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Learn World Class Combat Sombo Techniques – At Lloyd Irvin’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Many people in the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland area are interested in learning mixed martial arts, one of the fastest growing and most popular sports in America today. In learning mixed martial arts, many people study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai boxing, as well as submission grappling. One modern martial art that many mixed martial artists study is Combat Sombo, also called Combat Sambo or Cambo. Master the techniques of Combat Sombo at Lloyd Irvin’s Mixed Martial Arts Academies at any of our locations at Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.       

History & Background of Combat Sombo

Combat Sombo is a relatively new form of martial art that was developed in the Soviet Union in the 1930’s. It’s a combat sport as well as a self-defense system. The USSR All-Union Sports Committee officially recognized this sport in 1938 when Anatoly Kharlampiev presented it. The word Sombo is a Russian acronym combining the beginnings of Russian words that mean “self-defense without weapons”. This style of combat utilizes traditional Japanese Judo principles and incorporates some traditional wrestling styles as well.

Combat Sombo was developed Russians, primarily Viktor Spiridonov. It was created after studying wrestling and self defense techniques. Combat Sombo utilizes  techniques from Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Aikido.

There are five recognized styles of Sombo:

  1. Combat Sombo This style was developed and used by the military. It includes practicing with weapons, including how to disarm an opponent. This form most resembles Japanese Judo, but includes striking and grappling. This form is used to train the Russian Military Special Forces.
  2. Freestyle Sombo This is a uniquely American take on the sport of Sombo, using rules created by the American Sambo Association (ASA) in 2004. Opponents are allowed to use choke holds and other submission techniques found in Combat Sombo that are not allowed in other styles of the sport.
  3. Sport Sombo This style is most similar to wrestling or Judo. This style of Sombo doesn’t allow choke holds and emphasizes wrestling techniques of throws and submissions.
  4. Self-Defense Sombo This style include defense against armed as well as unarmed attackers. This style of Sombo is often not distinguished from Combat Sombo.
  5. Special Sombo This was a style developed for police and Special Forces. This is often considered a specialized version of Combat Sombo.

Many people who practice mixed martial arts find Combat Sombo helpful in learning techniques not found in other forms of martial arts. Sombo has become popular because of its use of leg locks. Most styles of martial arts and wrestling don’t allow leg locks because they’re very dangerous. Some leg holds used in Sombo are not allowed in mixed martial arts competition. Training in the use of these submission holds and understanding how to escape them can be very beneficial to a mixed martial artist. It gives him an understanding and an arsenal that other competitors don’t have.

Effective Combat Sombo Training At LIMMA

Studying Combat Sombo can be effective in learning self-defense techniques as well as mastering the sport. Finding a mixed martial arts program that has a strong Combat Sombo program can be an important step in your martial arts training, and we guarantee you that we at Lloyd Irvin’s Mixed Martial Arts Academies can help you with this important step. Come join us at any of our multiple locations in Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland.


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