Rudy Reyes is a martial arts success story... one in which the Asian disciplines, coupled with a heaping of discipline, have helped this Recon Marine survive the Iraq war and prevail over his personal aftermath to build his mind and body stronger than ever before. He has been featured in HBO's Generation Kill and the History Channel's Apocalypse Man. And he recently authored a book about his total experience called Hero Living. In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, Rudy discusses the importance of survival know-how and demonstrates execution of a double fisherman's knot!


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