Who do world class coaches consult and endorse? Ask American Sambo Academy Director Dr Brett Jacques, USA Judo Team Coach Neil Ohlenkamp, SFC Matt Larsen NCOIC at the US ARMY Combatives School, USA Karate Coach Tokey Hill, Canadian Sambo Team Coach Igor Yakimov, World Brazilian Jiujitsu Champion Steve Maxwell, UFC Winners Andrei Arlovski and Elvis Sinosic, strength guru Pavel Tsatsouline, National Law Enforcement Program Director Mike Gillette, Wake Forest University Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Ethan Reeve. Professionals from all fields endorse and consult with Coach Sonnon.
Coach Sonnon is one of the most trusted resources on physical culture and martial art, as an international champion, USA National Coach, National Physical Conditioning Advisor and a multiple time Hall of Fame inductee. He is a leading national seminar speaker and coach in the martial arts, physical fitness and strength conditioning, having taught and consulted with Olympic athletes, medical professionals, publicly traded corporations, and actors.
Coach Sonnon has lectured at Universities, been featured on radio and television shows, and conducts seminars all over the world (pictured right conducting a seminar for Sweden's largest kickboxing academy - Ironman.) He has been featured in over 20 publications including Black Belt Magazine in which he was the first celebrity to appear three times in nine months. Coach Sonnon's clients have won Ultimate Fighting Championship competitions, run Fortune 500 companies, and train professional sports, law enforcement and military teams.
Coach Sonnon created a new field combining the Tactical, Combatives, Martial Arts and Fitness communities: called Circular Strength Training™ to reflect the holistic and three dimensional nature of his Performance Enhancement system. His patented Combat Specific Strength Training Tool, the Clubbell®, is used by athletes amateur to professional: such as Andrei Arlovski, UFC47 Winner and 2X World Sambo Champion; Egan Inoue, 2X World BJJ Champion and Superbrawl Champion; and Steve Maxwell, World Masters BJJ Champion and World SOMBO Champion. Coach Sonnon’s CST System now has certified instructors worldwide, and is the most effective strength training system specifically created for combative physical preparedness.
With a vision to affect positive evolution on the landscape of physical culture, Coach Sonnon pioneered a path of bridges leading to personal empowerment and he published Circular Strength Training Magazine, the largest online martial art fitness magazine with a readership of 200,000 access per hour! His innovations touch every corner of the planet. He travels worldwide conducting motivational and educational seminars for champions and professionals from every field and discipline, such as the NHL's NJ Devils (pictured below with Coach Sonnon during his workshop).
World University Games Sambo Silver Medalist USSA/FIAS (United States SOMBO Association) - 1993
Pan-American Games Sambo Gold Medalist USSA/AAU - 1994, 1995
Capital Games Sambo Gold Medalist USSA/AAU - 1994, 1995
AAU National Wrestling Champion - Middle Atlantic Association Awards Banquet 1994
USA Grand National Sambo Gold Medalist USSA/AAU - 1994
USA National SOMBO Coach, 1993 - 1995
USA National Sambo Silver Medalist AASF/FIAS - 1998
Chairman of Combat Sambo for the American Sambo
Federation (National Governing Body for Sambo) - 1999
Former Vice-president of the American Amateur Sambo Federation (AASF) - 2000-2001
Chairman of the International Combat Sambo Commission for FIAS (International Amateur Sambo
Federation - world governing body for Sambo) 1999-2000
Developer of Zdorovye - The Slavic Natural Health System - 1998
USA Police Sambo Coach AASF/FIAS World Police Olympic Games in Kaunas, Lithuania - 1999
International Category Sambo Referee for FIAS - 1999 (the highest category referee earned - rarely awarded, especially to a non-Russian)
First American to be selected to train in the former Soviet Union in Russian Native Martial Art (ROSS) - 1996
Sanctioned to establish the American Annex to the International Federation of Russian Martial Art in 1996, North American governing body for Russian Martial Art
Launched American Academy for Russian Martial Art and
Combat Skill, Inc. in 1996, the first RMA training center in
USA and the official headquarters for ROSS in N. America
First foreign licensed coach sanctioned by agency of National Olympic
Committee of Russia - 1999 (Alexander Retuinskih, Coach Scott
Sonnon and Boris Golitsin from right to left, 2nd photo from top.)
Physical Education (Self-defense) adjunct professor – Penn
State University – 1999 - 2000
Earned the Distinguished Master of Sport in Sambo degree from FIAS - 1999 (very rare award to earn if non-Russian, awarded to international champions who make significant world contributions to the sport) by Dr. Leonid Polyakov
Inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame Leadership Award for introducing RMA to the West – 2001 (pictured right with UFC Veteran Ron Van Clief)
Creator of over 50 Award-winning Performance Enhancements Videos and Books.
Designed the revolutionary training technology - UGS: Ultimate Grappling Shoes™.
Appointed Physical Conditioning Coach for the National Law Enforcement and Security Institute - 2001 (currently held)
Featured in Black Belt Magazine (the largest and oldest self-defense publication in the world), World of Martial Arts Magazine (cover story), Blitz Magazine (Australia's premier martial art publication), New Zealand Martial Art Magazine, Australian Martial Art Magazine, Australian Groundfighter Magazine, Podismo Magazine (Italy), FIGHTER Magazine (Sweden), Washington Post, Paintball 2Xtreme Magazine, Tactical Knives Magazine, Ultimate Athlete Magazine
and Fight Sport Magazine.
Presented demonstrations for high ranking military and political officials in Russia and Lithuania, including the Russian Minister of Sport, and aids to the former Russian Prime Minister and current Russian President, Mr. V. Putin.
Presented demonstration the Bol'shoy Concert Hall "Oktiabrskiy" in St. Petersburg, Russia for the 10th Anniv. of the Russian Martial Art Federation
Founded Force-Responsive Subject-Control™ Systems, Incorporated (www.SubjectControl.com
) to meet the unique needs of American law enforcement personnel in hostile subject control.
In July 2002, Coach Sonnon's famous defense doctrine Unconditional Survival™ featured in BLACK BELT Magazine (pictured right, last photo).
In 2002, Coach Sonnon was nominated for Distinguished Master of Sport in ROSS
In 2002, created Flow-Fighting a revolutionary system of Toughness Training for Martial Arts and Combat Sports to accompany Flow-State Performance Spiral, Peak Performance training for martial artists and combat sportsmen.
In Summer of 2002, released the break-through in combat specific strength training equipment that rapidly became the most successful tool for tactical preparedness - Clubbell Training For Circular Strength.
In October 2002, Coach Sonnon was appointed as an advisor to the International Catch Wrestling Association - the international governing body for Catch-as-Catch Can Wrestling
In January of 2003, Coach Sonnon presented Circular Strength Training as the Guest Speaker for the 2003 NCSCA North Carolina Strength Coaches Annual Clinic hosted at Wake Forest University.
In February of 2003, Coach Sonnon released Maximology - The Pursuit of Human Excellence: his personal coaching pedagogy.
In March of 2003, Coach Sonnon was featured in Testosterone Magazine who wrote, "Coach Sonnon's clients include Ultimate Fighting champions, professional and Olympic athletes, actors, and law enforcement officers. Basically, he's trained and consulted with everyone from tennis players to counter-terrorism units. Whether your battlefield is the playing court, the mean streets, or the soil of enemy countries, Scott Sonnon has something to teach you."
In April of 2003, Coach Sonnon released his Best-Selling second book, the "Rosetta Stone of all Physical Culture" entitled, Body-Flow: Freedom From Fear-Reactivity
In 2004, Coach Sonnon received his official patent for his strength and conditioning invention, the Clubbell®
In February of 2003, Coach Sonnon published Circular Strength Training Magazine on the Circular Strength Training System.
In October of 2003, Coach Sonnon created Olympic Clubbell® Sport - a revitalization of the former sport existing from 1904-1932 as part of the Olympic Games.
In December 2003 issue of Black Belt Magazine, Coach Sonnon was featured under the article name - "Panic Control."
In January of 2004, Coach Sonnon released his innovative approach called "Poise Assessment" in the a new video course: Freedom by Degree.
In March of 2004, Coach Sonnon presented his legendary Clubbell training center stage to thousands of onlookers at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Fitness Expo, entertaining strength gurus, such as Phil Pfister - America's Strongest Man and one of the World's Top 5 Strongest Men.
In June of 2004, Coach Sonnon published his physical culture philosophy called Three Dimensional Physical Preparedness.
In August of 2004, Coach Sonnon released the news of his internal system of martial art called Softwork.