Below is an email from a Samboists I have left it as it was sent as it shows the emotion of the writer
You right , SAMBO – is product of USSR quality Self Defence for Citizen programme. SAMBO roots it not “oschepkov” or “spiridonov” as it Moscow promote it today. Any one who call SAMBO “Russian sport” – are kind of "nazzy" and abuse SAMBO Value. some facts Russians did lost and twisted for political reason: - First SAMBO Book was published in 1915 by LEBEDEV , famous wrestling coach. http://fs139.www.ex.ua/show/20069717/20069717.jpg?1600 - Word SAMBO come in 1946, so till 1946, there was no SAMBO – officially. - Harlampiev was coached by father and grand father – famous fighter and wrestlers, and meet speridovon and oschepcov late, while he was all ready expert. - Harlampiev father legend and founder (pioneer) of USSR boxing - Every USSR republic have own SAMBO founders/peopnes, and it even not Harlampiev. Some way they are interacting, just as every FIAS member today. Point is some one do abuse SAMBO (Self Defence) History.
About Lebedev book, yes, technique is "funny" and andedeveloped. .... but it was first knowan to me SAMBO publisity. And what people did ? put own name on it and REPUBLISH it with own name on it : http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/1656405/
So most USSR NKVD(KGB) manuals are just copy of it, and proper "Wrestling CLASSIFICATION" and "QUALITY Methods of Teaching and Coaching"we study in USSR PE & SPORT Uni come latter on:
So, back to hystory , correct would be to say: ALL WRESTLERS in USSR (and Russian Empire before it) was PART OF SAMBO DEVELOPMENT . and initially was CALLED as FREE STYLE Wrestling. Basic SAMBO Dress WAS : wrestling SINGLET and Jacket on TOP. http://moikompas.ru/img/compas/2008-05-08/rukopashnii_boi/20655575.jpg Russian Empire it is not “Russia” , nor people who live there was “ALL RUSSINAS” . Russian Empire was formd of: - Finland - Alaska - Ukraine - Georgia - Armena - Poland - Estonia etc and those people are NOT ‘RUSSIAN” , and MAST be respect for impute in SAMBO development. There are tons of evidence and information about….. We did out line SAMBO value at : http://sambooceania.wordpress.com/about/ http://www.sambo.com/docs/FIASInvestigation/SAMBO%20Australia%20and%20Oceania%20to%20FIAS%20-%20Open%20Letter.pdf SAMBO is Self Defence Science. It is about Quality and Productive methods of SELF DEFENCE TEACHING and COACHNING. - NOT MARTIAL ART - NOT RUSSIAN SYSTEM - NOT SHOW for PUBLIC/CROWD ENTERTAINMENT Future of SAMBO - based on QUALITY EDUCATION !!!! And WE MUST BE HIGH QUALITY PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS, not ARMATURE VOLUNTEERS who do it "for FUN"