Nope, British through and through. Balls of British steel. I will agree he is badass, but I prefer Ray Mears. Ray shows you important techniques and how to work with what you have, a more tool based method of survival. Bear Grylls is more pushing what you could do to survive, and doing lots of stunts (Half of which are unnecessary or dangerous). Plus, Ray talks a lot more about the history and heritige of survival techniques and the people who use them. I like bear Grylls because of the shock value, but in terms of learning Ray Mears has taught me a lot more, like to tie plastic bags around plants to catch the consendation. Thats badass.