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The American Sambo Association is proud to introduce TEAM AMERICAN NEWS
TEAM AMERICAN SAMBO is our official association team for national and international Sambo and grappling events. The team is comprised of top ranking athletes from our national Sambo rankings or athletes who place in any team trial we may hold for a particular event in which we compete. The ASA will do it’s best to sponsor its team with uniforms, registration fees, and a travel stipends when possible.
TAS and USA Sambo, Inc score big at the Belgium Open nad Kharlampiev Memorial World Cup.
March, 2014. Belgium & Russia.
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-
TAS at the 2013 British Open (BSF/FIAS).
June 30, 2013. Bedford, England.
Once again, the ASA sent a team to compete at the British open! Thanks to our sponsors
Absolute Force, Austin Eastside Elite, and many individual donors, we were able to
rasie over $4,000 and provide nearly full funding for our team! The team comprised
of Richard Crenwelge (62kg Seniors), Wade Allison (74kg Seniors), Anthony Sansonetti
(100kg Seniors and Masters), and Alexius Phoenix (100+kg Masters).
Total medal count for TAS this year includes 2 Golds, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal! Veteran player Anthony Sansonetti stood out this year and added more international medals to his collection with a Gold in the 100kg Masters division and Bronze in the 100kg Senior Men division! Anthony cam out with a 3-
TAS Scores Big at 2013 (AASF/FIAS) USA Sambo Open
May 5, 2013. New Jersey, USA
TAS shows prowess at the AASF USA Sambo Open against a predominantly international
field of players! Anthony Sansonetti brings home gold in Master’s. Jeremy Piaser
and Ben Syers sweep the top 2 spots in their combat sambo division. Reilly Bodycomb,
the only American player in his division, takes home silver after submitting Venezuelan,
Moldovian, and Dominican players. Bodycomb lost a 4-
TAS Scores Big at 2012 British Open (BSF/FIAS)
May 5, 2012. Scotland
TAS members Reilly Bodycomb and Doug Fournet once again brought home some iron from the UK! Reilly and Doug both added a Bronze medals to their collection
TAS Scores Big at USA Open (AASF/FIAS)
May 8, 2011. Rayway, New Jersey
Team Renegade, under the direction of TAS member Anthony Sansonetti scored big at
this year's AASF/FIAS USA Open. Veteran TAS member Jeremy Piaser took home a bronze.
Taylor Costantino brough home a gold in his impressive first time out on the sambo
mat! Matt Dixon won a 3rd Place Bronze Medal (15-
21st Annual Dutch Open Sambo Championships (FIAS)
March 18, 2011, Holland
The American Sambo Association's competition team continues its international winning streak at the 21st Annual Dutch Open Sambo Championships (FIAS sanctioned).
As you may recall in 2010, Anthony Sansonetti (Team Renegade) brought home gold and silver medals along with Doug Fournet (LA Boxing Louisiana) who also brought home a gold for Team American Sambo from the British Open Sambo Championships.
This year at the Dutch Open, Team American Sambo consisted of 2008 world team member Reilly Bodycomb (RDojo), 2008 world team member Mike Ruesch (Zealous Nation MMA/Ultimate Sambo) as well as 2010 team members Sansonetti and Fournet.
The American Sambo Association is proud to announce that Team American Sambo will be returning home to the United States with 4 medals (3 gold and 1 silver).
Reilly Bodycomb, Gold, 68kg
Reilly had four wins on his way to the podium, winning with 2 ankle locks (one in 12 seconds), a flying armbar, and one win via points.
Mike Ruesch, Gold, 81kg
Mike had three victories on his way to gold, winning with 2 ankle locks and a kneebar.
Doug Fournet and Anthony Sansonetti both contested in the 100kg division, sweeping the top two spots.
Doug and Anthony both had three wins on route to the podium before facing each other
for gold and silver. Doug defeated his opponents via kneebar, technical victory (12-
By all accounts the Dutch open was a incredibly well organized and attended event with teams from Scottland, Germany, Holland, Lithuania, the United States, France, and more. The entire US Team received incredible hospitality from our Dutch hosts. We look forward to next years event!
Doug Fournet Goes to Beijing!
TAS Member Doug Fournet represents the USA at the historic first Sport Accord World Combat Games in Beijing, China!
TAS Earns Bronze at USA Sambo Open (AASF/FIAS)
May 2, 2010
TAS member Reilly Bodycomb brought home a Bronze medal in the 2010 AASF/FIAS USA Open Championships.
Team American Sambo Storms the UK! (BSF/FIAS)
April 11, 2010
On April 11th the American Sambo Association brought its competition team across the pond to Kent, England. Coach Stephen Koepfer brought team members Vincent Beurrier (NY Combat Sambo), Anthony Sansonetti (Team Renegade), and Doug Fournet (LA Boxing) over to step on the mat at the 2010 British Open Sambo Championships (Sanctioned by the British Sombo Federation and FIAS). Team USA staked their claim amid Scottish, English, German, and French teams with Anthony Sansonetti bringing home a silver medal in the 90kg senior's division and a gold medal in the veteran's division. Doug Fournet brough home the gold medal in the 100kg senior's division!
Many thanks to all our sponsors: Tyga Maclin, Jeffrey Malott, Steve Lenis, Bridget Sleicher, Alan Lee, Alejandro Chang Tang, Alissa Russell, Anthony Cole, Doreen Votta, Richard Juliano, Diana Kyrwood, Shawn Aukstakalnis, Tedd Keating, Melvin Smiley, Helen Koepfer, The Sansonetti Family, Paul Memoli, The Johnson Family, Khari Russell
Another Gold for Bodycomb!
TAS member Reilly Bodycomb won the advanced lightweight gold at the Renegade Grappling League with 3 consecutive leg locks!
New TAS members win big at the USKBA Martial Arts Festival!
On February 28th, the USKBA held a Martial Arts Festival in honor of past president
Paul Rosner. On the card were two TAS members fighting in Freestyle Sambo superfights!
Tyga Maclin (NY Combat Sambo), 2 time North American Freestyle Sambo Champion, defeated
BJJ Black Belt Breno Lima (Team Gigueto) in a close 4-
Reilly Bodycomb Sponsored by No-
We are proud to announce that TAS member Reilly Bodycomb has been sponsored by No-
Another Gold for TAS!
August 30, 2009
TAS member Jeremy Paiser of Team Renegade bring home a Gold from the NYC Submission
Shootout III. He won with a heel hook at 15 seconds and a kneebar at 2 minutes.
NAGA Gold for TAS
May 2, 2009
Reilly Bodycomb (NY Combat Sambo), sponsored by Lockflow.com, earned a Gold Medal
in the NAGA Northeastern Groundfighting Championships in the expert division.
TAS Silver at the AASF Sambo Nationals
May 2, 2009
TAS member Doug Fournet (Gladiator’s Academy, LA) earned a Silver Medal at the AASF
Sport Sambo Nationals.
TAS at the World Championships
Team American Sambo members Reilly Bodycomb, Oleg Savitsky, and Vlad Koulikov
make the 2008 National US Sambo Team for the 2008 World Sambo Championships
in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Team Member, Reilly Bodycomb, finishes with two wins
September 20, 2008
TAS member Reilly Bodycomb, out of New York Combat Sambo, wins the lightweight advanced
division (under 160lbs) at the "Battle on the Battleship" in New Jersey. Reilly won both his matches
via heel hook in under one minute.
Team American Sambo debut at Grappler’s Quest
June 28, 2008
Team American Sambo Made its debut at the grappler’s quest nationals with members competing
in advanced divisions and the heavyweight pro division. TAS member Brian Benjamin of Ultimate
Sambo brought home the Bronze in Heavyweight advanced. Due to injuries, Reilly Bodycomb and
Ryan Ahearn could not compete. While the team may not have brought home as many medals
as we would have liked, we were grateful to be able to have such generous sponsors and for the
first time, bring together a national team. Carlos Cummings, Rodney Rappe’, Mike Franco, Doug
Fournet, and Scott Yockel fought their hearts out for the ASA! We’ll be back!
Team American Sambo enters San Da event
May 17, 2008
TAS Reilly Bodycomb win his San Da debut at the Jim Grafe Memorial Kyokushin Tournamnet
in Hilton, New York. Reilly faced off against a fighter out of Rochester Shaolin Training Academy. Bodycomb completely dominated the fight for his first win in San Da.
Piaser Wins MMA Debut
May 3, 2008
Jeremy Piaser of TAS, who trains out of Team Renegade in Levittown, NY entered the ISCF
Amateur World MMA Tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jeremy won his debut MMA bout
(and first tournament round) against Shawn Webb at 1:47 of the second round via triangle
choke. Jeremy lost his second bout to Mike Vanderlei via armbar at 1:04 of round 2.
Team American Sambo Storms Grappler's Quest on June 28th!
May 1, 2008
America's Top Level Sambo Players will be entering the Men's Advanced Divisions and/or
Absolute Divisions on Saturday, June 28th in Morristown, New Jersey. This marks the first full
Team American Sambo to enter the World's Largest Grappling Tournament, Grapplers Quest.
The ASA was contacted by Brian Cimins and asked if we would enter Team American Sambo
in the advanced and/or absolute no-
originally planned) at the Grappler’s Quest US Nationals. In both the ASA’s and Brian's opinions,
wins for TAS in the advanced and/or absolute divisions tournament would make much more of a statement for the TAS Grappler’s Quest debut than a single superfight team match; it will get our
fighters more matches and more exposure. So we have agreed to do this.
In addition, Grappler's Quest/Pro Elite will sponsor each TAS team member up to $150 for
registration fees, which allows us to allocate our Lockflow sponsorship for team travel costs,
etc. Furthermore, TAS winners will be eligable for the All Star Grappling Challenge in the evening
after the main tournament. Cimins has also agreed to cover our team's wins on the Grappler’s
The TAS roster for this event is as follows (subject to change):
210 lbs. and over -
210 lbs. and over -
In addition to Grappler’s Quest/Pro Elite’s registration sponsorship, TAS has received generous
financial support from Lockflow.com, uniform sponsorship from Black Mark Fight Gear,
and Financial Support from the ASA.
Bodycomb wins Sambo Gold in Canada
April 20, 2008
TAS and New York Combat Sambo fighter Reilly Bodycomb wins the 66KG gold medal
at the Canadian Freestyle Sambo Open Tournament.
New Sponsor for TAS
April 8, 2008
Team American Sambo is proud to announce that www.Lockflow.com has jumped on board as a
sponsor for our SambBo vs JJ team competition at Grappler's Quest on June 29th. We are very
thankful to Lockflow for their support!
TAS Member Reilly Bodycomb Brings Home Gold and Silver
at Inaugural UMAN Grappling Tournament
March 30, 2008
Reilly Bodycomb of Team American Sambo (out of New York Combat Sambo) competed in the
inaugural United Martial Arts Network (UMAN) grappling tournament in Rahway, New Jersey. He
finished 1st place in the light weight division (no experience divisions) and second place in the
absolute division (advanced rules). He finished the day with a 4-
were via foot locks including one achilles lock, two heel hooks, and one toe hold.
Piaser Makes MMA Debut
March 16, 2008
Jeremy Piaser will be making his MMA debut at the ISCF MMA World Tournament on May 3, 2008
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. www.iscfmma.com
Team American Sambo to Compete in a Sambo vs BJJ Grappling Team Challenge
February 28, 2008
Team American Sambo, under the direction of Stephen Koepfer, has been asked to participate
in a team challenge against the Grappler's Quest BJJ competition team, under the direction of
Brian Cimins. Cimins, Grappler's Quest president, has asked Koepfer to put together the best
possible team of American sambists for this event. It is the hope of both Koepfer and Cimins that
this event will not only highlight the top up and coming US grapplers in each style, but demonstrate
a true spirit of camaraderie, friendship, and love of grappling.
The team challenge will take place on Sunday, June 29th, 2008 at the Grappler's Quest 2008
US Nationals and Copa Atlantica. www.grapplers.com
Rules for the no-
only, with no points being scored. If there is no submission by the end of period one, period two will
use the Grappler's Quest advanced division rules. The matches will consist of one grappler in the following weigh classes:
149.9 lbs. and under
220 lbs. and over
The team members, currently under selection, will be anounced by mid April.
Team American Sambo Debuts at the Northeastern Grappling Challenge
January 13, 2008
The launching of Team American Sambo took place on January 13, 2008 at the North Eastern
Grappling Challenge. Team American Sambo competed in both the team and individual
The Team for this event will comprise of:
Josh Alti (Team Renegade)
Reilly Bodycomb (New York Combat Sambo)
Jeremy Piaser (Team Renegade)
Doug Fournet (Gladiators Academy)
Anthony Sansonetti (Team Renegade)
Sean O’Brian (Team Renegade)
Congratulations to these team members on this inaugural Team American Sambo showing!
The team made a great showing for their debut! We placed a very close second in the team
tournament behind Team Bomb Squad (which included UFC fighter Tamden McCrory). The first
and second placing literally came down to one match that went the distance which we unfortunately
lost on points. In the team division we had 7W/3L vs. their 8W/2L. All our ASA Sambists who
represented! We were the only team who won all their matches via submission (in both the team
and individual tournaments). Be sure to check out videos from this event on our video page!
Additional congrats to Reilly Bodycomb (NYCS) and Jeremy Piaser (Renegade) who both went
undefeated at the tournament. Aside from our 2nd place finish in the team tournament, Jeremy
Piaser brought home a gold, Doug Fournet (Gladiators) brought home a silver, and Sean O’Brian (Renegade) brought home a silver in their respective advanced division individual tournaments.
The American Sambo Association is a division of American Sambo, LLC