East Wind Academy is proud to be a sanctioned, Affiliate School with certified instructors under Eric Paulsonís Combat Submission Wresting

Starting with Judo in 1974, Paulson has trained in many disciplines including Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling,Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali/Eskrima, Catch Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, studying first with Rorion Gracie, Royce Gracie, Rickson Gracie in his garage in 1989. He has studied with 40 different teachers over his 30 years of training including Rick Faye, Greg Nelson, Charlie Gergan, Yorinaga Nakamura, Larry Hartsell, Tim Tackett, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, Nic Saignac, Rigan Machado, Rico Chipparelli and the legendary Dan Inosanto, who claims Erik is one of the world's most dynamic grapplers.

Some notable students and fighters are Josh Barnett, Ken Shamrock, Sean Sherk, Brock Lesnar, Renato Sobral, Cub Swanson, Ben Jones and Ginelle Marquez.

Sensei Erik Paulson


Minnesota, United States


Fullerton, California, United States

Martial art practiced

Combat Submission Wrestling


Yorinaga Nakamura, Larry Hartsell, Rigan Machado, Dan Inosanto


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 Ajan Chai.

Notable students

Sean Sherk, Ken Shamrock, Josh Barnett, Brock Lesnar



Much in demand on the international Seminar curcuit, he currently runs the CSW Training Center in Fullerton, California where he trains MMA fighters such as Josh Barnett, Ken Shamrock, Renato Sobral, Cub Swanson, Ben Jones, Ginelle Marquez, Sean Sherk and Brock Lesnar. Erik came out of retirement in October 2007 to headline the first HDNET MMA fight card. Paulson took on Jeff Ford in the main event of the night. Paulson made quick work of Ford, winning by spinning arm bar in the opening minutes of the first round.Erik recently received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Rigan Machado. Erik is the founder of Combat Submission Wrestling.