Congrats to Team Renegade for their outstanding performances at the NOLA Invitational Sambo tournament, which was held in New Orleans last March.  Team Renegade fighters Ben Syers and Jeremy Piaser both took first place in the lightweight and middleweight divisions respectively, and Team Renegade founder Anthony Sansonetti was a heavyweight match finalist.

Sambo is a great base of mixed martial arts, as the great Fedor Emelianenko showed time and again in his matches.  Check out the Team Renegade website for details on how you can add Sambo to your MMA arsenal.


This Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Tiger Martial Arts in Levittown, Long Island, New York, you can learn leg locks from one of the best, Reilly Bodycomb.  Bodycomb is a well known world class grappler who uses leg locks extensively in competition.  He is also a great instructor, and his seminar on Saturday will be fantastic way to add leg locks to your grappling arsenal.  To register, go to www.renegademma.tv.  You can save 15 dollars off the door price.  Either way, it's worth every penny.  Don't miss this seminar!

Mark "Stan" Staniszewski is a 4th degree Judo black belt, a BJJ black belt under Joe Moreira and is Long Island's first dual black belt in the two disciplines. He was the first American to win the Pan Ams in Judo and BJJ and was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2010. Stan's one year old son, Jake, was recently diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer. A benefit Judo seminar will be held at Stan's academy Combat Judo and BJJ in Massapequa with all proceeds going to the Staniszewski family. The Saturday April 6th event is open to both children and adults. US top ranked Judo players Hannah Martin, Nick Kossor, Brad Bolen, and Tony Sangimino will be instructing and all skill levels are encouraged to come down and participate.

To make a donation to Jake Staniszewski please go to:


Please show your support and help like Jake win this battle.

Renowned MMA videographer Kahl-One outdid himself with this video about the NY MMA Expo, which was held in Manhattan on February 16 and 17.  Lots of familiar faces are in the video, and this video is perhaps a glimpse into the future, and MMA in NY seems to be becoming a reality.  Check out Kahl-Ones website and YouTube channel for more great videos about MMA, Combat Sports and many other topics.


Ryan Ciotoli, one of MMA's finest trainers, has put together a fine fight card in upstate New York.  The event will be held at Cattarugas Sports Arena in Irving, New York this Saturday September 22.  The main event is a great match up between two very talented fighters, Don Carlo-Clauss and Eddie Fyvie.  This fight is going to be war.  For more info, check out the Gladius Fights website.

The Warriors Cup returns on September 29, 2012, at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey!  Fans have been waiting for this event, and as always, it promises to be an explosive night of Muay Thai action.  New Jersey is the only place on the East Coast to see WBC-sanctioned professional Muay Thai, so don't miss your chance to see some of the best Muay Thai available in the United States.

Muay Thai is one of the premier striking arts in the world, and it is studied extensively by mixed martial artists. Knees, elbows, feet and fists are all in play in a Muay Thai fight, which makes it one of the most exciting combat sports in the world.

I am thrilled to be a part of this show and will be hosting the event from inside the ring.  Come join me at the Rahway Rec Center on September 29 for a full night of professional and amateur Muay Thai.  For ticket info, visit the Warrior's Cup website.  This is Muay Thai!!

Ever wanted to work as a cutman?  Learn the ins and outs of the cutman trade by attending Steven Katz's on Saturday, June 9 at Renzo Gracie's new academy in Brooklyn, NY.  The address is 100 Bayard St, Brooklyn.  Cost is 100 bucks.  If you need gauze and tape, it's just 15 dollars more.

I can vouch for Steven Katz.  He's an excellent trainer, and this seminar will be worth every penny.  For more info, shoot Steve an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Enjoy the workshop!


You read that right.  New York is getting its first sanctioned MMA event in the state, despite MMA still being illegal.  It seems there is a loophole in the law that allows amateur MMA events to take place.  And now that loophole is going to be put to test when TNT Fight Series puts on their event in North Tonawanda, NY on May 19.

There have been MMA events in New York, but only on Indian Reservations.  This event is not on a reservation and it could lead to more events taking place all over the state.  It remains to be seen if politicians will try to prevent the show from happening.  We'll keep you posted.

I heard about this event from NY MMA Now, a great website dedicated to the legalization of mixed martial arts in New York.  Check it out.

On March 6th, a rally was held in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo's office in Manhattan in support of legalizing the sport of MMA in New York.  Organized by "Sambo" Steve Keopfer, the rally was attended by MMA fans frustrating with the ban.  MMA's premier videographer, Kahleem Poole-Tejeda was also on hand to document the event.

Hopefully, the rally showed Governor Cuomo how dedicate fans and MMA practitioners are, and how absurd it is to keep the sport illegal in the state.  There is a huge financial upside to legalizing the sport, and it's sad that New York, a world leader in just about everything, is so far behind the times when it comes to mixed martial arts.

Check out the video of the rally, and read below to see how you can help get MMA legalized in the state of New York.

Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York: A non-partisan group of organizations, gyms, business owners, and individuals who volunteer to support the legalization and regulation of mixed martial arts in the state of New York. For information about how you can help us, contact Stephen Koepfer at 718-728-8054, follow on Twitter @sambosteve, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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