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Nickname Sambo Steve
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Stephen is a lifelong New Yorker and martial artist. He holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Judo and a Master of Sport of Russia in Combat Sambo. He has competition experience in various combat sports including a San Shou World Open Bronze Medal and Shuai Jiao US Open Gold Medal. As head coach of New York Combat Sambo, which he founded in 2003, Stephen has coached his team to multiple victories in both national and international combat sports including Sambo, Catch Wrestling, Combat Wrestling, BJJ, Grappling, Shuai Jiao, San Da & MMA. He was a Team Coach for the 2008 US World Sambo Team as well as Head Coach for the 2015 - 2018 US Combat Wrestling World Team.

A SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, since childhood Stephen has dreamed of working in the film and television industry; even having attended film-making camp during several summers of his youth. As he grew older he continued to experiment with film-making. At first with an old super-8 camera of his father's and later with modern digital technology. After high school, where Stephen focused on visual art, he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City on a full scholarship for Advertising and Graphic Design.

While Stephen's professional life after college took him away from film and television, it was his life-long involvement in martial arts that brought him back to his original love.

Recognized for his expertise, Stephen served as a technical adviser for History Channel's "The Human Weapon", the season one finale of Travel Channel's "Dhani Tackles the Globe," where he appeared as himself, "Bellator NYC: Countdown to Sonnen vs. Silva," also appearing as himself, and has produced several award winning documentaries. As a stunt performer, Stephen has been fortunate enough to work on "John Wick Chapters 2 & 3," "The Blacklist," "The Punisher," and "Ray Donovan." In 2015 Stephen co-founded Breakfall Studios with his partner and fellow martial artist/stunt performer Paul Varacchi.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Stephen Koepfer

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