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Vlad Koulikov  started his training in the prestigious and famous Sambo academy Sambo 70 in 1984.

His most noted victories are gold and silver medals in two all Soviet cups.

Upon his arrival to the US he medaled in three US Open events and had the honor to represent America in Combat Sambo World Championship.

Vlad also started participating in submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments without having any proper training.

His became multiple Grapplers Quest and NAGA medalist and won award “Most technical fighter” at the very first Grapplers Quest as well as World champion in Combat Wrestling in 2017.


In 2013 Vlad’s proper BJJ training began when he met Mike Palladino who introduced him to Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa.  Vlad received his BJJ black belt in 2017.

Professor Koulikov teaches at his academy Koulikov Grappling Academy (KGA) in Hewitt NJ.  Vlad teaches exciting blend of Sambo and BJJ, which he calls “Sambo and BJJ fusion”.                  

Vlad travels with seminars and has quite a few instruction DVDs with Budovideos, BJJ Fanatics, Digitsu and is a featured instructor on Grappler’s Guide. For any information visit


Please visit him on IG @sambo_fusion, check out his YouTube channel and “like”his Koulikov Grappling Academy on FB. 

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