Matt Powell (Founder)


Matt PowellFor nearly two decades Matt Powell’s work has pushed the envelope of science in martial art and combatives. From industry changing books and concepts to first in the industry partnerships, Matt's developments drives the foundation for other arts and system.  Growing up studying boxing and wrestling, Matt Powell’s first exposure to martial art was under renowned coach, Scott Sonnon/ROSS system in the late 1990’s. Since then, the styles he’s studied are not common to the American public: A.A. Kadochnikov, V. Zavgarodnij, Shvets, Retuinskih, Vishnevetskij.


After being the first Westerner asked to represent the Kadochnikov school and system internationally, Matt created the organization K-Sys, which spread throughout the United States and internationally.  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 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 20 years.  A new system was growing...

Working in high risk private security contracting, Matt found that his Russian-based training was theoretically sound, but lacking in practical application.  After discussions with his teachers in Russia, he decided to move on and develop his own methods, which quickly became Pramek.10628312_675164785911318_4465885380183437228_n

Following his internal drive to learn and develop more, Matt sought out other students and teacher's of various combatives methods and systems, as well as scientists working with physics, mechanics, biomechanics, and neurology.  Working with them to understand the underlying principles behind what they do and teach, Matt combined science and pragmatism in the Pramek system.   Matt has taught a variety of students, from the US Army 75th Ranger Regiment, teaching at US Army Combatives school for school founder Matt Larsen, to the Army Land Warrior Development well as police departments, private security teams, corporations, police, soldiers and civilians, to celebrities like Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges.

In 2012 Matt began releasing his CLM Series, an on-going 'masters course' in martial art learning and testing.  Selling thousands of copies, the CLM continues to evolve and change other arts and training systems.  In 2014, Matt decided on a shift for Pramek, partnering with John Wolf and Erik 'Esik' Melland of Onnit to develop fitness programs for Pramek, as well as Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics to develop F3 and firearms fitness programs.  This culminated in the release of a long developed program, Mission Specific Fitness, a program specifically developed for law enforcement by law enforcement, which Matt sold to a popular fitness company.  In 2016 Matt began to focus on a new pursuit, called Pastless, focusing on human psychology and personal growth.  The same year Matt put respected researcher Dr. John Landry in charge of developing Pramek beyond Matt's teaching's into a full-fledged organization, with standards of education, school licensing, online learning, certification requirements, and other organizational aspects.  This was done to prepare Pramek for a traditional industry release which will happen in 2017 as Matt hands Pramek over to the organization and focuses on developing the system without running the day-to-day organization.  Moving into 2018 Pramek prepares for the release of CLM 4, new programs, and new instructors for Pramek.

Having published multiple books, over a dozen instructional videos, hundreds of Youtube videos, and being featured in numerous magazines, Matt continues to lead Pramek, while working in private consulting and in law enforcement.  Writing, demonstrating, and teaching both in the US and abroad, Matt's seminars are unlike any martial art seminars taught in the world.


5 thoughts on “Matt Powell (Founder)

  1. Hi Matt,
    I listened to you on the We like Shooting Podcast.
    Your type of training is what I have been looking for. I live in New Hampshire, do you have anybody in my area that you would recommend so that I can study combative training?

  2. In NH, we don’t have anyone…unfortunately.
    We do have seminars coming up in OH and MI if you ever want to make the trip.
    That being said, depending on what you’re looking for, I would look around for a combatives type of school. There are always small groups still teaching Cestari’s methods, McCann’s, and others. If you can stomach some of the rhetoric, Larkin has some good stuff too in terms of realism. You can always find a good judo or BJJ school and then look at how you would apply that in your own learning, especially from the gun. If you have a group of guys we could always try to put together a seminar when I’m traveling, so please feel free to email to inquire!

  3. I’m working as an unarmed security officer In Florida and looking to get my armed security license but I feel that 3 days of training isn’t near enough time to learn how to handle a firearm. My father had to take months of training and still continues to do so being in law enforcement. But for the civilian security officer with no prior Law Enforcement or Military training you have a wonderful program that I look forward to utilizing and sharing. With all these shootings you see on the news as of late maybe you could do a course for active shooters in the civilian world if you haven’t done so already. I only had to see one of your videos on YouTube to spark my interest in finding out more about who you are and what you have to offer. Thanks so much looking forward to learning more and keep up the excellent work Sir!

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