Tuesday, June 05, 2018


Free sport sambo

The recent Sport Sambo Course run by National Coach john Clarke was a great success details of the September course below

Sport Sambo Course 
with John Clarke BSF National Coach 
Saturday  September 22nd 2pm to 4pm. 
The last  we have run have had over 20 on them. Not to be missed and it’s FREE
BSF Sombo Centre of Excellence
127 East Street
ME10 4BL

Friday, May 18, 2018




Top of Form

This has recently appeared on the FIAS web site something I am totally against WHY?

Sambo main attraction apart from the Sport is that is Non Political, Non Religious and accepts people from all over the World. By accepting this dress code for a minority religion changes that because Sambo has to conform to an Islamic agenda at the expense of all other religions and non-religious people. Sambo should remain Secular

Also the reasons Muslims want this is to preserve their modesty does that mean they think those women not wearing this garb are NOT MODEST? Is this Garment Modest?

Once you make a change to the rules to suit just one section of Sambo you will have to be obligated to make changes to other groups:
1)  Many women and some men feel wearing shorts is undignified. So do we change the rules for them to wear Trousers?
2)  Reports have been made that Colours can affect a persons judgement and mental state, these are mainly bright vivid colours. So if someone complains a Red Jackets is bad for them are we expected to let them wear another colour
3)  Would you allow a Sikh to wear Turban if not why not?

These are just three examples

I have been involved in Sambo since 1975 as a competitor and official for a while I was a member of the FIAS Council and am now am British Sambo Federation President. In all those years I have met people from all over the world and never once has religion ever came into my dealing with them, the one thing that united us was Sambo and the fact that its regulations were common to us all. If this dress code goes though (which I expect it has) Sambo will not have Common Goal.

I am not sure people would want to belong to an organisation that put religious doctrine before the interest of the Sport will survive. By accepting this dress code FIAS will cause division in its ranks and membership will not increase but fall. Muslims are welcome to Sambo but they must conform to our rules as everyone else does, if they find that difficult join another sport.

Martin Clarke

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Has been wishes to say something

I no longer do much Coaching if any I leave that up to others I have taught, I am basically an administrator. It is very rarely I comment on Judo/Sambo/Jiu Jitsu clips but I have a little experience in competing and training

So here are a couple of my thoughts

1)   Teaching children I have always thought that they should be loyal to one club, mainly for their benefit as belonging to several clubs and having several coaches is confusing and in the long run detrimental to their improving. Yet I believe they should enter as many competitions as possible and belong to many organisations. This will help them and also keep their coaches up to date. In the past when I taught 1 tried my best to be at all competitions my students attended. Yet in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s things were a lot different if you wanted to you could attend a minimum of 2 competitions a month throughout the Country, which was not unusual. In those days in grappling sports there was just Judo, Free Style Wrestling and Sambo now we have multitude of Grappling Sports, which obviously spreads the participants. When youngsters are about 14 years then I used to encourage them to visit other clubs.

2)   With Adult Novices I would still use the premise of the first 6 months to Year stick to the same club and Coaches after that you should spread your wings if you want to. In my area there would be many clubs who offered a good competition night but those were the days when Judoka would train 4 times week sadly that is not the case today 

3)   The amount of times I have heard a parent saying my youngster will make the Olympics without any idea what that entails and of course when the Youngsters has had enough who do they blame yes the Coach. It is strange that Parents still live their dreams through their children instead of realizing the achievement is that offspring enjoyed their time in Judo and met many people from different walks of life

4)   Training to be an Olympian or World Class player is not easy and requires lots of dedication, sacrificing your social life and costing a lot of money. Plus you may not even make it even if you make it that doesn’t mean you will become rich in fact most probably you are years behind your friends who concentrated on their work, just ask yourself how many Olympians have become household names? If you are a family man your family has to put up with the hardships I know mine did. Yet after all this there is something inside you that drives you on to become Olympian/Champion even if you did not make it you still have the pride I TRIED 

Wednesday, May 02, 2018


Back to Basic Judo



SUNDAY JULY 8th 2018

Betteshanger Sports and Social Club

Cavell Square
Deal CT14 9HN

10am till 4pm

Cost £10

This course is being organised by Mick Davies 5th Dan who has 50 years in Judo and has been a successful Competitor and Coach. The course is designed to Judoka back to the fundamentals of Judo teaching all aspects of the Sport/Martial Art

It is Open to older Juniors and Seniors of all grades. No matter what organisation you are with

At £10 it is a snip especially as Teas, Coffee and Cold drinks will be available free of charge

For Further information contact Mick at mickdavies333@gmail.com.

Sunday, April 29, 2018



Why the Name Sombo?
The reason it is called British Sombo Federation is because we are recognised by UKSport for the Sport. The BSF have been told if we change the name to Sambo we will lose our UKSport recognition something we are not prepared to do just to appease people who do not our Sport. FIAS the International Sambo Body accept our name and understand why it is used. If Sambo comes an Olympic Sport it will need government recognition. I will agree the UK are now the only country using the word Sombo. It obvious that people are not aware of the history of the word Sambo, it used to be a derogatory word for Black people and was seen as a racist hence the reason why we used use the word Sombo. Sombo we was introduced in the 1980's to avoid to complaint of Racism. This was introduced by Josh Henson the USA President and was for the English Speaking Countries supported by FIAS. Before that the Brits used the word Cambo in the 1970's. I think the Word Sambo is no longer considered a Racist term in the English Speaking Countries but until UKSport accept this we will continue use the Word Sombo in the BSF as we have to accept we live in a PC World

Thursday, April 26, 2018


British Open Sport Sambo 2018

British Sombo Federation
British Open Sports Sambo Championships
April 21st 2018

Burston Hotel Folkestone

This years British Sport Sambo event was held at the Ballroom of the Burston Hotel. This Hotel is near Folkestone Harbour and beach and made an ideal venue for those wishing to make the British Open a weekend experience

Medal Winners

The Ballroom was a luxurious venue far removed from the normal clinical Sports centre, the event was organised by English Sambo President Colin Carrott ably assisted by National Coach John Clarke and Keith Costa plus we must not forget all the other officials who officiated without whom the competition could not run.

The event was very well supported with players from all over England, Scotland, N Ireland, Germany, Holland and Ghana plus there were many Eastern Europeans who now live in the UK. 

The Senior Men’s event was very well supported, plus we had an unusual amount of Masters participating, sadly the Women’s event had very low entry, the BSF need to make a determined effort to encourage more women. The Cadets 11 year to 14 years was very poorly attended and next year will be dropped from the event, National Coach John Clarke has said if there is a demand for a British Championships for Cadets he will run an event at his Club.
Ashley Costa

There featured some tremendous matches with some really big throws and submissions and lots of surprises. Ashley Costa came out of retirement to win Gold in the Masters Event and was awarded throw of the day. The throw of the day is awarded to the Gold medallist who performed the best throw. 

Tom, Georgio, Jonathan 

Jonathon Heron (Cheshire Sambo) Northern Ireland Army Doctor was back on the scene and won Gold in the Senior Men’s event, Georgi Goergiev (Cheshire Sambo) the Veteran Coach/Fighter won Gold in the Masters and the Seniors keeping up his continual winning record. Billy Wilshire (Fightworx) has been improving over the last few years, training at various venues, always turning up Squad session as well as entering many events home and abroad, this proved a dividend when he won the Gold medal in style.

There were two shock defeats first was Tom Burton (Cheshire Sambo) a top Class Judo and Sambo Player who was expected to take Gold that was until he met James Rogers (Team Mushin) whom specialises in arm locks and leg locks . Tom was dominating the match but when they went to the ground he was caught with a Leglock, the same happened in the Finals to 18-year-old Lewis Clarke (one of the Clarke dynasty) Warriors Grappling Academy who succumbed to the Leg Lock. 
Ryan Cottom

The next favourite was Ryan Cottom Warriors Grappling Academy who was matched against a very strong German Jannik Wezill when the match finished they both had 1 point each but the German had a positive point while Ryan’s point was a negative point so therefor he lost the match

National Coach John Clarke with son Lewis
This event was used as a selection process for Sport Sambo Players for those who wish to be considered for International Events. The World Master are not restricted to one fighter per country per weight so all Masters Competitors will allowed to enter the World Masters in Morocco in October. The World Seniors in Romania in November the BSF have selected the following

Men u74kg Billy Wilshire (Fightworx)

Men u90kg James Rogers (Team Mushin)

Men u100kg Jonathon Heron (Cheshire Sambo)

Men u82kg Ryan Cottom (Warriors Grappling Academy)

Combat Sambo Players for World Seniors will be selected at the British Open Combat Sambo event to be held in Scotland in June. All those selected will be registered with FIAS through Colin Carrott

The Presidents Cup will be held in September in Belfast the organisers have yet to decide whether we have a British Team or teams from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland

British Sambo has come a long way since I formed the British Sombo Federation in 1986 and there is more to come

President Martin Clarke with Robin Hyslop Pete Wise John Clarke 


Boys u35kg

Gold: Atli Myers (Spitfire)

Silver: Ibai Ennor (Spitfire)

Boys u50kg

Gold: Ben White (Spitfire)

Silver: Mustafa Zahid (Counter Combat)

Boys u70kg

Gold : Muhammed Khan (Counter Combat)

Silver: Jack Andrews (Spitfire)

Girls u64kg

Gold: Zoe Klunder (Holland)

Silver: Izzy Namey (Spitfire)

Cadet Boys Open

Gold: Ethan Brims (Bedford)

Silver: Harvey Wilkinson (Burnley)

Bronze: Mohammed Elasmar (Counter Combat)

Ladies Open

Gold: Zoe Klunder (Holland)

Silver: Megan Woods (Spitfire)

Bronze: Francesca Aspey (Spitfire)

Masters u68kg

Gold: Tom Lewis (Spitfire)

Silver: Tamas Javori (Warriors)

Masters u45, u74kg

Gold: Ashley Costa (Warriors)

Silver: Michael McKittrick (Team Mushin)

u45, u82kg

Gold: Lee Carrott (Spitfire)

Silver: Adam Lindrop (Team Mushin)

Masters u45, u90kg

Gold: Oleg Sibilev (Sambist Academy)

Silver: Ian Bloy (Warriors)

Masters u45, u100kg

Gold: Georgi Georgiev (Cheshire Sambo)

Silver: Vladimir Vokresenskiy (Sambist Academy)

Bronze: Steve Charlton (Warriors)

Masters u45, +100kg

Gold: Barry Gibson (Red Star)

Silver: YuriyHabarov (Sambist Academy)

Bronze: David Reed (Sambist Academy)

Masters +45, u74kg

Gold: Keith Brown (Warriors)

Silver: Michael Edmonson (Burnley)

Masters +45, u82kg

Gold: Steve Morrison

Silver: Martin Hennessy (Warriors)

Bronze: Keith Hadman (Spitfire)

Masters +45, u100kg

Gold: Brian Lister (Yorkshire Sambo)

Silver: Peter Wise (Warriors)

Men u62kg

Gold: Ruslands Nielands (Bournemouth)

Silver: Tom Lewis (Spitfire)

Men u68kg

Gold: Ruslands Nielands (Bournemouth)

Silver: Micheal McKittrick (Mushin Academy)

Bronze: Tom Lewis (Spitfire)

Men u74kg

Gold: Billy Wilshire (Fightworx)

Silver: Owain Cullen (Warriors)

Bronze: Alhassan Timmy (Ghana)

Men u82kg

Gold:Jannik Wezill (Germany)

Silver: Ryan Cottom (Warriors)

Bronze: Lauris Zelvis (Bournemouth)

Men u90kg

Gold: James Rogers (Team Mushin)

Silver: Lewis Clarke (Warriors)

Bronze: Tom Burton (Cheshire Sambo)

Men u100kg

Gold: Jonathon Heron (Cheshire Sambo)

Silver: Nils Reedam (Holland)

Bronze: Danny Carrott (Spitfire)

Men 100+kg

Gold: Georgi Goergiev (Cheshire Sambo)

Silver: Barry Gibson (Red Star)

Bronze: Jack Wilson (Sambist Academy)

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Photo's British Open Sambo 2018

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