About Us

I am James “Smokey” West, a retired Green Beret, Special Operations Technician and Combat Veteran. Some of my certifications are, 180-A Special Operations Technician, HALO (Military Freefall), Combat Diver, Operations and Intelligence (Cert).  I spent time in the 82nd Airborne, an instructor in Special Forces phase 3 Unconventional Warfare Committee at Camp McKall.  I was a member of the elite Greenlight Team, commonly known as P.I.G. 1 Team with multiple overseas deployments.  Since my retirement in 1992 I have worked high profile V.I.P. high risk protection details overseas.

 

In 1992 I created American Extension Fighting.  As a Grand Master in American Open Style Karate Systems I felt it was essential to give back to my parent martial arts system.  For many years, I and most martial arts trained people take from the systems.  The mandate of the American Karate System is to give back once you attain a certain level.  Through personal close quarters combat, both on the battlefield, in bar rooms and in the street as well as the ring, I developed AEF which I consider a gap filler for otherwise uncovered areas for any martial arts system.  This can also take an individual who has otherwise never trained and provide self-defense that would thwart rape, beatings and offer simple protective strategies.

 

With more than 40 years of formal fight training and having been in too many street fights, I have trained UFC fighters, government contract workers, Navy Seals, Army Special Forces and Rangers as well as professional kickboxers and boxers as seen on HBO and pay preview.

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