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Travel Channel’s “Dhani Tackles the Globe: Russian Sambo”: May 18!

Posted by invizweb on May 10, 2009

Alan:  From my friends at the American Sambo Association (ASA).

The ASA and our partner group in Russia, the FKE, have joined forces to assist the Travel Channel with filming on location in St. Petersburg, Russia!

The Travel Channel crew and host Dhani Jones (described below) spent 10 days filming Combat Sambo training at the FKE training center as well as the Suvorov Military Academy. We don’t want to give away the scoop on the show, but rest assured this will be one of the best displays of Combat Sambo to come to American television. Featured in the episode (which is scheduled to air in either the last week of May or first week of June) is NFL linebacker Dhani Jones, FKE Head Coach Alexander Barakov, NYCS Head Coach Stephen Koepfer and many others.
There are plenty of surprises to come as Dhani travels throughout St. Petersburg and trains Combat Sambo! How does Dhani do? Is he able to hang with the big boys in Russia? Tune in to the Travel Channel to find out! Learn more about the show at

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Sambo Summit Training Camp in Lincoln City, Oregon

Posted by invizweb on September 10, 2008

My coach, President of the American Sambo Association (ASA) and regular Grappling magazine contributor Stephen Koepfer, along with ASA West Coast President Aaron Fields, South Mountain Martial Arts’ Dayn DeRose, and Mietich Fighting Systems Judo/Sambo coach Gregg Humphreys will all host the 2008 Sambo Summit Training Camp in Linciln City, Oregon. As follows:

This year we have a stacked coaching staff as we bring sambo into the mainstream on the West Coast!
This not to be missed three day live in training camp, will be held from September 12 – 14, 2008.
Register NOW while we still have spots available. Whether you are a sambo, judo, jujitsu, wrestling, or MMA enthusiast, this camp will assist you with you standing and ground games, striking to takedown strategies, and more! Athletes of all levels of experience are welcome to attend!

We all hope to see you in Oregon in September.
For further question, please feel free to call the number below.
Yours in sambo,
Stephen Koepfer

President, American Sambo Association

Head Coach, New York Combat Sambo

Head Coach, Team American Sambo

PO Box 5773

Long Island City, NY 11105


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NY Combat Sambo profiled in New York Times

Posted by invizweb on July 24, 2008

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My coach in the background. (C) Bess Greenberg/The New York Times

By R.M. SCHNEIDERMAN for the New York Times, Published: July 19, 2008

It was born in the aftermath of the Bolshevik revolution and remained largely a state secret until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

It is called sambo, a Russian acronym that stands for self-defense without weapons, and it is a martial art that combines striking, submissions, throws and weapons disarmament.

Popular in Russia and the former Soviet republics, sambo was relatively unknown in the rest of the world. But over the last five years that has slowly changed in the United States with the increased popularity of mixed martial arts, a sport that counts a number of sambo experts among its elite fighters.

Two such fighters, Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski, will participate in a mixed martial arts event Saturday in Anaheim, Calif. Emelianenko, considered by some to be the best fighter in the world, will take on Tim Sylvia, the former heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Arlovski, also a former U.F.C. champ, will square off against Ben Rothwell, an American who has dabbled in sambo.

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The Invisible Web Series Two Episode Four (13): This is SAMBO

Posted by invizweb on April 9, 2008

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(C) American Sambo Association

Long-time friend, Coach Stephen Koepfer of the American Sambo Association, discusses the sweet Soviet science of SAMBO. Who is the Coach, and his American Sambo Association, you may ask? What is SAMBO, and when did it develop and arrive in the US? Where is SAMBO and the Tri-State MMA scene (of NY, NJ, and CT) heading? How was he involved with Human Weapon?  Find out on this episode.

The American Sambo AssociationTM


the ending theme artist: Reine Atallah. This episodes closing was “Fly me to the Moon.”

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