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Learn the history of Sambo

The pioneers of Sambo were Viktor Spiridonov and Vasili Oshchepkov. The two men independently developed two different styles, which eventually cross-pollinated and became what is known as Sambo.
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The pioneers of Sambo were Viktor Spiridonov and Vasili Oshchepkov. Oshchepkov died in prison. Oshchepkov spent several years living in Japan and training judo under its founder Kano Jigoro. The two men independently developed two different styles, which eventually cross-pollinated and became what is known as Sambo.