About

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 Calabasas and 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.

Partners

Karate Champion / UFC Analyst

Adam S. Kovacs (@skovax) has dedicated his career to combat sports as a Karate Champion, UFC Analyst, as well as numerous media executive positions. Adam became involved in combat sports as a Karate student at the age of 8 with his athletic accomplishments culminating in a WKF World Games Championship and multiple World Championship podium finishes. Adam is currently the lead commentator and analyst for the UFC on Sport TV and also one of the hosts at a weekly talk show called Trash Talk. Adam runs the Karate division at the government funded multi-sport club MTK and is also a member of the executive board of the Hungarian Karate Federation. Previously he co-founded a combat sports media company totaldamage.hu and clothing brand TDMG which continue to operate today. Adam currently serves as the Head of Karate at Karate Combat.

Actor / Martial Artist

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.

Actor / Martial Artist

Phoenix Carnevale is an internationally known Martial Arts Media personality, Commentator, actress and dedicated Martial Artist. She has experience in Karate, Western Boxing, Muay Thai, JKD and most recently Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She hosts the IN FIGHTING SHAPE PODCAST and is a regular guest host on UFC Unfiltered. She has been featured on FOX, ESPN, CNN, MTV, Daily Burn and AXS TV. Phoenix has interviewed and trained with some of the biggest names in combat sports.

Model / Instagram Influencer

Svetlana Bilyalova is a Russian socialite and model based in Los Angeles, California, who is best known for her popularity on social media, especially on Instagram, in which she has over 5.7 million followers. She often posts images of her enviable figure, as well as her workout sessions to inspire her followers, and also shares fitness regime, diet and exercise schedule with fans. She has featured on many swimsuit and sports magazines as a solo model and in groups.

MMA Champion

Chuck “The Iceman” Liddel is one of the greatest Mixed Martial Arts fighters of all time and a member of the UFC hall of fame. He burst into the MMA scene in 1998 during his UFC debut fight win against Noe Hernandez in UFC 17.  His rise to UFC champion includes most notable TKO wins against Randy Couture (UFC 52 & 57), Tito Ortiz (UFC 47 & 66), Wanderlei Silva (UFC 79) and the KO win that catapulted him into UFC stardom at UFC 31 against Kevin Randleman.  Chuck reigned as UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion for two years, defending his title five times.

CEO / Chairman

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 founded Skybuds (acquired by Lifebeam), a connected IoT hearables business. Prior, to Skybuds, Mr. Seltzer was at Saban Capital Group, a private investment firm specializing in the media, entertainment, and communications industries. Mr. Seltzer began his career at UBS after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

COO / Director

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.

CMO / Director

Kim Hurwitz joined Karate Combat in September 2017 as Chief Marketing Officer. Kim was previously Chief Content Officer for FOTV Media Networks Inc., a global digital platform she grew to 1,000 channels that featured the eponymous TV network she programmed with carriage via worldwide OTT, Dish Network (USA) and Sky (UK). She also led the company’s global partnership, distribution and syndication efforts during her tenure from 2010-2017. From 2000 to 2005 Kim was Director of Marketing for DIRECTV overseeing PPV and Advanced Products where she managed a $500mm annual P&L, returning to the national telecommunications giant as Senior Manager of Marketing from 2009 to 2010. Past positions include Vice President of Marketing, Publicity and Distribution for MWG Media, National Director of Affiliate Relations for the Tube Music Network, Regional Marketing and Advanced Products Manager for Adelphia/TCI and President/Co-Founder of the SoCal PPV Cable Group where she led 33 cable MSOs to industry-leading pay per view buy rates. The recipient of numerous marketing awards and a frequent industry panelist, Kim studied Theater Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles and possesses more than 20 years’ experience building and monetizing leading entertainment platforms and brands.

League Ambassadors

Karate Champion / UFC Analyst

Adam S. Kovacs (@skovax) has dedicated his career to combat sports as a Karate Champion, UFC Analyst, as well as numerous media executive positions. Adam became involved in combat sports as a Karate student at the age of 8 with his athletic accomplishments culminating in a WKF World Games Championship and multiple World Championship podium finishes. Adam is currently the lead commentator and analyst for the UFC on Sport TV and also one of the hosts at a weekly talk show called Trash Talk. Adam runs the Karate division at the government funded multi-sport club MTK and is also a member of the executive board of the Hungarian Karate Federation. Previously he co-founded a combat sports media company totaldamage.hu and clothing brand TDMG which continue to operate today. Adam currently serves as the Head of Karate at Karate Combat.

Actor / Martial Artist

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.

Actor / Martial Artist

Phoenix Carnevale is an internationally known Martial Arts Media personality, Commentator, actress and dedicated Martial Artist. She has experience in Karate, Western Boxing, Muay Thai, JKD and most recently Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She hosts the IN FIGHTING SHAPE PODCAST and is a regular guest host on UFC Unfiltered. She has been featured on FOX, ESPN, CNN, MTV, Daily Burn and AXS TV. Phoenix has interviewed and trained with some of the biggest names in combat sports.

Model / Instagram Influencer

Svetlana Bilyalova is a Russian socialite and model based in Los Angeles, California, who is best known for her popularity on social media, especially on Instagram, in which she has over 5.7 million followers. She often posts images of her enviable figure, as well as her workout sessions to inspire her followers, and also shares fitness regime, diet and exercise schedule with fans. She has featured on many swimsuit and sports magazines as a solo model and in groups.

MMA Champion

Chuck “The Iceman” Liddel is one of the greatest Mixed Martial Arts fighters of all time and a member of the UFC hall of fame. He burst into the MMA scene in 1998 during his UFC debut fight win against Noe Hernandez in UFC 17.  His rise to UFC champion includes most notable TKO wins against Randy Couture (UFC 52 & 57), Tito Ortiz (UFC 47 & 66), Wanderlei Silva (UFC 79) and the KO win that catapulted him into UFC stardom at UFC 31 against Kevin Randleman.  Chuck reigned as UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion for two years, defending his title five times.

Karate Combat Board

CEO / Chairman

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 founded Skybuds (acquired by Lifebeam), a connected IoT hearables business. Prior, to Skybuds, Mr. Seltzer was at Saban Capital Group, a private investment firm specializing in the media, entertainment, and communications industries. Mr. Seltzer began his career at UBS after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

COO / Director

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.

CMO / Director

Kim Hurwitz joined Karate Combat in September 2017 as Chief Marketing Officer. Kim was previously Chief Content Officer for FOTV Media Networks Inc., a global digital platform she grew to 1,000 channels that featured the eponymous TV network she programmed with carriage via worldwide OTT, Dish Network (USA) and Sky (UK). She also led the company’s global partnership, distribution and syndication efforts during her tenure from 2010-2017. From 2000 to 2005 Kim was Director of Marketing for DIRECTV overseeing PPV and Advanced Products where she managed a $500mm annual P&L, returning to the national telecommunications giant as Senior Manager of Marketing from 2009 to 2010. Past positions include Vice President of Marketing, Publicity and Distribution for MWG Media, National Director of Affiliate Relations for the Tube Music Network, Regional Marketing and Advanced Products Manager for Adelphia/TCI and President/Co-Founder of the SoCal PPV Cable Group where she led 33 cable MSOs to industry-leading pay per view buy rates. The recipient of numerous marketing awards and a frequent industry panelist, Kim studied Theater Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles and possesses more than 20 years’ experience building and monetizing leading entertainment platforms and brands.

NEW YORK HEADQUARTERS
31 West 34th Street. Suite 8042
New York, NY 10001
646-757-4691

CALABASAS OFFICE
5023 North Parkway Calabasas
Calabasas, CA 91302
310-968-9327

BUDAPEST OFFICE
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