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.
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.
|Combat Sambo - Combatives||11:30-12:30|
|Combat Sambo - Sport||19:45-21:15|
|Breakfall Studio - Open Training||13:00-17:00|
|Breakfall Studio - Closed Training||14:00-17:00|