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JIM MCCANN

Jim has been training in the martial arts for over 40 years and has been called one of the most knowledgeable, pragmatic, innovative and user-friendly experts in the business.

 
Jim has been a H2H Combatives Instructor for the United States Department of Defense training the US Marines, US Navy, US Army, US Air Force, US Special Forces & Allied Armed Forces in undisclosed military bases in Southwest Asia. Jim has taught members of several federal agencies including the FBI, CIA, and DEA as well as several state and local police agencies including both the NJ & PA State Police.
 

He is the holder of multiple black belts & certifications, a former martial arts champion fighting competitively in a variety of competitions and venues for more than a decade in both sanctioned and unsanctioned fights (underground fights). Jim has worked as a bodyguard and was a bouncer at one of New Jersey’s most infamous clubs, City Gardens which was the premiere venue for underground music throughout the 1980s and well into the ’90s. A squat, warehouse covered in layers of mangled graffiti; City Gardens was larger than a club (it held almost 1,100 people) and in one of the worst neighborhoods in Trenton NJ.

During its time, City Gardens hosted a multitude of live events that traversed the entertainment spectrum; everything from the comedy of Henny Youngman and Sam Kinison to the raging chaos of bands like The Butthole Surfers and The Exploited. Punk, Hardcore, New Wave, Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop, Ska, Reggae, Oi!, Industrial, Alternative, Funk, Goth… Bands like Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, Sinead O’Connor, Green Day, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, The Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Joan Jett and dozens of others who went on to international success. Also legends like The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Agnostic Front, The Circle Jerks, Cro-Mags, UK Subs, The Pogues, The Mentors, Joe Strummer, Fugazi, The Toasters, Dead Kennedys, Sham 69, Peter Murphy, Soundgarden, Slayer, Black Flag, The Bad Brains and literally hundreds more… As a result of working such a club he was forced to use his martial arts on a daily basis being involved in hundreds of altercations through the years involving everything from weapons to multiple opponents giving him a real world perspective on what works. He has starred in 20 bestselling martial arts DVD’s is the trainer of many boxing, MMA & submission champions & competitors as well as an MMA, boxing and seminar promoter. Jim is the host of Primal Radio which airs internationally weekly with listeners in 171 different countries.

Jim has taught over 300 seminars over the past 10 years and continues to teach in dozens of cities throughout the world ever year.

Email: Jim@PrimalGymNJ.co

  • H2H Combatives Instructor for the United States Department of Defense – Teaching the US Marines, US Army, US Navy, US Air Force & Allied Armed Forces. – Middle East / South West Asia / Undisclosed Military Bases
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor Mercer County Police Academy
  • Owner of Primal Gym
  • Owner of Primal Promotions
  • Board of Directors – Wednesday Night Group Jeet Kune Do
  • Board of Directors – Goldade Kajukenbo International
  • Formerly #1 Ranked Kickboxer
  • Formerly #1 Ranked Executive Submission Fighter U.S.A. (W.G.R)
  • 2004 Grapplers Quest Gold Medalist
  • 2003 Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2002 U.S. Grappling Championships Gold Medalist
  • 7th Degree Black Belt American Bujutsu Kempo (A.B.K.I) (U.S.M.A)
  • 5th Degree Black Belt Hawaiian Kenpo (Dean Goldade)
  • 5th Degree Black Belt Kajukenbo (Dean Goldade) – George Seronio/Charles Gaylord Family Tree as Descended from the Kajukenbo Line of Adriano D Emperado
  • 5th Degree Black Belt American Freestyle Martial Arts (Juan De’Castillo)
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt Jujitsu (U.S.M.A)
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Close Quarter Combatives (S.F.C.I)
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Knife / Counter Knife Combatives (S.F.C.I)
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Freelancer Filipino Combatives (S.F.C.I)
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Pacific Archipelago Combatives (S.F.C.I)
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Kempo-Karate-Jujitsu (The Hochheim System)
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Unarmed Combatives Management Systems
  • Full Instructor Jeet Kune Do (Tim Tackett, Bob Bremer, Jim Sewell)
  • Full Instructor – Chinatown JKD Association
  • Full Instructor Gun/Counter Gun Combatives (S.F.C.I)
  • Full Instructor Tactical Weapons (A.B.K.I)
  • Full Instructor Submission Fighting (W.S.F.C)
  • Coach – Catch-As-Catch-Can – (Snake Pit USA)
  • Certified Boxing Coach – USA Boxing
  • Head Coach Extreme Boxing, (E.S.P) Mark Hatmaker
  • Head Coach Submission Wrestling (E.S.P) Mark Hatmaker
  • Trainer of many Boxing, Kickboxing, Submission & NHB Fighters & Champions.
  • Star of 20 Martial Arts Instructional DVD’s
  • Starred in The movie Cold Dark & Yesterday as “Outrage”
  • Host of Primal Radio which airs internationally weekly with listeners in 171 different countries
  • Teaches martial arts throughout the world in dozens of cities to hundreds of military, police and citizens every year

 

DAVE ELIAS

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  • 1st Degree Black Belt Brazilian JujItsu (Pat Stano} (Sergio Penna)
  • NIDAN (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Shin Gi Tai Jujitsu: Under Coach John Saylor, former U.S. Olympic Judo Head Coach and 3 time National Heavyweight Judo Champion
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo: Under Coach John Saylor and Steve Scott
  • SEVEN years Catch as Catch Can Wrestling: Under Coach Sean Daugherty, an original member of Ken Shamrocks famous Lion’s Den and UFC & PANCRASE veteran. Coach Elias is also a current member of “Team Snake Pit U.S.A.” with the Snake Pit U.S.A. Catch Wrestling Association
  • USA Wrestling
  • Certified Wrestling Coach: With over 20+ years Amateur Collegiate/Folkstyle Wrestling experience Certified U.S. Army, Modern Army Combative Program (MACP) Instructor: Levels I and II
  • Member of USA Wrestling, “New Jersey State Wrestling Association”
  • Owner and Head Coach: Shingitai New Jersey, Stratford, NJ.
  • Jujitsu Instructor: All Star Kids Karate Academy, Stratford, NJ
  • 2014 Became NJ State Representative for USA Sport Jujitsu Alliance (WCJJO)
  • 2013 WCJJO Grappling World Title at 79kg weight class
  • 2013 WCJJO Sport Jujitsu third in World Championship at 82kg
  • Veteran Mixed Martial Artist and MMA Coach
  • Current competitor and grappling veteran of the Professional Grappling League (PGL)
  • Founder and Head Coach, Outsiders Wrestling Club: Home to numerous elite wrestlers & grapplers
  • Won or placed in North American Grappling Association, Grapplers Quest, U.S. Grappling, Good-fight and several other organizations, in expert/advanced No-Gi and Gi divisions
  • 2008 Ranked top 20 in country in Submission Grappling “Absolute” divisions
  • 2008 Ranked top 20 in country in Submission Grappling in 169.9Lb weight class
  • 2008 Delaware State Submission Grappling Champion 169.9Lb Weight class

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Ron Harris

  • Trainer of Golden Glove Champions and Competitors
  • Silver Glove Champions and Competitors
  • Diamond Gloves Champions & Competitors
  • Trainer of Olympic Medalist & USBA & NABF Champion Terrance Cauthen

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Terrance Miller

  • Former Amateur & Professional Boxer
  • Exercise Science Specialist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Director Youth Fitness & Boxing Program
  • Trainer of Golden Glove Champions and Competitors
  • Silver Glove Champions and Competitors
  • Diamond Gloves Champions & Competitors

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In Loving Memory of June Bug Livingston

 

Junebug Livingston

  • 3x Golden Gloves Champion
  • 3x AAU Champion
  • National Golden Gloves and AAU runner up
  • Original Champion World Games
  • #1 Ranked Flyweight
  • USA Boxing Team 1973
  • Bronze Medalist 1973 Pan Am Games
  • 209 Fights with an impressive record of – W196 – L13