Karate Combat was founded to elevate and promote the sport of karate worldwide by creating the first professional, full-contact league.
The league consists of over 100 of the top Karateka in the world representing 30 countries. Developed by martial arts experts and top competitors, the fighting offers full-contact action in the Karate Combat Pit, using rules and rewards calibrated to encourage continuous action.
A premier brand, Karate Combat operates a professional full-contact karate league, sports equipment business, and a worldwide Dojo network. The firm is headquartered in New York with satellite offices in Budapest
Karate Combat viewers can access league content through the World’s Gateway to Karate, Karate.com, its branded iOS and Android mobile apps and IP-connected screens worldwide.
Sebastiaan "Bas" Rutten is a Dutch actor and retired mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and professional wrestler. He was a UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three-time King of Pancrase world champion, and finished his career on a 22 fight unbeaten streak (21 wins, 1 draw). Since retiring he has worked as a color commentator in several MMA organizations, hosted Inside MMA, and has appeared in numerous television shows, movies, and video games.
Kenny Rice is in his 20th year with NBC Sports. He is the lead reporter on the Kentucky Derby, Triple Crown and Breeder's Cup horse racing series. This versatile announcer has also called play by play of the boxing series "Fight Night," and the "PBC on NBC," as well as college basketball and MMA. Rice has covered 3 Olympics, including boxing twice; 4 World Equestrian Games; and did reports for "NFL Football Night in America." Rice was co-host with Bas Rutten on the ground breaking "Inside MMA" for HDNet. He also called play by play of pro and college football, MMA, college basketball and boxing for that network. Among the accolades for his work is the Eclipse Award, horse racing's highest honor. He is host/producer of the weekly "The Kenny Rice Horse Racing Show" podcast.
Michael DePietro co-founded and currently serves as Chairman & CEO of Karate Combat. Michael has spent the majority of his career spearheading and financing entrepreneurial ventures both at startups and larger financial organizations. Michael was a Portfolio Manager at Ellington Management Group and BHR Capital where he built new investment strategies focused on structured products and esoteric financial institutions. Previously, Michael served as Head of US Non-Agency Trading at Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for building a multibillion dollar trading franchise. Michael founded a number of startup ventures, most notably, a technology company that was acquired during the tech boom. Michael began his career at JP Morgan & Co. after graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Michael also holds an MBA concentrating in computational finance from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Jamie Roberts Seltzer is a Vice President of Waverley Capital, a venture capital firm focused on investing in innovative and disruptive private companies in the media industry. Jamie has also been an angel investor in the media sector in several companies which include Philadelphia Union (MLS), Novel Effect, Snackable.AI, and Brand Value Growth. Jamie also serves as an advisor to Lifebeam Technologies, Ltd d.b.a Vi. Prior to joining Waverley Capital, Jamie co-founded and was CEO of Alpha Audiotronics d.b.a. “Skybuds” (acquired by Lifebeam Technologies, Ltd.). Skybuds was a pioneer in wireless audio with national distribution in retailers such as BestBuy, Equinox, etc. Prior to Skybuds, Jamie was an associate at Saban Capital Group, a private investment firm specializing in the media, entertainment, and communications industries. Earlier in his career, Jamie worked at UBS, Apollo Global Management, and Sling Media. Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a dual concentration in Finance and Operations & Information Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Bryan co-founded and currently serves as COO of Karate Combat. Robert has spent the majority of his career investing in both public and private markets. Most recently, Robert founded and served as Interim CEO of MedSec which has established itself as the worldwide leader in cyber security. Prior to MedSec, Robert founded Metaval Capital after working at Cyrus Capital, Magnetar Capital, and BHR Capital. Robert oversaw investments in large public companies such as a top ten shareholding in Western Digital as well as smaller companies such as a controlling investment in Virgin America where he was instrumental in the airline’s initial funding. Robert began his career at Goldman Sachs after graduating summa cum laude with both a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Economics at The Wharton School.