For 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.
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 unit…as 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 researched 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.
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.