For over a decade his work has pushed the envelope of science application in martial art. Growing up studying boxing and wrestling, Matt Powell’s first exposure to martial art was under world renowned coach, Scott Sonnon and the ROSS system in the late 1990’s.After being in the only Westerner asked to represent the Kadochnikov school and system internationally, the organization K-Sys was created. Since that time the styles he’s studied are not common to the American public: A.A. Kadochnikov, V. Zavgarodnij, Shvets, Retuinskih, Lavrov, Vishnevetskij...men considered the masters of the Russian scientific styles.
Matt later wrote the first English language manual on the science of combat in a biomechanical perspective, taking this knowledge; Matt developed a group of martial art researchers to combine the Russian scientific styles with the pragmatism of other martial arts. Matt Powell found by combining these styles basic tenets, with American ingenuity, he could create something easy for a beginner to learn - and in-depth enough to keep a student busy studying for a lifetime. After working in high risk private security contracts,
Matt found that his training was theoretically sound, but lacking in practical application. After discussions with his teacher in Russia, he was told it was time to move on and develop his own methods, which later became Pramek, a synergy of Russian science and western combatives. Matt has trained a variety of students, from the US Army Ranger Battalion to the Army land warrior development unit, private security teams, corporations, police, soldiers and civilians, to celebrities like Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges.
Matt now actively focuses on developing Pramek and it's instructors, learning methods, and styles. He travels in the US and internationally teaching Pramek, as well as providing high level security consulting.
Matt currently lives in Atlanta, GA. where Pramek is based.
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CLM Manual 3: The Teacher and the Student
The third manual in the CLM series, The Teacher and The Student is a series of essays on the relationship between the teacher and the student, as well as lessons on how to teach, how to be a students, the psychology of the training room, learning types, and many other topics.
How to Test Martial Art
The second in the CLM, the Directed Perceptual Testing, or DPT, is perhaps the toughest progressive testing format in the martial art world. This manual explains how to test students to their limit and find their new limit...
How to Learn Martial Art
Pramek's CLM is designed to educated teacher's and students of martial art on a new way at looking at martial art studies. The first in the series, the EPL, or Efficient Perceptual Learning, is a new way to learn martial art.
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