A Russian Approach - 3 Ways to hit the Achilles Lock in Sambo

A Russian Approach - 3 Ways to hit the Achilles Lock in Sambo

A Russian Approach - 3 Ways to hit the Achilles Lock in Sambo

Sambo is a Martial Art that has it's origins in Russia. The word "SAMBO" is an acronym for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as "self-defense without weapons". Sambo is relatively modern since its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Army to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. It was intended to be a merger of the most effective techniques of other martial arts.

The pioneers of this art 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 Jigaro Kano.

Spiridonov and Oshchepkov independently developed two different styles, which eventually cross-pollinated and became what is known as sambo. Compared to Oshchepkov's system, called "Free wrestling" in Russia (known in the West as Catch-as-catch-can wrestling or simply Catch Wrestling), Spiridonov's style was softer and less brutal. It was also less strength-dependent, which in large part was due to injuries Spiridonov sustained during World War 1. Both styles are well known throughout the world for their aggressive throws, takedowns, leg locks and lower joint attacks

A photo of Sambo coach Vadim Kolganov demonstrating a leg lock

The featured coach is Vadim Kolganov, Russian Master of Sports in Judo and Sambo, internationally renowned instructor and head coach of Hybrid Fight Academy in Glasgow. Vadim is sought after around the world for his unparalleled experience in Sambo and other Russian Martial Arts. In this tutorial he goes over how to put on the Achilles lock and 3 different ways to transition to it from standing in Sambo or any other Gi based Grappling system/sport.

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For more information on Vadim or any of the fantastic coaching available at the Hybrid Fight Academy, please visit www.vadimkolganov.co.uk!

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