One club is called “alkyd,” the other - “MGANG.” These are probably the names of the sports centers the sections belong to, though, not of the actual SAMBO clubs.
KMCNYC, I live in Moscow, Russia :). And you’re correct, I believe it was partly adapted from Judo by some Russians way back when.
Both clubs are just part of a general SAMBO directory, no info about combat/sport or whatever… Guess I’ll have to wait for 6-10 weeks, until my schedule frees up and I can start going to the classes!
It’s the national sport of russia. Also I do know that sambo focus more on leg locks and what not. Some pretty BA guys practice the sport of sambo. Fedor Emelianenko, Andre Arlovski, and Amir Sadollah. If I were you, I’d be all over joining one of those gyms.[/quote]
I guess it might be “a” national sport, but it isn’t really “the” national sport. In terms of popular support, that would definitely be soccer. SAMBO has lost a lot of the popularity it once had, unfortunately: it was more popular a generation ago, just like Kyokushin/Shotokan Karates, Judo and Boxing. Same is true for o-lifting, which some seem to think is huge here, but really isn’t… But I digress.
I won’t have the free time to start these classes until 6-10 weeks from now - maybe even later - but I’m quite adamant about picking up an MA this year, and if anyone’s interested in hearing about how classes are taught on this side of the iron curtain, I’ll keep people posted or keep a mini-log.
Oh, thought I should add - the reason I’m interested in SAMBO over Kyokushin, Judo or Boxing is that it seems to be the most balanced - i.e. strikes + grappling + kicks all involved to some extent.
Thanks for the info, everyone.