Sambo is a sport and a form of self-defense established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. Under the leadership of Sambo’s forefathers V.S. Oshchepkov, V.A. Spiridinov, and A. A. Kharlampiev, indigenous fighting styles from regions including Japan, China, Mongolia, India, Africa, Europe, North America, Caucasus, and Russia were studied and blended into what is now known as Sambo.

After generations of civilian and military refinement, Sambo has evolved into an extremely formidable fighting art with principles applicable to martial artists of any style. Sambo’s arsenal includes, but is not limited to, strikes, joint locks, chokes, throws, ground fighting, and weapons. Like all fighting systems, Sambo continues to grow and evolve in both its sport and combat variants.

This is not to say that strength, power, and technique do not play a role in Sambo. Quite the opposite, refined technique, power, and strategy are integral to Sambo’s effectiveness and training. As students progress, they begin to negotiate an individual balance between strength and movement - fortifying devastating strikes, throws, and combative techniques. In essence, every practitioner practices a system of Sambo unique to his or her self. Unlike most other martial arts, Sambo does not practice standardized kata or forms.

Who Do I Know Of That Uses Sambo?
If you follow MMA then there are quite a few very famous fighters who were Sambo fighters. One of the most famous being Fedor Emelinaneko. If you don’t know who Fedor is, he was considered the top ranked pound for pound fighter in the world for a very long time. He dominated the heavyweight MMA scene and was undefeated for nearly 10 years and he was also the Pride Fighting Heavyweight Champion, as well as a Sambo World Champion 3 separate times. Fedor is still considered one of the best fighters to ever compete in Mixed Martial Arts.

Another well known Sambo Fighter is former UFC Heavyweight Campion, and current fourth ranked UFC heavyweight, Andrei Arlovski. Arlovski is the first fighter to ever knock out UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson, and he is also a European Youth Sambo Champion, as well as a Silver medalist in both the World Cup and World Sambo Championships.

Can I Train Sambo AND Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
You can, and you should! Both are great grappling arts that will mold together very well. Sambo will help your Jiu Jitsu game a lot with its Judo throws and leg log attacks. If you want to take your BJJ game up a notch then Sambo is a great way to do that.

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