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Team USA President: David Sixel


David  Sixel started his martial arts career in 1971 under the training of  Master Joseph Parks, Master Ok Hyung Kim, and, in 1998, Master John  Townsley. David's current rankings are purple belt Jiu-Jitsu, 4th dan  Tae-Kwon-Do, 4th dan Hakido, 4th dan Judo, and 9th dan Pankration.   David has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career, ranging in his capacity as a student, competitor, instructor,  coach, and referee.  


David is currently the president of the USA Federation Of Pankration Athlima and Vice President of the World Federation Of Pankration Athlima. Dave is also a certified instructor in group, personal, and senior fitness and cross-training and is a USCCA-certified conceal-and-carry handgun and home defense instructor.  

Sixel's USA Martial Arts and Fitness mission is to improve each client's quality of life and health through innovative, effective fitness training and nutritional coaching. These tools are needed to become healthier and physically stronger, motivate others to live well, and challenge others creatively to live fuller, smarter, and healthier lives. Our goal is to invoke long-lasting change that will positively impact our community.


Purple belt Jiu-Jitsu 

4th dan Tae-Kwon-Do 

4th dan Hakido 

4th dan Judo 

9th dan Pankration

Last 24 years~
2000- Part of team USA receiving the gold medal at world pankration championships, Athens Greece
2001- Inducted into the hall of fame society, Purdue University
2005- Silver medal in the Puerto-Rico open world championships.
2005- Inducted into the Martial Arts Legion of Honor
2006- Gold medal at the European championships, England.
2007- Became FILA world pankration referee, Geneva Switzerland
2008- Elected USAFPA President
2008- Team captain and manager of the U.S. team in Brussels and Paris, France,  in Tirana Albania, and in Ivanano Russia
2009- Team president of gold medal team in Lithuania
2010- Team president and manager, Cracow Poland
2010- Team president, World Combat Games, Beijing China
2011- Team president of the silver medal team in Belgrade Serbia
2012- Inducted to the Karate Masters hall of fame.
2012- Team leader Sparta Greece
2012- Elected Vice President to World Pankration Athlima Federation

2012- Received certification as a International Proponitis and Hellanodikis

2018- Team USA coach in Australia winning the Les Scar Cup 

2018- Received 9th Dan Certification in Pankration by the World Federation awarded in Moscow Russia

2022- USCCA certified conceal & carry handgun and home defense instructor


Tony Bennett

Vice Presidednt


Karen Maki



Vickie Sixel 



Daniel Campos

Chief Referee

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