Combat SAMBO and
Mixed Martial Arts.
“Part” vs. “Whole”
in martial arts.
Combat SAMBO statement of superiority and uniqueness is based on the phrase
to Anatoly Kharlampiev “How part can be
better than whole?” referring to all other martial and
fighting arts (at
the time it was specifically targeted at karate as it got grass-root
in the former Soviet Union).
can read introduction into history
of SAMBO and
of Anatoly Kharlampiev on other pages of this site, here I want to
address the substance
of this statement: are synthetic martial
arts superior to specialized systems?
society developed into its modern, highly structured, form from early
pre-historic associations, the main scheme off all changes was specialization. In this process early
fighting arts broke-up into individual martial art styles we know now.
the key criteria for creation of those individual styles was emphasis
particular physical skill set – first is division to striking and
arts (based on primary technical set: karate has throws, but its core
striking; Aikido has strikes, but its core is throws and arm locks).
of specialized martial art styles created conditions for technical
within each art’s technical domain: boxing
strikes developed to the level it was impossible to imagine before introduction of Marquess
Queensberry rules, refining of standing arm-locks in Aikido
other styles as it is the primary techniques of the art, the low-body
holds in Olympic
Freestyle wrestling unsurpassed by any other styles as it
refined in numerous
highly competitive fights (constitute more then 60% of all techniques
used in Freestyle
martial art styles can be of two types:
– that “collect” techniques without integrating them
– that define new style based on techniques of existing styles in new
combinations that uncover their new advantages
phrase defines Combat SAMBO as an eclectic style because creative style not
“parts” of others, but presenting an original development in its core.
eclectic style? No, SAMBO is a style
of Judo (even
denied this) and nor Judo, nor SAMBO is eclectic.
is a synthetic martial art as it has been created on bases on several
contemporary schools (of late 18th century), but
it’s not eclectic.
eclectic style? Depends who represents it.
martial art style better or more complete that its parts?
open for debates… When you meet someone who is claming to have black
Judo, Karate, Kendo, BJJ, Krav-Maga, and Aikido at the same time do you
yourself if he really knows any one of those arts, or he just been on
hunting”, as study of each of those arts is a life-long journey and
those arts has different physical and mental requirements?
has been created as synthetic martial art (on top of its predecessors)
seen as such anymore, as it developed into complete balanced
and technical elements originated from old traditional jujutsu schools
as integral part of Judo. Nowadays Judo lives beside the systems that
contributed to its creation and each system has its own “right of
the wilder world of Martial Arts.
path of any creative synthetic
other side of the spectrum are eclectic
martial arts. The best visible modern example is Mixed
Martial Arts (witch stating its eclectic nature even in its
name – “Mixed”).
as a combat system and system of training, better then Judo, karate,
Krav-Maga? I don’t see evidence of such as continues success in MMA
competitions belongs to masters of individual specialized styles
Judo styles such BJJ and SAMBO, or Freestyle wrestling of different
History of SAMBO