Tuesday, December 09, 2014


World Cadets Thanks Presidents Cup

World Sambo Cadets 2014
December 4th – 7th

Thanks to Presidents Cup

This was the first time in over 20 years that the BSF have sent a British Team to the World Cadets Championships the last time we participated FIAS was a lot smaller and the Cadets etc were included in the main World Championships. Our team consisted of Fighters Richard Seaman, Fergus Hamilton, Brandon Springett, Mick Seaman Manager, Martin Clarke BSF President, Valerie Clarke BSF Hon President. 
The Team

The reason we could enter this year was because of the President Cup held in September money made from that event funded the three lads who entered the rest paid their own way. 

The Presidents Cup has created a great deal of interest in Sport Sambo and Combat Sambo, the BSF have been inundated with enquiries lets hope they all turn into members. The Success of Sambo has created a lot of MMA Clubs claiming to do Combat Sambo, which they are not. Both Sport Sambo and Combat Sambo are Jacket Combat Sports if they are not training with a jacket they are not doing any form of Sambo. 

The BSF is the governing body for Sambo/Sombo in GB recognised by UKSport and FIAS, the BSF is a Federation of Associations and has 10 affiliated Sambo Organisations contact the BSF on IBFBCSA@Gmail.com for more info.. Hopefully we will see a rerun of the Presidents Cup in 2015 the Dartford Glow was the ideal venue and attracted a full audience

Now back to the World Cadets:

The flight to Cyprus was no problem and getting through Customs was a joy from leaving the plane till we were in the Taxi 20 minutes that has to be a record then an hour drive from Pathos to Limassol, the hotel Navarria was excellent, food was good but the room did not meet Valerie’s standards (nearly a Sharon moment), The Spiros Kyprianou Stadium was very big and excellent but sadly very few spectators. As per usual the Coach trip to the venue was horrendous

Our First and only fighter on day 1 was Richard Seaman his match was against Apanasevich from Belarus. Richard made the mistake of trying fight him like Judoka, where you feel your fighter out first, this is not what happens in Sambo. 
Richard in Blue

Samboist have much larger range of techniques in their arsenal and come out all guns blazing he defeated Richard with a leglock His opponent got to the final so Richard has chance of a Bronze and his opponent was Amaandeldi from Kazikstan although Richard lost this the fight but it went nearly the whole distance, Martin told him to take the fight to his opponent and this he done making many attacks, twisting out of throws and escaping armlocks he eventually lost 12 pt to 0 . This was not a disgrace he fought like a Sambo Player and with a liitle more experience will become a potential International Medallist 
The Controversy 
Just before Richards match an argument had occurred over a score given by the Referee seconds before the end of the bout. An appeal was made to look at the dreaded video playback this resulted in a 10-minute argument with the score remaining. Then Richard was called to the mat and was stopped again because yet another argument arose over the same score, which still remained. Sports are becoming more and more reliant on Video how long before the Referee is obsolete. There were three experienced Referees and Judges who all gave the same decision their judgement should be absolute. Years ago when I served on the FIAS EC you could make an appeal BUT NOT on a judgement Call i.e. a score, Video will prove a hindrance rather then a positive thing

Cyprus is the ideal place for a competition in December the temperature is 74 F and it is sunny, prices are cheap. Val and the boys are even used the out door pool and sea cannot be better except all drivers including Coach drivers are on the phone and the flies are every where


Day 2 saw Brendan Springett and Fergus Hamilton in action once again our boys lost there first fight and this time their opponent never went through to the final so all that way to sunny Cypress for just one fight. Brendan fought Akhmet from Kazakhstan and eventually went out after a hard fight on an armlock. 

Fergus once again fought hard but lost to Frenchman Elio on points
The Competition was very well run congratulation to the Cyprus Sambo Federation and FIAS

The standard as I have said was unbelievable, the throwing was the best I have seen and the applications of arm and leg locks for 15 year olds was phenomenal  and the one thing we have learnt is that training just once or twice a week will not get you International acclaim and you need to have a strict Sambo lesson. We in GB are inclined to mix our Grappling Sports and this does not perfect Sambo Techniques. Sports like Judo, BJJ are far to restrictive in what you can and can't do. We need more dedicated Sambo Classes in the UK at the Warriors Club in Sittingbourne we have a dedicated Junior Sambo Club and I will be starting a Sambo Class on a Monday , our hard training night covering Sambo and Judo on a Tuesday night is proving very successful

This year the BSF had enough funds to pay for the 3 fighters this will not happen next year. So in future competitors will have to pay their own way but we have a lot of time to save and next year a lot of the tournaments are in reasonable priced Countries with regard to travel costs. Europeans in May Zagreb Croatia, November World Senior Casablanca, World Cadets December Bulgaria, World Masters October Israel So if you want to compete for GB you have to enter the British Open

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