MMA Seattle / Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW)


MMA Seattle CSW Combat Submission WrestlingThe MMA system created by mixed martial arts pioneer, Shoot Wrestling Champion and UFC coach Erik Paulson. 

Erik’s system (CSW) blends Judo, Freestyle Wrestling, and Greco-Roman Wrestling with techniques and submissions from Shootwrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, and Catch-as-Catch-Can.  This art covers the spectrum of elements necessary for any enthusiast or competitor in the MMA game today. 

MMA Seattle CSW Combat Submission WrestlingCSW trains the individual to strike, clinch, takedown, and submit on the ground in either a sport, mixed martial art, or self-defense environment.  It is laden with painful submission hold and a plethora of devastating leg locks.

The teaching and training progressions combined with the drill based training method can develop any level of student.   Great for fitness as well as functionalizing your MMA skills.

The evolved style provides the perfect compliment to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

See a little highlight of Erik’s career and CSW at the bottom of this page.

CSW is currently one of the most organized MMA programs in the country.  With 10 student levels and 7 coach levels you will always have new techniques to work and perfect.  Here is a synopsis of the progression from the CSW Headquarters.


Student Levels 1-5 – BJJ Belt Equivalent Blue to Purple

The drills, advice, and techniques in these levels will give you a solid foundation in the CSW (Combat Submission Wrestling) system. We will break down the core drills and techniques in each level and add extra material as you work through the levels.  2 – 4 year program.

Student Levels 6-10 – BJJ Belt Equivalent Purple to Brown

This is advanced submission material and is intended for the student who is ready to go further in their martial arts journey and build on the foundation you developed in Levels 1 – 5.

Coach Level 1:

The material required to achieve Coach Level 1 is Student Level 1 – 5.  To achieve Coach Level 1 you must master the five basic position requirements and five takedowns.  2 – 4 year program to become Coach Level 1.

Coach Level 2:

The material required to achieve Coach Level 2 is Student Level 6-10.  To achieve Coach Level 2 you must master the five secondary positions and five additional takedowns.

Coach Level 3:  MMA Coaching Rank

To achieve Coach Level 3 you must master all of the Coach Level 1 & 2 material and learn all of the required MMA Drills, Techniques, and Coaching Techniques to work with MMA fighters.

Coach Level 4 (Apprentice Instructor):  BJJ Belt Equivalent Brown to Black

Coach Level 5 (Associate Instructor):  BJJ Belt Equivalent Black & MMA Coaching Rank

Coach Level 6 (Full Instructor):  Black Belt & High Level MMA Coach

Coach Level 7 (Super Coach):  Mastery of Both CSW Grappling System & MMA Fighting and STX Kickboxing

**Note: These ranks are also dependent on the amount of time you have worked with Erik directly and your coaches at MKG Seattle. The average number of years it takes to achieve Coach Level 4 is seven to eight years. Coach Level 5 typically takes ten years to achieve. Coach Level 6 typically takes twelve years to achieve. Coach Level 7 (Super Coach) is considered a lifetime level.

Below is a video of Coach Erik’s Greatest Hit’s. Remember MKG Seattle is not a fight or competition oriented school.



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