Kru Paul Santiago


Kru Paul Santiago is Head Striking Coach and Co-owner of Combat Fitness Mixed Martial Arts in Winooski, Vermont. He has been training in various martial arts for over 25 years, teaching students and coaching fighters for over 7 years. He started his training in Saido Karate and Judo as well as many other styles until finding Jeet Kune Do. Through JKD he began training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has achieved the rank of Full Instructor in Paul Vunak’s Progressive Fighting Systems and Edged Weapons Systems. Paul holds a fourth-Degree purple belt ranking in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Roberto Maia of Boston BJJ and is ranked a Kru under Teeded Weeyarat of Koh Yao Muay Thai. Paul holds an impressive Pro/Am record of 7-2 in Muay Thai and MMA and has recently returned from living, Training and fighting in Thailand for over a year across the entire country. He competed for and coached fighters to victory at the world renowned Jitti gym Bangkok, As well as Suwit gym in Phuket and Team Quest Thailand in Chiang Mai, even competing in the annual Princess cup tournament.  He has coached fighters to victory both ameture and professionally in America and Thailand. Paul’s well rounded background enables him to relay the techniques and concepts that are most effective in an easy to absorb manner.