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    New York Combat Sambo

    I don't want to post a review of my own club, but here are some recent testimonials about training with NYCS. For others, please visit our website.

    "It is not just throws or locks that define Sambo, but the incorporation of the technical aspects with the principles, strategies and culture of Sambo. Just as one can distinguish BJJ, Judo and Greco-Roman Wrestling, Sambo has its own personality that must be learned in its entirety. I have seen few better examples of this, than training with Stephen Koepfer. He has distinguished himself as an active encyclopedia of Sambo, yet showing the natural innovation that keeps his program relevant in the rapid evolution of Grappling/MMA arts. Training with Stephen is a must for anybody who is serious about Sambo!"


    "Mr Koepfer displays a masterful understanding of the dynamic body movements necessary for grappling. Whats most impressive is his ability to relay and teach these skills to others. Complete beginners to the most advanced students have much to learn from Mr. Koepfer."
    Chris Herzog
    Head Judo/Sambo Coach
    Team Empire
    www.teamempire.us


    Sebastian Guerriero
    New York City Judoka
    Last edited by sambosteve; 2/10/2009 10:48pm, .
    One of the best Bullshido investigations ever written: http://www.bullshido.org/David_Kujawski_Investigation

    "disgruntled ex student who couldn't hack training with Dave and his material and opted out (could be called pussied out) of training to go to Sambo" - Mor Sao

    #2
    Here are some vids of our team members...

    Old stuff of mine:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARHqTV75CII

    Our team:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2-cOHXS-T0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ5_JuiTvgc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diDhx6mIYI0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IC6lX6aOFY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYuiEXCo3Nk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrghbzy8ntQ
    One of the best Bullshido investigations ever written: http://www.bullshido.org/David_Kujawski_Investigation

    "disgruntled ex student who couldn't hack training with Dave and his material and opted out (could be called pussied out) of training to go to Sambo" - Mor Sao

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      #3
      Sean Fitzgerald of NYCS:
      YouTube - Sean Fitzgerald 2008 ISCF Tournament Highlights
      One of the best Bullshido investigations ever written: http://www.bullshido.org/David_Kujawski_Investigation

      "disgruntled ex student who couldn't hack training with Dave and his material and opted out (could be called pussied out) of training to go to Sambo" - Mor Sao

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        #4
        Jesus Tap Dancing Christ Steve, it is about time.

        Good review and thanks......but weapons? a 4. Do you actually teach people how to use that giant hammer and cycle?

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          #5
          LOL...

          Well, I was trying to base it on the fact that we only have one weapons class a week. So, if people wanted to focus only on that, we may not be the right school. Of course for quality, I would rate myself much higher. I did not want to give myself straight A's
          One of the best Bullshido investigations ever written: http://www.bullshido.org/David_Kujawski_Investigation

          "disgruntled ex student who couldn't hack training with Dave and his material and opted out (could be called pussied out) of training to go to Sambo" - Mor Sao

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            #6
            Reilly Bodycomb of NYCS in a San Da bout:
            YouTube - NYCombat Sambo vs Rochester Shaolin
            One of the best Bullshido investigations ever written: http://www.bullshido.org/David_Kujawski_Investigation

            "disgruntled ex student who couldn't hack training with Dave and his material and opted out (could be called pussied out) of training to go to Sambo" - Mor Sao

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              #7
              Reilly has some good break dancing moves and heel hooks.

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                #8
                I attended NYC Combat Sambo last night, and it was really helpful. The class size was small enough so that the instructor was able to work with all of us, and show us simple techniques that lead to workable tactical solutions. Steve is very knowledgable and is always willing to go over things if you don't understand the maneuver or if you want to ask the hypothetical, "what if...?"

                I think everyone should try this at least once if they have the time.

                EDIT:

                Ok, I've been going here for a few weeks and Steve's school is one of the better places I've been in a while.

                There's a consistent group of students that come in during the week, and the regulars as well. Each technique is broken down step by step so you can understand how it gets set up, how it's executed, and what it's supposed to look like in the end. You also get to work with many different people, some of them from out of the country.

                The atmosphere is very friendly, and there's really no pressure put on anybody there. And the class size isn't too ridiculous, so if you have a question Steve will help with whatever you need to know.

                It's been a while since I've actually been excited to travel to the city a few days a week...it's definitely worth it.
                Last edited by AlphaFoxtrot51; 6/26/2008 12:22am, .
                :911flag: If you are lost, I will find you. If you are wounded, I will carry you. If you are pinned, I will cover you. If you are killed, I will recover and remember you. If you trespass against me, my countrymen, or my loved ones...I will kill you.

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                  #9
                  Starting July, 2008 I will be offering 2 afternoon classes at NYCS.
                  Tuesday: 12:30-1:30pm: submission grappling
                  Thursday: 12:30-1:30pm: Sambo
                  One of the best Bullshido investigations ever written: http://www.bullshido.org/David_Kujawski_Investigation

                  "disgruntled ex student who couldn't hack training with Dave and his material and opted out (could be called pussied out) of training to go to Sambo" - Mor Sao

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                    #10
                    Our story in the NY Times
                    YouTube - NYTimes.com - The Perfect Throw
                    One of the best Bullshido investigations ever written: http://www.bullshido.org/David_Kujawski_Investigation

                    "disgruntled ex student who couldn't hack training with Dave and his material and opted out (could be called pussied out) of training to go to Sambo" - Mor Sao

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                      #11
                      Would love to give Sambo a try.. have to find a place in dallas now.

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                        #12
                        There are no places in Dallas that I know of. But, I am discussing a seminar there with some folks as we speak...
                        One of the best Bullshido investigations ever written: http://www.bullshido.org/David_Kujawski_Investigation

                        "disgruntled ex student who couldn't hack training with Dave and his material and opted out (could be called pussied out) of training to go to Sambo" - Mor Sao

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                          #13
                          First of all, thank you Steve and your guys for having me over at your club, I enjoyed the training.

                          I was fortunate enough to be invited by SamboSteve to train with his MMA class this Saturday. (Squerlli was supposed to join too but that is a different story)
                          The school is conveniently located in walking distance of Grand Central (or other hot spots around 42nd street). You take the elevator up to the 4th (I hope I remember that right) floor and you are welcomed at the counter. After signing the obligatory waiver I walked pass a small cage on the left and a gym space on the right into the locker room. It felt a little bit small but I am spoiled from Renzo and it is more than sufficient for the people training there so don't worry. They have the regular benches, lockers and two showers (if I recall that right). After getting changed I walked back pass the cage and the counter onto the mats. I would say the space is about 2 and a half judo ring sizes. With windows on the left and the cage plus 4 heavy bags on the right. I was warmly welcomed by the other students. Steve is a great instructor (more later) and a real nice guy, he borrowed me his MMA gloves since I didn't have any.

                          For the MMA class (I don't know if this is the regular training and Steve can tell you more about that):
                          The Warm up consisted of running (while one of the guys had to push a small medicine ball in front and over the head for 5 laps) break falls (forward and backward) mixed up with jabs, cross, knees and sprawls. Then we formed a circle and passed two medicine balls from one side to the other, changing directions after one minute. For the last minute we added one more ball to spice things up and increase the intensity.
                          The Class started with stations, Grappling was station one, Heavy bag work out (two and three) and working on the Judo dummy (four) we rotated the stations every 3 or 4 minutes (I am not sure) with breaks of 1 minute in between. (Gives you the feel for the intensity of a fight). Steve observed mainly the grappling, giving advices (again giving you that fight feel) but also had an eye on the guys working the other stations. After finishing the first round of the stations we dropped the heavy bags and switched from one grappling station to two and added punches. Also now we started with a take down of choice and it was ground from there on. For the dummy it was take down and GnP for 3 4 techniques and back up... Although I consider myself being in good shape (I train 3 sessions a day) I had to take it easy on the dummy since the ground is demanding, so you want to be in good shape in order to make it through the class. For the rest of the time Steve showed me (because I asked) several intros for an armbar from take down, how you still get the submission of the other one knows how to defend (nice defence, was new to me but simple and very effective) and the part that was completely new for me, how to fight off a leglog. After the class we cleaned the mats and back to the locker room.

                          I would like to explain my ratings so everybody can understand them and you don't get a wrong impression.
                          First, I only took this one MMA class so a regular class might be different (again ask steve for details).

                          Aliveness: 9 obviously it was an MMA class and people know what they are doing (especially steve) and I think the videos and achievements of his students are proof of the type of training you can get there. I took one point because we didn't sparred from the stand up but I guess they usually do it since people wore shinguards.

                          Equipment: 8 (more towards a 9 but there are no half steps) A huge plus, they have a cage, a small one but a cage which is great. They have 4 heavy bags and other stuff. Plus you have a full equipped gym. I took away a little because of the size of the locker room, but again I feel spoiled.

                          Gym Size: 7 because for the 5 people we were it was enough space but it will quickly get packed with more students and you have to step on the mats in order to use the heavy bags.

                          Instructor/Student Ratio: 10 because 5 guys and one instructor is nice and it was a class. You can ask questions etc. nothing to take away here.

                          Atmosphere/Attitude: 10 points also because people were nice and friendly, no ego during the training but everybody was focused and keen on learning and giving their best. I enjoyed the training, what else can I say?

                          Striking Instruction: 7 because we did striking but no sets were given and I only recall steve correcting one guy on the heavy bag (And I know my hands were bad during the bag work). Again this might be different for the other classes.

                          Grappling Instruction: 9 (more towards a 10) Steve explains everything in great detail, with the pro and cons. I felt confident with the stuff he was showing and he was giving good coaching during the rolling. I don't give full points because I can't judge what he knows and not because he is beyond me but there might be some thing he does not know ;)

                          Weapons Instruction: 1 because we didn't train any weapon stuff and I didn't see any lying around, so I am "assuming" they don't have that much instruction. Ask Steve for details.


                          Over all it was great training at New York Combat Sambo and I enjoyed every minute of it. From what I have seen I can highly recommend this school...

                          Thanks again for having me at your school Steve!
                          Sometimes you lose and sometimes the other guy wins.

                          At this point I don't owe anybody an explenation.

                          Schools I trained at:
                          Lotus Club Cetepe Liberdade Sao Paulo
                          Renzo Gracie NYC
                          New York Combat Sambo

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by f4n4n
                            First of all, thank you Steve and your guys for having me over at your club, I enjoyed the training.
                            Thanks for the great time and review! We were very glad ot have you and meet another BS forum member!

                            For the MMA class (I don't know if this is the regular training and Steve can tell you more about that):
                            The Warm up consisted of running (while one of the guys had to push a small medicine ball in front and over the head for 5 laps) break falls (forward and backward) mixed up with jabs, cross, knees and sprawls. Then we formed a circle and passed two medicine balls from one side to the other, changing directions after one minute. For the last minute we added one more ball to spice things up and increase the intensity.
                            The Class started with stations, Grappling was station one, Heavy bag work out (two and three) and working on the Judo dummy (four) we rotated the stations every 3 or 4 minutes (I am not sure) with breaks of 1 minute in between. (Gives you the feel for the intensity of a fight). Steve observed mainly the grappling, giving advices (again giving you that fight feel) but also had an eye on the guys working the other stations. After finishing the first round of the stations we dropped the heavy bags and switched from one grappling station to two and added punches. Also now we started with a take down of choice and it was ground from there on. For the dummy it was take down and GnP for 3 4 techniques and back up... Although I consider myself being in good shape (I train 3 sessions a day) I had to take it easy on the dummy since the ground is demanding, so you want to be in good shape in order to make it through the class. For the rest of the time Steve showed me (because I asked) several intros for an armbar from take down, how you still get the submission of the other one knows how to defend (nice defence, was new to me but simple and very effective) and the part that was completely new for me, how to fight off a leglog. After the class we cleaned the mats and back to the locker room.
                            The class was a bit different than usual, but generally the class does run in the basic format you describe. We had a small crew that day, a guest, and Jon had just fought the night before. So, I cut out the sparring mainly because it seemed the energy was low. I also added more instruction since you were with us and had questions. Generally the class runs mainly drills to follow up on the weeks classes. The Saturday MMA class works to help everyone put together what they learn during the week. It is a cardio intensive class as you say. We will often rally around a particular fighter as well (if one of the students has a fight coming up).

                            I would like to explain my ratings so everybody can understand them and you don't get a wrong impression.
                            First, I only took this one MMA class so a regular class might be different (again ask steve for details).
                            I will add my comments if needed...

                            Aliveness: 9 obviously it was an MMA class and people know what they are doing (especially steve) and I think the videos and achievements of his students are proof of the type of training you can get there. I took one point because we didn't sparred from the stand up but I guess they usually do it since people wore shinguards.
                            Like I said, we usually do spar, but I cut it out that day.

                            Equipment: 8 (more towards a 9 but there are no half steps) A huge plus, they have a cage, a small one but a cage which is great. They have 4 heavy bags and other stuff. Plus you have a full equipped gym. I took away a little because of the size of the locker room, but again I feel spoiled.
                            The cage is 20'. Also, since I rent from the gym to run my program, people should know that the gym is only available to my students if they purchase a gym membership.

                            Gym Size: 7 because for the 5 people we were it was enough space but it will quickly get packed with more students and you have to step on the mats in order to use the heavy bags.
                            For grappling classes we take down the bags which gives a bit more room. But it can get crowded when the class goes beyond 12 people. Also, there are never grappling classes and striking classes run together (except when we do station work), so the bags being on the mats don't really get in the way too much.

                            Instructor/Student Ratio: 10 because 5 guys and one instructor is nice and it was a class. You can ask questions etc. nothing to take away here.
                            I try to keep the class fairly individualized and pay attention to everyone who needs it.

                            Atmosphere/Attitude: 10 points also because people were nice and friendly, no ego during the training but everybody was focused and keen on learning and giving their best. I enjoyed the training, what else can I say?
                            Thanks!

                            Striking Instruction: 7 because we did striking but no sets were given and I only recall steve correcting one guy on the heavy bag (And I know my hands were bad during the bag work). Again this might be different for the other classes.
                            As I said, the saturday class is more of a drill class and less "instruction". So I let the folks work on the bags on their own. I coach the ground work or partner drills to keep an eye out for injuries, coach the guys in the live work, etc. But, we do have striking class during the week which is more "instructional". There is much more coaching on striking when we spar as well.

                            Grappling Instruction: 9 (more towards a 10) Steve explains everything in great detail, with the pro and cons. I felt confident with the stuff he was showing and he was giving good coaching during the rolling. I don't give full points because I can't judge what he knows and not because he is beyond me but there might be some thing he does not know ;)
                            I certainly don't know everything...LOL.

                            Weapons Instruction: 1 because we didn't train any weapon stuff and I didn't see any lying around, so I am "assuming" they don't have that much instruction. Ask Steve for details.
                            We do weapons on wednesday night. They are tucked away in the big black duffle bag.


                            Over all it was great training at New York Combat Sambo and I enjoyed every minute of it. From what I have seen I can highly recommend this school...
                            Thanks again for having me at your school Steve!
                            You are very welcome and you are welcome back anytime before you head back to Germany! Thanks again for all the feedback and comments!
                            One of the best Bullshido investigations ever written: http://www.bullshido.org/David_Kujawski_Investigation

                            "disgruntled ex student who couldn't hack training with Dave and his material and opted out (could be called pussied out) of training to go to Sambo" - Mor Sao

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                              #15
                              As of December 30, 2008 NYCS classes are on hold while we secure a new location for our club. We hope to re-open in january, 2009.
                              One of the best Bullshido investigations ever written: http://www.bullshido.org/David_Kujawski_Investigation

                              "disgruntled ex student who couldn't hack training with Dave and his material and opted out (could be called pussied out) of training to go to Sambo" - Mor Sao

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