Professor Paul Abel
As a teenager, Professor Paul Abel began boxing, kindling a lifelong passion for martial arts. In 1993, he started training Muay Thai and fought in both amateur and professional rings. The course of Paul’s life was forever altered when, in 1994, he joined the legendary Grappling Arts Academy. Under the tutelage of Sylvain Mulroney, Paul competed extensively, winning challenge matches, club, regional and later international titles. By 1996, Paul and Sylvain were organizing and promoting grappling seminars, with the intent of providing high calibre instruction to as wide an audience as possible. Paul’s work as a seminar promoter granted him the unique opportunity to train privately with legends such as the Royce Gracie, the Machado brothers, Ken Shamrock and Gokor Chivichyan among others.
Continually searching to train and learn from the best, Paul eventually met David Adiv and Royler Gracie. He developed a personal and student relationship with these legends. Paul spent months each year travelling to train and learn from both men. Whether it was to Brazil, New Jersey, California, across Canada or the United States the goal was always to learn from the source. In 2007, Professor Abel became the first Canadian ever to be promoted to black belt by either Royler . He is currently ranked as a Second Degree Black Belt Professor. He still travels several times per year to increase his knowledge and brings both Royler and David to his academy each year so that his students can experience the highest level of technique in the world.
Professor Abel is that rare combination of fierce competitor and gifted teacher. Through his deep understanding of body mechanics and foundational techniques, Paul allows each student to develop at his or her own pace, providing correct and systematic instruction in a supportive environment. Embracing both the universality and the individuality of the art, Paul firmly believes that jiu-jitsu is for everyone, and ensures that every class contributes to each student’s progress. Well known for his ability to prepare fighters for competition, he has been credited with developing several professional MMA fighters and high level jiu jitsu competitors. However, he also devotes a great deal of energy to sharing his passion for the martial arts with beginning and casual students.
In addition to his grappling expertise, Paul has an extensive background in Muay Thai and striking in general. He started Western Boxing in 1983 as a teenager, and was introduced to Muay Thai in 1993. He has fought Muay Thai both as an amateur and as a professional. He is known for his powerful strikes combined with excellent footwork, and solid defence. His understanding of fight strategy is second to none.
Paul has been involved with Canadian MMA since its infancy, having participated in Vale Tudo style, bare- knuckle “no holds barred” tournaments in the 1990s. He then started coaching and cornering MMA fighters for fights. Upon his move to Prince Edward Island in 2011, he established the Wulfrun MMA team, and has coached many fighters from amateur to the major promotions, including Jason Saggo and Matt MacGrath. Paul is well known for his technical expertise, and his ability to integrate the different arts into effective game plans uniquely suited to each fighter. He has a particular gift for breaking down and teaching fighting fundamentals.
A veteran MMA fighter, Matt MacGrath has fought professionally since 2006, having competed in major promotions such as Bellator Fighting Championships. He currently holds three welterweight titles for three major Canadian promotions and is known for his strength, technical knowledge and endless endurance. Matt was awarded the rank of black belt in Judo in 2000, and has extensive tournament experience, having competed on both national and international stages. Given his work ethic and extensive judo background, Matt was able to transition quickly to wrestling, winning national level matches in a matter of months. He has also coached the PEI Canada Games teams, and has been instrumental in developing many juniors into nationally ranked wrestlers and judoka. Matt received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Professor Paul Abel in 2014. Matt continues to grow and learn and is an integral part of the academy.
Although best known as a submission wizard, Jason Saggo is equally proficient at striking and wrestling. He lived in Thailand for approximately a year and a half, training at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket. Under the tutelage of such well known trainers as Yod Master (best known for his work with GSP), Jason fought professionally in Thailand, winning both fights by KO, and a Patong Stadium title. While in Canada, he trained Muay Thai with Kru Mel Bellissimo of LANNA, and boxed at the legendary Sully’s Boxing Gym and Athletic Club. He is a master technician, and is known for his speed and precision. He has trained extensively with National wresting champion, Chris Prickett and Wulfrun’s own Matt MacGrath.
Jason is currently contracted to fight in the UFC, and has a first round win by TKO over Josh Shockley. He is relentless in his quest to perfect his game, and is very keen to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with students. He is a generous teacher, and loves to motivate his students. Jason received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Professor Paul Abel in 2014.
Known for his smooth and technical Jiu-Jitsu, Lance is also a gifted instructor. His sense of timing is as apparent while he is training, as it is while he instructs. Lance received his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Paul, and with it the responsibility of teaching. He has risen to the challenge fantastically and teaches the Level 1 Jiu-Jitsu class on a Saturday.