Sick rolling submission in the Sambo Worlds finals

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sick rolling submission in the Sambo Worlds finals!

This Sambo match took place in the final of the Low-middleweight (74 kg) division with Uali Kurzhev (RUS) vs Stsiapan Papov (BLR).

Sambo was developed by the Soviets in the early 20th century as a hand-to-hand system for the military. It consisted of an amalgamation of Judo, Mongolian wrestling and many local wrestling styles from Georgia, Armenia, etc.


Today, there are about three main sportive styles of Sambo. The one in the video above is sport sambo, which is pure grappling but without chokes and twisting leglocks.

There is also an American freestyle version, known as freestyle sambo, which is the same as above but with chokes and twisting leg locks allowed.

The type with striking and grappling is combat sambo – very similar to modern MMA and closer to the original. The Russian military practices this style, the sporting outlet of it makes it very effective and practical.

The Russian military also has a non-sportive style that consists of “quick and dirty” combatives weapon retention and self-defense type moves.

Sport Sambo match
Sport Sambo match

The pioneers of Sambo were Viktor Spiridonov and Vasili Oshchepkov. Oshchepkov died in prison as a result of the Stalin’s purges of 1937 after accusations of being a Japanese spy. Oshchepkov spent several years living in Japan and training judo under its founder Kano Jigoro.

In 1968, the FILA accepted Sambo as the third style of international wrestling. In 1985, the Sambo community formed its own organization, Federation International Amateur Sambo (FIAS). In 1993, FIAS split into two organizations, both of which used the same name and logo and the two groups were often referred to as FIAS “East” (under Russian control) and FIAS “West” (under US and Western European control).

This split mirrored the last days of Cold War politics of the time as well as the recent break-up of the Soviet Union.