The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has been around a lot longer than most people believe, however; it was introduced to the world on a cold evening in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993, and called the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The premise was beautiful in its simplicity: to simply answer the question of which martial art is most effective. Fast forward over 20 years and we now have a sport that jockeys for top position in popularity in many countries.
Even with the evolution of the sport of mixed martial arts and the popularity of cross-training that has become more or less mandatory for any type of success in the sport of MMA there are still some purist out there who are insistent on the idea that their art is the one and only art they need to be successful in combat sports.
In the video below, we see two combatants that hold such beliefs. The first is a Judoka who is skilled in the art invented in nineteenth-century Japan by Jigoro Kano while his opponent is skilled in the Russian art of Sambo. Sambo, which literally means “self-defense without weapons”, was developed in the 1920s by the Soviet Red Army in an effort to improve their hand-to-hand combat skills by combing the most effective techniques from a variety of martial arts including Judo.
What we witness below is, in fact, the evolution of both of these sports as there is no rule set employed in this unsanctioned contest and both men take advantage of techniques used outside of their primary art, however; it is very clear to see the primary fighting styles employed in this back and forth battle.
Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…