Sensei Erik Paulson

Founder of CSW Training Center & STX Kickboxing

    Sensei Erik Paulson’s martial arts journey began in 1974, in Judo. From there, he went on to train in the disciplines of Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling, Boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts (Kali/Eskrima/Arnis), Shoot Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Many of his teachers included training with Rorion Gracie, Royce Gracie, Rickson Gracie, in a garage, Greg Nelson, Rob Kaman, and Nicolas Saignac. He is world renown for his grappling, and is considered a leading authority in MMA.

    Erik is the founder of CSW Training Center (Combat Submission Wrestling) and STX Kickboxing (Savate-Thai Cross Training). Besides Heading CSW in Fullerton Ca., Erik has also written a book, History of American Submission Wrestling, and was a coach of Team Lesnar on The Ultimate Fighter, Season 13.


    • First American to win the World Light-Heavy Weight Shooto Title in Japan
    • Has trained fighters such as Josh Barnett, Ken Shamrock, Renato Sobral, Cub Swanson, Ben Jones, Craig Wilkerson, James Wilks, Sean Sherk, and Former UFC champion Brock Lesnar


    • Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
    • Black Belt, Judo
    • Black Belt, Tae Kwon Do
    • Full Instructor Jeet Kune Do
    • Full Instructor Filipino Martial Arts
    • Full Instructor Muay Thai, under Ajarn Chai


    • Dan Inosanto, Yorinaga Nakamura, Rigan Machado, Larry Hartsell