Sambo

Sambo

 

SAMBO also Known as SOMBO The word “SAMBO” is an acronym for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as Self Defence without weapons” Sambo is a Grappling Discipline from Russia. It consists of two styles Sport Sambo & Combat Sambo.

Sport Sambo is a Jacket Wrestling styles using throws, holds on the ground, submission using leglocks and armlocks, no striking is allowed. Samboist wear Red or blue Jacket, shorts and sambo boots.

Combat Sambo includes all the techniques of Sport Sambo but has the added dimension of kicks and strikes. Combat Sambo players wear the same as sport Sambo but also have head guards, gloves and shin & instep.

Sambo is Russian martial art that was developed in early 1920’s by the Russian Red Army to improve hand-to-hand combat ability. Sambo is a mixture of the martial arts of Judo, Jiu-jitsu, Karate, Greco-Roman Wrestling and Freestyle wrestling. The pioneers of sambo were Viktor Spiridonov and Vasili Oshchepkov. Oshchepkov died in prison as a result of the Great Purge after being accused of being a Japanese spy. Oshchepkov spent several years living in Japan and training in judo under its founder Jigoro Kano.

Anatoly Kharlampiev, a student of Vasili Oshchepkov, is also considered a founder of sambo. In 1938, it was recognized as an official sport by the USSR All-Union Sports Committe.

Our lineage

 

You will be training both Sambo and Combat Sambo under The British Sombo Federation – a recognised National Governing Body for the of Sambo in the UK.

The founder of The British Sombo Federation Marin Clarke received a special medal at the World Sambo Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. The medal was to celebrate the 75th year of birth of Sambo.

Now, the Federation is managed by John Clarke who visited Zen Combat Fitness along with Colin Carrott and Lewis Clarke for a grading weekend where a number of Zen members received their Level 1 coaching qualifications.

So you can trust that you will be in good hands, training under world-known organisation, with experienced and very knowleadgable coaches.

Image featuiring John Clarke of The British Sambo Federation and Sifu Norm Willis of Zen Combat Fitness.

How do I join?

 

Sambo and Combat Sambo are available both as private sessions as well as group sessions ran up to 5 times a week. Just contact Sifu Norm Willis on 07720651200 or email zencombatfitness@gmail.com for more details.

So whether you are new to Martial Arts or have experienced it before, come join us – everyone is welcome.

Please click here to view our class information and rules guide.

Training Time’s

Personal Training Private Lessons available through the day and at times to suit you Contact us for details.

  • No joining fee
  • No contract
  • Pay as you Train options
  • Monthly payment options
    (unlimited use to all classes)
• No joining fee • No contract • Pay as you Train options • Monthly payment options (unlimited use to all classes)
Monday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 6am - 7pm

Jeet Kune Do
7-830pm

Grappling
830-10pm

Tuesday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 6am - 7pm

Jeet Kune Do
7-830pm

Grappling
830-10pm

Wednesday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 6am - 7pm

Jeet Kune Do
7-830pm

Grappling
830-10pm

 

Thursday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 6am - 7pm

Jeet Kune Do
7-830pm

Grappling
830-10pm

Friday

Personal Training
Private Lessons available only

Saturday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 7am - 10am

Jeet Kune Do
10-11am

Grappling
11-12pm

Sunday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 7am - 10am

Class Information

Monday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 6am - 7pm

Jeet Kune Do 7-830pm
Grappling 830-10pm

Tuesday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 6am - 7pm

Jeet Kune Do 7-830pm
Grappling 830-10pm

Wednesday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 6am - 7pm

Jeet Kune Do 7-830pm
Grappling 830-10pm

Thursday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 6am - 7pm

Jeet Kune Do 7-830pm
Grappling 830-10pm

Friday

Personal Training
Private Lessons available only

Saturday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 7am - 10am

Jeet Kune Do 10-11am
Grappling 11am-12pm

Sunday

Personal Training
Private Lessons 7am - 10am

Class Information

Important Information

 

Sunday Martial Arts Class

 

Sunday's Martial Arts Class Session (10:00 - 12:00) is taken a temporary detour from Sunday 3rd March 2024 until further notice.

This is due to the gym being used for filming / completing the Instructor's Hatton Boxing Course, as part of developing the instructor's skills further.

Other class sessions during the week (incl. Saturday) remain as normal. Please see class time table below.

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