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Retired Naval Special Warfare Chief Opens “The Bear Cave”

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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2019 11:49 am

Scott “Bear” Keough, will host the grand opening of The Bear Cave Saturday, June 1, located at 986 Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach.

The Bear Cave is a specialty gym and fitness center that offers training in Krav-Maga self-defense techniques along with nutrition and fitness counseling. Yoga classes will be offered within the next month.

Krav-Maga, Hebrew for contact combat, was developed for the Israeli Defense force and combines many elements from other martial arts disciplines but focuses on quickly and aggressively ending fights. Since Krav-Maga doesn’t have a competition program it teaches techniques that may cause serious injuries but emphasizes avoiding conflict and street survival. Keough received his Krav Maga training in Israel and is rated at Level 5 – equivalent to a black belt in other disciplines.

Keough is a disabled veteran who retired with 21 years’ service from the Naval Special Warfare community as a Special Warfare Combatant-Craft crewman (SWCC) Chief Petty Officer. After retiring from the Navy, he worked for various defense contractors before deciding to pursue his passion to help veterans returning from combat tours better adjust back into a non-combat environment. 

Based on his personal experience Keough realized there was a need for programs that help servicemen transition back to non-combat environments, including counseling to readjust to family life and provide early recognition and treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This led him to earn his master’s degree in clinical psychology and to continue his education this fall when he begins the PhD program in Experimental Psychology at UCSD.

After the Bear Cave is established he plans to launch a medical group where he will offer counseling to veterans and their families in conjunction with a licensed therapist until he obtains his certification to operate independently.

Keough’s vision to help veterans includes opening a Ranch in the Tijuana River Valley that will offer an immersive experience for veterans and their families to help their adjustment from combat tours. This project is still being developed and is in the initial planning stages.

Unlike traditional fitness centers, Keough’s Bear Cave offers a wide range of fitness services and counseling for one monthly all-inclusive fee with discounts for active duty military and first responders.  

Children from ages 8-13 can take advantage of special classes to help gain confidence, learn self-defense and how to deal with bullying. 

To help at risk youths get acquainted with training and fitness, Keough hosts a Mixed Martial Arts and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night Saturday evenings where he provides a free cook-out while watching the latest UFC action on the big screen. The Fight Night is open to the public and membership is not required. Please check with the Bear Cave for details as the starting time is usually at 5 p.m., but may vary week to week.

The grand opening of the Bear Cave on June 1 is open to the public. Parking is available at the 10th Street Church of Christ, 640 10th Street. Ceremonies start at 10 a.m. with the ribbon cutting at noon. There will be live music, food, demonstrations, and a free raffle (grand prize is a 55 inch TV).

The Bear Cave is open Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information please visit https://bearcavekravmaga.com/ or call 619-500-5095.

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