The 30-year-old communications chief from San Fernando Valley , Calif. , assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5’s Headquarters Company, is a black belt instructor trainer and chief instructor for RCT-5’s Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
He is not a Marine to meet in a dark alley.
While most Marines like cars, fishing or billiards, I love to fight," Kessler said.
Kessler is an avid fan of fighting. He’s been training since he wrestled in high school over ten years ago. Now, along with his MCMAP black-belt skills, he studies Ju-Jitsu, Mui-Tai and cage fighting, like that of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
"He hopes to become a cage fighter someday," said Lance Cpl. Matthew D. Gammons, a 22-year-old wireman who trains mixed-martial arts with Kessler in his off-time. "He wants to be ‘King of the Cage.’"
"Fighting is the most basic instinct of mankind and an awesome male-bonding experience" Kessler said. "I love competition, and cage fighting is the closest thing to combat outside the Corps."