Friday, February 27, 2015


CombatSombo Strike & Grapple

I have asked many people what they think of Combat Sambo, all of them have said they think it is a spectacular dynamic sport. My next question was why do you not compete? The answer was very simple they do not want the potential injury from the striking as many had to work the following day.

So I have modified the rules to my CombatSombo Strike & Grapple:
1) Knockout punches are not allowed
2) Full Face Head Gear and Body Armour to be worn
3) Strikes to Head Gear and Body Armour

Hopefully these rules will encourage more people to have a go at Strike & Grapple. I hope to run a small tournament sometime in the near future at my club if I get suffecient demann

Strike & Grapple

Total Victory:
Submission by Strangle, Choke, Arm lock, Leg Lock (Standing or on the ground)
Throwing your opponent on his back and you remain standing.

Points Victory:
12pt margin i.e. 12 pts. to Nil. Match finishes
Highest Score at end of time.

Throws can score 4pts, 2pts and 1pt
Hold down (Pin) 10 seconds 2pts 20 seconds 4pts. Maximum 4 pts. for pin

Striking can score 1 points for successful strike, 2 points for combination strike. Combination strike occurs when two or more on target strikes land in succession.  Strikes to protective helmet or chest plate only. Strikes are 'light continuous' contact. Full contact striking leads to disqualification. No uppercuts. Maximum 4pts. for Strikes

Matches will be 3 minutes for 8 years to 11 years, 4 minutes 12,13,14,15, years, 5minutes 16 years and above.
NO Submissions for 8 years to 11 years
On entering groundwork competitors have 30 seconds to reach a pin position or be in a submission position. Once the painful hold signal is given they have 1 minute to gain the submission.

Equipment: Judo/Sambo jacket, shorts, Sambo boots, instep and MMA gloves. Full-face head guard and body armour.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Russia Sambo Expands


Leo MALIM, Executive Committee member of the Commonwealth Sambo Association (CSA).

London’s President’s Cup International Sambo martial arts Tournament was attended by over 1,200 spectators last autumn. The fastest growing martial arts discipline in the world has undergone an explosion in popularity in recent years and Britain is no exception. So how did this once niche sport with a hundred years of history attracts such a large audience?

Sambo is a combat discipline where the main objective is to get your opponent out of balance and force or throw him to the ground. In many ways, Sambo resembles its sister sports, Judo and Wrestling, where the winner is also declared by the superior margin of points earned on the basis of the quality of the attacking actions. However, there are a few significant differences in the uniforms, the gripping and throwing repertoires, and additionally, Sambo contains almost endless possibilities of forcing an opponent into submission with arm or leg bars. This brings us to a key differentiator of Sambo compared to most other martial arts — it can be seen as ‘total combat’: standing combat seamlessly flows into groundwork, and vice versa. There are minimal breaks during a 5-minute, no-compromise, fight. Referees do not interfere unnecessarily; they are in place to assure the rules are followed, but not to over-regulate the contest. It is probably for this reason that the sport is close to the British mentality, although its origins lie far from the shores of Albion. (Oldest name for Great Britain)

…In 1906, Vasily Oshchepkov, a 14-year-old Russian refugee orphan, appeared in Tokyo and joined the Judo school of Dr. Jigoro Kano. Vasily qualified as a black belt within five years and was awarded his belt by the master himself. As such, he became one of only four Europeans to achieve this high recognition. A few years later, Oshchepkov was recruited by the Russian Government and tasked to create the most advanced combat system possible for use by the military in hand-to-hand combat.
Vasily set to work and his endeavours gave rise to Combat Sambo — a blend of striking and submission techniques from all known sources including boxing, Maui Thai, and Karate as well as many types of wrestling. These encompassed all relevant wrestling techniques, but especially those honouring the heritage of the countries of the former Russian Empire. Formalised in the 1920s in the Soviet Union, Combat Sambo was classified for years and was purely employed by Soviet special forces and select army regiments. This is the origin of the term ‘Sambo’: an abbreviation of the Russian words, ‘SAMooborona Bez Oruzhiia’, or ‘Self-defence without weapons.’
However, the sporting version of Sambo (without strikes) gained momentum and became one of the most popular combat sports in the Soviet Union. It was Yasuhiro Yamashita, Olympic, World Champion and All-Japan Judo Federation President, who first formally recognized that the Russians were doing so well in Judo because they also studied Sambo. (His observation was justified as he witnessed the Russian Judo team win 3 gold’s, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes at the 2012 London Olympics).
By the late 1990s, Combat Sambo had finally arrived in the public arena, and was now fully establishing itself. There were a few experiments with the uniforms, protection, rules and regulations, and after successful trials in a few tournaments, there was the establishment of regular National, Continental and World Championships for both Sport and Combat Sambo.
Looking ahead, the 1st European Olympic Games will be staged in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2015, and Sambo (sport) will be included in the program for the first time. Hopefully this is the first step to becoming a permanent fixture in the global Olympic Games.
…In 1986 the famous British fighter Martin Clarke established the British Sombo Federation. At that time, just as at the beginning of the 1970s, this unusual type of sport in the home of football and rugby was called Sombo and even, for political and linguistic reasons, Cambo. But eventually at the insistence of the International Sambo Federation (FIAS) in Great Britain the official name of Sambo was approved in accordance with the Russian spelling and pronunciation.  (This is inaccurate UK Sport insist that it still be called British Sombo Federation. GB is he only country in the World where the word Sombo is used but we have asked permission to change the name to Sambo)
The Commonwealth Sambo Association was founded in 2012 under the guidance of its President, Lord Simon Reading. The aim of the organization is to foster co-operation between the Commonwealth countries and to promote Sambo through a number of prestige events.
The marquee event of the CSA is the President’s Cup, held at Bluewater in the UK. This was a World Cup style meeting where the 8 top Sambo nations sent their fighters to compete in a knockout tournament to win national glory. An audience saw some spectacular fights with 17 different world champions in action. In the finals, Russia overcame a strong British team and the event was hailed as a great success. A number of celebrities including Alex Reid and Zara Phythian were in attendance and cheering for their home team.
One of the most exciting elements of the President’s Cup tournament was the inclusion of so many fighters from different Commonwealth countries. There was representation from Ghana, Mauritius, Australia, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago. It was a fantastic example of the inclusive nature of the sport and it’s ability to unify fighters and create a strong team ethos, rather than focusing on individuals. The London Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums also performed at the event, which proved hugely popular with all the visiting teams as their unique uniforms and sound filled the arena.
A key initiative that the CSA is promoting is the ‘Safe Falling’
campaign that teaches children about the art of the break-fall. These lessons affirm Sambo’s social mission. Studies have shown that pensioners who had martial arts experience during their youth are far less likely to suffer debilitating falls in their final years. This has a huge knock-on effect in terms of quality of life, insurance implications and healthcare costs.
Naturally, Sambo is an excellent addition to any educational curriculum beyond the benefits that may be reaped later in life. It teaches respect, control and self-discipline, while encouraging fitness, strength and self-improvement.
It is true to say that many martial arts offer lifestyle benefits to its adherents. However, not many are so malleable and inclusive as Sambo. From army and police recruits, via professional fighters, to school children and pensioners, Sambo can be seen to offer benefits throughout society. Organisations such as the Commonwealth Sambo Association bring fresh ideas and management skills into the arena and with the explosion of interest from the general public; the future for the sport looks very bright indeed.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


French Judo is no longer democratic

Now France is out to destroy Judo ! France is supposed to be a democratic country What Right has a Sports Organisation to tell you what you can do. Time for someone to stand up to the IJF maybe challenge them in court then sack the lot of them

French Judo Federation: Immediate Ban for all Judokas Teaching MMA

This week it was announced that the European Judo Championships , scheduled for April in Glasgow, would not take place in the Scottish city.
This occurred only eight weeks before the event is due to take place following a row over a sponsorship agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
The UFC had announced earlier this month that they would support the Championships with branding, marketing and by promoting it to its audience of mixed martial artists (MMA), but the European Judo Union today claimed the sponsorship did not meet their “values”.
International Judo Federation (IJF) President Marius Vizer had warned last year that a migration of judokas to other sports would represent a “spiritual contamination” of the sport amid fears that top stars were being lured to MMA.
Now the president of the French Judo Federation, Jean-Luc Rouge, who is also General Secretary of the International Judo Federation (IJF) has officially prohibited all Judoka from teaching MMA in France (France together with Norway are one of the rare countries where MMA is still ilegal), with a threat of immediate ban from the federation. from L’Equipe Magazine :
” Anyone (in judo) caught teaching MMA (Mixed martial arts) , will be removed from the French Judo Federation, announced its president, Jean-Luc Rouge on Friday. ” MMA is illegal in France. All those (note: in judo clubs) who teach do not have the right and are liable to be written off. They put the Federation in trouble and if there is serious injury, it will be my fault.”

The Judo federation fears that some of their biggest stars such as Teddy Riner will migrate to MMA

This comes as no surprise following the comments from the same Jean-Luc Rouge who in aninterview with L’Equipe TV  said that MMA fighters were stupid :

“These new combat sports (MMA) seem like they come out of a video game. These guys are stupid enough to kill each other in front of everyone in a cage and they are well paid, so they would accept. Sport is not war! We must be able to shake hands and go have a beer together in the end, “he said
This comes a few months after IJF (International Judo Federation) was reported to be preparing a project deemed “confidential”. The French Judo Federation and Associated Disciplines (FFJDA) is the 4th biggest National Sports Federation in France with over 570,000 licensees, and plans to create a new sport, “Mixed Jujitsu Arts.” In other words, MJA. An acronym that makes you think of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), the most popular combat sport of the moment, which allows for ground strikes in addition to boxing techniques, wrestling, judo and grappling. This is obviously not a coincidence.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015


IBF GB Annual Meeting

International Budo Federation Great Britain

Annual Meeting

Judd Foley Hotel Faversham

Saturday January 31st 2015

The Annual Meeting is becoming an important part of the IBF Calendar, it is meant to cover all aspects of the IBF GB but usually concentrates mainly on Judo. With the bad weather in the North IBF personnel from Scotland and the North of England could not get down, plus the Virus that has spread locally had a knock on effect on the numbers.

1) Most have agreed 2014 was a good year for IBF  Judo tournaments maybe not the big events of yesteryear but still large comps. Young Judo Club Open saw a return to the Swallows this was attended by over 120 competitors, the club tried to organise an MMA event but had no takers. Faversham J C ran their first comp in many years and this was a great success and one his planned for 2015, Spitfire J C hold an annual Open air competition very much in the line of the Old Fashioned Fair Ground scene, this is very popular especially as it is Folkestone closed to the sea. Bedford Grappling Academy Open Judo Comp had to be cancelled because of flooding and John Clarke’s competitions at the Swale Martial Arts Club although cramped are proving extremely popular. So the Judo competition scene in the IBF looks like being on the up.

Swallows YJC Open

2) Because of the interest in Judo President Martin Clarke 8th Dan said we have to make a decision on the rules do we accept the very unpopular IJF Rules or do we devise our own? The general census was that the IJF rules can stagnate Judo especially at junior level, some suggested that we would put caveats to the IJF rules. The President suggested this could cause Insurance problem if you deviated from the rules so it was decided that a Committee consisting of Miles Brown, Keith Costa, Colin Carrott and Russell Dodds would prepare a written set of IBF GB Judo rules with the realisation that these would apply for IBF GB events. There was also a call to get more Judoka involved in refereeing, there was a suggestion that Senior players are put first so they can assist with the Juniors this was well received. Also Referees and Table Officials would be expected wear White Fred Perry Top with IBF badge and dark trousers or skirt plus dark sock or plain dark trainers to be taken off when leaving the mat, all officials to wear lanyard. Plus all officials will given Food and drink during the day and have their travelling expenses paid for

Faversham Open

3) The next was yet again the Grading Syllabus, many found the Junior Syllabus was to hard and that juniors were expected to do more then the seniors. The President said that the Syllabus is there as a guide and not built in stone. All clubs do there own grading’s and set their own standards the IBF GB become involved when a Judoka attempts to make Dan (Black Belt) status. The Dan Grade syllabus is non negotiable and the first real step into Judo. The Kyu grades and Junior Grades are just steps towards that ultimate aim, obviously each grade are important to the individual but it must not detract from the ultimate goal. The BJA use a Mon System for Juniors, Mon we believe means a gate so each grade you pass you are opening a gate to the next step in your Judo path
4) Kata was discussed at length with in the Grading syllabus and it was felt that Katame No Kata was more appropriate as the first Kata as it was more practical and was not so physical. This was good point todays students are a lot more aware of possible injury but yet again below Dan grade it is up to the Clubs to decide their own standards. The President went into quite a lengthy lecture on why we do Kata. He emphasised that Kata is like a physical history of Judo and it is what makes Judo different all other Grappling Arts. Kata is about not just perfecting a skill but the perfection of oneself.

A very successful meeting and once again a discussion group that brought some new an innovative ides

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