MMA / Mixed Martial Arts

Kick. Punch. Throw. Submit. At MKG Seattle we believe a foundation in MMA is important, a ton of fun and a great workout. Learn more about our approach then contact us below or at 206-789-2411.


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CSW / Mixed Martial Arts Classes

The 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.

Things you will learn

Here are a few things you will learn when you take MKG's MMA classes

Basic self defense

A sense of community





Beginner friendly


Manage stress

Base martial arts skills


Overall fitness

MMA curriculum

CSW 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 holds 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.


CSW classes at MKG

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

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.

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Google Review

MKG is not a gym, it is a martial arts school. You can get a work out and hit or kick a heavy bag anywhere. But if you really want to LEARN martial arts and immerse yourself in multiple art forms, then you owe it to yourself to give MKG a try. I took my first Phase/Mixed Arts class at MKG about 8 years ago and have been enrolled at the school since. I consider the students and instructors at MKG some of my dearest friends, more like a part of my extended family. The sense of community is second to none.


Bruce S

Google Review

I have been training at MKG for 5 years now, and continue to be impressed with the quality of martial arts instruction. The instructors are awesome, your training partners are enthusiastic, and the training facilities are top notch. Plus, it's one of the few schools in the country that teaches savate. Seriously, if you want to train in martial arts, come check out MKG.


Google Review

MKG is an amazing place to train, I never felt better than when I was training there. The people are incredible, and I only felt self concious for the first few days of class, after that I felt like I belonged. Everyone is easy to talk to, and the trainers are all great people. I recommend it for anyone either trying to get into shape, or learn martial arts. It's a great place to train.

Corrine B...

Yelp Review

I've NEVER had so much fun working out. And working out was my original intention for starting martial arts classes but I didn't know I would enjoy learning about the different types of arts they teach. I started only going to two classes a week but now do 6 classes a week.


Lonnie N...

Yelp Review

I've moved around a lot in my life, and since I've been a life-long martial artist, this means I have trained in a lot of different schools. I've been at MKG since April of 2012, and have to say that I have never trained at a finer martial arts educational institution.


Tim P...

Yelp Review

There are no egos at MKG, I sense that the instructors and advanced students place the needs of the beginning and intermediate students above their own. MKG also host some of the world's foremost instructors who teach seminars on the weekends; there is so much going on its hard to keep track of it all.


CSW 'Rank' Progression / Development Process

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

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.

Sneak Peek MMA / CSW Video

We thought you'd appreciate what our curriculum looks like in comparison to run-of-the-mill MMA.  This highlight reel of CSW founder Erik Paulson highlights the no-gi grappling, leg locks, arm bars, and striking that sets it apart.

We are NOT an MMA school and teach this method to students of all levels and interests.

Watch then contact us below or call us at 206-789-2411.

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