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KON PAPPY

Kon Pappy has had an illustrious career with State, National and World Titles in Freestyle Wrestling, Greco Roman Wresting, Sambo, Sumo, No GI Grappling, Sports Jiu-Jitsu and Karate. Kon has also World Championship Titles for Veterans in Sports Jiu-Jitsu, No GI Grappling and Pankration.

Title History


  • 1981 won the State School Boy Champion Wrestling

  • 1981 placed 3rd in NSW Title School Boy Championships Wrestling

  • Won Junior, Senior and Veteran Championships in Wrestling

  • Has won 18 Australian Championships in Freestyle, Greco Roman, Wrestling, Sambo, Sumo, Karate and Pankration

  • Four times world champion in Sports Jiu Jitsu and Pankration

  • Represented Australia in 11 countries around the world


Career Highlights and Achievements


  • Kon started training in 1979 at the Newtown PCYC

  • His inspiration to protect himself was born from being bullied as a thin kid

  • Kon began with Judo and then Olympic Wrestling

  • Refereed and judged the UFC for from 2010 to 2018

  • Kon has trained athletes that have won state and Australian titles in MMA, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Sambo

  • National Coach for Pankration from 2006 to 2018

  • World coach for Pankration for five years

  • Has trained six world champions -Pankration

  • Has trained over 20 Australian Champions from 1994 till today in Wrestling, Pankration and MMA

  • Kon has judged at 20 Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Philippines and in 2015 was inducted to the Fighting Hall of Fame for four decades of representation.

  • Kon’s expertise as an authority in wrestling has been sort by National Rugby League (NRL) Clubs Manly and St George as a tackling coach.

  • Training footballers to tackle opponents with different physiques and strengths is a powerful testament to wrestling.