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Mugen Lineage

Coach Porter had the first MMA school in NYS when he opened in 1998.  Very few people were aware of MMA and those that were familiar with MMA visualized the early days of the UFC as being the only aspect of MMA training.  Coach's goal was to educate the public on the tremendous benefits of training in MMA.  


He wanted people to see that there was a lot more to the sport than what people were seeing in the UFC.  Coach Porter's earliest influence was his martial arts and life mentor, Sensei Steve Wren.  Sensei was an early advocate of cross-training in other systems, today it is known as mixed martial arts.  Access to Sensei Wren's approach to martial arts and his urge to seek out and understand other martial arts systems was the basis for Coach Porter's training and development of his own systems of martial arts.  MMA wasn't as readily available as it is today. 


Coach had to seek out and train with numerous martial arts instructors and systems over the years, taking what was best from each of them to create functional systems.  The concept brought forth by Bruce Lee, “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” (Mugen, meaning No Limits).  With Sensei Wren's direction, Coach Porter's eagerness to train and learn as much as he could about every system he trained in, his unwavering dedication to knowing the "why" of a technique, and his uncanny ability to look at each system and technique from a scientific, reverse engineering approach, is what has made his systems of martial arts so effective.  Along the way he has met a number of influential martial artist. 


Sensei Wren, Sensei Joe Wright, Sensei Jamie Lupole, Sensei Pete Petrosino, Coach Mike Darpino and Coach Robert James have been the most impactful in his own martial arts growth.  Over 25 years of Coaching has led to numerous changes to each system.  The goal is for these systems to never stop evolving, to always be growing and becoming more effective.  This evolution is in no small part thanks to the 1000s of students Coach Porter has had over the years.  A small number of these students have gone on to achieve a Black Belt in one of his systems.  Their hard work and dedication to the growth of Mugen is invaluable and will be forever cherished.  


Comprised of Striking-Standing Grappling-Ground Grappling

Roughly a 70 - 15 - 15 Split

Mugen Kickboxing was designed to focus specifically on the striking aspect of martial arts.  The system focuses largely on the kicking and punching range with techniques from Muay Thai, Boxing, Savate (Boxe Francais), Oyama Karate, Kyokushin Karate, Kali and Wing Chun.  The Kickboxing system also spends time developing the standing grappling range.  Pulling from martial arts like Muay Thai, Greco Roman Wrestling, Folkstyle Wrestling, and Judo.  The Mugen system of Kickboxing also understands the importance of a student being able to get off the ground or control their opponent on the ground.  Pulling from Folkstyle Wrestling and Submission Grappling.



Comprised of Striking-Submission Grappling

Standing Grappling-Split Ranges

Roughly a 30 - 30 - 20 - 20 Split

Mugen MMA was designed to focus on all ranges of the martial arts.  Focusing on kicking and punching range with techniques from Muay Thai, Boxing, Savate, Oyama Karate, and Kyokushin Karate; Submission Grappling with techniques from Folkstyle Wrestling, Greco Roman Wrestling, Judo, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Standing Grappling drawing from Folkstyle Wrestling, Greco Roman Wrestling, and Judo; Split Ranges drawing from the above systems as well as Kali, Wing Chun, and Silat. 


Michelle Roody 2007, Nick Pratko 2012,

Gavin Rebello 2014, Matt Almy 2017, Alex Sinprasith 2017

Colyn Madison 2022, Greg Troupe 2023 (Honorary)


Comprised of Striking - Standing Grappling

Roughly a 70 - 30 Split

Mugen Karate was designed to focus specifically on the traditional aspect of martial arts.  The system focuses largely on the kicking and punching range with techniques from Shotokan Karate, Oyama Karate, Kyokushin Karate, Isshin Ryu Karate, Kali, and Wing Chun.  This system uses functional Kata to help students develop physical and mental strength.  Learning to interpret these kata to focus on their practical self-defense techniques is important to the system and to the development of the student.  Practical, functional, self-defense is the end result of Mugen Karate. 


Tom Campbell 2005, Holly Standard 2005, Jarrett Holly 2008,

Eli Foote 2009, Tyler Maguire 2009

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