About Marcus

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Marcus Kowal is a professional kickboxer, boxer, and mixed martial arts athlete.  He now owns Systems Training Center, currently with three Los Angeles area locations, and trains a variety of clientele including fighters, families, and celebrities as well as works with at-risk students and victims of domestic violence.  He also speaks regularly as a self-defense expert and commentates for combat events.  

Kowal began his martial arts journey through Karate and Aikido while still a young teenager and became well-versed in multiple disciplines, winning the K2 World Title in kickboxing in 2002 and placing second in both the 2004 Golden Gloves and 2005 Title Boxing World Championships.  After studying under Rickson Gracie, Rafael Cordeiro, and UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, he made his professional MMA debut in 2009 and was competing for major promotions, including Strikeforce, shortly thereafter.  

Now, most of Kowal’s time is spent on the other side of the mat, as an instructor and coach.  He opened Systems Training Center, first in Hawthorne and now also in Encino and Westwood, with a mission to offer an environment comfortable for everyone, from families to the professional fight team who trains there. He is also the founder of YourKravMaga, a website designed to give you the professional training of a Krav Maga school at the comfort and convenience of your own home 

“I’m passionate teaching anyone who is passionate in learning,” Marcus says.

NOTE:  Marcus Kowal and Mishel Eder's 15-month old son, Liam, was struck September 3 in a Hawthorne, California crosswalk by an alleged drunk driver.  His parents chose to donate his organs so that others might live.

Marcus and Mishel are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from all over the world and would like to encourage people to stand with them to #RememberLiam by working towards changes in impaired driving laws.

"Our hope is that, together, we can make changes, and that is the best way to honour Liam possible," says Marcus.

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From Marcus

Make history with us! 

It's nearing the end of the Thanksgiving weekend and people are starting to make their way back into the gym again, to work off some of those Thanksgiving calories. Today, I taught 4 classes in a row, which I hadn't done since the accident. It feels good to slowly getting back to regular life, although it will never be exactly how it was. Nonetheless, I'm determined to make this new version the best it can be. 
A lot of people reached out to for Thanksgiving but since it is not really a holiday we have much…Read more

Not guilty 

I knew she was most likely going to plead not guilty, as I had been told she had hired a "good" defense lawyer. Still, I was hoping that she was not going to. Not so much because I thought it would make a difference in whatever prison time she gets, because I have faith in our judicial system that she will be given a just sentence - and we won't stop until she does. I think it was probably her defense lawyer Richard Hutton who told her to make that plea. 
Richard, when you read this, I hope you are going to…

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2 years ago today and a World Record 

Today, 2 years ago, Mishel found out that she was pregnant. I remember so very well exactly where I was when she called me and how happy I was. Usually, you're not supposed to tell anyone for the first 12 weeks but I was having lunch with a good friend, Binais, who could immediately tell that something was up - I had to tell him.

As I'm writing this, I'm sitting in a wooden lodge in the forest of Wisconsin. It is a specific retreat for parents who have lost children, called Faith's Lodge, after the daughter…Read more

Happy 17 months Lilla Bebisen 

Yesterday, you would have turned 17 months. I wonder, how much you would have developed by now. Would you new words would you have learnt? Would you have been able to attempt to run? What other things would you have been able to do?

Over the past 8 days, my boys from England were here. We went down to Mexico for a few days and it was a much needed break and I am grateful to have had them here. They flew in from Holland, Dubai, the UK and Australia. Bobby Razak finished his work on our story. 


Friday, I spoke…Read more

Life is 10% what happens to you... 

...and 90% how you react to it, Charles Swindoll said and it is very true.

Another couple of weeks have passed and around the clock work with the non profit, www.LiamsLife.org. We recorded an episode with The Doctors a few weeks ago, that aired on Thursday. You can watch the episode by clicking here. It was tough to record it, because some of it was very personal. However, it was also a way for us to get the message out and I want to thank both the lovely staff of The Doctors, as well as the The Krazy CouponRead more


Liam's Life will be an non-profit organization dedicated to education and prevention of alcohol-related tragedies started in memory of Liam Mikael Kowal.

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Systems Training Center

13040 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(424) 269-1337

17263 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91316
(818) 788-6188

1365 Westwood Blvd
Westwood, CA 90024
(310) 479-3400 




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