The prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point or more commonly referred to as “West Point” is home to many athletic clubs and teams. With the surge in popularity in MMA, Cadets and Officers alike gave birth to the team within the last few years. Major Aquila Knopf, the head Officer in Charge for the USMA MMA club, has formally requested Beacon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete and coach Mike Palladino take over as Head Instructor for it’s MMA Program. Palladino, 26, is well known for his cerebral analysis of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in both the athletic arena and the “real world” settings for Self Defense. The Pan-American Bronze Medalist has the rare attribute of being both a successful, active competitor with equal success in his coaching endeavors; with multiple Pan Am Gold Medalists and undefeated Mixed Martial Artists under his tutelage.
“Mike Palladino brings with him a deep knowledge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, from both a modern and historical perspective. In the modern day sport-based grappling scene there are many positions, aspects and technical details to these positions that Mike not only understands but is able to convey to the audience he is teaching. Additionally, he has a wealth of knowledge and a thorough comprehension of Self-Defense techniques and combative situations in a real-world setting where strikes are involved. The fundamentals that Mike instills will ensure your servicemen have the skills they need to stay safe and stay alive on the battlefield. Mike’s knowledge and expertise make him one of the best MMA Coaches I have ever worked with.”
– US Army Major Aquila Knopf
BJJ Purple Belt, Member All Army MMA Team, 2007 OIC, West Point MMA
A study conducted at West Point by the Defensive Technical Information Center was released in November of 2014. 216 Soldiers out of 1,226 surveyed, stated they used their Hand 2 Hand Combat skills in at least one physical encounter while in Iraq or Afghanistan. A remarkable 72.6% utilized the Grappling Skills they had learned to defend themselves. Mike Palladino has conducted several Hand to Hand Combat Workshops for the Local Police Departments, Green Haven Correctional Facility and West Point Combatives to further educate Law Enforcement Officers and Military Personnel on the effectiveness of grappling and other hand to hand combative techniques.
The Cadets of the USMA at West Point, will see a huge increase of their knowledge in the art of Jiu Jitsu. Competitive natures will lead the excelling process of the Cadets as they compete on the regional circuit at Grappling Tournaments against other BJJ Schools and the Navy. GO ARMY!