About Kancho Raffi Liven 10. Dan,
Master and creator of Sho Shin Karate Do and Krav
Maga Liven International
Kancho Liven was born in Tel Aviv on the 3rd
march, 1949 and has lived in Denmark since 1981.
Kancho Liven started training karate when he was 9 and got graduated
with the first Dan
at the age of
he has trained many different systems,
karate, thai-boxing, kendo, judo, aikido, kobudo, kick-boxing and
full-contact karate in which he also won 2 European championships.
Kancho Liven fought the 6-days war and in 1973 in the Yom-Kippur-war and
worked after as an instructor for the special forces in Israel.
After his time in the military he traveled a lot and went for a longer
time to Japan to train under the masters of the originally Okinawa-te
and to take part on many competitions. At all the places he came to he
was invited to teach Karate and self defence.
During 1977-1978 he worked as a bodyguard for a
president on the island of Martinique. Also in this years he became two
times a european champion in Full-contact Karate.
In 1980 the doctors found a malignant tumor in Shihan Livens sinus.
Allready short after the dangerous surgery and irradiation he started
slowly training again, and as he explains it himself the physically and
mentally power which he dad developed through the many years of
intensive training helped him to defeat the cancer. In 1981 Shihan Liven
was invited to Norway to prepare the norwegian nationalteam for the
European Championchip and there he found out that the cool climate was
good for his health. He decided to settle down in a country with a
climate like in Norway. At the end of 1981 he moved to Denmark and
started his first school for Karate there.
As a way of keeping his mind and body
fit, Kancho Liven practices Tamashiwari - The art of breaking - A
discipline in which he is truly a master as he holds several world
The following was written about Kancho
Raffi Liven by Carl Otto Knudsen, Editor in Chief of Fighter Magazine
What is Krav Maga Liven International?
Krav Maga Liven International is the
evolution of the Krav Maga system through the skill and experience of
Kancho Raffi Liven. Kancho Liven's development of the system is
one of the only developments accepted by the late Master Imi
Lichtenfeld. Kancho Liven has utilized his vast street knowledge
and experience and created the most simple and effective form of self
defense ever created!
Kancho Raffi Liven and Imi Lichtenfeld were very close, over the
years they developed a father/son relationship due to Imi's love for
Kancho Raffi Liven's ambition and will to be great. Imi was always
impressed with Kancho Liven's skill. He was particularly impressed
with Kancho Liven during a meeting in which Kancho Liven began to show
Imi the latest developments that he had made to the Krav Maga System.
This really amazed Imi, for so long he wondered why none of his other
students had taken the initiative to try to better the system that he
Kancho Raffi Liven gained
this knowledge through his many experiences over the years. He has
served in the Israeli Army as a soldier and para-trooper, been the most
well known bodyguard in Europe, served as a bodyguard for the President
of the Carribean island of Martinique, as well instructing military
units and special forces all over the world. Kancho Raffi Liven
has more than 1000 fights to his credit with criminals and other bad
people. Kancho Liven offers a way for the common man to prevail
over their attacker and defend themselves in all situations.
Kancho Raffi Liven's Krav Maga is the only form of self defense created
from real street experience and street situations. Kancho Raffi
Liven has taken the very best of various elements and combined them to
form the perfect self defense system.
Kancho Raffi Liven met
ago Kancho Liven met Imi Lichtenfeld again and the
connection between them became like father and son.
Kancho Liven started to visit Imi Lichtenfeld regulary,
everytime he came to Israel, so they got the time to
discuss about Krav Maga and itís techniques and
In this period of time Kancho Liven had the chance to
show his own improvements of some of the techniques and
Imi was thrilled to see the small changes. These small
changes were based on Kancho Livens own experinces in
practical fighting in the war, in the ring and at the
streets working as a bodyguard in different countries
and more than 10 years as a doorman in several wild bars
Kancho Liven visited Imi in his own
town and one time Imi told Kancho Liven how happy he was
that he kept developing and creating new techniques in
Krav Maga. Imi Lichtenfeld was all the time even in his
great age keen on seeing the development of his Krav
Maga and finding somebody who is able to continue after
him not only by repeating what he taught in his active
time but also to go the way further and to keep Krav
Maga a modern and effective selfdefence system that is
adjusted to the needs of the present time.
When Kancho Liven got the permission from Imi
Lichtenfeld to teach Krav Maga outside from Israel he
founded his organisation Krav Maga Liven International
in order to announce Krav Maga to Europe. The aim of
Krav Maga Liven International is to fulfil the wish of
the founder of Krav Maga Imi Lichtenfeld - not just to
stick to the old Krav Maga what he developed once but to
continue the development in order to keep Krav Maga the
unique way of self defence. The headquarter of Krav Maga
Liven International is situated in Aarhus / Denmark.
The following are various articles,
certificates and documents on Kancho Raffi Liven