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Where does Combat Sambo originate from?

I wish there were more combat sambo training places near me, I don't just want to learn it as a martial art but I also want to understand more about it's history. I did some digging around recently and came up with some stuff you might find interesting...

Combat Sambo is a martial art that originated in the Soviet Union. It was developed by the Soviet Red Army in the 1920s and 1930s as a means of hand-to-hand combat training for their soldiers.

Combat Sambo combines techniques from various martial arts and fighting styles, including judo, wrestling, and boxing, as well as elements of street fighting and self-defense. It was designed to be practical and effective in real-world combat situations, and it emphasizes throws, take downs, and submission holds.

Combat Sambo is still popular today and is practiced in countries around the world, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and the United States.

In Combat Sambo, practitioners wear a special uniform called a "kurtka," which is similar to a judo gi, but made of a thicker and more durable material. The kurtka has reinforced sleeves and shoulders to protect the wearer from strikes and grappling, and it also has a collar to allow for choking and strangling techniques.

Combat Sambo training typically includes sparring, drilling, and conditioning exercises, as well as practice with weapons such as knives and sticks. It also includes training in self-defense techniques, such as how to defend against attacks with weapons and how to escape from holds and restraints.

Combat Sambo competitions are held in a ring or mat, and they are divided into two categories: sport Sambo, which is similar to Olympic wrestling, and combat Sambo, which allows for strikes and submission holds. The rules of the competition depend on the specific organization or event, but in general, the goal is to either throw, take down, or submit the opponent.

Combat Sambo is considered to be a very effective martial art for self-defense and combat situations, and it is still popular today in countries around the world. It is also taught to military and law enforcement personnel in some countries as part of their hand-to-hand combat training.

Cheers, hope that was a good read.

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