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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 4-0 at the event, earning himself a a Gold Medal in the 74kg Senior Men’s division.

Doug and Wade met up with TAS member Richard Crenwelge (Monolith Grappling Club, Texas) and USA Sambo, Inc’s Nina Cutro-Kelly in Moscow for the Kharlampiev Memorial World Cup. The US Team consisting of Nina, Wade and Richard was coached by ASA VP Vladislav Koulikov. Richard and Want made valiant efforts on the mat, however, it was USA Sambo, Inc’s Cutro-Kelly that brought home her second World Cup Gold medal (80+kg) in as many months.


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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 3-1 record after the day’s events. We are proud of all our team!! Here is the
report from the British Sambo Federation as well as the FIAS report of the event.


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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 4-4 decision against Russia in the finals. In addition to his combat sambo gold, Piaser also takes home silver in sport sambo. Matthew Dixon takes Silver in the 17-18 year old division.


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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


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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 (15-16 year old).


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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).


Results:


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 (12-0) and points. Anthony had wins by reverse armlock, kneebar, and points. In the finals Doug defeated Anthony by a score of 4-0 for the gold.


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!


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Doug Fournet Goes to Beijing!

August, 2010


TAS Member Doug Fournet represents the USA at the historic first Sport Accord World Combat Games in Beijing, China!


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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.


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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


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Another Gold for Bodycomb!

March, 2010


TAS member Reilly Bodycomb won the advanced lightweight gold at the Renegade Grappling League with 3 consecutive leg locks!


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New TAS members win big at the USKBA Martial Arts Festival!

February, 2010


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 4-0 match. Vincent Beurrier (NY Combat Sambo) defeated 2008 US National Sambo Team member David Juliano (Ultimate Sambo) in a 3-0 victory.


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Reilly Bodycomb Sponsored by No-Gi!

November, 2009


We are proud to announce that TAS member Reilly Bodycomb has been sponsored by No-Gi! Please link a small graphic of the No-Gi logo to www.nogi.com.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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TAS at the World Championships

Novemeber, 2008


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.


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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.

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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!


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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.


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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.


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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-gi divisions on the 28th (not the 29th BJJ vs Sambo as

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

Quest website.


The TAS roster for this event is as follows (subject to change):

140-149.9 lbs. - Reilly Bodycomb (New York Combat Sambo, NYC)

150-159.9 lbs. - Scott Yockel (Empire Academy, Rochester, NY)

160-169.9 lbs. - Ryan Ahearn (Ultimate Sambo, Florida, NY)

170-179.9 lbs. - Mike Franco (Brooklyn Wrestling Club, NYC)

180-189.9 lbs. - Rodney Rappe (Liberty Bell Judo/Sambo, Philly, PA)

190-199.9 lbs. - Oleg Savitsky (Red Bear Sambo Academy, NJ)

200-209.9 lbs. - Doug Fournet (Gladiator Academy, Baton Rouge, LA)

210 lbs. and over - Brian Benjamin (Ultimate Sambo, Florida, NY)

210 lbs. and over - Carlos Cummings (Cummings Combat Sambo, Panama City, Fla)


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.


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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.


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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!


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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 4-1 record. All four of his wins

were via foot locks including one achilles lock, two heel hooks, and one toe hold.


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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


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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-gi match will consist of two four minute periods. The first period will be submission

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

150-159.9 lbs.

160-169.9 lbs.

170-179.9 lbs.

180-199 lbs.

200-219.9 lbs.

220 lbs. and over

The team members, currently under selection, will be anounced by mid April.


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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

tournaments.


The Team for this event will comprise of:


ASA Coaches:

Anthony Sansonetti

Stephen Koepfer


Grapplers:

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.



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