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Famous Russian Sambo Wrestlers

Sambo wrestlers
Sambo wrestlers around the world celebrate the birthday of their sport on November 16.
I’d like to present the most famous Russian champions in “self-defense without weapons”.
Sambo, a kind of martial arts, was developed in the USSR. The official date of its birth is considered to be November 16, 1938, when the USSR All-Union Sports Committee recognized Sambo as an official sport. Its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Army to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. The pioneers of Sambo were Viktor Spiridonov and Vasili Oshchepkov.

Viktor Spiridonov and Vasili Oshchepkov

Viktor Spiridonov and Vasili Oshchepkov


The basis of Sambo technical arsenal is the complex of the most effective defense and attack methods, selected from various types of martial arts. In the late 1990s – early 2000s was formed Combat Sambo. In 2001, was held the first Combat Sambo championship in Russia and in 2006 was established Sambo Cup of the President of Russian Federation.
Most famous representatives of the Russian Sambo.

Emelianenko brothers
Emelianenko brothers
To date, Fedor Emelianenko is the most famous Russian sambo wrestler in the world, a multiple world champion in mixed martial arts, six-time Russian national champion. From 2003 to 2010 he was the strongest fighter, according to many publications.
Fedor has a younger brother – Alexander Emelianenko, who is also a professional athlete in this area, but not so talented as his eminent brother. Aleksander is a five-time Russian national Combat Sambo champion and three-time world Sambo champion.

Vladimir Putin
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Russian President Putin was engaged in sambo and judo at eleven-year age. He is a multiple champion and Master of Sports in both Sambo and Judo. He has a black belt in karate. In September 2006 he became honorary president of the European Judo Union, and in 2010 received an honorary degree “Doctor of Judo” by Korean Yong In University.

Putin and Fyodor Emelianenko

Putin and Fyodor Emelianenko


Putin by Tsereteli

Putin by Tsereteli

David Rudman
David Rudman
Rudman became the first world champion in sambo and champion of the first International Sambo Tournament. He is also a six-time USSR Sambo champion. David is a founder and honorary president of the Educational Center “Sambo -70”. Rudman is a two-time European champion in judo, the first ever European to become the winner of the world championship in judo, the head of the American Federation of Judo and Sambo and the first president of the International Sambo Federation FIAS.

Eugene Chumakov
Eugene Chumakov
Being a four-time champion of the USSR , Chumakov was a coach of such brilliant athletes as Oleg Stepanov (eight -time USSR champion), Eugene Gloriozov (five-time champion of the USSR in Sambo), Vitaly Darashkevich (two-time champion of the USSR in Sambo), Alexander Lukichev (two-time champion of the USSR in Sambo). Chumakov is an author of over 200 publications on Sambo.

Igor Kurinnoy
Igor Kurinnoy
Famed Soviet and Russian sambo and sumo wrestler, three-time World Champion in sambo, a silver medalist of the World Games, a five-time European champion in sambo, a three-time bronze medalist at the Sumo World Championships, a three-time European champion in sumo , a five-time World Cup champion in sambo , Honored Master of Sports in Sambo and Sumo. He is a director of Borec Sports Club.

Irina Rodina
Irina Rodina
11-time world champion in sambo, Honored Master of Sport in judo. For outstanding sporting achievements she received the Order “For Services to the Motherland» II degree in 2002.

Andrei Arlovski

Andrei Arlovski, former UFC heavyweight champion. He was also the Junior World sport Sambo Champion, as well as a silver medalist in the World Sambo Championship and World Sambo Cup.

Gloriozov

Eugene Gloriozov, five-time champion of the USSR in sambo, Honored Master of Sports. Among his students there are 16 Masters of Sports in Sambo.

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Oleg Stepanov (left), Soviet judo and sambo wrestler, was eight-time USSR champion and six-time European champion.

Svetlana Galyant

Svetlana Galyant, seven-time world champion.