USA Pankration Team and Competition‏

The USA Pankration Mens Team has been selected for the 2010 FILA World Championships in Poland on March 28th.

60 kg – Anthony Frank – Lightning MMA, CALIFORNIA

65 kg – Phillip Palmajer – Harris International, CALIFORNIA

70 kg – Mike Sixel – Team Quest, OREGON

75 kg – Dave Torres – Camp Pendleton, USMC

80 kg – John Friedland – Sixels Fight Club, WISCONSIN

90 kg – Conan Mastangelo – Krav Maga Worldwide, CALIFORNIA

100 kg – Adam Kope – Sixels Fight Club, WISCONSIN

Heavyweight – Kyle Bolt – Camp Pendleton, USMC TEAM COACHES: Ron Hill, Illinois, James Hill, Illinois & Corey Bennin, California

An optional Intensive Training Camp is being set up for the team at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Team members may recommend guest clinicians to help out with the camp.

Interested Sponsors may contact

Additional Opportunities for other athletes

Team USA Pankration and Combat Sambo Competition, Training Camp and Tour: Ukraine, former Soviet Union

April 15-23, 2010

* Exact Exact date subject to slight modification based on airfare options Adult Men and Youth ages 11 to 17yrs

USA Pankration is teaming up with USA Combat Sambo to send a USA Youth and Adult Team to Europe to compete in the World Combat Sambo Championship and Ukraine Gold Cup Pankration Tournament.

These competitions will be preceded by a four day training camp with coaching from Ukrainian National, World and Olympic Wrestling Champions and World Combat Sambo Champions.

Former Soviet Champion and 2009 Greco Roman World Veteran Champion Valentin Kalika has been appointed as the US representive for the World Combat Sambo Federation and is coordinating the training camp, lodging and transportation while in the Ukraine. Mr. Kalika is the former Junior National Wrestling Coach for the Ukraine and has led numerous US delegations for competitions and training in his native country. See this link for previous Wrestling Competition and Tour groups led by Mr. Kalika: 

Trip includes

* World Combat Sambo Championships for Men at: 57 kg, 62 kg , 68 kg, 74 kg, 82 kg, 90 kg and Heavyweight. (Sanctioned by World Combat Sambo Federation)


Youth Team USA vs Team Ukraine Combat Sambo Match (ages 11 to 17)


Ukraine Open Gold Cup International Pankration, Grappling and Combat Grappling Tournament/ Men 18 and over & Youth ages 11 to 17 (Sanctioned by FILA)



Four day training camp featuring National Champions, World Champions, Olympic Coaches, Olympians in both Greco Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling and Combat Sambo.


Sightseeing in Kiev and Karkov Ukraine.

Eligible Participants:

USA Youth National Team is taking applications from athletes ages 11 to 17 yrs with a previous top 4 placing in a State or National Level Pankration Tournaments and/or athletes with an elite level of experience in both striking and grappling combative sports. This team will compete against the Ukraine Youth All Star Combat Sambo team in a dual match and compete in the Ukraine Open Pankration Tournament (Grappling and Combat Grappling is tenative for kids team).

USA Men’s – Combat Sambo, Grappling, Combat Grappling and Pankration Team: This is an international competition tour open to all US Male Athletes. It is strongly recommended that applicants are in excellent physical condition with experience in Striking and Grappling. This team will maintain an intense schedule while competing in 4 combative tournaments along with training camps.

A flyer, additional information and registration forms is available at

Interested parties may contact Anthony Pico at: <> or Phone 562 631-7020

All participants must obtain a passport but a visa is not required for travel to the Ukraine. It takes an average of 6 weeks to obtain a US Passport. Airfare and accommodations in the Ukraine are at an all time low. Round trip airfare, in country transportation, Training Camps, Food, Lodging, Tournaments and Sightseeing is estimated to cost $2000 per participant.

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