Wednesday, September 30, 2015




Sambo and Judo may look similar which they are, Sambo’s origins came from Judo. In fact at the 2014 World Sambo Championships the Japanese felt that Sambo was coming home. Yet the thing that separated the two in the beginning was the Philosophy.

Kano saw  “Judo is more than just a sport or Martial Art, it is a means of Physical and Cultural Attainment” in other words “it is a way of producing better human beings” While Oschepkov one of the founders of Sambo and student of Kano envisaged this style of grappling as a way to train Soviet Troops to fight. He and others wanted a system that could keep the troops fighting fit without inflicting serious injury on themselves

So everything was revolved around a battlefield hand-to-hand combat scenario. So even when they invented a sporting element i.e. competition the emphasis was still on the battlefield. That is why you get a Total Victory for throwing someone on their back and remaining standing. In the World Championships in Italy in the 1990’s one of my fighters fought an Italian and made a dummy attack and his opponent literally fell over his own feet, the referee gave a Total. The audience booed him, he looked up pointed his finger at the man on the ground and went bang bang. He was saying in a Battlefield situation he would be dead. Now some have said why no strangles in Sport Sambo once again you go back to the Battlefield where a broken arm or leg does not kill a person but takes him out of the battle and most probably takes a comrade out because he will need medical attention. When I first started Sambo in the 1970’s hold downs were not allowed once again in Battle you did not have the time to roll around the ground, the same goes for strangles.

Now whether this all-true or just some old soldiers giving me a yarn I do not know but it does make sense. Now a days Sport Sambo is what it says it is a dynamic sport and the recently introduced Combat Sambo is an extra arm of Sambo to take in account the modern phenomenon of Strike and Grapple

Martin Clarke
FIAS Grandmaster


President Cups 2015

2nd British Presidents Cup
 Event City Manchester

First in the South now in the North, the Presidents Cup is travelling around England to promote Sambo. Manchester is a very vibrant City their Town Hall where there was a reception was spectacular as were the Manchurian people.

The Presidents Cup was in  the format of a real sports show and festival, best described by two words: beauty and friendship. 
It promoted Sambo not just as a sport but also as a day of entertainment this is a response from One of the Spectators, an ex Army student of CombatSombo mine he is a very high graded Martial Arts Players specialising in Defendo he made a rather interesting comment
Dan Diamond 

" Martin as you know I have been all over the World and seen many Martial Arts Tournaments but this has to be the best ever and the reason Why is that you managed to make a standard style tournament into an entertainment event. with great lighting, music commentary laser show it has been brilliant"

Danny Carrott scoring 

Just before the start of the competition, the organisers surprised spectators and participants with an exciting laser show and a performance by the famous British DJ with the stage name “Liv Knight” aka Elizabeth Knight. Liv Knight, one of the five best DJs in England, has just returned from Las Vegas, where she successfully performed a series of concerts.  Event City was packed, just like the previous year. And once again, as in 2014, the audience included a lot of Britons of all ages - seniors, teenagers, families with children and middle-aged people
GB Team

The British Sombo Federation part in this spectacular was to supply Table Officials, Marshals, Referees and most importantly to select the British Team who were Debbie Jackson, Emma Herd, Bradley Belsey, Casey Belsey, Dan Diamond, Danny Carrott, Danny Roberts and Coach John Clarke. Last year the GB Team were pooled with 3 commonwealth Teams, they won only to lose to the Russians. This year there was just 6 teams but the British Pool was a lot harder they had a strong team from Spain and a Commonwealth Combined Team consisting of Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Cyprus and Australia. Their first match was against Spain who they beat 6 to 1. 

Father and Son
The next match was to be a hard one, which was against the Commonwealth and the match, which was to decide whether we could go through was the 74k featuring Englishman Dan Diamond in his first International Competition in the Sambo. Dan had looked very impressive in his match with the Spaniard but both Dan and Team Coach John Clarke knew his match with the Commonwealth competitor was to be a hard one. John had done a very good job coaching the British team and is very passionate so when the Spanish Referee made a debateable call, John made a very vocal and impassioned plea to the Mat Chairman to no avail. The British Team and the British Audience were sure there had been a mistake but there were 3 referees and there decision has to stand right or wrong, as you cannot have outside influences effecting the judgement of the referees.
GB went  on to beat the German Team to take a well deserved Bronze
Combat Sambo Belt

The British were waiting impatiently for final round of Combat Sambo, where Clempner was competing. But Mokhnatkin didn’t give them a chance to enjoy it - a hit and rush following right after it led to a knockout. The championship belt of the first-ever British Combat Sambo Grand Slam went to Russia, like the President’s Cup, which the Russian team will take back home with them tomorrow.

The evening before the Presidents Cup there was a reception for various dignitaries at the Manchester Town. The Town Hall was a stunning place if you ever get the chance you must visit. Manchester Town Hall  opened its doors to all guests and organisers, partners and friends of the tournament. The Town Hall is a beautiful building in the Gothic Revival style built in 1868. The grounds of the Town Hall are decorated with sculptures of people who played an important role in the city’s history, and yesterday inside the building were the elite of British Sambo - the people who have made and continue to make the history of this martial art in the UK and the Commonwealth. The reception was attended by Princess Catherine, who spoke warmly about Sambo as a tool for unifying countries and peoples at the start of the evening.

Several members of the British Sombo Federation were honoured by receiving Certificates “For Outstanding Achievements and Contribution to the Development of Sambo in Great Britain and the World” they were:

Martin Clarke, Matthew Clempner Senior, John Clarke, Robin Hyslop, Valerie Clarke, Keith Costa, Colin Carrott, Alan Kontozi.

A Posthumous Award was made to Russell Dodds who sadly passed away early this year and the organisers made special mention of him and the work he had done for Sambo 
Press Conference 

So what of the future will the Cup return next year? Where will it be staged? We wait with baited breath

More information and photos can be found at:

BSF Officials at Presidents Cup without them the Competition would not run

John Clarke
GB Coach
Rebecca Stock
Table Official
Colin Carrott
Channel Smith
Table Official
Adam Lintop
Sue King
Keith Costa
Comp Supervisor
Sian Chapman
Table Official
Hayley White
Table Official
Chris Soper
Paul Sawyer
George Loscombe
Robin Hyslop
Stephen Sweetlove
Vadim Kolganov
David Diamond
Jamie Marzetti
Stuart sands



British sambo history


President's Sambo Cup 2015 in Manchester had a Great Success

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Sambo - what is it?


British sambo's history & President Cup Press Conference

The main event leading up to the President's Sambo Cup starting in Manchester tomorrow was a press conference for the tournament held in the memorial hall of the second largest city in the UK.  The speakers at the main media event included FIAS President Vasily Shestakov, Chairman of the Sambo Association of the British Commonwealth Michael Parker, President of the British Sambo Federation Martin Clarke and member of the organising committee for the cup Leo Malim.

Full report can be seen at

Monday, September 21, 2015


Photos Landrover run

Landrover Run for Presidents Cup

Saturday, September 19, 2015


Presidents Cup Land Rover Run

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Land Rover Run will deliver the prestigious trophy to Manchester for the II President's Cup
The II President’s Cup Sambo Trophy (Photo: FIAS)
MANCHESTER, September 18, 2015 - The Land Rover Run, starting out in St Petersburg and traveling to Manchester, will be delivering the exquisite trophy to the II President’s Cup tournament. Alexander Kuznetsov, representative of the organizing committee, has announced that the Land Rover Run will commence on the 20th of September at 15:00pm at the Mitninsky riverside.
«This is the first ever auto run from St Petersburg to Manchester; its main aim – to promote and further develop sambo in Europe” said Kuznetsov. The event’s route will be via countries of northern Europe and Benelux. Each step of the journey in each country can be monitored on the official FIAS
As part of the II President’s Cup, alongside the team competitions where 8 countries will compete, the first ever promotional Combat Sambo Tournament “British Combat Sambo Grand Slam” will take place in an open weight category. The invited participants of this tournament are: Mikhail Mokhnatkin (Russian – European Champion), Bjorn Bachmann (Germany), Sidi Mohammed Bouarfa (France), Constantine Soldatov (Kazakhstan), Genko Ivanov (Bulgaria), Matthew Clempner (World Championship 2012 medalist, and 2 time World Judo Cup winner), Diego Vazquez Montes (Mexico) and Aaron Frederick (winner of the Pan-American championship 2015)
Last year the Russians took home the prestigious trophy; it’s made of 12 natural stones and gems such as jade, jasper, turquoise, pearls, Rhodonite, Beryl, sapphire, Amber, Malachite and Aventurine stones, all together weighing almost 10kg. In the final of the I President’s Cup in London, the Russian team went head to head against the Great Britain team, beating them 7:2.

Friday, September 18, 2015


Colin Carrott Technical Director Sport Sambo


Colin Carrott has been appointed as BSF Technical Director for Sport Sambo. He come with a wealth of experience:

2 x World Masters Bronze
5th Dan Judo
1st Dan Jiu Jitsu
3rd Degree CombatSombo
5th Degree Sambo
BSF Senior Referee
BSF Master of Sambo
President English Sambo Federation
Training St petersburg Russia

He coaches at Warriors Grappling Academy Sittingbourne and Spitfire sambo & Judo Club Capel Le Ferne. He is available for Coaching Courses throughout the UK for the very reasonable price of £150 for a 5 hour course plus expenses


Matthew Clempner Combat Sambo Technical Director

The BSF have just appointed Matthew Clempner Senior as our Combat Sambo Technical Advisor

Matthew comes with a wealth of experience he was World Sambo Bronze medallist, competed for GB in the Olympics for Wrestling, President of FORMA UK, FORMA International Master of Sambo, 7th Dan Judo, 7th Dan Jiu Jitsu

His duties are to expand and develop Combat Sambo throughout Great Britain on behalf of the British Sombo Federation.

Coaching in Dubai

Martin Clarke

President BSF

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