Although IMMAF and Australian National Coach Sev Kostov has moved back to his home country of Bulgaria we’re honored to be able to announce his Black Belt Certification from IMMAF in London today.
Sevastiyan was a huge part of President Richie Cranny’s team at IMMAFA over the past couple of years, involved in many of the projects that put our federation firmly on the world map.Before moving to Australia he was the National Combat Sambo Champion several times, multiple Sanda National Champion and multiple Kickboxing National Champion of Bulgaria. He also has an MMA record of: 7-3-1.From all the team at IMMAFA, we congratulate you Coach and hope to see you back here in Australia one day.
I am honored to receive the highest recognition for my work into MMA sport, and I humbly appreciate the honor and responsibility to be the first Bulgarian to receive IMMAF Black BeltAs you know I hold several black belts for which I do not care much, despite all of them are received by achievements in the sport.I recently got my BJJ purple belt, after being 14 years blue belt and one of the first blue belts in my country. I never cared about BJJ grading since I am too old to need belt stimulus to train, and I always did BJJ as part of my MMA training.However this recognition from IMMAF – International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is something very dear for me and something I dreamed for. Since MMA is the sport I put all my passion and studies, and the complexity of the sport itself allowed me to showcase myself as a coach, and the depths of it keeps fascinating me, and inspire me to work for development go into rabbit holes for systemizing it.Last but not least I appreciate this recognition coming from you and the community of high level martial artists behind IMMAF it represents, and I humbly thank you.Personal thanks to IMMAFA – International Mixed Martial Arts Federation of Australia president Richie Cranny, and Brian Ebersole, Joseph Luciano and everyone else from the great coaches and athletes involved in IMMAFA who work selflessly for the MMA sport in Australia.As I said before, this is one more reason that connects me forever with the team in Australia, and I will always be working for development of the sport whenever I find myself.I want to thank all my coaches, which shaped me as an athlete and coach:Mehmed Mehmedov – the person who introduce me to the martial arts pathVasil Valkov – my first kickboxing coachMarin Chongov – the coach who taught me to fightValentin Davidov – my boxing coachKrasimir Cholakov – the person who taught me to throw my crossIwajlo Nedkov – the most technical boxing coach everEmil Apostolov – the coach who made me championVasil Vatov – my sambo coachKiril Alexiev – the coach who introduced me to MMAStoyan Saladinov – Coach of the Bulgarian National Combat Sambo team and my godfatherLubomir Guedjev – the coach who introduce me to BJJPaulo Rigon – my BJJ coachYuliyan Hristov – my wrestling coachAndrey Moshanov – who raised my coaching skills with his advicesKristian Popov – my current grappling coachI want to thank to my family and especially my mother Svetlana Kostova who supported me to train in my early years, and my wife Iliyana who gave me the reason to keep wining in my last competitive years.Last but not least I want to thank to all champions of FCBT and FCBT Aus – who helped me with their blood and sweat to develop my coaching system. Thank you team for your trust in me and letting me experiment with you to develop my knowledge.To all my champions:Vladimir PavlovMiroslav ZaharievKristiyan ToshkovPetar PetrovDimitrius FlorosYavor LazarovTodor HristovGeorge VelkovAlex KrumovStefan PetrovEmiliya PavlovaDimitar KamenovSlavi StudenkovMario DimitrovVasil MilenkovAlexander ConevBogdan GeorgievDelyan IlievRadoslav IvanovБорислав ЛазаровРадина ШуитцоваIvan KolevJordan VekilarchevSvilen PetkovViktoriya TeofilovaDaniel BetovAnita DoganovaNeda HristovaAmeer MoodAlex StanoevGeorgi GeorgievMario StefanovMiroslav HadzhijskiKristiyan ChristovJoan KochovAntonio GaberovMaddy KingLiam BentonShaan OlsenMartin DonchevMichael TepouSamuel Benton