New York Combat Sambo

225 West 36th Street
New York City, NY
917-617-5650
  • 34th Street – Penn Station (800 ft) IND 8th Av
  • 34th Street – Penn Station (900 ft) IRT Br. – 7th Av
  • Times Square – 42nd Street (1200 ft) IRT Br. – 7th Av

Since our founding in 2003, NYCS has established itself as a top training facility for the competitive martial artist and recreational practitioners alike.

Owner/Head Coach — Stephen Koepfer.

Stephen is a martial artist and SAG-AFTRA stunt performer. He holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Judo, a Master of Sport in Combat Sambo with competition experience in various combat sports; including a Shan Shou World Open Bronze Medal and Shuai Jiao US Open Gold Medal. In addition, Stephen is an Association of Boxing Commissions approved MMA referee & judge and Class A International Referee for the International Combat Wrestling Federation. Training Combat Sambo since 1999 under retired Soviet Naval Officer and Sambo Instructor Alexander Barakov, Stephen is the only known American to have received a Master of Sport of Russia in Combat Sambo, granted by the FKE and registered with the Russian Ministry of Sport. Since 2007 Stephen has trained in Russia and Ukraine on multiple occasions. He was the co-founder, President and chief official of the American Sambo Association from 2003 - 2015 and is currently the U.S. National Coach and Secretary General of USA Combat Wrestling.

Public transport:

  • Subway: NY Combat Sambo is easily accessible by N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd Street/Times Square; 1, 2, 3 to Penn Station; N, Q, R, B, D, F to 34th Street/Herald Square;
  • Path Train to 34th Street;
  • LIRR to Penn Station/34th Street;
  • Any bus arriving at Port Authority.
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Infrastructure
Fighting room
917-617-5650
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Sport classes
Krav Maga
917-617-5650

Paul Varacchi — Combat Sambo/Krav Maga Coach. Paul is a SAG-AFTRA Stunt Performer and certified Krav Maga Instructor; the only American certified by Professor Itay Gil of Protect Israeli Security Systems and the Director-in-Charge of Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies at Hebrew University. Paul is the owner and head instructor of Flow Krav Maga, Assistant Combat Sambo Instructor at NY Combat Sambo and a Certified Freestyle Sambo Official. Paul is also a graduate of Douglas Crosby’s Fighting for Film workshop and has a life-long love of movies and stunts.

Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
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Sambo
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Instructors:

  • Alexius “Stealth” Phoenix — Sambo/Judo Coach. Alexius has been training at NY Combat Sambo since 2007. He holds a Shodan in Judo and Japanese JuJitsu. Alexius’ competitive record is a long and accomplished one including a Bronze Medal (Judo) at the 2011 World Police & Fireman’s Games. He has placed in numerous other events including the Good Fight, World MMA Expo Takedown Tournament, Ultimate Sambo Submission Showdown, North American Freestyle Sambo Championships, and Canadian Freestyle Sambo Open;
  • Paul Varacchi — Combat Sambo/Krav Maga Coach. Paul is a SAG-AFTRA Stunt Performer and certified Krav Maga Instructor; the only American certified by Professor Itay Gil of Protect Israeli Security Systems and the Director-in-Charge of Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies at Hebrew University. Paul is the owner and head instructor of Flow Krav Maga, Assistant Combat Sambo Instructor at NY Combat Sambo and a Certified Freestyle Sambo Official. Paul is also a graduate of Douglas Crosby’s Fighting for Film workshop and has a life-long love of movies and stunts;
  • Victor Severin — Apprentice Sambo Coach. Victor began training at New York Combat Sambo in 2012. He has achieved many accolades including Gold Medal - Arnold Classic Sambo Championship (2017), Gold Medal - Good Fight Winter Open Submission Only (2015), Silver Medal - North American Freestyle Sambo Championships (2015), Silver Medal - Virginia Freestyle Sambo Open (2015), Silver Medal - Arnold Classic Sambo Championship (2015), and a Silver Medal - Shuai Jiao US Open (2014). In 2017, Victor joined the staff at NYCS as an apprentice Sambo coach.
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
Wrestling & Grappling
917-617-5650

Instructors:

  • Tyga Maclin — Wrestling/Grappling Coach. Tyga started wrestling in 10th grade at Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon, NY in 1993. His first year wrestling he finished with a 14-10 record. His second year he quickly turned that around with a 29-3 record, 3 consecutive tournament championships, became divisional champion and became co-captain of the team. He accredits this to the training he received at NY Athletic Club under coach Sonny Greenhalgh (World Freestyle Champion from Iran), Hamid Kermanshah, Florian Ghinea (2x Romanian National Freestyle champion and 2x Division 3 national champion at Montclair State). In his senior year, he posted a 33-2 record, became divisional champion again and finished 2nd in the Section 1 championships;
  • Thomas “Sambo Ronin” Doyle — Grappling Coach. Tommy has been training with NY Combat Sambo since 2012. Tommy holds a Brown Belt in BJJ (Oct, 2016) and is a Level 1 coach under the International Submission Wrestling Alliance. Tommy has proven himself as an avid competitor racking up Gold Medals at the 2013 Good Fight Winter Open (No-Gi Adv) and the 2014 ADCC New York (Blue Belt Division/Gi), Big Apple BJJ Open (Blue Belt Division), Good Fight NJ Submission Only (No-gi purple - fastest submission award) and Good Fight NY Submission Only (no-gi Blue & Absolute). On November 21st Tommy made his MMA debut on the Victory VII card at Madison Square Garden. He defeated Mike Kelly via 1st round.
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
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