Rabbi Yossi Eilfort, Mixed Martial Arts Star
Rabbi Yossi Eilfort recently threw his first punch to the face — and knocked out his opponent.
The 22-year-old California based rabbi was competing in an amateur Mixed Martial Arts bout and won with a TKO in the second round, according to The Algemeiner .
Eilfort started training just six months ago under former UFC fighter Thierry Sokoudjou, with the goal of promoting self-defense and fitness in the Orthodox Jewish community.
“I never knew a Rabbi could fight!” Sokoudjou says in the clip below, shaking his head bemusedly. “I never thought a rabbi would be interested in fighting…I needed to give him a kill-pill—he’s too nice!”
“I believe if we’re not challenging ourselves, then we’re wasting time,” Eilfort told FoxNews after his surprise win.
The young rabbi reportedly trained almost every day , without abandoning his synagogue duties. And yes, he even trained on Friday mornings, but apparently missed out on the last couple of days of training — you know, because of Shabbat.
Eilfort said he had plans to become a police chaplain and giving self-defense lessons. “It was very uncomfortable hitting someone,” he said. “I actually held back, but I proved what I wanted.”
Thinking of skipping shul next week? Watch out.