Sambo is a Russian combat system that has stemmed and evolved into a very diverse system of fighting, mostly popularised by MMA & Sambo champion and legend Fedor Emelianenko.
SAMBO is an acronym of Russian words “SAMozaschita Bez Orujiya” – “Self-Defense Without Weapon”.
Sambo was created around the 1930′s. Official recognition in 1938. At first it was named “free-style wrestling”, then “free wrestling,” and in 1946 was renamed “SAMBO.” This system is a compilation of techniques from a number of martial arts including Japanese and Chinese martial arts; national martial arts of USSR area natives (Georgians, Armenians, Mongols, Russians etc.); Judo and many other forms of combat.
At the time of the 2nd world war the system was widely “tested” by the Soviet army. SAMBO experts acquired many lessons on criminal street fighting, and a number of these techniques were included in SAMBO. SAMBO continues to evolve with new techniques and modified old ones.
Sambo is broken in to 3 main systems:
- Sportive sambo (olympic sport)
- Self Defence Sambo (army sambo)
- Combat Sambo (very similar to MMA in a Gi)
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