Sensei Phillip Palmejar
Real Combat Media Head MMA Editor
Phillip Palmejar began his martial arts journey prior to his teenage years after moving to Calaveras county from the California Bay Area. There he obtained the rank of 1st Dan in the art of Tae Kwon Do in an attempt to counter act what he saw as an apparent lack of size and strength and to gain confidence.
The next step in his martial arts career began in the dynamic art of Jeet Kune Do. Originally gravitating to the art through the influence of Bruce Lee and his philosophies, Phillip has continued to study and train in Jeet Kune Do for over 10 years eventually obtaining his instructor certification under the tutelage of Sifu Roy Harris. Recently, through his training in JKD, Sensei Palmejar was able to compete in and win the Filipino Stickfighting National Championships in the single stick, single strike division.
One day, while training in Jeet Kune Do, Phillip caught a glimpse of a nearby BJJ class during a rolling session. He was invited on to the mat that day and has continued his grappling career ever since. Phillip has excelled in his more than 10 years on the mat obtaining not only his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but also his level 1 and level 2 no-gi grappling instructor certification under Sifu Roy Harris.
Phillip is an ever evolving martial artist in both learning and instruction, most recently focusing on and obtaining his 2nd degree black belt in Greek Pankration Athlima under 8th Degree black belt Hanshi Roberto Serrano, Jr. Through Pankration, Phillip has been able to compete for the US National Team in 2007, 2010 and 2011 amassing a total of 6 World medals, he is the current 2012 California State Champion (145lbs) and National Champion (65KG) and was an official USA National Team Coach for the Palaismata and Polydama events in 2011 earning a second place overall ranking for Team USA. Phillip has also been named USA National Team Coach for Palaismata and Polydama for 2012 and will be competing this year in Russia and Greece. His Pankration Black Belt is recognized through WAMAI (World Amateur Martial Arts International), FILA (Federation Internationale des Luttes Associates, aka International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles), USFL (United States Fight League) and the USAFPA (United States of America, Federation of Pankration Athlima).
In his scholastic endeavors, Sensei Palmejar holds an Associates Degree from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Government from UCSD and is currently enrolled at the California Institute for Human Science in Encinitas in a Master’s program for Comparative Religion. He also volunteers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) Federal Prison in downtown, San Diego, teaching Buddhist studies every Monday afternoon. Sensei Palmejar is also the head MMA editor for Real Combat Media, an online news syndicate, for which he contributes articles and is the over all head of the MMA department. Please visit the site here and you can review Sensei’s articles here.
Lineage in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Carlos Gracie Sr.
- Francisco Mansur
- Joe Moreira
- Roy Harris
- Phillip Palmejar
Lineage in Jeet Kune Do
- Bruce Lee
- Dan Inosanto
- Roy Harris
- Phillip Palmejar