Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Summer Camp 2015

IBF Summer Camp 2015
Nobby Clarke
Times have changed when Nobby Clarke 6th Dan founder of IBF UK started the First Camp at the St Mary’s Bay Schools Journey Centre St Mary’s Bay New Romney Kent in 1966  in those early days it was fundamentally a British Judo council supported event and stretched over 2 weeks, one week of Juniors and one of Seniors. 100 Judoka on each week was not unusual.
Junior Week First Senior Week 2nd Senior week
In the early 1970’s the Camp was closed to make way for a housing estate. Nobby moved the Camp down the road to the Army Cadet Camp Jefferstone Lane St Mary’s Bay. A smaller venue but was ideal for the Martial Arts as no one else could use the facility. At this time he parted company with the BJC and became the British Rep for the International Budo Federation led by Dutchman Peter Schonewille an the course changed from just a Judo Course to a Martial arts course featuring Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Karate, Tae Kwon Do etc.
Marget Clarke-Ron Reeves-Peter Schonewille- Daniel De-Walle-Nobby Clarke  ACF Camp 1982

The course featured many top Instructors from GB, Europe, Japan, Canada and USSR and the Camp went to 4 weeks, 2 weeks of Juniors 2 weeks of seniors and for many years there was 100 on each week. The highlight of the Camp was the last Saturday where there was the Senior Grading in all Martial Arts. There has been occasions when 40 people were taking various Martial Arts Dan grading’s. The event attracted people from far and wide just to watch this spectacular. 
Instructors Summer Camp ACF 1990's
Paul Sargent- Tony Benchley- Brian Woodhall- Brenda Jones-Steve Jacobs-Martyn Skipper-John Harris

The grades were handed out after all the mats were picked up and the Venue cleaned and tidied. After the presentation people would vanish to the Pub to celebrate or commiserate but all got thoroughly intoxicated and the party never finished till the early hours. The problem was at 8am the following morning Nobby would up shouting time for lot to go home go on clear of, a lovely wake up call after a heavy night.
1990's ACF Camp
Sadly Nobby had a stroke in 1988 he died in 1990 and his son Martin took over for several years the Camp carried on as normal but time were changing with more legislation and regulation coming with how to run Children’s Camp the time had come to finish with the Junior side of the camp as it was not no loner financial viable, this finished in the 1990’s. With foreign holidays becoming more popular the idea of spending a week at a Martial Arts Camp sleeping in dormitories became less attractive so by 2000 the Camp was just one week of seniors and in the early 2000’s the ACF Camp was sold and demolished. 

The camp then moved to a brand new ACF Facility in St Martins Plain Folkestone and this lasted till 2011. The ACF told us we were no longer allowed to use the facility as the Army were taking over the venue.
Dibgate Summer Camp 2000 plus
So what to do that was the question to get a reasonable priced facility with accommodation in August was impossible. John Clarke Martin’s son came up with the idea of having a weekend Camp at the Swale Martial Arts Club in Sittingbourne.  Martin had his doubts but as John said numbers at the last Camp was just 30 people and only operated over 4 days, he also pointed out that people will not give up more then a couple of days for their hobby.
Camp 2015

So the Camp is now a weekend in its 4th years I sure Nobby  would be disappointed but also happy that it is still run and by  the 3rd generation of Clarkes
John Clarke Head to Head

This years course was a great success with most of the pupils sleeping overnight on the Tatami, well I say sleeping training and partying till 5am is not always the best thing to do before a grading. Many took the grading and three obtained various levels of Dan Grade Cyeanne Eaton   was awarded of 1st Dan Judo, George Loscombe 2nd Degree CombatSombo and Tim Thomas 4th Dan Judo. It was remarked by the Examiners that they have never seen such a perfect demonstration of Kime No Kata and John said his arm locks were phenomenal

Examiners and Instructors for the course were Trevor Davies 6th Dan, John Clarke 5th Dan, Greg Garside 5th Dan, Colin Carrott 5th Dan  
IBF Judo Panel Colin Carrott 5th Dan Trevor Davies 6th Dan John Clarke 5th Dan Greg Garside 5th Dan 

Full results of the IBF grading.
Mitchell crosswell
Orange 3 tabs
William Brice
Orange 3 tabs/Green Belt Sambo
Izzy Namey
Junior Brown
Connie Lawrie
Francesca Mental Aspey
Juris Lescenko
Brandon Springett
Richard Seaman
Blake Southfield
Nathan Johnson
Fergus Hamilton-Jones
Cyeanne Eaton
1st Dan
George Loscombe
2nd Dan Combat Sombo
Tim Tomas
4th Dan
The standard was very high indeed, and all above well deserved their grades.
Well done
John Clarke
5th Dan
Top of Form

Bottom of Form

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Sambo History part 2


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British Sombo/Cambo/Sambo History

With the 2nd Presidents Cup soon upon us I thought I would write a small article on the History of Sambo in Great Britain
Martin Clarke World Silver 1986

Originally Sambo was under the supervision of the British Wrestling Association during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. FILA (International Amateur Wrestling Association) formulated a Sambo Sub Committee in which BAWA Chairman Burt Jacobs was a member of; he then introduced Sambo to Great Britain.

The first problem Sambo Wrestlers incurred was the name in the 1970’s Sambo in the English speaking world was considered racist so the BAWA decide to use the Russian Spelling which was Cambo, so in the 1970’s BAWA practised Cambo to appease the PC brigade. Some years later the Americans came up with name Sombo that was used throughout the English-speaking World but as the years went by the correct translation of Sambo was in use. As of today the only country to use the word Sombo is Great Britain, most people do not associate the word Sambo with racism accept for our own Sports Council. The British Sombo Federation were advised some years ago that if we used the term Sambo for our organisation we would lose our Governing Body status, we have asked again to change the name to its correct spelling and am awaiting a reply.

My own involvement started about 1973/74 as a very competitive Judoka I wanted to try other styles of grappling at the time there was only two other styles in GB Cambo and Olympic Free style and I tried both winning a few medals. In 1977 I decide to try for the 1980 Olympic Games so all my energies went into training in Judo as part of he BJA Olympic Squad

Although I had reasonable success in the BJA winning 2 National trials and an All England my bid for the Moscow Olympics was not successful, I made a return in 1983 after a competitive layoff of 3 years to take a place in the 1983 National Squad but my heart was no longer in competitive Judo but I did make a come back in 2001 to win the World Masters.  I needed a different challenge so I managed a spot with the British Jiu Jitsu team in the 1984 World Championships in Canada were I won a silver. On the return flight I read an article in the Daily Telegraph how the World Games was to be held in London in 1985 and one of the sports was Sombo.

On my return I contacted Burt Jacobs of the BAWA asked if I could take part in the trials for the British Team. I was shocked to be told that GB was not entering team as no one was running Sombo in GB he invited me to the Wrestling Academy in Salford and then asked me to reboot Sombo and select a Team for the World Games which I did. Sadly I received no help from previous Sombo organisers who had lost interest in the sport in fact the only person from the 1970’s to be involved in Sombo since that decade apart from myself was Matt Clempner. The British Team had considerable success at the World Games 4 Bronze, 1 Silver (yours truly) 1 gold. At the end of 1985 myself Trevor Roberts and Tony represented BAWA at the World Championships in San Sebastian Spain where I was place 5th

With the popularity of Sambo/Sombo on the increase FILA decide to let Sambo Players under the guidance of Fernando Compte to form an independent International Sambo organisation and FIAS (Federation International Amateur Sambo) was born in May 1985 and I have been part of that since its inception. With the separate Federation Burt Jacobs BAWA told me that Sombo could no longer be associated with the BAWA so he advised me to form a New British Sombo organisation, which I did.

I was lucky that I already had an Martial Arts Organisation in GB which I headed the International Budo Federation and at the British Sombo Federation inaugural meeting in 1986 it was senior members of that organisation who took up the various positions on the new executive Committee. The were Martin Clarke President/Chairman, Brenda Jones Secretary, Alan Kontozi Treasurer, Dave Boulding, Valerie Clarke Committee. This was a complete new beginning for Sombo in GB and a learning curve for all of us as there was none of the old guard involved. Some years later in 1995 the Sports Council of GB recognised us as the Governing body for the Sport of Sombo and the BSF would becoming integral part of FIAS with two Presidents Cups held in GB and Myself being awarded a FIAS Gold medal to celebrate 75 years of Sambo just 10 medals were given throughout the World and I was the only one outside e the Easter Block to be awarded one, although I have won 3 World Sambo Silvers this medal was the pinnacle of my career. Who would have believed when I read that newspaper article on the Plane in 1984 I would be where I am now
2010 a lot heaver and bigger then 1986 

Sambo is now divided into two sections Sport Sambo and Combat Sambo and it development in the last 5 years has been phenomenal in the 1985 World Championship there was about 18 countries in last years Worlds in Japan there was nearly 100, Sambo is certainly the Grappling Sport of he future

Friday, August 21, 2015


Garlic Chi


Thursday, August 20, 2015


Who will represent Russia in Combat Sambo British grand Slam?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


British Sambo Open 2016




British Open Sport Sambo Championships
Open to all 
BSF Affiliated Associations
FIAS Affiliated Countries

Saturday April 2nd 2016

Swallows Leisure Centre Central Avenue Sittingbourne

Age Bands Male/Female
15,16,17 Year Youth/Matched
Senior Men 18 and above
62k 68k 74k 82 90k 100k 100k+
Senior Ladies Matched 
Masters 35 to 45/Over 45 Matched

FIAS rules will apply

Weigh In 10am 

Entry £20 per competitor per weight
This entry Fee includes entry to Combat Wrestling

Correct Dress will be expected for all groups
Red-Blue or Reversible Jackets- Red-Blue Shorts
Sambo Boots

Entries Payable BSF
Closing Date March 12th 2016

There will No Walk Overs Competitors can move up a weight group. To be considered for World and Europeans you must win your weight group, your name will then put forward to BSF selection Committee

Entries Payable 
By Cheque British Sombo Federation
PayPal Sombogb@blueyonder.co.uk
Internet Banking Contact IBFBCSA@Gmail.com

118 East Street Sittingbourne Kent ME10 4RX

There will No Walk Overs Competitors can move up a weight group. 
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