What is Sambo? The Russian combat Martial Art explained

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Brief History

Sambo was originally created by the Soviet Union in the early 1920s to be used in close combat for soldiers. It is very similar to Catch Wrestling because the creator of Sambo made it with the creator of Catch wrestling. The pioneers were Viktor Spiridonov and Vasili Oshchepkov. These men trained under the founder of Judo in Japan for several years which is why many of the technique are similar to Judo move.

Sport Sambo vs Combat Sambo

Sport Sambo is stylistically similar to older Catch Wrestling and Judo, but with a few differences in rules, protocol, and uniforms. More akin to Catch Wrestling, and in contrast with Judo, sambo allows various types of leg locks, but it does not allow the use of choke holds. It also focuses on throwing, ground work and submissions, with very few restrictions on gripping and holds.

Combat Sambo is used and was created for the military, combat sambo is very similar to modern mixed martial arts, including extensive forms of striking and grappling. Combat sambo allows punches, kicks, elbows, knees, headbutts and groin strikes. Competitors wear jackets as in sport sambo, but also hand protection and sometimes shin and head protection. The first FIAS World Combat Sambo Championships were held in 2001. The World Combat Sambo Federation, based in Russia, also sanctions international combat Sambo events.

Which form or Sambo to choose?

I believe it is best to train a wide variety of martial arts to keep yourself safe not only in the cage, but also on the street. Sport Sambo is good as a starting martial art, but it is limited and does not allow you to fully protect yourself in a situation on the street. It also prohibits certain moves that would be allowed in many mixed martial arts leagues. Combat Sambo not only trains you better for a mixed martial arts fight, but it is also better for fighting on the street. It is better for street fighting because there are no rules in a street fight and you just want to stop your opponent as fast as possible and leave. Combat Sambo allows choke holds and groin strikes unlike sport Sambo. It makes sense, because it was created for soldiers in combat. There are no rules that soldiers follow in close combat during war so this would transfer perfectly to a street fight.

Sambo for MMA?

One of the most popular UFC fighters out there now is a Sambo specialist. I did an article on him here. His name is Khabib Nurmagomedov and he has destroyed all of his opponents so far even the popular fighter Connor McGregor. Sambo is very effective when it comes to mixed martial arts. It already incorporates many mma ideas such as grappling, and submissions, and chokes holds.

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