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Neil “The Ground Marshal” Melanson is one of the most sought after ground fighting coaches in the world, due to his intense and relentless grappling style and paramount fighting techniques. As a Hayastan Grappler, Neil trained under “Judo” Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and received his Blackbelt from Karo “The Heat” Parisyan.

It was at Hayastan, where Neil learned this hybrid art of grappling that focuses on the use of Neck and Leg Locks. Neil is well known as a Master of the Guard and has developed many different Guard Systems such as K-Control, Shoulder Pin Series, Irish Collar, and others. Not only do Guard Players seek Neil out to learn and Master the Guard, but Top Game Players do as well. Neil has made a name for himself as the man to see to learn how to BEAT the Guard. He teaches an MMA style of grappling that focuses on protecting the head from strikes along with the practical application of the Turtle in MMA.

Neil has trained champion fighters such as, Randy Couture, Gray Maynard, Frank Trigg, Vitor Belfort, Michael Chandler, Chael Sonnen and others, to become legends in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.

Much of Neil’s time is spent at Xtreme Couture MMA in Las Vegas, Nevada, but he also travels throughout the country to teach Seminars and Instruct students who desire the training he has to offer. Please use the contact page for more information and to inquire aboutbooking Neil for seminars and appearances.

Neil’s book “Mastering the Triangle,” by Victory Belt Publishing, gives an in depth look at the Triangle Choke from the Guard. The book also introduces you to Neil’s Advance Guard Systems and the application of these systems for Triangles, based on the body position of your opponent.

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