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Cа́мбо (pronounced Sambo) got its name it’s an acronym of SAMozaschita Bez Orujiya which means 'self defence without weapons' in Russian. FightLab is licensed & affiliated to the British Sambo Federation & International SAMBO Federation (FIAS).

Sambo was once the official in-house martial art of the KGB, a mandatory part of hand-to-hand combat training for Soviet special forces and the favourite childhood hobby of Vladimir Putin. Sambo is one of the few legit self defence arts out there hat has ACTUALLY been tested on the battlefield, during WW2, the Russo-Japanese War with the Soviet Military, and throughout the Cold War by the KGB. Now, Cа́мбо is enjoying growing popularity well beyond the borders of Russia and the former USSR, where it was developed in the 1920s and 1930s, and its promoters are pushing for it be recognised as an Olympic sport.

Combat Sambo involves realistic and efficient techniques including striking, throws, takedowns, submissions, chokes and groundfighting.

Key Benefits of Combat Sambo:

  • Effective and complete system
  • Ability to defend oneself and others
  • Gain self-confidence
  • Enhance ones fitness
  • Develops concentration


Combat SAMBO is normally practiced with a thick judo-like jacket called Kurtka or Sambovka , a pair of wrestling-style shorts, and wrestling-like boots. But in our club, as in many other clubs around the world, it is fine to practice it with a standard judo/Jujitsu style jacket, a pair of shorts, and barefoot.