About Us

About Evolution Grappling Academy

Established in 2012 by Mike Palladino, Evolution Grappling Academy (EGA) has quickly evolved into the premiere Martial Arts School in in the Hudson Valley, named 2016’s “Best Martial Arts School in the Hudson Valley” by Hudson Valley Magazine. Serving Dutchess, Putnam and Orange county residents. EGA provides the highest quality of instruction within classes of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,Mixed Martial Arts, Submission Wrestling, Sambo, Combat Grappling and Personal Training.

Along with learning Martial Arts, students at EGA effective self-defense skills due to their training, improve their lifestyles with the exercise in classes, and gain self-confidence and self-discipline.

About the Instructor

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Head Instructor Mike Palladino

Mike Palladino, is a World Champion Grappler, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Player, and Founder of Evolution Grappling Academy. In October of 2017, Palladino represented the U.S. in the Combat Wrestling World Championship, held in Honjo, Saitama, Japan. Winning all of his matches by submission to earn the Gold Medal in the 74kg division. Mike is a BJJ Black belt under the tutelage of 3x IBJJF World Champion and Soul Fighters Co-Founder, Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Submission Grappling Wizard and Sambo Master Vladislav Koulikov. A practitioner of combat sports for over a decade, Mike is a U.S. Combat Wrestling National Champion, a 2x Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Medalist and multiple time Submission Fighting champion, holding 9 championship titles under his belt.

Mike Palladino Pan American Medalist

Mike Palladino Pan American Medalist

Enhancing his skill-set as an Instructor as well as a competitor, Mike has traveled internationally for training trips to Rio deJaneiro, Brazil, Moscow, Russia and the Netherlands. With his experience and extensive knowledge,  Mike has been invited for training camps to participate as a partner for top UFC contenders as well as Olympic Champions. With his credentials, Mike has become the “Go to” source for Self-Defense/Defensive Tactics among Law Enforcement, teaching Cadets at the prestigious West Point, Correctional Officers of the CERT Team of maximum security prison Green Haven and the Marine Corps at Stewart Air Base in Newburgh, NY. In August of 2015, Mike Palladino was named the Coach of the West Point MMA team.

As a Coach, Mike has led his students to multiple championships. Under his tutelage his students have earned Gold Medals at the No Gi Pan Americans, ADCC Submission Tournaments, The GoodFight, NAGA, Grapplers Quest and multiple other Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling tournaments. Not limited to just the mat, EGA houses multiple amateur Mixed Martial Arts fighters.

The EGA Tribe

The EGA Tribe at NAGA Lake George

Volunteer of the Community

Off the mats, Mike is a volunteer within the community. An active volunteer for the Scenic Hudson, Mike can be found cleaning the local trails and parks as well as doing construction to help maintain them for all to enjoy.