Strength & Honor: Fishkill Corrections chooses EGA!

Beacon, NY Martial Arts Instructor, Head Coach of the West Point Combatives Club, Mike Palladino recently ran a double session Combat Grappling Workshop for the CERT team members of the Fishkill, Correctional Facility. Fishkill Correctional Facility is a Medium Security Prison located on the town lines of both Beacon and Fishkill in NY. The NY State legislative commission purchased the land in 1886 for $25,00. Originally constructed in 1896 it was formerly known as Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane until January of 1977. Matteawan’s facility was infamous for the first murder of a female law enforcement officer in the line of duty, in the United States when in 1906, Nellie Wicks was stabbed to death by an inmate. Presently, Fishkill Correctional Facility houses approximately 1,800 inmates.

Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane

Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane

The C.E.R.T.(Correctional Emergency Response Team) team at Fishkill Correctional Facility is  made up of extensively trained Correctional Officers tasked with the responsibility of responding to incidents, riots, cell extractions, mass searches, or disturbances with-in prisons or jails involving uncooperative or violent inmates. CERT is founded upon a team of brave individuals that are extremely motivated, risking their safety daily to ensure the safety of others (citizens, employees and even inmates). Correctional Officers are outnumbered exponentially in their line of duty, and are faced with inherent dangers on a daily basis. “Strength & Honor” is the maxim of this brave team, and they uphold that motto regularly.


CERT Officers of the AM Session


The Combat Grappling Workshop was broken into two sessions. An A.M. and a P.M. The advantageous thing about having superior knowledge in grappling is it allows you to be well versed in two approaches. The Pro-Active and the Re-Active. A pro-active approach is where one takes the initiative, the offensive. A reactive approach is a defensive approach, if someone is attacked from behind, the person being attacked would be on the re-active. The objective of the workshop was to enhance the already in-depth knowledge that these officers have. Grappling skills give you the option of the 3 S.’s. It leaves the grappler with the option to Strike, Submit or Subdue the assailant.

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CERT Officers of the P.M. session

Mike Palladino is the Head Coach of the West Point Combatives club and has instructed Combat Grappling workshops for multiple law enforcement facilities. Maximum Security prisons Green Haven Correctional Facility, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, West Point Military Academy, Wappingers Falls P.D., Beacon P.D., USMC at Stewart have all hosted or attended the Combat Grappling Workshop experience. If you are interested in hosting Mike Palladino for a Workshop please contact us at

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