Welcome to the official American Sambo Association Archive Page (2003 -
The American Sambo Association is a division of American Sambo, LLC
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October 20, 2014 Report on the 2014 ASA Sambo Summit Training Camp at Team Quest
September 30, 2014 ASA President Stephen Koepfer interviewed (in Russian) by tribuna.sports.ru
May 24, 2014 Legacy Fighting Championships interviews ASA Secretary General Gregg Humphreys. Read the interview here
May 22, 2014 UFC’s Ali Bagautinov banned from FIAS for 2 years after failed drug test. Read the Bloody Elbow story here
March, 2014 Veteran TAS member Doug Fournet (UFC Gym, Baton Rouge, LA) joined debut
TAS member Wade Allison (Monolith Grappling Club, Texas) at the 2014 Belgium Open
(FIAS) and brought home two Golds and a Bronze Medal. Doug took home the Gold in
90kg Masters Division and Bronze in the 90kg Senior Men Division. In his first international
Sambo event, Wade went 4-
Doug and Wade met up with TAS member Richard Crenwelge (Monolith Grappling Club, Texas) and USA Sambo, Inc’s Nina Cutro-
March 10, 2014 ASA Vice President Vladislav Koulikov interviewed by BJJ Eastern Europe
March 8, 2014 FIAS portrait of US Samboist Nina Cutro-
November 3, 2013 US Sambo veteran Joe Neely interviewed by Student of the Game
October 30, 2014 ASA President interviewed by Student of the Game
October 29, 2013 ASA Secretary General interviewed by Student of the Game
September 15, 2013 A great short film about Khabib Nuragomedov. UFC Fighter and Combat Sambo champion.
September 14, 2013 After a long medical recovery and lay off from MMA, World Combat Sambo Champion Blagoi Ivanov makes a victorious return to Bellator Fighting Championships 99.
September 2, 2013 UG Blogger DeLeon DeMicoli publishes another in his “This Fighting Life” series. This installment is about American Sambo and MMA pioneer Val Ignatov.
September 5, 2013 UFC Fighter and Combat Sambo champion Ali Bagautinov wins UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 26. Here is the story from MMA Junkie.
August 26, 2013 Report on FIAS’ victory in international court against a faction of discredited members who attempted a hostile takeover of the organization. Read the story here
August 19, 2013 Drew Jennings of Fightland explore the world of corruption, organized crime in international Sambo, and its effect on the struggling American Sambo Community in “Russian Gangsters and Russian Wrestlers”
August 8, 2013 MMA Fan’s Guide to Grappling: Sambo. By T.P. Grant for Bloody Elbow. Read it here
August 2, 2013 “The Beaten Path: Bellator's Vitaly Minakov Is Russia's Newest Super Prospect” by Scott Harris of Bleacher Report
July 8, 2013 FIAS report of the 2013 British Sambo Championships. Growing authority of the ASA noted in the report. Read it here
June 1, 2013 ASA Board member and international Sambo medalist Reilly Bodycomb wins his pro MMA debut. Check the video here
May 27, 2013 Bloody Elbow profiles Igor Kurinnoy. “Gods of War: Igor Kurinnoy” by T.P. Grant
May 25, 2013 MMA fighter and Combat sambo Champion Khabib Nuragomedov Wins Again at UFC 160! Here’s the story from Bleacher Report
April 16, 2013 Veteran Sambist and ASA Pioneer of American Sambo award winner James “Chico” Hernandez is inducted into the AAU Wrestling Hall of Fame.
April 8, 2013 The week leading up to April 8 was a great week for Sambo in MMA! Russian National Combat Sambo Champion (FIAS 2009) & World Champion (WCSF 2010) Magomedrasul “Frodo” Khasbulaev hailing from Dagestan defeats Mike Richman to become the Bellator Featherweight tournament champ! Combat Sambo Champion Adlan Amagov defeats Chris Spang in his UFC debut at UFC Sweden!
March 16, 2013 ASA members Reilly Bodycomb and his team, Doug Fournet and his team, and Eclectic Combat Systems made a strong showing at NAGA Austin by bringing home7 gold medals and 1 bronze medal. Go sambo! Here is a video of Reilly’s expert division winning match
March 8, 2013 MMA Origins: Russian Revolution, an article by T.P. Grant about the history and development of Sambo was published on Bloody Elbow.
March 8, 2013 Russian National Combat Sambo Champion (FIAS 2009) & World Champion (WCSF 2010) Magomedrasul “Frodo” Khasbulaev hailing from Dagestan defeats Marlon Sandro to move to the Bellator Featherweight tournament final! Watch video
March 3, 2013 Anthony Sansonetti and Brittany Waunsch of ASA member club Team Renegade of Long Island took home Gold medals at the Arnold’s Martial Arts Festival Sambo Tournament.
March 2, 2013 Wade Allison of ASA member club Monolith Grappling Arts takes 1st at the San Antonio Open Judo Tournament, 73kg; and Donald F Perez takes 3rd in 100kg+
February 23, 2013 Wade Allison of ASA member club Monolith Grappling Arts ranks 5th in state at the Texas collegiate judo championships, 73kg.
February 21, 2013 Check out Combat Sambo champion Mikhail Zayats as he moves to the Bellator Light Heavyweight finals by defeating Jacob Noe via 1st round armbar! Great counter right hand to set it up. View fight here
February 8, 2013 ASA Founder Alexander Barakov appears on a Finnish TV show about Martial Arts. View the episode here
January 20, 2013 After sporting a T-
January 16, 2013 Reilly Bodycomb’s “Sambo Wrestling” named Book of the Year for 2012 by Budo Videos’ This Week in BJJ! View Episode
January, 2013 Black Belt Magazine (Winter, 2013 issue) runs story on Sambo in MMA! ASA Advisory Board Member Vladislav Koulikov, US Team Member Oleg Savitsky and ASA President Stephen Koepfer quoted.
December 18, 2012 Combat Sambo champion Rustam Khabilov debuts in the UFC with devastating results. “Elementary Sambo” as he called it! He is the report from Cage Potato
September 18, 2012 Fight Nerd covers the 2012 Texas Open Freestyle Sambo & Catch Wrestling Championships. View here
September 4, 2012 Bloody Elbow reports on Fedor Emilianenko’s rating as the best fight of all times by Brazilian fans. View here
August 15, 2012 Budo Videos’ “Rolled Up” profiles ASA President Stephen Koepfer. View here
July 15, 2012 Vice.com article “Fedor Emilianenko Made Me Love MMA.” View here
July 5, 2012 MMA.tv story “Analyzing the Ground Game: Khabib Nurmagomedov the Sambo Savant.” View here
June 26, 2012 Fighters Only Issue 91 runs article on Sambo leg locks by ASA Board Member Reilly Bodycomb
June 19, 2012 Shergog.com covers the influx of Russian MMA/Sambo fighters moving into the Bellator ranks. View here
May 16, 2012 Sambo and MMA coach Val Ignatov on Darce Side Radio. Listen here
May, 2012 ASA Vice President Aaron Fields appears on Episode 6 of the Hiyaa Martial Arts podcast.
March 30, 2012 Israeli Magazine “Interval” runs a story on Sambo featuring a two page spread picture of ASA Board Member Reilly Bodycomb.
March 7, 2012 Bloody Elbow covers the 2012 North American Freestyle Sambo & Catch Wrestling Throwdown. View here
February 22, 2012 Reilly Bodycomb interviewed on the Osss Podcast. Listen here
December 8, 2011 ISWA’s Kris Iatskevich and ASA’s Stephen Koepfer sit in on No Holds Barred to talk about the 2012 North American Catch Wrestling and Freestyle Sambo Showdown. Listen here
December, 2011 Budo Videos’ “Mat Culture” interviews Sayaka Shioda, 2008 World Sambo Champion. She put that championship as equal with her 2007 ADCC win in terms of personal importance. View Here
October 14, 2011 ASA President interviewed by Kucklepit. view here
September 7, 2011 Interview with Reilly Bodycomb on Electric Oceans D&A. view here
August 12, 2011 Wrestling Roots Blog. Putin 'em Away: An Introduction to Sambo. By ASA Vice President Gregg Humphreys view here
August 8, 2011 LA Boxing Scores Big at Freestyle Sambo Tourney. view here
August 7, 2011 US US Combat Sports. Freestyle SAMBO Championship Logs Record 2011 in Austin, Texas view here
May 23, 2011 US Combat Sports. International Sambo Champion Reilly Bodycomb Discusses the Leg Lock Game. view here
April 2, 2011 Montreal MMA News. ASA Advisor Kris Iatskevich' fighter Jason Courchesne brings home the win at Fightquest 17. view here
April 1, 2011 Community Impact Newspaper. Mixed martial arts in the heart of Texas. This story covers ASA member club "Eclectic Combat Systems". view here
March 21, 2011 The Times and Democrat. Summerville's Black Force MMA becomes only school in Carolinas certified by American Sambo Association. view here
March 10, 2011 Sambists Reilly Bodycomb and Anthony Sansonetti make US Combat Sports "Best of 2010" list! view here
February 4, 2011 ASA President Stephen Koepfer, NY Combat Sambo members Tyga Maclin and Brad Desir, and Eddie Goldman appear on NBC's "All Night with Joey Reynolds" view here
December 23, 2010 Stephen Koepfer on "No Holds Barred" with Eddie Goldman view here
December 16, 2010 Shock Doctor Custom Mouth Guard Review at NY Combat Sambo view here
December 8, 2010 Stephen Koepfer Shows Leg Lock From a Duck-
December 2, 2010 Fight Gear Air Release Style Head Gear Review at NY Combat Sambo view here
November 21, 2010 Oleg Taktarov and Local Martial Artists Pay Respects to Gene Fabrikant view here
November 11, 2010 2010 North American Freestyle SAMBO Championships Results view here
November, 2010 Issue of Fighter’s Only. Stephen Koepfer quoted in "Style Wars"
September 30, 2010 Stephen Koepfer’s Takedown To Leglock. view here
September 30, 2010 Submission Control interviews Stephen Koepfer. view here
September 16, 2010 Submission Control presents Stephen Koepfer teaching scissor takedown to leg lock. view here
October 18, 2010 Mid Atlantic Combat Sports: North American Freestyle SAMBO Championships journey from Newark to Texas. view here
May 13, 2010 MAT Combat Sports. "Renegade MMA Competition Team -
May 3, 2010 Injury shake up unearths political controversy at USA SAMBO Open. By Peter Lampasona of Mid Atlantic Combat Sports. view here
April 24, 2010 Team American Sambo member Anthony Sansonetti interviewed by the Garv regarding his gold medal at the 2010 British Open Sambo Championships and own Team Renegade. view here
February 2, 2010 "USKBA festival brings Sambo back to Brooklyn" by Peter Lampasona of Mid Atlantic Combat Sports view here
January 5, 2010 Reilly Bodycomb featured in Damage Control's Blog article on Sambo view here
December 5, 2009 Lockflow Lifestyle interviews Reilly Bodycomb. view here
November 4, 2009 NYCS product tests the “Nutty Buddy” athletic cup. view here
October 28, 2009 NY Examiner covers Sambo in Long Island, New York. view here
October 8, 2009 The Fight Nerd visits NY Combat Sambo. view here
October 5, 2009 The NY Examiner covers the 2009 North American Freestyle Sambo Championships. National tournament shows Sambo not just for Samboists view here
September, 2009 Ironfight Magazine. ASA member club Cumming Combat Sambo is featured.
September, 2009 Fight! Magazine interviews Stephen Koepfer in their coverage of Sambo.
August 22, 2009 This Week in Combat Sports. Interview with ASA board Member Serge Gerlach. view here
June 26, 2009 NY Examiner Profiles NY Combat Sambo. view here
May 18, 2009 ASA founders Alexander Barakov and Stephen Koepfer appear on Travel Channel’s hit show “Dhani Tackles the Globe”.
February 23, 2009 From Russia with Blood, Beauty, and Beasts”
Matthew Polly’s 5 part series on St. Petersburg, Fedor Emilianenko, and Sambo training in Russia in Slate Magazine. Also discussed are the 2008 World Sambo Championships. view here
October 1, 2008 ASA on G4 Network’s “Attack of the Show”. view here
August, 2008 Stephen Koepfer’s cover story article “Offensive Rolling in Sambo” appeared in Volume 17, Number 3 issue of “Journal of Asian Martial Arts”.
August, 2008 Stephen Koepfer was interviewed in WWE Magazine.
July 19, 2008 The New York Times reports Sambo in America. view article
June, 2008 Inside Martial Arts covers Team American Sambo.
Visit www.insidemartialarts.tv and watch episode 19.
April 24, 2008 interview from the “Punch, Kick, Choke” MMA Blog. view article
July, 2007 Inside Martial Arts coverage of the Battle of Brooklyn 6. Freestyle Sambo title match match between Chris Reitz and Ryan Ahearn is highlighted. Visit www.insidemartialarts.tv and watch episode 17.
May, 2007 Inside Martial Arts interview with Pat Miletich and Phil Dunlap. Associate
Produced by Stephen Koepfer and Mark Negron. Visit www.insidemartialarts.tv and watch
Or visit iTunes and search for “Inside Martial Arts” under podcasts.
November, 2006 Martial Arts highlights New York Combat Sambo and the Battle of Brooklyn.
Visit www.insidemartialarts.tv and watch Episode 14.
Or visit iTunes and search for “Inside Martial Arts” under podcasts.