Thursday, April 26, 2018


British Open Sport Sambo 2018

British Sombo Federation
British Open Sports Sambo Championships
April 21st 2018

Burston Hotel Folkestone

This years British Sport Sambo event was held at the Ballroom of the Burston Hotel. This Hotel is near Folkestone Harbour and beach and made an ideal venue for those wishing to make the British Open a weekend experience

Medal Winners

The Ballroom was a luxurious venue far removed from the normal clinical Sports centre, the event was organised by English Sambo President Colin Carrott ably assisted by National Coach John Clarke and Keith Costa plus we must not forget all the other officials who officiated without whom the competition could not run.

The event was very well supported with players from all over England, Scotland, N Ireland, Germany, Holland and Ghana plus there were many Eastern Europeans who now live in the UK. 

The Senior Men’s event was very well supported, plus we had an unusual amount of Masters participating, sadly the Women’s event had very low entry, the BSF need to make a determined effort to encourage more women. The Cadets 11 year to 14 years was very poorly attended and next year will be dropped from the event, National Coach John Clarke has said if there is a demand for a British Championships for Cadets he will run an event at his Club.
Ashley Costa

There featured some tremendous matches with some really big throws and submissions and lots of surprises. Ashley Costa came out of retirement to win Gold in the Masters Event and was awarded throw of the day. The throw of the day is awarded to the Gold medallist who performed the best throw. 

Tom, Georgio, Jonathan 

Jonathon Heron (Cheshire Sambo) Northern Ireland Army Doctor was back on the scene and won Gold in the Senior Men’s event, Georgi Goergiev (Cheshire Sambo) the Veteran Coach/Fighter won Gold in the Masters and the Seniors keeping up his continual winning record. Billy Wilshire (Fightworx) has been improving over the last few years, training at various venues, always turning up Squad session as well as entering many events home and abroad, this proved a dividend when he won the Gold medal in style.

There were two shock defeats first was Tom Burton (Cheshire Sambo) a top Class Judo and Sambo Player who was expected to take Gold that was until he met James Rogers (Team Mushin) whom specialises in arm locks and leg locks . Tom was dominating the match but when they went to the ground he was caught with a Leglock, the same happened in the Finals to 18-year-old Lewis Clarke (one of the Clarke dynasty) Warriors Grappling Academy who succumbed to the Leg Lock. 
Ryan Cottom

The next favourite was Ryan Cottom Warriors Grappling Academy who was matched against a very strong German Jannik Wezill when the match finished they both had 1 point each but the German had a positive point while Ryan’s point was a negative point so therefor he lost the match

National Coach John Clarke with son Lewis
This event was used as a selection process for Sport Sambo Players for those who wish to be considered for International Events. The World Master are not restricted to one fighter per country per weight so all Masters Competitors will allowed to enter the World Masters in Morocco in October. The World Seniors in Romania in November the BSF have selected the following

Men u74kg Billy Wilshire (Fightworx)

Men u90kg James Rogers (Team Mushin)

Men u100kg Jonathon Heron (Cheshire Sambo)

Men u82kg Ryan Cottom (Warriors Grappling Academy)

Combat Sambo Players for World Seniors will be selected at the British Open Combat Sambo event to be held in Scotland in June. All those selected will be registered with FIAS through Colin Carrott

The Presidents Cup will be held in September in Belfast the organisers have yet to decide whether we have a British Team or teams from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland

British Sambo has come a long way since I formed the British Sombo Federation in 1986 and there is more to come

President Martin Clarke with Robin Hyslop Pete Wise John Clarke 


Boys u35kg

Gold: Atli Myers (Spitfire)

Silver: Ibai Ennor (Spitfire)

Boys u50kg

Gold: Ben White (Spitfire)

Silver: Mustafa Zahid (Counter Combat)

Boys u70kg

Gold : Muhammed Khan (Counter Combat)

Silver: Jack Andrews (Spitfire)

Girls u64kg

Gold: Zoe Klunder (Holland)

Silver: Izzy Namey (Spitfire)

Cadet Boys Open

Gold: Ethan Brims (Bedford)

Silver: Harvey Wilkinson (Burnley)

Bronze: Mohammed Elasmar (Counter Combat)

Ladies Open

Gold: Zoe Klunder (Holland)

Silver: Megan Woods (Spitfire)

Bronze: Francesca Aspey (Spitfire)

Masters u68kg

Gold: Tom Lewis (Spitfire)

Silver: Tamas Javori (Warriors)

Masters u45, u74kg

Gold: Ashley Costa (Warriors)

Silver: Michael McKittrick (Team Mushin)

u45, u82kg

Gold: Lee Carrott (Spitfire)

Silver: Adam Lindrop (Team Mushin)

Masters u45, u90kg

Gold: Oleg Sibilev (Sambist Academy)

Silver: Ian Bloy (Warriors)

Masters u45, u100kg

Gold: Georgi Georgiev (Cheshire Sambo)

Silver: Vladimir Vokresenskiy (Sambist Academy)

Bronze: Steve Charlton (Warriors)

Masters u45, +100kg

Gold: Barry Gibson (Red Star)

Silver: YuriyHabarov (Sambist Academy)

Bronze: David Reed (Sambist Academy)

Masters +45, u74kg

Gold: Keith Brown (Warriors)

Silver: Michael Edmonson (Burnley)

Masters +45, u82kg

Gold: Steve Morrison

Silver: Martin Hennessy (Warriors)

Bronze: Keith Hadman (Spitfire)

Masters +45, u100kg

Gold: Brian Lister (Yorkshire Sambo)

Silver: Peter Wise (Warriors)

Men u62kg

Gold: Ruslands Nielands (Bournemouth)

Silver: Tom Lewis (Spitfire)

Men u68kg

Gold: Ruslands Nielands (Bournemouth)

Silver: Micheal McKittrick (Mushin Academy)

Bronze: Tom Lewis (Spitfire)

Men u74kg

Gold: Billy Wilshire (Fightworx)

Silver: Owain Cullen (Warriors)

Bronze: Alhassan Timmy (Ghana)

Men u82kg

Gold:Jannik Wezill (Germany)

Silver: Ryan Cottom (Warriors)

Bronze: Lauris Zelvis (Bournemouth)

Men u90kg

Gold: James Rogers (Team Mushin)

Silver: Lewis Clarke (Warriors)

Bronze: Tom Burton (Cheshire Sambo)

Men u100kg

Gold: Jonathon Heron (Cheshire Sambo)

Silver: Nils Reedam (Holland)

Bronze: Danny Carrott (Spitfire)

Men 100+kg

Gold: Georgi Goergiev (Cheshire Sambo)

Silver: Barry Gibson (Red Star)

Bronze: Jack Wilson (Sambist Academy)

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