Showing posts with label sambo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sambo. Show all posts

December 7, 2015

2015 World Sambo Championships Highlight

Our friend Reilly Bodycomb compiled a great compilation of highlights from the 2015 World Sambo Championships that was held on Morocco over the past weekend.  Excellent takedowns, sweeps, and throws demonstrated!  I am so glad that traditional avenues for folk wrestling still are alive in other parts of the world and thriving.  BJJ fever has taken over the west it seems and fewer and fewer academies are focused on the integral takedown / self defense aspects of grappling.   Thankfully even locally we have an excellent source for Sambo in Aaron Fields, he calls his dojo Seatown Grappling.

   Either way thanks to Reilly, and enjoy the throw bonanza:

December 14, 2014

Inverted Knee Bar from Sambo Championships

Thanks to Reilly Bodycomb for sharing this awesome inverted knee bar.  A lesson to always be aware of your openings even when it seems as if you are pinning / submitting / winning...

October 29, 2014

Concussions and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

A few weeks back Jared Weiner, head instructor at BJJ United in Philly, put up a very important statement regarding concussions and brain injuries in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Overall a topic few address seriously as many believe head injuries are rare in an art that contains no striking.  Sadly this could not be further from the truth especially when grappling with someone with four sharp pointy things called elbows and knees, a head, and lets not forget throws and takedowns!  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly people pass over spending time and money on one of the most important pieces of protective equipment in grappling arts... a mouth

guard, that will help prevent against concussions. 

The potential of brain damage is great and it is nice to see the topic addressed.  Words of wisdom for all of us below...

  “I was always the first person to tell someone to suck it up and fight through the pain, no matter what the circumstance was. If we were training for a tournament winning was the only thing that mattered. I can honestly look back and say that was a bad mentality and we are very lucky more serious injuries didn’t transpire over the years.
   The back story: On July 19, I was in the finals of the IBJJF NY Summer Open. My opponent executed a beautiful single leg, he lifted me up and my head bounced off the mat. I saw the “camera flash” but kept fighting (This had no outcome on the match, my opponent won with great positions, and I don’t want to take away from his victory). Immediately after the match I became very nauseous and dizzy. I found myself dry heaving in the bathroom, and I wasn’t sure how I ended up there. That night I continued to throw up and feel “off” but I thought I was coming down with the flu and left it at that. That was HUGE mistake number 1.
    Fast forward to exactly one week later: I was still feeling a little “off” but training hard anyways. All I knew was I had the Chicago Open coming up and I had to win coming off that loss in NY. During that training session I was accidentally kneed in the jaw by one of my students and knocked out cold. I have very little recollection of the actual hit, but I do recall coming to and asking what happened. I was  not really sure what was going on but I decided to keep training anyways because if I missed a day of practice (in  my mind) I would be soft and It might effect the outcome in Chicago. HUGE mistake number 2.
   Fast forward to August 3: I finally decided to go to the hospital to see what was going on with me, because since the day I was knocked out, I felt light headed 24/7.  I was experiencing horrible headaches and scalp pain. I had crazy pressure in my left eye, and I was not able to sleep. Any type of light was hurting my eyes, and worst of all I became sad, emotionless, and suffered memory loss. I was scared as I never felt like this before, and I didn’t know what was going on with me.
   I remember the doctor being really cool and trying to talk MMA and BJJ with me.  She then advised me that I suffered two back-to-back concussions within a week and that is rare and extremely dangerous. She told me it could have been fatal to get two right on top of each other. She said it will take time but I should feel normal again eventually. EVENTUALLY.
   So here I am almost three months later still stuck in this “fog”. My headaches are not as severe, but I am still walking around light-headed and really “off”. I have not been able to train live, only teach, but even that is very difficult for me these days. A lot of things have been put in perspective for me over the last three months. The last thing on my mind is medals and tournaments, but being well for my daughter and family is my priority. This has been a nightmare for me, and people who have never experienced a head injury before never really seem to understand, and its very frustrating for me. I may seem normal, and look normal, but I feel far from normal.
   I’m hoping to bring some awareness to head injuries in our sport and they are to be taken very seriously. Take some time and educate yourself on the topic and if you are ever feeling “off” from a head shot get checked out.”

June 25, 2014

Fredson Paixao - Master of the Locking of the Wrist

Known as the wristlock master, Fredson Paixao was recently interviewed by the cats at BJJ Hacks on his small joint manipulation skills.  This is a great video showcasing a rarely respected submission which is essential in self defense!  Think about it... you ain't grabbing a weapon, my arm, my clothing, or anything for that matter,
with a broken wrist.

June 13, 2014

Igor Yakimov Sambo Clinic

Thanks to our friends DSTRYRsg for sharing this great clip of Sambo expert Igor Yakimov teaching a clinic at Sambo Canada recently.  Some really nice takedowns and transitions into leg attacks (in typical Sambo fashion;).

Train Hard.  Train Smart.

March 10, 2014

Mat Manners Monday

Every now and then I like to offer a little PSA for those new to the martial arts mat, or simply those in need of better manners.  Today lets discuss body language and position on the mat while receiving instruction.

One of my, and many instructors out there, biggest pet peeves is when a student lays down or sprawls out and back, resting on their arms and/or sides.  This presents an air of disinterest and laziness, neither of which is desired in the dojo.  You should be actively engaged in your learning, and subconsciously your central nervous system goes into a state of relaxation and rest when the body is physically put into a position of relaxation.

Often times it is necessary to move and switch positions to better see your teacher and the details they are expounding, and this is perfectly acceptable.  But it never ceases to amaze me that grown adults will be so unaware of their surroundings that they will literally sit/stand in front of someone else with complete disregard for blocking their training partners view.  Pay attention to your surroundings and make sure to walk behind fellow students when repositioning yourself.  Attention to these subtleties will improve not only your martial abilities but also your social etiquette. 

March 7, 2014

Uchimata Friday

At the end of some Fridays I just feel like so many folks would benefit from receiving a loving Uchimata from me, but since that would legally be frowned upon I bring you Uchimata Friday.  Yup, that is a solid 11 minutes of Uchimata ippon action, followed by an amazing Uchimata breakdown from Sensei Yoshida (thanks Roy Dean):

March 5, 2014

Sambo Motivation

FIAS released a HL reel of sport and combat Sambo from last years tournaments.  Exciting fun stuff here:

February 10, 2014

BJJ Scout: Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann Pt II

Scout has released his second breakdown of the upcoming Rousey / McMann fight.  Excellent video analysis and technical breakdown of the clinch game and takedowns.  A lot to be learned here.  Also today is the last day to chime in on the poll to your right and let me know your thoughts on self defense topics.

  To read the entire article click here.

January 30, 2014

Seatown Sambo: Principles, Choices, Models: A Technical Skills and Coaching Seminar

My friend Aaron Fields (Head instructor at Seatown Sambo) is one of America's foremost experts in the Russian art of Sambo (Cambo) and his "specialty," if I may, is not even found in his technique, but rather his pedagogy... how he organizes, teaches and conveys material.  This seminar is EXACTLY what the martial arts world needs.  A must attend event for anyone in a coaching position regardless of style and background.

Do not miss this unique event right here in the Pac NW.

January 23, 2014

Bas Rutten and His Leg Locking Ways

As I take my first steps as a brown belt on my BJJ journey it is time to revisit the more advanced leg attacks such as heel hooks and toe holds.  These are techniques that will be legal in various tournament formats, plus now that I have some experience under my belt I can confidently apply locks safely regardless of how much of a spazz I am rolling with.

Bas Rutten is unquestionably one of the most ferocious leg attack specialists ever to fight in MMA and thanks to Jiu Jitsu Style for finding this little gem... over an hour of heel hooks and leg locks from the maestro himself:

August 21, 2013

Double Dose of BJJ Scout

The powers that be over at BJJ Scout felt guilty for taking a week off, so us lucky followers get a double dose scouting reporting on Rodolfo Vieira's Guard Passing!  Rodolfo has an incredible guard passing game and can arguably be called the BEST pressure passer in the game today.  To read the entire analysis click here or to Check out part one of BJJ Scout's Guard Passing video study:

And then the scout takes on a Positional Case Study examining the crossface Vieira is known for, as well as how Buchecha has countered the cross face pressure pass.  A lot can be gleaned from BJJ Scout's videos!  Check it out:

August 15, 2013

Flying Heel Hooks and Make Sure to Keep Your Hands Up

A great HL reel of a multitude of ways to enter into a heel hook position.  Heel hook's are often under trained or outright ignored in many grappling schools, but when it comes to an efficient method of self defense / MMA... heel hooks are unquestionably one of the best weapons in your arsenal.  Easy to apply.  A little bit of technique goes a long way, and the destruction is fight ending!  Enjoy Ian "Enty" Entwistle from Phuket Top Team:

And listen to your coach when he says keep your damn hands up:

August 4, 2013

Super Sambo Sunday

You all asked for it, you all get it... more Sambo.  Here is a great match from the 2012 Junior Championships.  A great fight that illustrates perseverance and imposing of ones will!  Enjoy!

And before you scratch your ADD itch and skip on, please take a moment to leave your info on our poll to your right and let us know how long you have been training and in what.

July 31, 2013

Survey Says.... More Sambo

According to the 30 of you that voted on our poll this past week, you all want to see more Sambo, wrestling, and Kali!  Sambo took over with a surprising 66% of the votes.  I never realized I had so many folks interested in Sambo!?  For those of you new to grappling, Sambo is a Russian martial art that is also a sport which relies heavily upon throws and takedowns, and is renown for its ruthless leg locks. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  13 (43%)
  4 (13%)
Kung Fu
  4 (13%)
  8 (26%)
Muay Thai
  4 (13%)
  13 (43%)
  2 (6%)
  20 (66%)
  15 (45%)                                                                                                       

Votes so far: 30
  I shall do my best to oblige with this nice HL clip of Igor Kurinnoy, arguably the most decorated and talented Samboist to compete.  I had the privilege of training with him a couple years back, and I can honestly say the man moves at a scary velocity (as demo-ed in this clip).  Sadly I can find VERY little actual competition footage of him online, but rest easy knowing that I will be offering more Sambo clips and highlights in the future for sure.  

Here is a recent short bio of Kurinnoy's accomplishments and a bit of history on his ascent to the top of Sambo ranks.   In the meantime enjoy these awesome throws and wicked leg attacks accompanied by native Ohio boy RJD2:

July 26, 2013

Perfect Fireman's Carry & New Poll Question

According to the poll to the right my readers would like to see more Sambo here on the Ground Never Misses.  You ask, you receive. 

Below is a textbook fireman's carry that ends with total victory (a perfect throw in Sambo is considered a fight ender just like an ippon in Judo).  Picture perfect timing and footwork, very impressive.  I am firm believer that we can learn loads from watching some of the best compete, but before you study this match make sure you throw down your vote on our poll to the right ->

May 7, 2013

Reilly Bodycomb: 2013 USA Sambo Open Silver Medalist

Our friend Reilly Bodycomb, (author, teacher, competitor of Sambo) just earned Silver at the 2013 US Sambo Open over the weekend and he has compiled his submission victories in this clip below.

I love Sambo and Reilly always keeps it exciting with dynamic leg attack entries, as well as a phenomenal firemans carry!

Congrats Reilly from The Ground Never Misses!  Huge accomplishment!

December 16, 2012

Knee Bar Nailed From Inverted Iminari Shot

Thanks to our friend Reilly Bodycomb who shared this sick clip on his FB page.  2012 World Combat Sambo Championships... Knee bar hit from an inverted Iminari shot! 

September 6, 2012

Perfect Rolling Knee Bar

A beautifully executed Viktor Roll from 7 time world Sambo champ Rais Rahmatullin..  Many grapplers are neglecting certain aspects of their game, but this clip illustrates not only the sportive efficacy of the rolling knee bar, but also consider how efficient this technique would be in a self defense situation!

August 10, 2012

Book Review: "Sambo Wrestling" by Reilly Bodycomb

Sambo coach at R Dojo and no gi grappling champion Reilly Bodycomb has just released his first book "Sambo Wrestling" and we here at the Ground Never Misses get a peak inside along with an exclusive interview with the man himself! 

No stranger to teaching, Reilly has produced several excellent DVDs including "Dynamic Entries" and two excellent volumes on leg locks, as well as coaching and competing at the highest levels of Sambo competition (took bronze at the 2012 British Sambo Open -68kg).  This text not only represents a seminal work for Bodycomb, but also for Sambo as a whole.  Through the popularity of MMA and the incessant rise in participation in all grappling systems, Sambo has become more popular in the US in recent years then ever before.  Still it is poorly understood and rarely seen outside of its own niche community.  

"Sambo Wrestling" is the first book, in English, to address the rule set and demonstrate some fundamental techniques found in sport Sambo.  And to be brutally honest it is really the first quality book on Sambo I have seen!  Previous volumes have been rather "gimmicky" if you will where the author seemed more interested in re-branding certain moves in an attempt to make his mark in the MMA community then actually teaching fundamentals of the art of Sambo.  And while there are many a volume printed in Russian, to the best of my knowledge none of those have been publicly translated.  My Russian is rusty so I cannot comment on the quality of the texts to begin with.

The color photography and larger size are what give "Sambo Wrestling" an excellent first impression.  The photo's are crisp and clear and catch the dynamics of a moving throw (QUITE difficult to do with sacrifice throws by the way!) in excellent detail.  Both demonstrator and demo dummy are clothed in opposing colors (red / blue) to make clear distinctions for grappling positions that are often rather convoluted in a two dimensional context.  This may seem trivial to some of you, but in my semi-professional opinion if the two people on screen or in print have the same colored uniforms, it is an automatic deal breaker in terms of ease of instruction.

After an excellent chapter on rules (always good to familiarize yourself with rule sets) the very first technique Bodycomb teaches is basic rolling and falling.  Absolutely brilliant!  My first lesson with any student covers basic break falls and rolling for one simple reason.... it is the most important "technique" in your self defense repertoire.  As a martial arts instructor I can honestly state that the odds of you using any kick, submission, throw, or crazy superman punch is next to nill in real life.  But I promise, dare I say guarantee, that sometime over the coming decades left in your life that you will; slip / trip / stumble / fall etc.  Statistically falls are the number one killer of senior citizens.  Now imagine if everyone had required grappling classes in elementary school and learned how to fall properly!  To the best of my knowledge this is one of the only books from any grappling system that covers break fall's and rolling.  It is not that Sambo does it so differently, it is the simple fact that Reilly had the forethought to make proper falling the first technique you learn.  Most teachers would gloss over such a minor, assumed technique.  

Over 92 pages Reilly guides the reader through some of the throws and takedowns that he feels are a bit unique to Sambo, showing variations from several grips.  A few pages are dedicated to ground work, but the majority of Sambo is played standing up and therefore takedowns and throws are the focus here including a couple of Reilly's infamous dynamic entry throws!  

I like that Reilly did not oversaturate the text with as many variations and techniques as he could find.  "Sambo Wrestling" is meant to be a solid introduction to the sport of Sambo, and certainly could be used as a basic textbook for coaches and students alike looking to expand their understanding of grappling.  For the most part (heel hooks and body scissor takedowns aside) everything shown here can be applied to a Judo or BJJ game seamlessly.  

Written in clear concise language, accompanied by excellent photographs "Sambo Wrestling" is an essential text for any grapplers library.  To top it off Reilly is a super nice cat who has a laid back approach to life that is obviously filled with his passion to be involved in every aspect of the sport of Sambo.  You can contact Reilly directly to arrange seminars or lessons through R Dojo's website.   For those of you living in the New Orleans area, I highly suggest you take advantage of such a knowledgeable and open teacher in your neck of the bayou.  I am not sure how long he will be living there, so soak up what you can!

Sliding in at a reasonable $25 you can order your copy from Amazon by clicking here.  

(JB) How did you get involved in such a relatively rare martial art such as Sambo? 

(RB) I was always fascinated with martial arts, ever since watching Ninja Turtles when I was a kid. When I moved to NYC for college I started training in a lot of different traditional martial arts looking for 
something I really liked. At some point I was at a party being held at the Karate Dojo I was training in at the time, and someone showed me some weird move. I don’t remember what the move was, but it 
was awesome. I asked him where he had learned it, and he said it was a Sambo move. I had no idea what Sambo was, and so I searched the Internet for Sambo schools when I got home and started training the next week. That was 7 years ago, I think. 

Is your recent move to Louisiana an attempt to spread the art of Sambo to areas of the US that might not have access to such grappling styles? 

No, not at all. My wife is in Teach for America. It is a program that sends school teachers around the country to places that need them. She has been placed in  New Orleans for the next 2 years, so here I am. 

What was your intent with writing “Sambo Wrestling?” 

Most people do not know what Sambo is. Those who do know are not really sure exactly what it entails. Many people have a vague notion that it has something to do with leg locks, but that is pretty much it. When someone desires to investigate further they usually hit a road block built of misinformation, or at least hard to come by information. My main goal was to write a book that both thoroughly explains the rules of competitive Sambo to an English speaking audience and then demonstrates some unique grappling techniques that stem from that rule set. I did not set out to teach the history of Sambo, but more explain what the sport looks like in modern times. 

Will there be follow up volumes? 

This book was incredibly hard to make. It was much more work than my previous DVDs. It has been in production for over a year! I may write another book someday, but right now I’m taking a break from 

In your book I noticed a heavy emphasis on take downs and throws, can we expect future volumes to cover more groundwork as well? 

Competitive Sambo is mostly take downs, as is explained in the book. The majority of a match is done standing, and the majority of the points have to be scored from a take down. Submissions are an important element, but not usually the prevailing element. In future books I may show more details on 
ground fighting, sure, but to concentrate on that in this book would not be an accurate representation of Sport Sambo. 

How important / what role does competition play in your eyes?  

Competition has been extremely important to me. It helped me broaden my understanding of what was out there in a way that just watching videos online cannot. It has also helped me meet 
lots of people in the grappling community.  I think it’s a great thing for anyone involved in grappling arts to do at least a few times, as it really will evolve your understanding of your sport. 
A few years ago I would compete every few months and I’m glad I did. Now I don’t compete that often, and I concentrate more on teaching. However, I still like to get out of the country once a year and compete in a big Sport Sambo event if I get a chance. 

How does one attain rank in Sambo?   Is competition required for rank advancement? 

There is no universally recognized rank in Sambo the way there is in BJJ or Judo. However, there is a ranking system based on competition similar to how we rank college Wrestling 
in this country. For instance you can be ranked ‘Master of Sport’ and that means that you have beaten several other athletes of a certain competitive level. Sometimes they give out ‘Master of Sport’ for various contributions to the Sport as well. Every now and then (usually in the USA) you hear
someone say that they have a ‘black belt in Sambo.’ This is not universally recognized by any governing body, and it is some sort of in-house rank given in their gym.  FIAS, the international Sambo Federation does not recognize nor give out ‘belts’ of any color. The red and blue belts you see on Sambo athletes are just signifying the corner the athletes are assigned to on the mat, just like in boxing. 

There has been lots of talk in sport BJJ about the rampant use of steroids and PED’s.  Is this something that is a problem in sport Sambo?  If so how is it addressed, if at all? 

I have no idea if it’s a problem in Sambo. I have not heard anything about it, but there are few publications about Sambo written in English, so perhaps I’m just out of the loop. 

On a similar note Nick Diaz has been suspended from MMA for marijuana use (legally prescribed by his doctor in California); in your opinion should marijuana be treated the same as PED’s?  

I am not an expert, and so I do not think I have a relevant opinion on the matter. 
You have competed in a number of different formats (MMA / Submission wrestling / Combat Sambo / Sport Sambo); what is your favorite format to compete in and why? 

When rolling in the gym I LOVE no-gi grappling. If I have a good training partner, no-gi is the most entertaining thing for me to do on the mat. I like the flow, the pace and the quick scrambles. However, 
when it comes to competing, my favorite is Sport Sambo. I really enjoy traveling with and meeting other people who train in Sambo, and I enjoy the format and vibe of Sambo tournaments. 

Favorite grappler to watch? 

Probably Megumi Fuji, I love her style. Or Rumina Sato, especially in those old Combat Wrestling matches. In Sambo it would have to be Igor Kurinnoy. He is was so freaking good at everything! 

Favorite MMA fighter to watch? 

I like watching Imanari and Kitaoka. Guys that hunt submissions are my favorite. 

The Russian’s are renown for their preparation and development in regards to competition in all sports.  Do you as a Sambist (?) follow any certain diet regime, or conditioning program that you would call “unique” to the grappling community? 

No not really. I HATE cutting weight. I LOVE food. 

One piece of advice for students?
It is really easy for a student to begin to form limiting opinions about themselves that stick for their entire grappling career. The one I hear the most of course is, “I’m not a leg lock guy,” or something like that. But there are other examples to be sure: “My legs are too short for triangles” is a common one, or “I don't playing guard, because I wrestle.” These things will stick in people’s heads, almost as a matter of pride. People like to define things, and defining themselves is one of the easier things to do.

I would suggest that all students, from beginners to wise old masters, add the word ‘yet’ to these definitions. So the new line should be, “I’m not a leg lock guy... yet.” I have been guilty of it myself. But I think we will all get better faster if we avoid walling sections of the game off mentally.

One piece of advice for coaches?
I think it is very important to acknowledge that there is more than one way to skin a cat. People in the martial arts have a way of becoming extremely zealous about their ideas and techniques. It is easy to become this way when you have a room full of people who believe whatever you say. Try imparting to your students a sense of open mindedness and excitement for what you teach as opposed to a dogmatic “this way is the only way” approach. Because what that leads to down the road is very limited grapplers. Grapplers should know that there are many styles and approaches to doing things within the sport they are learning. Furthermore, they should know that there are other sports that do similar things. They should know that BJJ is not the only sport that has armbars. They should know that the armbar used in Judo or Sambo can often be the same armbar they are learning in BJJ. They should know that the armbar done by a short, stocky person may be different than the one used by a tall, lanky person, and that is ok.  
Now, I do not mean to say that a coach should teach a billion different armbars. A coach should teach what they feel is a solid, good technique that the student can comprehend. But the coach should recognize that they are the conduit through which the student learns about the martial arts, so they have a responsibility to let them know that there are other ways of doing things.

Thanks Reilly!