Kombat Wrestling

Olympic-level wrestling: Kombat Arts teams with the Harry Geris Wrestling Club for new classes

Coach Dave Mair demonstrates the single leg takedown

The Harry Geris Wrestling Club will be bringing its expertise to the Kombat Arts mats with the first session of our new wrestling program tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Expanding from its home base out of Team Tompkins’s Adrenaline Training Center in London, Ontario, the Harry Geris Wrestling Club will be offering elite level wrestling instruction to Kombat students catered to our MMA and submission grappling backgrounds.

First class is Thursday, January 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tentative weekly schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Meet your new wrestling coaches below!


Coaching Experience:
Coaching Association of Canada – National Coaching Certification Program – Level B Certified Coach (Wrestling)
Certified U.O.F. instructor for the Province of Ontario
Effective Teaching Certificate – Humber College
Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Military & Law Enforcement – Instructor
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu under Master Sylvio Behring
Also trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Scott Schilling, Mark Bocek, Fateh Belkalem
Senior Board Member with the Canadian Grappling and Striking Sports Council 2009-Present
Cornered and coached athletes at the Extreme Fighting Championship, King of the Cage, and at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 129 Toronto, ON)
Head Wrestling Coach at Elite Training Centre 2011-2012
Head Wrestling Coach at Westview Centennial Secondary School 2006-2009
Named Coach of Canadian National Team by Team by Canada Wrestling (Grappling) 2009, 2010
Represented Canada at 2010World Championships (Grappling) in Krakow, Poland – Coach
Represented Canada at 2009 World Championships (Grappling) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA – Coach

Athletic Experience and Accolades:
2008 – Canadian National Championships (Greco Roman) 1st place
2008 – Canadian Olympic Team Trials (Greco Roman) 3rd place
2007 – Commonwealth Championships (Greco Roman) 4th place
2007 – Canada Cup of International Wrestling (Greco Roman) 3nd place
2005 – Extreme Fighting Championships (Mixed Martial Arts) – Heavyweight Champion (Columbus, Ohio)
2005 – World P& F Games (Greco Roman) – 2nd place
2005 – World P& F Games (Freestyle) – 1st place
2004 – Abu Dhabi Combat Club/North American Qualifiers (B.J.J.) – 3rd place
2004 – World Gracie Jiu Jitsu Championships – 1st place
2004 – Copa Americana B.J.J. Championships (No GI) – 1st place
2004 – Copa Americana B.J.J. Championships (GI) – 1st place
2003 – Pan American Championships B.J.J. (No GI) – 1st place
2002 – Grapplers Quest/North American Championships (B.J.J.) – 1st place
2003 – Canadian National Jiu Jitsu Championships – 2nd
Canadian National Championships (Espoir) – silver medalist (Freestyle & Greco Roman)
Canadian National Championships (Espoir) – Bronze medalist (Freestyle)
Member of Fresno City College Varsity Wrestling Team (Fresno, CA)
Member of Eastern Michigan University Varsity Wrestling Team (Ypsilanti, MI)
Member of the 1994 Mid Atlantic Conference Championship team with Eastern Michigan University


B.A. McMaster University
NCCP Level 4 coach (National Coaching Certificate)

Highlights of Qualifications:
3 X National Champion
1996 and 2008 Olympic Coach
Coached at 22 World Championships
Coached over 100 National Champions
Guelph Wrestling Club Coach 1999-2010 – 2001 and 2006 National Champions
Canada Wrestling Coaches Rep -2004-2008
High Performance Director 2009-2010
President Canadian Grappling and Striking Sports Council 2009– present
Consulted with the provincial government at the Minister level with regards to health, safety and education required for the legalization of Mixed Martial Arts. www.cgssc.com

Technical Advisor for the following MMA organizations:
MMA Live 1 – John Labbatt Centre 2011
Knockout Entertainment – Casino Rama (First ever MMA event in Ontario) 2011
Discipline MMA – Belleville, April 2012

Wrestling Specialist for MMA:
Has worked with most of the Top MMA athletes from Ontario and Canada including Jeff Joslin, Claude Patrick, Mark Homminick, George St. Pierre, Mark Bocek, Wagney Fabiano, Carlos Newton, Powell Twins

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