Is this a system for street defense or sport?
The system is designed for both street and sport. John Clarke has the unique experience and perspective of being a sport fighter (international wrestling and pro MMA), Haganah Black Belt and SWAT – he has designed this system to be applicable to both areas and talks about the differences in mindset and tactics throughout the curriculum. It is up to the teacher, as well as the student, to decide the purpose for which he or she will primarily train. The bulk of the system applies to both MMA and to the street. There is no pulling guard, for example, and the goal is always to be on top. In the case of street defense, the student is always taught to be mindful of the possibility of more than one attacker. Combat Wrestling is built on a foundation of traditional forms of wrestling – greco, folkstyle and freestyle as well as Haganah. While the curriculum is not designed for the current high school or collegiate wrestler, it is perfect for the wrestler or jiiu jitsu player looking to train MMA.
Do you have a DVD series to go with it, and can it be trained via video in preparation for certification?
Yes, the Core Curriculum 3 DVD set is available for purchase now. We will offer the set to both end users as well as school owners.
Yes, we expect prospective trainers to purchase the DVD set and prepare before the certification.
Students / End UsersPrice 79.00 for the 3 DVD set (end users will have the opportunity to upgrade for the difference in price if they wish to teach the curriculum.
Affiliate School OwnersPrice 349.00
- 3 DVD set
– Drills and fitness DVD
- Authorization to teach the curriculum (must be certified to promote to blue belt and above) Purchase of the DVD set is required to become certified.
- Purchase (at wholesale) and sell the curriculum and extras DVDs
- Listed as affiliate school on RFLX website
- Ongoing support and special pricing on future products – including RFLX Tactical products.
Are all certifications done live or can it be done via video?
All certifications are in person – we can arrange to do a certification at your location.
I understand it is 4 month rotating curriculum. Does this mean the entire program can be taught in 4 months?
Each belt level / section in the core curriculum requires 4 months to complete – the entire Core Curriculum requires 1 year. That is one of the appealing aspects for both end users and school owners. Of course, students will continue to practice and drill the curriculum for years to become proficient, but the curriculum is taught in 4 month sets. There will be a Silver Series and a Gold Series which will take students to Black Belt. Each of those will also be taught in 4 month cycles. A Black Belt in Combat Wrestling would be expected to be able to grapple with and hold his own with a good college level wrestler or brown belt jiu jitsu player.
Is Combat Wrestling right for me?
We have seen all types of people — women, men, big people, and small people achieve success in the Combat Wrestling system. All one needs is a desire to learn and a commitment to succeed.
Is it a program for the young, or can older people 50 and up do this safely?
The program is designed for all ages and levels. There is no live grappling until Blue Belt level and all the techniques can be learned and executed by a martial arts student with a basic fitness level. There are some techniques that require rolling, falling and standing on one leg. As with all martial arts, there is a basic level of fitness, strength and mobility in order to participate. At the Blue Belt level and above students must be able to grapple live, but the core curriculum is designed for everyone. We believe that all martial arts and grappling specifically, can truly transform lives and it is our mission to help all individuals discover this for themselves.
Can I train Combat Wrestling and another martial art?
Yes. In fact the system is designed to be integrated with any other art – no single art has every answer to every possible self-defense or combat sports situation. Cross training in the martial arts is now accepted as the best way to train. Combat Wrestling provides a foundation of grappling which will serve you no matter what your goals may be.
What equipment do I need?
It is strongly recommended that all students use a mouth guard, even for drilling or refining technique. Male students may choose to wear a cup. Some students like to wear wrestling shoes, but that is a personal preference. All other equipment is optional, such as MMA gloves or headgear.