It's hard to find a coach of Vlad's qualifications and teaching talent even in new york. We are lucky to have his school in the area. If you are looking to learn or further your fighting game- this is the place and this is the coach.

Felix Davelman

My Husband and our Kids love everything about this place. It definitely is very kid friendly. And all the coaches are great. Thanks Coach Koulikov for welcoming my entire family and I.

Veronica Rivera

Vladislav Koulikov is an amazing coach and friend. Great with adults and kids! We love having him for clinics and seminars at our school. We get positive feedback every time. And requests to bring him back for more. Try one of his classes and you'll see what every one is talking about!

M Kennedy

Vlad is one of the most sought after Grappling Instructors in the world and for good reason. Vlad's Mastery of both Sambo and BJJ make for an incredibly unique and effective style, surely skyrocketing your skills in no time. Vlad's club is incredibly clean, and welcoming.

Matthew Kaiser

WOW, Vlad Koulikov is a phenominal instructor who has a gift for making learning grappling fun and easy. The facility is extremely clean and welcoming to toddlers, children and adults. Having trained in different martial arts, it is important to keep learning fresh and fun. Vlad has accomplished that while teaching a combination of very effective martial arts that he has extensive experience in and a proven track record. It has been a pleasure to watch my two young children enjoy this martial art as much as their father. It is comforting in knowing if a situation arises they can handle it. If you are thinking about self defense for your children, yourself, or just getting into great shape, Vlad and his coaches are more than willing to assist you in achieving your goals.

Jeffrey D.

When you step inside, you will notice immediately how much dedication to training is reflected in this academy. KGA welcomes a growing community of grappling practitioners who come together for detailed instruction, and test their knowledge when it's time to go live. As a new student, I look forward to improving my skills every session under the tutelage of head Coach Vlad, his fellow instructors, and from my peers.

DP Milligan

Training with Vlad at Koulikov Grappling Academy was such a great decision. I couldn’t be happier with the instruction and comraderie at this academy. Vlad is an amazing instructor and a wealth of knowledge when it comes to combat sports/arts. Anyone interested in Grappling of any type should check this place out!

James Fulton

Vlad is a great teacher and a great leader. He really helps you understand why you would do a particular move or escape in certain situations. He helped me with my weaknesses especially in the grappling portion of MMA. Vlad is also knowledgeable in weight and exercise training, as he is also helping me prepare for Basic training for the United States Air Force. One of the best instructors I have ever met and a respectable man as well.

Ryan Stephens

Master Vlad is easily one of the most talented and technically gifted coaches that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Whether you seek expertise in Sambo, Judo, submission grappling and so on, he is the man to see. I happily drive a handful of hours in one direction to sharpen my skill set with him, and attend absolutely every seminar possible that he teaches within my region. A multi black belt and world champion... you simply cannot go wrong!

George McGinnis

Vlad and his teachers are amazing! They are always there to help you with any question you might have. They are super knowledgeable and are patient as you learn new moves. The gym is clean and I really enjoy going.

Abigail Zaloum

I’ve been training with Vlad since 2012.

His style of grappling consists not only of traditional BJJ, but is heavily based in his martial arts background in Sambo, judo, and wrestling.

This grappling style is at the core of what Vlad teaches, or as he has named it, “Sambo jiu jitsu fusion”.

This fusion hybrid style bridges the gaps of what a traditional bjj academy teaches.

Classes can run like a traditional bjj school some nights, I.e.-shrimping, drilling guard passing, etc. while other nights you’ll experience a traditional sambo warm up that consists of tumbling, and break falls to safely prepare for drilling take downs and throwing techniques.

In order To be a well rounded grappler, especially if you’re looking to compete, You need to be well versed in more than just one style. Especially when the majority of athletes dominating the grappling circuits are not solely BJJ athletes.

And even if you’re not looking to compete, and simply looking to stay in shape or learn self defense, or become a better athlete, you’ll find it here among one of the classes offered-Gi/NoGi BJJ, kickboxing, wrestling, and Sambo sundays.

Scott William

I had an amazing experience when Mr Koulikov came to our gym to teach sambo. He really opened my mind and he was a great guy on top of it.

Bruce Williams

It’s been close to three months since I have joined the academy and I can say this is indeed one of the best academics of self-defense and martial arts. My expert is very polite and always motivates his students.

Alaric Saltzman

I had joined Jiu Jitsu class at Sambo Fusion. I was well-trained by a qualified and certified trainer and my experience was really good. I would recommend it to everyone.

Sasha White

Simply the best. The instructor is world class and amazing, the gym itself is clean, and all the students are incredibly welcoming and friendly.

Dylan Strait

I started my martial arts training under the supervision of the trained and qualified instructor at Sambo Fusion. I am now at the advanced level and my experience so far has been really good.

Brayan Adams

If you’re passionate about learning martial arts Sambo Fusion is the best place to keep your training on. I am an advanced level wrestler and I love training here. Highly Recommended!

Robin Mathew

You won’t find a better instructor, training partners, or gym in the North Jersey area. I have been to numerous gyms prior to settling down here. It has been a productive 6 months in my martial arts journey. Whether you seek a competition environment, or, seek recreation, you will find your niche at Sambo Fusion.


The ABSOLUTE BEST mixed martial arts training! As a woman and mom (and now a life-long competitive athlete), Koulikov Academy offers real training and mindset shift that helps you reach (and even exceed) your training goals.

Tré Nation

I had my first Sambo class with Vlad, and what an awesome experience! I didn’t know much about Sambo until 2 days ago but now I am hooked. Vlad was a great instructor. He made the moves very easy to understand along with the details of the move. If you are looking to up your stand up game and JiuJitsu, Vlad and Sambo fusion is the way to go!

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