Saturday, April 28, 2012


Sombo News

Russell Dodds senior Coach at the Bedford Academy is certainly doing a good job of promoting Sombo and the British Sombo Federation. He has already organised a Sombo Competition early this year and has another planned for July. This course was attended by 25 of his students, a lot of them were juniors. British National Coach John Clarke and English National Coach Colin Carrott both gave the instruction. Well done Russell keep up the good work

You cannot keep a good man down and that is certainly the case with 60-year-old British national Full Contact Sombo Coach Allen Clarkin. He has run one very successful Level 1 Full Contact Sombo Course and now has another planned for Sunday July 8th. Allen has been involved with Martial Arts for over 40 years and has a lot of contacts which hopes to bring into CombatSombo, he tells me he has several clubs in Wales which want to get involved. Plus he wants run a Championship Belt Competition for Full Contact Sombo Now that would be something.

Robin tells me the entries are better then expected for the British on May 5th we were expecting an extremely low turn out of about 25 because of the cost of travelling and accommodation but the numbers have already reached 60 and closing date is not till May 3rd so things are looking up , Robin also tells me that CLOSING Date means closing date none of this “I am a top class Judo player and do not need to book on time”

Commonwealth Sombo/Full Contact Sombo is on May 175h at Dumfries this will be a good competition. It will be open to all affiliated Countries with regard to UK if you belong to a BSF recognised Sombo Association you can compete for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, Channel Islands so starting booking your accommodation now

The proposed Commonwealth Sambo Association led by a Russian Judo player (What’s Russia got to do with the Commonwealth) has caused a lot of controversy on the International Scene as this new group sort to usurp the power of FIAS Commonwealth Counties by placing Judo men in charge of Commonwealth Sombo. Within GB the BSF is recognised by all 5 sports Council and is run by Sombo people for Sombo people, most importantly it is not run for profit. Yet out of something that had a dubious beginning some good has come The formation of the Commonwealth Sombo Championships this will decide whether there is a demand for Commonwealth Sombo, it is a shame the BSF have to fund it rather then the Russian who wanted it also Northern Ireland Sombo federation Chairman Chris St john has made contact with Terry Watt and extremely good Judo man and some one who is genuinely interested in Sombo

More and More people are approaching the BSF for courses and competitions, this years British will see a good contingent of Sombo Players from the Liverpool area , Sue King from Mushin Academy has been pushing Sombo in the area and her members have joined a BSF Association well done Sue

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Marin Clarke
BSF President

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