erik paulson

Sensei Erik Paulson

  • 5th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Black Belt in Judo
  • Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do
  • Full Instructor in Philippino Martial Arts
  • Full Instructor in Muay Thai under Ajarn Chai

Sensei Erik Paulson, former World Light-Heavy Weight Shooto champion, is the founder of Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW), which takes inspiration from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling.

Erik has studied with 40 different teachers over his 30 years of training including Rick Faye, Larry Hartsell, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, Yori Nakamura, Billy Robinson, Rigan Machado and the legendary Guro Dan Inosanto. He first studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Rorio Gracie, Royce Gracie and Rickson Gracie in 1989. Erik is famous for his unbelievable repertoire of submission holds and is recognised as a virtual encyclopedia of leg locks.
Erik is known for coaching a multitude of fighters including Cub Swanson, Brock Lesnar, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and Metamoris Heavyweight Champion, catch-wrestler Josh Barnett.

Mel Corrigan, senior instructor at our club, is a Level 2 Instructor under Erik Paulson and teaches STX Kickboxing, CSW and CSBJJ at the club.

View our Erik Paulson Seminar galleries below.