Saturday, November 30, 2013

World Sambo Championship

World Sambo & Combat Sambo Championships

75th Anniversary of Sambo
St Petersburg Russia
November 21st - 25th

I have been attending World Championships since 1985 first as competitor and then as an official each year it gets better. This year we had 80 countries competing from all over the World every continent was represented. When I first entered a
F.I.A.S.  Worlds there was all Eastern Block Countries and a few Western Block countries and 95% were white males, compare that with today where there is complete diversity of races and sexes and the biggest advancement has been under the administration of President V Shestakov
You can see full reports and medal results at the FIAS web site or watch at

The venue was the Yubileyny Sports Palace and what a venue. 3 full size mats on a raised platform, 3 massive TV’s in the middle and end of the area, plus TV’s placed around the building. You never missed any of the action in fact they had large TV screens throughout St Petersburg. The event was host to packed audiences.
The opening ceremony is always at the end of the 1st day and in true Russian style we had a military march on of all the nations flags, then a song from a Russian National Celebrity finished with the Russian National Anthem sung by the St Petersburg Choir plus many speeches. A special medal was struck to celebrate the 75 years of Sambo and Martin Clarke was one of just of a few to be presented with this award, President Putin was due to present the medals but was delayed. The security around his arrival was phenomenal and Martin was checked several times

On the Saturday night was the Grand 75th Sambo Anniversary Banquet, this was held at the Radisson Park Hotel. This is a 5 star Hotel where all the athletes and officials stayed. All the top officials from around the World were invited to this prestigious event. The tables were laden with food and drink all at the expense of FIAS, this was accompanied by demonstration by acrobats, speeches and the rest of the evening we had a string quartet playing for us. This was a really memorable event

Jamie Marzetti

The British Team of 12 was sponsored by FIAS who paid our flight and accommodation. Sadly out of the 8 original players only 5 attended, one dropped out 5 weeks ago, one had a knee injury a week before the event and one informed us 3 hours before take off. Because of the lateness of their withdrawal FIAS could not reclaim the flight and this caused us considerable embarrassment and could affect future financial aid from FIAS. What was most annoying was that in the case of the person who only gave us a few hours notice was that he prevented us getting a reserve. This was a rather selfish act and his conduct is being investigated by the BSF and in future the BSF will have to look at more penalties for those who fail to show.

The British Team consisted of Martin Clarke BSF Chairman, Robin Hyslop BSF President, Russell Dodds ESF President, John Sharpe Coach, and Valerie Clarke BSF Vice President. Competitors Bradley Belsey, Casey Belsey, Jamie Marzetti, Danny Carrott and Kerry Penfold.
 Bradley Belsey fighting u57k broke his collarbone in the first minute but carried on for the full 5 minutes only losing 3pts to 1pt a very brave fight. Sadly the rest of the team fared no better with no one getting a win. The competition at this level is extremely hard and our team had the misfortune having hard draws and unless you lose to a finalist you do not come back in the repercharge. Our competitors have to realize that if you want to win World Class medal you need to put a lot more effort into training. Sadly the two entrants we had for the Combat Sambo never participated.

The standard of fighting this year was extraordinary in the past you could always get the odd fighter who was an easy draw but not anymore, I suggest you all take time to view some of the video clips. I am always asked what were the best fighters, well all of them were good but the fight I enjoyed the most was in the preliminary rounds in the u90k Combat Sambo Class between Vyachestay Vasilevsky Russia v Sebastian Libebe France. I have seen Sebastian fight many times he is a dynamic explosive fighter but the Russian was also a bit special winning all his matches. Once this fight started Sebastian was dominating the Russian couple of times he rocked his opponent with a powerful punch, I had seen him knock out a competitor with the same punch in an early round. All the British Team was on the edge of the seats could the Frenchman upset the apple cart and reach the final? NO Sebastian put in a lazy right leg kick which was caught by the Russian who the planted a straight right punch knocking the Frenchman out, Sebastian went on to take a Bronze. I have come to like the French Team they always provide Top fighters in all categories and I always cheer them on. Hopefully we will take a team to their Paris Tournament we can learn a lot from them.

As I mentioned early the standard was excellent we expect that from the Eastern Block Countries, yet countries like France, Nigeria, Venezuela and the Caribbean were all getting very close to the medals. Once again proving Sambo is becoming a true World Wide Sport. The biggest advancement I have seen is in the women’s group they are producing some spectacular Sambo every bit as good as the men.

It was interesting to note that many countries Judo and Sambo organisations’ have amalgamated to form one organisation; this is the way forward for Sombo/Sambo in GB an organisation that covers all the Jacket Grappling Disciplines. I have even suggested it to the British Judo Association that they encompass Sambo, Kurash, BJJ and other Jacket Wrestling styles under their banner as they are most probably the largest Combat Organisation in the country, sometimes you have to put personal ambitions to one side for the benefit of your sport. I started Judo in 1955 so was disappointed when I heard so many Judoka at the World Sambo Championships complaining about the new rules of Judo and how restrictive they are compared to Sambo. My own small organisation International Budo Federation UK still use the rules of 10 years ago, those in power like the IJF are like most government institutions can sometimes loose touch with the ordinary member.

The FIAS President Mr. V Shestakov made a very prominent remark in his speech, stating that the International Judo Federation, the International Wrestling Association (FILA) and FIAS are all working together in harmony this I believe will bring more and more success to our various sports

So what of the future for the BSF, well we have 3 major Tournaments in 2014 April British Open in Bedford, July Scottish Open in Dumfries, September English Open and British Trials for Presidents Cup Bedford, October Presidents Cup London. Also Colin Carrott will be organising a Southern Counties Championships in Folkestone, National Coach John Clarke will be organising monthly competitions and training at the BSF Centre of Excellence.

On the International scene we have been invited to tournaments in USA, Belgium, France and Germany the latter three will be affordable as they are weekend jaunts with Belgium it can be done in a day. Robin Hyslop hopes to organize another weeks training in St Petersburg and Russell Dodds has been invited to take a Coaching Team to Georgia. The three major events of the year will be in May European Championships in Bucharest Romania, November World Championships Narita Japan, October President Cup City of London England 

The BSF AGM will be in January and we look forward to three more associations joining us, at this meeting it is hoped to formulate an International selection committee

37th World Sport and Combat Sambo Championships results 
November, 22, 2013, Saint Petersburg (RUS) 

Sport sambo 
Weight category up to 52 kg
2. Shavkat JURAEV (UZB) 

Weight category up to 68 kg
2. Martin IVANOV (BUL) 
3. Denis DAVYDOV (RUS) and Davaadorj TUMURKHULEG (MGL) 

Weight category up to 90 kg
3. Andrei KAZUSIONAK (BLR) and Komronshoh USTOPIRIYON (TJK) 

Weight category up to 48 kg
2. Leila ABBASAVA (BLR) 
3. Yerjanik KARAPETYAN (ARM) and Maria GUEDEZ (VEN) 

Weight category up to 60 kg
2. Katsiaryna PRAKAPENKA (BLR) 
3. Olena SAYKO (UKR) and Gergana VATSOVA (BUL) 

Weight category up to 72 kg
1. Tetyana SAVENKO (UKR) 

Combat sambo
Weight category up to 57 kg
1. Marko KOSEV (BUL)
3. Aleksey EBECHEKOV (RUS) and Kazbek SUPYGALIEV (KAZ)

Weight category up to 74 kg
3. Mavrik NASIBYAN (ARM) and Rustem SEIDALIIEV (UKR)

Weight category up to 100 kg
2. Stanislau KALBASAU (BLR)

37th World Sport and Combat Sambo Championships 
November, 23, 2013, Saint Petersburg (RUS) 

Sport sambo 
Weight category up to 57 kg
3. Aimergen ATKUNOV (RUS) and Islam GASUMOV (AZE)

Weight category up to 74 kg
1. Stsiapan PAPOU (BLR)
2. Khashbaatar TSAGAANBAATAR (MGL)

Weight category up to 100 kg
1. Vyacheslav MIKHAYLIN (RUS)
2. Lasha GURULI (GEO)
3. Vasili KUZNIATSOU (BLR) and Daniel DICHEV (BUL)

Weight category up to 52 kg
2. Magdalena VARBANOVA (BUL)

Weight category up to 64 kg
3. Battugs TUMEN-OD (MGL) and Johanna YLINEN (FIN)

Weight category up to 80 kg
3. Natalia KAZANTSEVA (RUS) and Sviatlana TSIMASHENKA (BLR)

Combat sambo
Weight category up to 62 kg
3. Damlanpurev BAASANKHUU (MGL) and Veselin IVANOV (BUL)

Weight category up to 82 kg
1. Murad KERIMOV (RUS)
2. Oleksandr TUROVSKYI (UKR)
3. Siarhei FILOMENKA (BLR) and Kurmanbek ADIL UULU (KGZ)

Weight category over 100 kg
2. Ruslan AUSHEV (KAZ)
3. Dmitri GORASH (MDA) and Martin MARINKOV (BUL)

November 24
37th World Sport and Combat Sambo Championships 
November, 24, 2013, Saint Petersburg (RUS) 

Sport sambo 
Weight category up to 62 kg
1. Ilya KHLYBOV (RUS) 
2. Andriy KAZHTANOV (UKR) 
3. Davlatjon KHAMROEV (UZB) and Javidan GARAYEV (AZE) 

Weight category up to 82 kg 
2. Sergey RYABOV (RUS) 
3. Otgonbaatar UUGANBAATAR (MGL) and Ivaylo IVANOV (BUL) 

Weight category over 100 kg 
1. Evgeny ISAEV (RUS) 
2. Aliaksandr VAKHAVIAK (BLR) 
3. Nodar METREVELI (GEO) and Ivan ILIEV (BUL) 

Weight category up to 56 kg 
1. Sumiya DORJSUREN (MGL) 
2. Kalina STEFANOVA (BUL) 
3. Anastasiia ARKHIPAVA (BLR) and Tatyana ZENCHENKO (RUS) 

Weight category up to 68 kg 

Weight category over 80 kg 
1. Svitlana YAROMKA (UKR) 
3. Irine LEONIDZE (GEO) and Tereza DZHUROVA (BUL) 

Combat sambo 
Weight category up to 52 kg 
1. Anatoliy STISHAK (RUS) 
2. Bayarsaikhan MUNKHBAT (MGL) 
3. Asset ALDESHOV (KAZ) and Sergii CHORNYI (UKR) 

Weight category up to 68 kg 
1. Arman OSPANOV (KAZ) 
3. Vadim ZELENIUK (UKR) and Abdynazar KUPUEV (KGZ) 

Weight category up to 90 kg
1. Vyacheslav VASILEVSKIY (RUS) 
3. Sergey AFANASSENKO (KAZ) and Sebastien LIBEBE (FRA) 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Russian Web Mag interviews Mr Shestakov

This is an article on Sambo taken from a Russian Web Magazine

FIFA World Sambo , who in November was in St. Petersburg, was the most ambitious for the forty-year history . During the anniversary year of the sport came to fight for medals 600 athletes from 75 different countries. Victory in the team standings confidently won the Russian national team . But experts note : level Sambo has grown significantly and in other countries. Why this sport is rapidly gaining in popularity ? What ended the attempt to make a revolution in the International Federation of Sambo ? What are the chances of this sport to get into the Olympics ?
On this and many other "Fontanka" questioned President FIAS, a State Duma deputy Vasily Shestakov .

"Sambo interesting other types of martial arts "

- Any major sports event - it is a marathon length of a few days. Is it easy to competitions was given in St. Petersburg?

- We're as ready for it . This year in general for the International Federation of Sambo was heavy. Here and World Martial Arts Games and Universiade , and reporting congress election , many different competitions. Fatigue is not, but there is a feeling that did a good job . It is estimated that sounded very decent level. Really was a lot of work . That's just before your visit , I took leadership of the Federation of Sambo Mongolia. Meetings continue , everyone wants to talk , everyone has their problems . Someone needs financial assistance to someone methodical . There's no way , otherwise Sambo world will not develop .

- How can I solve the financial problems of one's Sambo Federation ?

- First, we study the problem , look at how we can help . We have a support system federations. For example, we constantly send gratis carpets, Tops , Jackets, Shorts - your entire outfit. Such a decision we made on the executive committee of the FIAS. Help from the funds that are generated by sponsorship contributions. In those countries , where a sambo, find partners. So , we managed to do it in Italy, England and other countries. And it gives the result. For example, in Italy , near Milan , on the shore of the lake in a beautiful location will be built Sambo center where athletes will train . Sambo in Italy and so well developed , and then get a new boost.

- Where else Sambo gaining popularity ?

- Surge of interest in Sambo observed in principle. Here's a simple example. Earlier on Pan American continent was only one country - Venezuela , which has arrived at the World Championships and other competitions Sambo . Pan American Championship now gathered 26 countries , and the fight was interesting. In Asia, a strong interest in sambo, they engaged in 35 countries. In Africa - about 20 countries . Naturally, there is interest in sambo in Europe. FIAS Congress on we had 86 major and about 9-10 countries - candidates for the federation . This suggests that the demand for Sambo grows. And it's understandable. Sambo - a dynamic and exciting sport with a wide range of techniques. In other kinds of combat rules change , reduce technical arsenal . For example, in judo snag legs , wrapping her , "scissors" was removed. Sambo we change nothing . All these techniques we have. This gives additional impetus to the struggle and interest, so people come to the podium .
Frankly, we were afraid that the World Cup will not come viewers as spoiled fans in St. Petersburg various sports competitions . But the hall was full, that we are very pleased . People enjoy watching fights. I think that is the main indicator that Sambo can and should get into the program of the Olympic Games , to become a permanent member of the International Olympic Committee.

- That's what we 'll talk . Let's talk about the last championship of the world. Judging by your reaction , you are happy with how it went ?

- Yes, Russia ranked first . But I, as president of the international federation , to pay more attention to how many countries have taken away the medals. Every year the situation is improving. This time the coin was taken about twenty countries. Besides the traditionally strong teams - Russia , Belarus , Bulgaria , Mongolia - and distinguished France, Italy , Venezuela , a girl from Israel won. I am glad that Sambo in these countries do not just eat them engaged and show significant results .

- Nevertheless, the tournament was not so smooth . For example, Ruslan Gasanhanov , who plays for Russia in protest did not fight , and then, as eyewitnesses , showed the audience an obscene gesture . The athlete will be punished somehow ?

- These episodes happen. I can not say that makes calling Gasanhanov act. This emotion. Athlete refused to go on the carpet , did not admit defeat , but went on rewarding . The Russian national team will hold a meeting , disassemble incident . Certainly be sanctioned disciplinary nature . However, what they are, I do not know . I would not focus on this episode. I believe that nothing out of the ordinary had happened. We assume that there was a regrettable mistake. Nevertheless debriefing will . In general, the competition went smoothly , successfully . We sat , worried that something is going wrong there , it's not so , here I want to be different. But in the end my colleagues said that the organization was at a good level .

- What are you so worried ?

- Somewhere announcer announced something wrong somewhere he podzatyagival time , especially the first day of competition. Although that was not anywhere to go, so we waited for the honorary president of the International Federation of Sambo , Russian President Vladimir Putin . He came , showed the world that the country's leadership support sambo, which is an interesting sport. Putin - himself a master of sports in sambo , Honoured Coach of Russia . All of this notice for his arrival Sambo added a lot of pluses .
"The chances to join the IOC good"

- Do I understand correctly that Sambo is positioned as Russia's national sport?

- No . This is absolutely not true. Because if we position Sambo as the national sport , the IOC to us and will treat it the Russian sport , interesting only in Russia, but nobody else is needed , and therefore will not recognize you . On the contrary, we are positioning as an international Sambo sport that developed in many countries. Yes , we do not hide the fact that Sambo was born in Russia , Soviet Union . And the fact that it spins in our country - it is. We are doing everything to this sport we have been more popular . While here just untwist it is not particularly necessary. In our country, Sambo involved about 400 000 people ! I think Sambo in Russia is very popular.

- Everyone knows that Judo - Japanese sport , but that does not prevent him from being in the IOC.

- That's right. But no one says that a Japanese sport , and the more he does not belong to anyone . They did say that judo - international sport. We declare that Sambo was born in the USSR, when the arts were combined 15 countries , there were taken and created self-defense techniques without weapons .

- Okay, put the question differently. Sambo is unwound so that at the mention of Russia said: " Oh, so Russia - it's Sambo "! So ?

- Rather , it is about as Russian Sambo brand. Russia associated with ballet , space , advances in hockey, black caviar . In this series should be and Sambo. We do everything to make our sport was recognized. Four years ago, when I was elected president of the International Federation of Sambo , I came to a meeting with IOC President Jacques Rogge , and everyone thought Sambo - this is some Brazilian dance . I had to explain , show . Now, no one confuses people know that this is not a dance, but the struggle , the fight interesting . All four years of our work make me satisfaction because Sambo got all major multi-sport organization, except for the IOC. We became members of FISU - student is an international organization , we will participate in the European games, Asian Games , Pan Am plan . Participate in police games are negotiating to participate in the world championship among servicemen.

Now filed an application to the IOC for recognition as a form of combat sambo . Actively working on it , as the experts have any comments . For
example, we had no ethics committee , was not the gender principle in the formation of the executive committee . Now we have taken the executive committee of two women actively working with WADA media. We have a website that becomes more popular with each passing day . Before it went 1.5 - 2000 people a day . Now about 50,000 . And this is not the limit. When the World Cup was held , the site did not comply with the influx of visitors and collapses . On the day came to 100 thousand people. I have already instructed the technical services resource to withstand such loads . European TV shows us , cooperate with the International Federation of Sports Journalists , hold significant events - such as the presentation of Sambo in Kensington yard , in London, under the patronage of Prince Michael of Kent . Now, too, there are a number of ideas. The event will be an original , interesting for the media as it will take place in a symbolic place . I will not reveal the details, but it will be interesting !

- Do you have information as relates to Sambo new IOC President Thomas Bach ?

- Of course , I'll be talking to him about it. We are currently re-election of the members of the IOC Executive Board , management of European and Asian Olympic Committees . When this process is over , we will all meet and discuss . I am in constant contact with the IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi . We support the country's leadership - not only Vladimir Putin , but Alexander Zhukov and Mutko . When Zhukov became the president of the Russian Olympic Committee , he first said that he would strongly promote the idea of joining the IOC in Sambo . We have established contacts with representatives of the Olympic Council of Asia and the European Olympic Committee - Sheikh Ahmad al- Fahd al- Sabah and Patrick Hickey . Therefore Sambo good chances to enter the IOC.
" In St. Petersburg, in the coaches are only 18 % of graduates '

- You say, and Putin said at the World Championships in Russia Sambo involved 400,000 people. Imposing figure . What "trick" Sambo ?

- Sambo teaches discipline , self-discipline , the ability to fend for themselves. And Sambo - not an aggressive sport. In the name of the mortgaged it self-defense without weapons . Of course, Sambo added popularity athletes such as Fedor Emelianenko , Oleg Taktarov , who have made an impact in mixed martial arts , MMA . In childhood, when we were growing up , were always a hassle fight. Always find out the relationship between them , who is stronger - boxers, karate , sambo . As a result, it became clear that Sambo - the most versatile sport , with a bright , entertaining . Because there sambo and striking techniques , wrestling and in contact , and suffocating , and locks . He who owns Sambo techniques , more chances to win the match on the carpet or the ring.

- What is the motivation of the parents to give the child in Sambo ? Many of them realize that football and hockey far more lucrative sport .

- Sambo can earn a living - there are tournaments K-1, K-2 , "Pride" , which is popular in Japan, South America, Europe . When performed Fedor , 16% of TV time in Japan occupied his fights . This is an incredibly huge amount for this country! Hall, seating 35,000 spectators , was always packed . Of course, he had good and fees . We even have a saying : "While the wrestlers were in the legs, sambo held in people ." Look : President - sambo . And wherever you look in the manual completely sambo . Do not let them have achieved good results , but doing Sambo. Sambo also an intellectual sport - teaches tactical maneuvers , beat partner not by force , but by combinations.

- More Sambo and tough sport. Especially martial - strikes , grappling, different techniques .

- Strokes and seizures are everywhere. I studied statistics and Ph.D. as I can tell , that traumatic Sambo worth a second and then a third in ten of all sports. Leaders of the possibility of injury - football and hockey. There are constantly encountered collision hassle athletes are injured , and heavy . When a newcomer comes into the hall , his first taught how to fall. For a long time , and even entire career samboists form Skill fall. When a person engaged in sambo, stumbles , falls , it does not get injuries , so how can be grouped . When a person goes to the mat prepared , injuries happen, but not often. Parents , of course, questions about stiffness Sambo asked. We conduct outreach policy. If we look at boxing, kickboxing , karate , we can conclude that Sambo is not the most aggressive sport. Our sport has nothing to do with aggression.

- In an interview, the first coach Anatoly Rachlin Putin lamented that in Russia judo are not that good prospects. Nope base, young coaches . I suspect that Sambo may be a similar situation. Am I right ?

- Well, we all have suffered losses as a result of the violent 90s, not only in sports but also in the economy. The staff shortage is still felt in different areas. And in sports , too . Coaching staff is aging , it is true , and there is a problem. A young do not really aspire to the profession , as it is necessary financial issue . In St. Petersburg, the coaching faculty at the University of Lesgafta Competition 10 people in place , but have come into the profession , only 18 % of the issue ! Others leave or business , security, or somewhere else. Unfortunately, the salary of the coaches is not as high . Although much depends on the regional authorities. For now do not pay federal appoint coaches in regional power . Where paid much attention to sports , it is good , for example in Moscow. Where the authorities are not very interested in sports or no ability to finance , the situation is different . While at the federal level constantly seeks to adequately pay the coaching work.

- That's why the head coach of the Russian judo team - Italian. You , by the way , a few years ago spoke very critically of the Gambia. After the furor judo at the Olympics in London , your opinion changed?

- I can not say that I criticized him . Criterion in any one trainer - result. In some ways, with Gamba disagreed believed that better if the team was engaged in the Russian coach . But the result came . You can say whatever you want , but in London Russia won three gold medals in judo, which has never happened before and it is unknown whether more . Therefore, we can say that Gamba - a talented coach .
"When I came , the Federation budget was only $ 1,000 "

- On the Internet walks movie in which Russian sambo wrestling show in tuxedos receptions before Elyon London. Suddenly ...

- In England, a great interest in Sambo. Previously it was a very good level , then there was a decline, and that's going through the Renaissance . The Association of the British Commonwealth headed by a member of the British Parliament , Lord Simon of Reading. Sambo interested Prince Michael of Kent , he was fascinated by the methods which have shown our athletes . The audience , the audience was delighted. Our presentation Sambo press responded well . I specifically made a compilation of English newspapers . There wrote that between Britain and Russia relationship has become cold , but Sambo - the first step towards each other . That is a kind of ambassador acted Sambo world. I was recently in Italy, spoke at the Italo- Russian economic forum , talked about aspects of the sport and the Russian Sambo , we showed a movie about Italian Sambo. Businesses have responded very warmly .

- Sorry, can not bind the London aristocracy and Sambo. In England, the popular boxing, football , cricket, high society is a fan of "Chelsea". And suddenly Sambo ...

- What 's so surprising ? The British are still bullies , like to drink , fight. High society not aliens , are people like everyone else. This seemingly they prim , cold , and when to talk to them , you know : the typical English! In England, enthusiastically embraced the idea to develop Sambo. There are interested in cooperation with Russia . Through sport easier to build a relationship, it's not politics . First, you can get close to the subject Sambo , and then find common ground on other topics .

- Last week, you met with Vladimir Putin. What did you talk to him?

- He wondered how many teams are participating in the world championship . I told him that we set a record , it is pleased. Putin delivered a welcoming speech , said Sambo - a spectator sport that deserves to be recognized by the IOC .

- It's no secret that you have a good relationship with the president. Remember the day when you meet him?

- Oh-oh- oh, it was so long ago ... Day of our acquaintance with him is no longer remember. Putin was coached by Anatoly Rachlin , I have another mentor. We met in the championship , " Labour" , performed well , became champions , got a team of society. And a relationship .



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Robin to leave IBF, to start RedStar Budo



Robin Hyslop has been IBF Scottish President for well over 20 years and has been very happy in the job. Yet he feels now is time to move on as just dealing with Scotland is too restrictive for his abilities. Over the past 20 years Robin has travelled the World with his Sambo and with the IBF and in this time he has made many friends all who want to be linked and work with him. With the IBF system each country has a representative and they have to work within the parameters and borders of their country with regard to membership. Robin has felt for some time this is too restrictive for him. Some years ago he formulated RedStar Sambo, which is, affiliated to the governing body the British Sombo Federation, this has been a great success with him getting members from all over the UK, Europe and USA.

All this was done in consultation with IBF GB President Martin Clarke, who has known Robin since he was just a 1st Kyu Judo in 1978 they have been friends ever since and they will continue to be friends. IBF GB members will be allowed to enter RedStar Budo events and the IBF GB will reciprocate 

I wish Robin and RedStar Budo the best of luck and can see the formation of this new association will benefit all Martial Arts practitioners

Martin Clarke 
8th Dan Judo
6th Dan Jiu Jitsu
FIAS Sambo GrandMaster
IBF GB President

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Upcoming events Home and Abroad

Find below details of several competitions to be held in 2014 plus there will be Sambo events in Belgium, Germany and France

I can recommend the IBF Open as Enschede is a beautiful town. This was the place where Peter Schonewille started the IBF some 45 years ago and it is Open to all Judo Associations

Friday, November 15, 2013

Things have changed

I first started Judo in 1955 things have changed dramatically, obviously equipment has got better, our organisational skills and Coaching has improved and the Internet and TV can work as a bonus. The one thing that I feel has changed the Martial Arts scene is the amount of different Martial Arts Organisations there are all trying to collect a ever decreasing amount of people interested in the Martial Arts. Now I have nothing against multitude of Martial Arts Organisation, interpretation on what we Martial Arts practitioners do is boundless and freedom to experiment should always be encouraged. Yes there are a lot of organisations whose claim of expertise is somewhat spurious but many are not. Now I have tried adapting some Combat disciplines, I invented the CombatSombo system which I registered as a Trademark this has had some success not as much as I had hoped. Why? Because maybe I am too rigid in my standards, some 30 years ago I started Shiai Jutsu, which means the competitive art, this involved Striking and Grappling. Having tried various rules I gave up because I thought it would not take of, how wrong I was. Cage Fighting was the extension of Shiai Jutsu and look how popular that has come although not the direction I would have gone. The system nearest to my Shiai Jutsu is Combat Sambo, which combine Striking and Grappling you compete with a jacket and most importantly it is done on a Mat

My experience over the years has taught me people want forms of autonomy to decide their own path. So when I came to form the British Sombo Federation in 1980's, I soon convinced the BSF EC to move to an organisation, which was based on Associations/Organisation’s not individual and Clubs. This has worked extremely well extremely well with none of the infighting and politics found in other Martial Arts Organisation’s. The BSF expects certain standards from every organisation, which are basic to most organisations. They must be have been in existence for a minimum of 12 months and must have a minimum of 50 members, The Association must have a constitution, Must have Insurance Cover, Must have Child Protection Policy, Must have Equity Policy, Must have Health and Safety Policy. This way they can retain their own independence with Coaching, Grading’s, and Competitions etc.
With the International Budo Federation I operate a similar system but I also allow individuals and Clubs to join but still give them a lot of independence for example if a Club has joined and a Black Belt registered Coach I allow them to grade their own pupils on what ever syllabus they like up to 1st Kyu Brown Belt and allow them to keep all their grading fees for themselves or their club. My Black Panel or I do all the Dan Grading’s on a Syllabus I set, so the Kyu grade standard may differ from club to club but the Dan grade standard is constant, plus I give 20% of the licence fee to the clubs. Now this can make a big difference to club finance for example the BJA will be charging next year £10 for each grading to be registered.  By using this system Clubs still have some form of independence and Cash in the process
Martin Clarke 8th Dan Judo
Chairman British Sombo Federation
President IBF UK