Sambo is a Russian martial art which was officially recognized as a sport in 1938 so it doesn’t have such a long history as some of the others we teach here. There are different types of Sambo and their goals vary depending on the style. However, what they all do is show you how to end fights quickly – often done by taking your opponent to the ground and applying strikes or a fast submission hold.
Combat Sambo is the sub-class that we teach here and this includes striking, pins and grappling – chokes are also allowed, as well as punches, kicks and knee strikes. Other techniques are also technically allowed, such as head butts, but you won’t be doing those here. The style gained recognition through the work of MMA and Sambo champion, Fedor Emelianenko so if you’d like to see how Sambo is applied just check out some of his fights or those of our coach – Silviu Vulc.
And if you’re wondering where Sambo got its name it’s an acronym of SAMozaschita Bez Orujiya which means self defense without weapon in Russian.
Classes at London Fight Factory start with a vigorous conditioning warm up and Silviu, our instructor, will then move on to demonstrate techniques, set ups and positions. Students will then drill these and use them in the sparring that follows. Sparring will be included in classes, but students are only asked to participate when they, and the instructor, feel they’re ready.
For your first few classes you’ll just need shorts and a t-shirt with no zips, buttons or pockets.
Depending on your level of experience, you’ll also need to buy, or consider buying, head protection, open-fingered gloves (similar to MMA gloves, but with more padding), and shin/instep guards on the legs.
Potential students are welcome to try out one of our classes for free. Just click on the ‘Free First Class’ button and let us know when you’d like to come down. Please note though that we do ask for at least 2 days notice.