|Posted by Anthony Sansonetti on May 20, 2010 at 5:58 AM|
I am pleased to announce that Stephen Koepfer has agreed to serve as Team Renegade's Sambo Advisor. "SamboSteve" has been my Sambo coach and friend for many years. We have a long history of helping each others fighter's prepare for competition and he has been very supportive of our Sambo team over the years.
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 fiveyears training and competing in San Shou (1994 – 1998), culminating with a finish as a finalist in the 1997 United World Championships. Stephen has also gathered competition experience in Tae Kwon Do, Kung-Fu, mixed martial arts, sambo, and grappling.
In 1997 Stephen began coaching and serving as corner man and cut man for many amateur fighters. In 1999 he began training Combat Sambo training under Alexander Barakov, which he continues to teach today at his club, NewYork Combat Sambo. Stephen has had the pleasure of training with Igor Kurinnoy at Borec and Sambo 70 in Moscow as well as with Igor Yakimov and Oleg Taktarov. Additionally, Stephen has taught at the FKE training facility and Suvorov Military Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Stephen regularly offers national and international seminars. He has coached his team to wins in Sport, Freestyle, and Combat Sambo, Submission Grappling, and Mixed Martial Arts. In 2008, Stephen was a US Team Coach for the2008 FIAS World Sambo Championships and 2010 US Team coach for theBritish Open Sambo Championships. He 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 an assistant producer for “Inside Martial Arts” and technical advisor for the “Human Weapon” (HistoryChannel) and “Dhani Tackles the Globe” (Travel Channel).