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Technique Video of the Day: How To Sambo a Fool


VidProps: PhuketTopTeam/YouTube

Since some of you seemed to enjoy our last technique video, we thought we’d throw another one at you and see what happens. Rather than BJJ, though, we’ve decided to drop some Sambo knowledge on you bastards.

(For those of you who are questioning my Sambo credentials: first, asking for my bona fides while i’m trying to learn you something is disrespectful. Second, i studied under 33rd Degree Combat Sambo Master Zangief, and i accept your apology.)

The video comes to us from Silviu Dorin Vulc at Phuket Top Team, a name that may become more familiar to you if this whole OneFC thing takes off. Sambo, as you no doubt are aware, is a Russian hybrid martial art developed by the military that incorporates judo and folk wrestling styles, and has become something of a big deal in Russia. It’s the background of choice for famous commies like Oleg Taktarov, Andrei Arlovski, and the experimental military cyborg the Emelianenko (both “A” and “F” series).

What we found interesting was the interplay and transition from a common standing clinch position (even more familiar to the Muay Thai guys that Vulc trains) to a submission on the ground. At the risk of sounding edumacated, it’s a microcosm of the development of our sport: assimilate everything, use what works, and discard what doesn’t. If only a famous, charismatic fighter would articulate that for us.

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BaghdadBob- July 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm
I appreciate you posting this. Good technique to showcase. It seems particularly effective in unsettled transitions as opposed to a start-face-to-face wrestling match. I don't try it too often because I fear giving up my back every time my arm is over the back of a dude's head. Nonetheless, I still think it's important to know for those moments when you have an unexpected chance to capitalize on a transition, especially those where at first you found yourself a bit out of position.
Dizzylittlelord- July 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm
mate im loving these keep this coming, it makes mma better being a studen of the game.
El Guapo- July 18, 2011 at 11:46 am
The correct way to Sambo a fool is to get beat up for 9 minutes, lumpier/bloodier the better, then apply submission to punched out foe. Repeat three times in single night.
- The Russian Bear
ArmFarmer- July 18, 2011 at 11:44 am
Sweeping the leg like that would only be illegal in greco roman.. or whichever one it is that you aren't allowed to attack the legs I forget. In highschool or college it's fine.
ArmFarmer- July 18, 2011 at 11:42 am
Like others have said, this is a noob wrestling throw that most people stop trying once they make the high school varsity team. You have to break some fundamental rules of wrestling to go for it so it's extremely high risk. Jens Pulver nailed it on that scrub he beat recently, if anyone wants to see it in action.
Machiavelli- July 18, 2011 at 11:02 am
@bcpjkell - We used to call this a 'Head & Arm' throw in wrestling. Granted the foot sweep was a nice touch & probably not legal in wrestling. In wrestling the 'Head & Arm' was a 'fish' move, easily picked up by noobs and just as easily countered. An easy counter to the throw is a 'Sit-Out' or just dropping your hips so you have a low center of gravity. You then have their back, & hopefully an arm or wrist too, in a standing position.

(FWIW - Fish are poor or noo-b wrestlers who flop around on their backs (like a fish) while getting pinned.)
jimbonics- July 18, 2011 at 10:48 am
Zangief should have linked to THIS.
bcpjkell- July 18, 2011 at 10:20 am
This is literally a basic headlock in wrestling. Easy to do and looks cool, but it can be countered for dayss.
FaH Q NL15- July 18, 2011 at 9:24 am
@ccman- never played Dead or Alive eh?
Fried Taco- July 18, 2011 at 8:54 am
Except American wrestlers will just love snatching that leg being put forward for a single leg takedown. Sticking your leg forward for a good wrestler is like giving two ice creams to a Russian cyborg. They can't resist!
ccman- July 18, 2011 at 8:53 am
I would be much more impressed if I had ever heard someone say "wow those russians in hand to hand are deadly"
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