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Sambo is a hybrid grappling and striking art from Russia. The word sambo is an acronym of the romanization samozashchita bez oruzhiya (Russian: самозащита без оружия), which literally translates to ‘self-defence without weapons’. Sambo was first registered as a sport discipline in 1938. The art originated in the early 1920’s when Vasili Oshchepkov and Viktor Spiridonov independently sought to integrate techniques from judo, catch wrestling, jujutsu, and various other martial arts to produce a unique, highly effective combat system to be used by the Soviet NKVD and Red Army to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities.

Sambo was kept alive outside of military combatives as various sporting disciplines, it is officially recognised as the third style of international wrestling and is governed by a number of national bodies. Sambo is growing in popularity as many people are drawn to it’s unique mix of combat styles and very limited restrictions on grips and holds. Practitioners wear a red or blue competition outfit consisting of a kurtka (similar to a judo gi) along with a pair of regulation shorts. Headguards and leg protectors are sometimes used as well. Sambo is generally split into two different styles, both of which we practise at the YSD, sport sambo and combat sambo.

Sport Sambo

Sport sambo (often referred to as sambo wrestling) is similar in many ways to traditional Judo but with various differences in rules and clothing. Sambo allows some techniques that are disallowed in other grappling arts such as various leglocks and has very few restrictions. It includes throws, groundwork, and submissions.

Combat Sambo

Combat sambo was originally developed for military use and includes the grappling components of sport sambo coupled with punches, kicks, elbows, knees, headbutts and groin strikes. Chokes are allowed (they are generally disallowed in sport sambo) and only a very limited number of techniques are banned, making it an exciting, dynamic sport.