respected senseis and is internationally recognized as an authority on the martial arts. He holds a 7th degree Black Belt in Karate, 4th degree Black Belt in Judo and a 4th degree Black Belt in Ju-Jitsu. He is also a noted expert in realistic street combat, having worked as a bodyguard for many years. He is also recognized as one of America's foremost Martial Arts historians.
Farkas, who has been involved in the martial arts for over 40 years, came to the United States in 1965 and was one of the first martial artists to use his expertise to choreograph realistic fight sequences for television and films. When not busy in film work, he teaches at his dojo (gym), the Beverly Hills Karate Academy, which has been in the same location since 1970. Farkas has been dubbed as the "Sensei to the Stars" for the large number of celebrities he has worked with over the years. Today he specializes in teaching private lessons at his own school or at private residences. Among his students are some of the leading doctors, lawyers, bankers and motion picture executives in Los Angeles
Since 1970 Farkas has written articles for every major martial arts publication worldwide and has authored a number of books, including "The Complete Martial Arts Catalogue" (Simon &Schuster), "Fight Back: A Woman's Guide to Self-Defense" (Holt), "The Overlook Martial Arts Dictionary" (Viking), "Training & Fighting Skills with World Champion Benny Urquidez (Unique Publications). He also co-wrote the most authoritative book on martial arts ever written "The Martial Arts Encyclopedia (W.H. Smith). The most recent book by Farkas is "An Illustrated History of Martial Arts in America 1900 to Present" (Rising Sun). The book contains almost 2,000 historical photos, many of which have never before been in print.
Farkas co-wrote the original screenplay for Force 5 and wrote and co-produced the feature film Vendetta. He has a set of six instructional tapes on Combat Shotokan and a set of five tapes on Combat Ju-Jitsu. Farkas has also released a video on Cane Fighting and one on Realistic Street Combat. He is now working on his newest video, Simple Self-Defense for Children.
In 2000, Farkas and Benny "The Jet" Urquidez founded the Los Angeles Film Fighting Institute, which was one of the first schools of its type in the United States to teach martial artists the intricacies of stunt work. Farkas has been featured on the covers of over a dozen martial arts magazines in the U.S. and abroad and has had dozens of articles written about him and his system of "Combat Shotokan."
Currently, he is working on a major reference book, "The Martial Arts Book of Knowledge" and has recently finished a novel with Lynn Shippley with a martial arts theme, "Going For Silver."
In 1995 Farkas founded his own federation, The United International Martial Arts Federation, whose goal is to promote traditional martial arts worldwide.
In addition to his martial arts skills, Farkas is also an accomplished magician and is a member of the world- famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Began martial arts at age eight
Received a black belt in Judo at 17, in Karate at 18 and Ju-Jitsu at age 20
Currently holds black belts in Judo (4th degree), Karate (7th degree), and Ju-Jitsu (4th degree)
Hand-to-Hand combat instructor - Canadian Army
Women's self-defense instructor UCLA
Chief Instructor; Beverly Hills Karate Academy
Chief Instructor; United International Martial Arts Federation
Has been on the cover of all major martial arts magazines including Black Belt Magazine, Karate Illustrated, World Karate, Inside Kung Fu, Combat, Fighters, Official Karate, Combat Karate and Budo.
Has appeared on dozens of national talk shows, including the Tonight Show, demonstrating martial arts.
In 1975, was chosen to the Who's Who in the Martial Arts
In 2000, was inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame
The Complete Martial Arts Catalogue, Simon & Schuster
Fight Back. A Woman's Guide to Self-Defense, Holt, Reinhart, Winston
The Overlook Martial Arts Dictionary, Viking
Training and Fighting Skills, Unique Publications
The Martial Arts Encyclopedia, W. H. Smith
An Illustrated History of Martial Arts in America, Rising Sun
Western Wrap-Up: monthly column for Official Karate Magazine
Book reviewer, Inside Kung-Fu Magazine
Farkas has written articles for every major martial arts magazine internationally since 1970
The Golden Ninjas
Terror In Chinatown
Revenge for an Angel
The Magnificent 10
Has starred in five video tapes on Combat Shotokan, five video tapes on Combat Jujitsu, a street-fighting video tape and a video tape on cane fighting
Beverly Hills Karate Academy Owner
Trans-Euro Film Trust Executive Director
National Self-Defense Institute President
Los Angeles Film Fighting Institute Co-founder
United International Martial Arts Federation Founder
Ninja Magic Enterprises Founder
Emil Farkas can be reached at:
9085 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Telephone: (310) 275-2661
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