Welcome to the official American Sambo Association Archive Page (2003 -
EXECUTIVE BOARD (2003 -
Alexander Barakov. Honorary President & Co-
Born in 1939, Alexander Barakov is a former Soviet Naval Officer and lifelong martial
artist. In addition to his Master of Sport in Sambo, Alexander is a Master in Olympic
Weightlifting with ten years experience and holds a black belt in Goju-
Stephen Koepfer. President & Co-
Stephen's first introduction to martial arts was Shotokan at the age of eight (1976).
Since that time, Stephen has also been awarded a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (1993)
and spent five years training and competing in San Shou (1994 -
Stephen is also a Level 1 USA Boxing Certified Coach, an ABC approved MMA judge & referee and attended the 1st Annual Combat Sports Medicine Symposium hosted by the NJ State Athletic Control Board. He has had the pleasure of training under Igor Kurinnoy at Spartak (Ukranian Olympic Training Center), Borec and Sambo 70 (Russia). Additionally, Stephen has taught at the FKE training facility and Suvorov Military Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Stephen regularly offers national and international seminars; has coached his team to wins in Sambo; Submission Grappling; San Shou; and Mixed Martial Arts. In 2008, Stephen was on the US Coaching Team for the FIAS World Sambo Championships and was awarded his Master of Sport of Russia (Combat Sambo) in February, 2009. Stephen has written for Bodyguard Magazine, Ultimate Grappling Magazine and the Journal of Asian Martial Arts. He has served as a technical advisor for the "Human Weapon" (History Channel), "Dhani Tackles the Globe" (Travel Channel) and is producer of the documentary "New York Mixed Martial Arts". Aside from his martial arts background, Stephen is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts and a Master's Degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University.
Aaron Fields. Vice President . Seattle, Washington, USA.
Aaron Fields makes his living as a firefighter. He is an independent scholar specializing
in Mongolian history and has made several visits to live and train in Mongolia. Aaron
holds a teachers grade in Ju-
Serge Gerlach. Vice President. San Francisco, California, USA.
Serge Gerlach has a long history in martial arts with training in san shou, submission wrestling, BJJ, and Combat Sambo under Alexander Barakov. Most recently Serge has trained in Moscow (at Borec and Sambo 70) and Ukraine (at Spartak) with Igor Kurinnoy. He won the heavyweight bronze medal at the 1997 Gene LeBell World Grappler's Challenge in Toronto, Canada; a gold medal (2004) and silver medal (2006) at the United Gracie Tournament in San Francisco; a bronze medal at the 2005 Unity Classic Sambo Tournament; and a silver medal at the 2005 and 2007 North American Freestyle Sambo Championships. Serge holds an instructor rank from New York Combat Sambo, a purple belt in BJJ, and teaches Combat Sambo classes throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
Gregg Humphreys. Secretary General. Bettendorf, Iowa, USA.
Gregg Humphreys is a long time Judoka and Sambist. He has traveled to Russia for
Sambo training bi-
Reilly Bodycomb. Vice President . New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Reilly Bodycomb is a renowned sambo coach and international level competitor who has had great success in Sambo and well as submission grappling. He began his sambo training at New York Combat Sambo and later moved to Texas where he coached grappling and Sambo at Guy Mezger's Combat Club. He now resides in Louisiana and coaches at NOLA BJJ Academy. Reilly was on the 2008 US World Team for the 70th anniversary world sambo championships, was a 2010 Bronze medalist at the USA Sambo Open, and in 2011 brought home a gold medal from the Dutch Open Sambo Championships. He has a series of best selling instructional DVDs, a best selling book, and has been an integral part of the American Sambo Association.
Masashi Yoshizawa. Member. Tokyo, Japan
Masashi is the Co-
Vladislav Koulikov. Vice President. Florida, New York, USA.
Vladislav Koulikov, has been training in sambo since 1984, having received his training at Sambo 70 under the instruction of S.V. Vorotyagin, USSR & World Champion. Instructor Koulikov, was the 1989 Moscow Regional Sambo Champion and both a Gold and Silver Medallist in USSR National Sambo Championships. He holds a Black Belt in Judo & Ni Hon Kenpo Karate. Vlad was a member of the 2008 US World Team and has an extensive list of victories on the grappling scene; including the most technical athlete award at the very first Grappler’s Quest in 1999. Vlad currently coaches at Asylum Fight Team/Advanced Fighting Systems in Ramsey, New Jersey.
Kris Iatskevich. Member. Montreal, Canada
Kris Iatskevich is a martial artist with over 30 years experience. He is the president
of Catch Wrestling Canada and co-
Dayn DeRose. Vice President. Madison, New Jersey, USA.
Dayn DeRose, was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1955. He began martial arts training
in Judo, at the age of 10, under Sensei Mamoru Shimamoto. He began Karate training
in 1973 under Teruhiku Uto, and Jujitsu under Alexander Vongries, in 1978. In 1984,
he began to compete in Russian Sambo tournaments, at the national and Pan -
Darrin Richardson. Member. Gosport, England
Darrin Richardson is currently the President of Russian All-
Vadim Kolganov. Member. Scotland
Vadim studied in Moscow State University of Physical Culture and Sport, is a 6 time
Central Dynamo club champion of Sambo, 1985 Moscow Champion (Judo), 2005 World masters
Championship, and 2006 British Sambo Open Championship Bronze Medalist. Vadim’s credentials
include over 20 years of Sambo instruction, Black Belt and Master of Sport (Judo),
Carlos Cummings. Member. Panama City, Florida, USA.
Carlos's martial arts journey started in 1992 at the age of sixteen in Judo. He trained
and competed in Juod, receiving his black belt 1996 under Coach Mani Javaheri when
he was 20 years old. For the next 5 years Coach Mani taught Carlos also taught Carlos
JuJitsu and Submission Wrestling. In 2001 Carlos and his wife began traveling for
work. The first place his travels took him was to Ocala, Florida, where he trained
with Master Marc Sanchez in Judo and in Brazilian Jiu-
Ulf Elm. Member. Växjö, Sweden
Ulf started out in traditional martial arts in 1991 but was first introduced to the
world of sport grappling and MMA in 1997 when attending an “anti-