Lee Shaykhet chats with Platinum.
Simply put — you don't want to mess with LEE SHAYKHET! Affectionately nick-
named "Dr. Pain" by the former Oakland County shelf, the Waterford resident who
IF YOU COULD HAVE BRUNCH WITH ONE
BIBLICAL OR HISTORICAL JEWISH FIGURE,
WHO WOULD IT BE?
grew up in Moscow teaches police officers, security personnel, members of the
military and ordinary people how to protect themselves by using pain to control and
stop potential attackers.
I would love to have brunch with Moses. He had to lead the
Jewish people out of Egypt, overcoming numerous obstacles. In
a certain sense, I came out of the Soviet Union confronted with
many difficult challenges. I'm not implying it was the same type
of "exodus" — but there are many similarities.
"My self defense-training program represents a different approach," Shaykhet
says. "It's very simple, practical and enables anybody to defend him or herself."
Shaykhet developed his "painZmethod" in the former Soviet Union, where he trained
special forces and sniper units. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1979 and settling in
Metro Detroit where he now lives with his wife, Andrea, Shaykhet turned his knowl-
edge into a business. His adult son, Simon, is a television news reporter with Fox 2 in
My favorite Jewish food is chicken-noodle soup. I used
to eat it a lot in the old country. Since I came to America,
I was happy to find it's very popular here as well. My wife, who
is a great cook — having learned from her mother, who also is a
great cook — makes incredible chicken-noodle soup.
Detroit. "I noticed that people in America tend to associate self-defense with martial
arts and other systems that require a great deal of practice and training," Shaykhet
says. "The truth is, defending yourself is not that complicated if you know what to
do." Here, we ask Shaykhet our version of the Four Questions.
— Robin Schwariz
WHAT BOOK, U1) OR OTHER MEDIA ARE
YOU LONGING TO SHARE?
I was always interested in history. I enjoy watching histor-
ical shows about the founding of this country, the Revolutionary
War and the Civil War. Just recently, there was an HBO series
about President John Adams [the second president of the United
States, from 1797-1801], which I found fascinating.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE JEWISH FOOD?
WHAT WOULD PEON ,F, BE SURPRISED TO
KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I'm a big fan of hunting. I understand that it's not a com-
mon hobby among Jewish people. I really enjoy being in the
woods. It's very peaceful to be one with nature. I get to observe
wildlife in their natural habitat. Hunting is a form of relaxation
for me, as it represents a completely different activity from what
I do every day. '
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