Monday, November 28, 2016



Thursday, November 24, 2016


World Sambo Day 3 16 results


World Sambo 2016 Results Day 2

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


World Sambo results Day 1

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


World Sambo Championships 2016


2016 31st FIAS World Sambo Championships

Sofia Bulgaria

The first FIAS World Championships was held in 1985 in San Sebastian Spain, the British Team for that event was Martin Clarke, Trevor Roberts and Tony Bull representing the British Amateur Wrestling Association, The British Sombo Federation was formed a year later and would be the FIAS affiliated body. Martin managed a 5th place. As this event was held in the Basque Region of Spain, national politics was involved and instead of being a 3-day event the National Government made FIAS take just one day to finalise the event. At the first World Championships there was not the numbers of today.

This year Worlds was excellent the Hotel was good with good food, plenty of buses to take people to the venue and at regular intervals. The event at the Stadium was organised extremely well and went like clockwork congratulation to FIAS and the Bulgarian Sambo Federation. With over a 100 countries able to participate this is always difficult.

This was the Bulgarian Federation 60th Anniversary so a meal was arranged for Delegates it consisted of traditional Bulgarian Food and Wine followed by Traditional Music and dancing a fantastic night enjoyed by all

The large stadium had 3 mat areas Mat 1 Sport Sambo Women Mat 2 Sport Sambo Men Mat 3 Combat Sambo, large TV screens were situated around the building so you could see the matches from every angle and the whole thing was streamed live on the net

Putin is a Keen Sambo enthusiast

The standard throughout the Worlds is getting better year on year, so we saw the big throws, Knockouts etc. in the early rounds but as we neared the finals matches were becoming extremely close. Not the most exiting for the uninitiated but for the Sambo enthusiast you saw some exciting tactical battles. In the past we saw the Eastern Block Countries (Ex Soviet Union etc.) but now we are beginning see the emergence of many other countries throughout the World putting their foot in the door’

The countries who are taking on the established Sambo countries are only being able to this by training with Financial help from government or sponsorship. We in Great Britain do not get any financial help from UKSport even though we are the UKSport recognised body. UKSport are only interested in Olympic Sports that win Olympic medals with Elite Athletes yet winning Olympic Medals may be prestigious for UKSport and Government but it has been proven that it does not encourage people to take up sport with maybe the one exception cycling. UKSport and the Government must realise that the Olympic Games is not the be all and end all of Sport. There are many different Sports in the UK which are not represented in the Olympic Games and these need to be supported so more people will get the benefits of Sport.

The British Team consisted of Martin Clarke BSF President, Valerie Clarke BSF EC, Matthew Clempner Combat Sambo Technical Director, Robin Hyslop SSF, Matt Clempner Combat Sambo, Karl Etherington Sport Sambo, Ryan Cottom Sport Sambo, Dean Hunt Combat Sambo, Lloyd Sweeney Combat Sambo, Martin McDwyer Combat Sambo. Apart from Matt Clempner this was the first time the rest of the Competitors have attended a World Championships. 
Matt in Action

Matt Clempner fighting u100 kilo fought on the first day beating the fighter from Kyrgyzstan then bad luck befell him while fighting on the ground Matt dislocated his knee so he was out of the competition. This was a major disappointment as I feel he could have beaten the Bulgarian who went on to win Bronze
Rayn Cottom with Martin Clarke

None of the other British Fighters won a match but one young man looks like to have a good future and that was 20-year-old Ryan Cottom. Ryan is already a very experience BJA International Judo Player but for sometime now has trained with National Sambo Coach John Clarke at the Warriors Grappling Academy Sittingbourne he won the British with great panache. His one and only fight was against the Fighter from Slovenia , he dominated the fight at one point the Slovenian got a penalty point for passivity as the match was drawing to a close the score was 8 -7 to the Slovenian. Ryan made a sacrificial attack (in Judo it is called a Sumi Gaeshi) now many of us that thought that he had scored 4pts but no the referee awarded to the Slovenian. The referee when questioned said as Ryan dropped on to his back to execute the throw The Slovenian grabbed his leg his logic was that the Slovenian had countered the initial throw? Now if you get chance to watch the fight you will have to make up your own mind, Ryan lost 7 -12 BUT he is young and has a great future in front of him

 Attached is a poster for the British Open I hope you will all attend plus look to for more details of Sambo events in the UK

Thursday, November 17, 2016


[FIAS TV] XXVII Congress of the International Sambo Federation took plac...


FIAS Congress


It is that time of the year again when we have the FIAS International Sambo Federations International Congress followed by the World Sambo Championships. This year it was held in Sofia Bulgaria November 10th and the Worlds were November 11th - 14th 

FIAS was formed in 1985 and I have been involved with them since then, my first outing was the World Games in 1985 held at Crystal Palace London. Since then I have attended most World Championships and Congresses and what changes I have seen since those early days

At the very start Congress was held in small restaurants with about 10 nations everyone speaking different languages with the hope some could translate. Now we have over 88 nations affiliated and many more participating for the first time, Congress is held in large stately Halls each person is given an earphone with your own personal translator and the whole thing is organised in a very professional manner. FIAS is now a large organisation with many professional staff with offices in Switzerland and Russia. It is a very professional organisation covering all aspects required to make it an Olympic Sport in fact I would go as far as to say a lot of International Sports Federations could take a leaf out of the FIAS Book.

Previous Presidents like Fernando Compte  (FIAS Founder) Josh Henson USA David Rudman Russia were part of the early build up BUT is was the arrival of the present President Vasili Shestakov that we saw real advances made into the Sport of Sambo his connections with Government, Businessman and many others took us to another level from a small organisation to one with over 100 countries affiliated. His Team of Mr A Klymanko (First Vice President) Mr S Gopi (Legal)   R Ferraris (Gen Sec) Mr S Eliseev (European President) and the rest of the Committee members are sometimes forgotten but they as much a part of the Team that makes FIAS such a great organisation.

The congress went of very smoothly as with most AGM they can be a bit mundane what I found interesting was the Calendar of Events which can be seen on the FIAS Web site especially the announcement of next years World Championships which will be in Sochi in Russia and the Europeans in Minsk Belarus. The French delegation brought up a couple of interesting points

1)   a maximum weight for Men and Women as this seems to be the direction of other Grappling styles. Not sure if I agree with that early in the Congress we heard from Suresh Gopi that FIAS had enshrined the Olympic ideal of no discrimination yet here was an idea that we should discriminate against Heavy people? Maybe put an extra category i.e. for Over 125k?

2)   It was also brought up that in Amateur boxing the Head Guard has been abandoned because it is alleged it causes more problems then it serves. Yet if Combat Sambo accepts this, the rules may have to change with regard to Head Butts especially. Once again not every thing is straight forward

Many of the items will be brought up at the British Sombo Federation AGM in January

Martin Clarke

Wednesday, November 09, 2016


Judo IBF/YJC 1970's

YJc members after success in IBF Multi Nations Frankfurt 1970's  Trevor Waghorn Geoff Doyle Jim Fulwood Martin Clarke Bill Leigh Craig Scott

Trevor Waghorn Norman Clarke Chris Leach Andy Roberts Bill Leigh Drew Cullen Martin Clarke Jim Fulwood  Sue selling Paul Ryder Marcella O'Hare Paula O'Hare Jo Branchett

IBF Multi Nations Herne Bay 1970's

IBF Team 1970's John Harris Tim Leader Ricky Mackay Trevor Waghorn Unknown Steve Billet Trevor Davies

IBF National Kemsly

IBF National Kemsley

IBF Multi Nation GB Team Herne Bay

Tuesday, November 08, 2016


IBF Congress 2016

Monday, November 07, 2016


Submission Wrestling

Over 20 years ago  I saw some video Tapes of something called Combat Wrestling, then it was basically Freestyle Wrestling with Submission Holds. Seeing the attached link it has changed considerably it seems to be a mixture of Sambo, Judo and Freestyle. It looks very interesting and could be a useful transition to those who are used to Jacket Style Wrestling to try a No Jacket Wrestling Style.
Still in its infancy but its worth having a look at especially for those who want to try a multitude of Grappling Styles. Lets also not forget our British Styles, Cornish Wrestling, Cumberland and Westmorland and sometimes referred to as Back Hang, Highland Wrestling and Catch as Catch Can. There are lot of great styles of Grappling yet to tried

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