Welcome to the home of Evolution Grappling Academy
Evolution Grappling Academy is a Family Martial Arts and Wellness Academy that provides classes in Martial Arts, Fitness, and Personal Training. Additionally, diverse methods of Integrative Massage Therapy are offered at our facility by a Licensed Massage Therapist. EGA is located in the beautiful, scenic, and historical city of Beacon, NY.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Submission Wrestling, and Self-Defense Combat Grappling programs are offered for Adults and Children. The core of our Philosophy at EGA are the life-changing benefits of engaging in physical activity in a fun environment to instill the principles of living a healthier and more positive lifestyle. Respect, Discipline, Self-Defense, and Confidence are all qualities that will be acquired at EGA, but it’s the environment and outlet for exercising and physical activities that are the genuine benefits.
INDIVIDUAL GOALS! At EGA we provide an outlet for Men, Women and Children to conquer their goals. Whether you’re a parent who wants your child to learn truly EFFECTIVE Combat-tested Self-Defense, an individual who wishes to become an Ultimate Fighting Champion, someone who wishes to lose weight and get in THE BEST SHAPE of their life, or you’re just looking for a great environment to train with quality Instructors and great people in a pressure free setting, then EGA is the place for YOU! At EGA, we believe that the evolution of the individual begins with setting goals and taking the action steps required in conquering these goals!
Chief Instructor Mike Palladino has been studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling for over 7 years. In that time, Mike has quickly become a sought after instructor by UFC Fighters, Mixed Martial Artists, Olympians, competitive grapplers, Law Enforcement, and Grappling enthusiasts for his in-depth knowledge and first hand experience. The only instructor in the Hudson Valley to train Jiu Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as well as the Russian Grappling Art of Sambo in Moscow, Russia; Mike is a dedicated study of the art, steadily seeking out the deepest of techniques and knowledge directly from it’s origin. Representing one of the most decorated BJJ teams in the world, the Soul Fighters Brownbelt is a direct graduate of 2x Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Rafael “Formiga”. Under the tutelage of “Formiga”, Mike’s skills as an Instructor as well as a competitor have soared. Multiple students of the Brownbelt have won such prestigious tournaments as The IBJJF Pan Americans, ADCC NY, and amateur tournaments like NAGA and Grappler’s Quest. As a competitor, Mike Palladino is a 8x Professional Division Champion as well as an IBJJF Pan American Bronze Medalist at the Brownbelt level.
INSANE ARMBAR that earned EGA Coach Mike Palladino the Bronze Medal at the Pan American Games
A Training Partner for UFC Contenders!
Mike Palladino was a hand picked training partner for UFC contender Jim Miller for his MAIN EVENT fight on FOX
Testimonials: Here’s what the Pro’s have to say…
Matt “The Law” Lindland
U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist, Former UFC #1 Contender, and U.S. Olympic Wrestling Coach endorses E.G.A.
UFC Legend and Former Champion Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov
Sambo Champion, Actor and US Team Coach“Mike Palladino is an excellent grappler, having trained hard with the best in many grappling arts. His love for grappling combined with the way he blends different arts and cares for students makes the academy a fantastic place to train and learn!” – Vladislav Koulikov
ADCC Veteran Enrico Cocco
ADCC Trials 3x Champion, Pan Ams Silver Medalist, Worlds Bronze Medalist
“Sambo” Steve Koepfer
President of American Sambo Association, USA Team Coach for Combat Sambo and Grappling Guru
Female Grappling Star, 5X Sr. National Judo Champ and World Sambo Champion speaks about her experience at EGA!
“Evolution Grappling Academy is an excellent place to train and workout. Mike Palladino is an excellent coach and leader who is devoted to his academy and to the sport. I enjoyed my time presenting judo and sambo skills for BJJ and the welcome I got from EGA. I know I can come back anytime and get good training and patient instruction.”– Nina Cutro-Kelly, 3rd degree black belt in Judo, 5x national Judo champion, 2014 #1 ranked female in the World in Sambo
Hear what OUR MEMBERS have to say…
Why YOU should train at Evolution Grappling Academy…
A Message from Head Coach Mike Palladino…
“Dedicating YOURself to Martial Arts will lead YOU on an incredible journey where you will achieve goals both long and short term; where you will improve the quality of YOUR life on and off the mats.”
I’ve dedicated myself to this journey for almost a decade. In that time, I’ve been all over the world, in some very remote parts, seeking more knowledge, hidden knowledge from some of the best Grapplers on the planet. I’ve gone to the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, training in the poorest favelas of Rio De Janeiro. There, I trained with some of the most technical Jiu Jitsu practitioners on the globe to improve my overall quality and understanding of Jiu Jitsu from a teaching and competitive perspective. Going to Brazil helped answer many of the questions I’ve had on my grappling journey, but it also left me asking many more. I returned from Brazil with a new philosophical and lifestyle perspective, which in turn, left me yearning for more.
While seeking the expansion of my knowledge of Martial Arts, I became fascinated with the art of Sambo ( a Russian form of grappling with roots in Judo and Freestyle Wrestling). My training in Sambo brought me to it’s birthplace, the cold, weathered city of Moscow, Russia. I had a wonderful experience visiting the prestigious Sambo, Judo, and Sumo Wrestling Boarding School of Boretz Academy, with International Master of Sport and 3x World Champion Igor Kurrinoy. I also attended the Kharlempiev Cup, an International tournament with athletic representatives of 36 different countries. My time in Russia opened my eyes to the interconnectedness of all Martial Arts. To further that sense of interconnectedness, EGA continuously holds seminars with some of the best Sambo, Judo, and BJJ practitioners in the world.
Not only am I committed to my journey, I’m committed to helping guide YOU on YOUR JOURNEY! My goal has always been to spread my knowledge of the Martial Arts, implementing the techniques I’ve learned, into our system. When you train with EGA, I GUARANTEE to provide YOU the highest level of quality instruction and effective techniques, in a positive, driven atmosphere. I’ve witnessed first hand the rapid progression of my students’ performance. At Beacon Jiu Jitsu, we provide YOU with what many others can’t; a PRESSURE FREE and FRIENDLY environment with an INTERNATIONAL Caliber and Quality teaching staff!
Start YOUR journey today!