Core 3 Affiliate Program


In the martial arts industry, whether you’re an aspiring professional, an instructor, or an academy owner, the journey to success is often fraught with challenges. Navigating the complexities of creating high-quality, structured curriculums for various skill levels, managing the business aspects of a martial arts school, and breaking into the industry as a professional can be daunting. The feeling of isolation and the frustration of navigating politics within larger associations can overshadow your passion for martial arts and hinder your progress.

Recognizing these hurdles, our Affiliate Program is designed to be a comprehensive solution that addresses the needs of established martial arts professionals and supports those aspiring to break into the industry and become professional martial artists. We have guided numerous individuals from the initial steps to becoming accomplished martial artists.

Our program offers access to well-organized curriculums, ongoing educational opportunities, and effective business development strategies. It’s not just about improving martial arts instruction and fostering student growth; it’s about creating a pathway for aspiring professionals to launch and advance their careers in martial arts.

Join a supportive community that stands apart from the larger associations, is free from discouraging politics, and is focused entirely on your growth and success. With our Affiliate Program, you’re never alone. You’ll have the resources, support, and network you need to excel and thrive in the dynamic world of martial arts. Whether you’re just starting or looking to elevate your existing martial arts practice, our program is your ally on the journey to becoming a professional martial artist.

What Is Included As An Affiliate?

Curriculum Manuals: We have meticulously structured curriculums for each of our systems. Our exhaustive curriculum guides are readily accessible, enabling you to effortlessly refer to affiliate curriculum manuals and delve into our technical curriculum guides. This will enhance your understanding and help fine-tune your instructional approaches.

Coach Development Camps (CDP): Imagine learning directly from Coach Erik Paulson himself, free of charge! These exclusive CDP events offer personalized instruction where Coach Paulson works closely with each affiliate, crafting tailored curricula to enhance your school’s offerings. Can’t make it to an event? Don’t worry! All CDP sessions are professionally recorded and shared exclusively with our affiliate members, ensuring you stay up-to-date even if you miss an event.

Digital Instructor Video Archive: Our vast collection of instructional videos is readily accessible. Effortlessly refer to curriculum-related videos using our Online Instructor University video archive. It serves as an abundant resource of educational content conveniently available to you. You also get access to the CSW Student Online University, your go-to platform for mastering martial arts at your own pace. Our easy-to-use online resource offers study guides, a guided curriculum, and round-the-clock availability of lessons from top martial arts instructors.

Business Enhancement: We equip you with crucial tools and insights for nurturing and growing your martial arts enterprise. Our esteemed advisors, armed with extensive experience in managing prosperous martial arts establishments, are at your disposal for guidance in strategic planning, effective marketing, and streamlined operations. Upon choosing your preferred mentor, regular monthly sessions ensure your academy’s steady progression and flourishing. Click HERE To Meet Our Advisor Team

Marketing and Networking Support: Stand out from the crowd with our licensed program logos for branding purposes. Enhance your visibility and connect with fellow CSW Affiliates, unlocking endless possibilities for growth and collaboration. As part of our affiliate community, you can access a vast network of like-minded professionals running successful martial arts schools worldwide. You will have a listing in our Active Affiliate Directory and a personalized Affiliate Detail Page.

Dedicated Association Staff & Prompt Support: Our affiliates enjoy the benefits of a full-time staff devoted to their success, including a mentorship program that pairs them with our senior leadership to assist in business, program development, and training as needed. We respect your time, and our Association Director is dedicated to promptly responding to your inquiries, typically within a 24 to 48-hour window, providing guidance throughout your journey.

Professional Staff Training: We understand the demands of managing a martial arts school. That’s why we offer you the convenience of professionally trained and officially recognized assistant instructors. Add assistant instructors to your location for a minimal monthly fee of $125 each, empowering you to focus on running your school while your staff receives top-notch training.

Take the first step towards transforming your martial arts journey today! Join our Affiliate Program and gain access to a world of structured curriculums, professional development, and a supportive community. Don’t navigate this path alone — let us guide you from beginner to professional martial artist. Click here to get started and unlock your potential!

Discover the Power of our Coach Development Camps: A Closer Look


The CSW Core 3 Program is the association’s flagship program.
This program brings you into the CSW team with access to three of our most popular systems: The Combat Submission Wrestling Program, The STXKickboxing Program, and Coach Erik’s MMA Program. You can train, certify, and teach one or all of the programs at your pace.

Systems Included In The Core 3

Combat Submission Wrestling Program

CSW seamlessly integrates elements of Shoot wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, Judo, and Muay Thai, creating a well-rounded approach to self-defense and sport grappling. The program emphasizes fluid transitions between striking and grappling, offering practitioners a versatile skill set for any combat situation.


STX Kickboxing program is a dynamic striking system that synthesizes the best techniques from Muay Thai, Jun Fan/JKD Kickboxing, Savate, and Boxing. Designed to provide practitioners with a comprehensive stand-up fighting skill set, STX Kickboxing emphasizes fluidity, footwork, and effective combinations.


MMA program offers a holistic approach to mixed martial arts, amalgamating techniques from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Catch Wrestling. Emphasizing adaptability, strategy, and resilience, this program is instrumental for those aspiring to excel in competitive MMA.

Investment And Pricing

$250 Monthly

The monthly investment to become an affiliated Instructor and/or Academy is currently set at $250. This rate includes access to a wealth of resources, mentorship, business tools, and an inclusive community dedicated to the mutual growth and development of its members.

Additional Programs

Moreover, we offer the flexibility to enhance your training and broaden your skillset with additional program add-ons. Each supplementary program is available for just an additional $125 per month.

Example 1: If you choose to enroll in our dynamic Core 3 affiliate program, the investment is $250 per month. If you wish to diversify your training and include the BJJ Affiliate Program, you can add it for an additional $125 monthly. This addition makes your total monthly investment $375, a small price for the comprehensive training and extensive resources you receive in return.

Example 2: Alternatively, if you enroll initially as a BJJ affiliate for $250 per month and later decide to amplify your skills with the Core 3 Affiliate Program, you can add it for an extra $125 per month. Your total monthly investment would then be $375, once again providing excellent value for the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, and support you’ll gain.

These flexible and competitive rates allow you to customize your affiliation to best suit your individual growth trajectory and the needs of your Academy.

Getting Started Is Easy!

Embark on a transformative journey for your martial arts business today! Join the CSW Association and gain access to a wealth of wisdom, guidance, and opportunities that will propel your martial arts school to unprecedented heights.

Don’t hesitate – begin your journey to success now.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does the affiliation process involve? 

The affiliation process begins with you filling out a form expressing your interest. Our Association Director, Alan Baker, will contact you within 24-48 hours to guide you through the rest of the registration process.

What are the benefits of joining your association? 

As a member of our association, you can access expert mentorship, personalized business development strategies, martial arts development resources, and personal development tools. You’ll also have exclusive opportunities to teach seminars and workshops, test affiliates, and have private coaching sessions. Furthermore, you’ll be part of a supportive community of professional martial artists and gain visibility through our online platforms.

What does the mentorship program entail? 

The mentorship program involves one-on-one sessions with experienced advisors. They provide guidance on managing and expanding your martial arts business, improving the quality of your instruction, and fostering personal growth. The advisors are selected based on their wealth of experience in running successful martial arts schools.

How can I benefit from the business development strategies? 

Our business development strategies are tailor-made for your specific needs, ensuring you achieve optimal growth and expansion. The strategies involve guidance on strategic planning, marketing, and operations.

What are the teaching opportunities available to me? 

As an affiliate, you have the opportunity to teach association-supported seminars in your academy. You can also test your students and provide private lessons.

What personal development resources are available? 

We believe in holistic development. As such, we offer resources that instill leadership skills, discipline, and respect. These qualities are essential for successful business owners and are beneficial in all aspects of life.

Does the affiliate membership include access to the online video university? 

Yes, the affiliate membership includes full access to our extensive online video university. You can access the student section and our vast instructor video archive as an affiliate. The instructor archive is a treasure trove of resources, including curriculum guides, manuals, marketing materials, imagery, and more. This comprehensive library of materials is designed to enhance your teaching skills, enrich your curriculum, and help you successfully promote and manage your martial arts business.

Are the affiliate coach camps part of the program? 

Absolutely! Once you join the affiliate program, you gain access to the Coach Development Camps that correspond with your program. These camps are an invaluable opportunity to deepen your understanding, refine your skills, and connect with other professionals in the field. The camps are designed to support your growth as a coach and ensure that you are equipped with the most effective teaching methods and practices in martial arts. Your affiliate testing and advancement are part of the program as well! 

Connect With Us!

Ready to start your journey with our affiliation program? Please complete the form below. Our Association Director, Alan Baker, will reach out to you within 24 to 48 hours to walk you through the remaining steps of your registration process. Feel free to contact Alan directly via email if you prefer.


Meet Our Affiliate Advisors

This dedicated trio of seasoned professionals brings to the table a wealth of expertise in martial arts, coaching, business development, and strategic planning.

The team’s primary responsibility is to provide superior support, service, and mentorship to our affiliated instructors and academies. They guide them in business growth, martial arts development, and personal evolution, offering invaluable insights and strategies to ensure success and growth in the industry.

In addition to one-on-one coaching sessions, our advisors frequently contribute to our online resources and are key players in our association-backed seminars and workshops. They write articles for our main website, appear on podcasts, and are featured in our coach development camps.

By sharing their diverse experiences, innovative teaching methodologies, and business acumen, our advisors pave the way for martial artists to reach their full potential and achieve a gold standard in the industry.

Allen Chambers 

Professor Allen Chambers has devoted more than two decades to pursuing his dual passions of martial arts and design. His diverse journey has encompassed a broad spectrum of martial arts and fitness styles, serving a diverse client base that ranges from children to adaptive athletes for the We Defy Foundation, law enforcement agencies, and the Department of Justice.

A seasoned entrepreneur, Allen has applied his martial arts ethos to a successful boutique self-defense gym in Philadelphia and an IBM-partnered tech startup. He’s developed the Martial Intelligence Method, a holistic, systemized approach to learning and teaching martial arts, blending his business acumen, martial arts expertise, and design skills.

Allen remains committed to his life-long dream, running several martial arts-related businesses and sharing his wisdom through teaching, training, and mentoring.

Jesse Briggs 

Professor Jesse Briggs’ dedication to martial arts is evident in his multiple high ranks, including a 3rd-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Instructor in CSW, STX under Erik Paulson, Capoeira, Judo, and Kali.

As a successful academy owner with nearly a decade of experience and a second location in El Paso, Texas, Jesse has guided many MMA fighters to professional fighting organizations, including the UFC. A former US Border Patrol Agent, Jesse currently leads the Less Lethal Program for the US Department of Homeland Security’s BORTAC/BORSTAR Special Operations Group at Fort Bliss.

Jesse’s passion for teaching martial arts extends beyond technique, helping others improve their lives physically and mentally. He works with affiliate academies to improve their overall business success, day-to-day operations, and student retention.

Alan Baker 

Professor Alan Baker is a lifelong martial artist; he is an author, a respected entrepreneur, and a transformative coach. Having begun his professional journey in the realm of martial arts in 1990, Alan’s vast experience includes not only successfully operating his own full-time martial arts academy for over 25 years but also developing tactical training businesses that have shaped the defensive tactics programs for law enforcement, military, and private security groups across the U.S.

Alan’s coaching instinct and profound understanding of the field have empowered numerous school owners and business entrepreneurs. He has successfully guided many from part-time ventures to full-time, thriving professional martial arts academies.
Whether you are a novice seeking guidance or a seasoned professional eager to scale new heights, Professor Alan Baker harnesses his years of experience and personalized coaching approach to drive you towards your desired success.


Erik started his career in martial arts, starting with Judo at the age of 8. In 1988 he began Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rorion, Royce, and Rickson Gracie in Rickson’s garage. While training at the Inosanto’s academy, he met Yorinaga Nakamura, who taught him Shoot Wrestling. Paulson also trained extensively in Catch Wrestling under Billy Robinson. In 1995 Erik began training with the Machado brothers. Erik is the founder of Combat Submission Wrestling and STX Kickboxing. He runs the CSW Training Center in Fullerton, California, where he trains MMA fighters such as Josh Barnett, Ken Shamrock, Renato Sobral, Cub Swanson, and James Wilks. He is closely affiliated with Sean Sherk and Brock Lesnar of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. 

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Breaking Into The Industry Can Be Tough

We understand what it’s like to have a deep passion for martial arts and a burning desire to succeed. We know what facing challenges, uncertainties, and obstacles on your journey feels like. Feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or even out of control is normal. We’ve been there too.
At the CSW Association, We understand the emotional rollercoaster of pursuing your martial arts dreams while managing the complexities of running a successful school. We empathize with the fears, doubts, and frustrations that can hold you back from reaching your full potential.
But here’s the good news: You don’t have to navigate this journey alone. We provide the guidance, support, and resources you need to overcome obstacles, conquer your fears, and create a clear roadmap to success.
Together, we can transform those feelings of uncertainty into confidence and replace your doubts with a solid growth plan.
Join our community of like-minded professionals who share your passion, dreams, and challenges. Together, we can turn your martial arts aspirations into reality. Don’t let fear or a lack of direction hold you back any longer. Take the first step and unlock the true power of your martial arts business with the CSW Association.

At the CSW Association, we understand the challenges and complexities of running a successful martial arts business. That’s why Coach Erik Paulson created the CSW Affiliate Advisor team – to provide a close and meaningful connection with our affiliates who may require additional support in navigating the various aspects of the industry.

Coach Erik handpicked individuals for the advisor team who possess a strong background in martial arts and extensive experience as professional martial artists running their own academies. He wanted to ensure that those who need assistance receive guidance from seasoned experts who truly understand the unique challenges faced in the martial arts business.

We recognize that not everyone joining our association will require help, but we wanted to create a solid solution for those who do. The CSW Affiliate Advisor team is dedicated to making a difference in your journey. Whether you need guidance in business management, program development, or training, our advisors are here to provide valuable insights and strategies to help you overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.

Join the CSW Association today and unlock the unparalleled support and guidance provided by our dedicated Affiliate Advisor team.