This is an acronym for “Samooborona Bez Oruzhia” which means “Self Defense Without Weapons”. This system is a compilation of techniques from many martial art styles, including techniques from Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
Today SAMBO consists of three components: Sport SAMBO (Olympic sport), Self-defense SAMBO, and Combat SAMBO. Sport SAMBO is similar to Judo, but with some differences in rules, protocol, and uniform. Combat SAMBO is a very aggressive system designed to prepare an individual to be effective in any situation. The purpose of Combat SAMBO is to “survive”. Combat SAMBO includes techniques from both Sport and Self-defense SAMBO.