About Combat, Sport and Self-Defense Sambo

Sambo is a relatively modern martial art, combat sport and self-defense system developed in the former Soviet Union. The word Sambo is an acronym of (SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya), meaning "self-defense without weapons" in Russian. Sambo has its roots in Japanese judo and traditional folk styles of wrestling such as Armenian Koch, Georgian Chidaoba, Moldovan Trnt, Tatar Krş, Uzbek Kurash, Mongolian Khapsagay and Azerbaijani Gulesh.

Sport Sambo, is stylistically similar to amateur wrestling or judo. The competition is similar to judo, but with some differences in rules, protocol, and uniform. For example, in contrast with judo, Sambo allows all types of leg locks, while not allowing chokeholds and focuses on throwing, ground work and submissions.

Self-defense Sambo, which is similar to aikijutsu, jujutsu or aikido and is based on self-defense application, such as defending against attacks by both armed and unarmed attackers.

Combat Sambo, includes practice with weapons, including disarming techniques. Competition in Combat Sambo resembles older forms of judo and modern mixed martial arts, including extensive forms of striking and grappling. The first FIAS World Sambo Championships were held in 2001.

Sambo has been proven to be a leading self-defense martial art that has been tested in real life situations throughout the world.

Source: Wikipedia

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