MMA Training Combat Submission Wrestling

CSW is our Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

The MMA Training Program we teach here in Woodbridge is what many UFC Fighters and Coaches use to prepare for Championship Fights like Ultimate Fighting Champions Josh Barnett and Brock Lesnar.

“Mixed Martial Arts has become big news in the past decade. Through Trident’s CSW class you can train in all elements of this incredible sport with globally-respected experts.”
Coach Patrick Tray

Combat Submission Wrestling develops quick-thinking, strength and confidence in all ranges of Mixed Martial Arts MMA.

About Erik Paulson

Combat Submission Wrestling is Trident’s very own sport form of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), developed by the distinguished fighter and trainer, Sensei Erik Paulson. Erik’s system provides students with the opportunity to train in all aspects of Mixed Martial Arts, stand up/striking (Muay Thai, Savate, etc), take-downs and ground fighting.

Featured in the following MMA Training Videos here below are former Trident Academy MMA Fighters and Submission Grapplers demonstrating with Sensei Erik Paulson at the old Trident Academy of Martial Arts. This is Coach Mikey Custodio working the STAR Drill. Mikey began his martial arts training at Trident Academy before it ever opened up. He was the first student at Trident Academy of Martial Arts and became a staff member shortly after its opening in 1998. Mikey worked for Mr. Tray at Trident for over 11 years before moving on.

Student Level One Video

Student Level Two Video

This is Coach Rick Tavares working along with Erik Paulson. Rick began learning submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Trident Academy shortly after we opened in 1999. Rick was a team captain of the George Mason University wrestling team before coming to Trident. He has gone on to be successful in several BJJ/Grappling matches as well as winning in the cage for Mixed Martial Arts. Rick now teaches at Mike Moses Evolve Academy of Martial Arts in Gaithersburg, MD.

Student Level Three Video

This video features from MMA and BJJ Instructor at Trident Academy, Chris Fones, now working at Linxx Academy of Martial Arts in Virginia Beach, VA. (more on Chris later)


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