"I have known Steve Scott for over 30 years. He is one of the pioneers of sambo in the United States. Steve is a very innovative coach who has produced World and National champions in sambo and judo. Vital Sambo is the first English language publication that covers all aspects of sambo-throws, takedowns, immobilizations and submissions. This book is truly a comprehensive guide to the Russian martial art. I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to train in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus but most people don't have this option and that is why this book is important. The Sambo Encyclopedia gives you an insight to sambo's training methods."--Gregg Humphreys, Secretary General, American Sambo Association "I've known Steve Scott for several decades and he has always been a fan of sambo and judo. He is a man who is talented in many skills and a great teacher and writer. I am proud to say that I support any effort that Steve puts forth to promote sambo. This book, The Sambo Encyclopedia, comes from a very qualified and competent individual and I throw my full support behind it."--Joe Neely, U.S. World Team Coach "Russian sambo is a unique sport and martial art known for its combat effectiveness and adaptability. The Sambo Encyclopedia is the first English language book that addresses the whole of sambo. I applaud Steve Scott's efforts in advancing the rich tradition of Russian Sambo."--Igor Kurinnoy, 3-Time World Sambo Champion "Steve Scott has my personal sincere appreciation on such a great book. Steve has left a real legacy."--Leonid Polyakov, Executive Secretary USA Sambo "The Sambo Encyclopedia is a great book and Steve Scott is a great coach! If you want to know what sambo is all about, this is the book to read."--Jan Trussell, World, Pan American and U.S. National Sambo Champion "There are only a handful of people who have been continually present and influential in the sport of sambo since it first arrived on our shores. Among them is Steve Scott. He has continually trained top athletes, published texts and hosted tournaments. The Sambo Encyclopedia, his new compendium is a much awaited text. Few and far between are comprehensive English language books on the diversity of techniques that comprise sambo. This book will surely become required reading for new and old members of the sambo community."--Steve Koepfer, President, American Sambo Association --Este texto se refiere a la edición paperback.. Steve Scott is a professional judo, sambo and jujitsu coach residing in Kansas City, MO. He holds 8th dan rank in judo and 7th dan rank in shingitai jujitsu. Starting his judo career in 1965 and his sambo career in 1976, He has been active at all levels of competition, coaching and administration in different grappling sports. He has coached four World Sambo Champions, a member of an Olympic Judo Team, and hundreds of medal winners in national and international competitions in judo, sambo, sport jujitsu and submission grappling. He founded the Welcome Mat Judo Club in 1969 where thousands of people have trained in a variety of martial arts. Steve is the innovator of the Freestyle Judo contest rules used by AAU Judo as well as the innovator in women's sambo in the U.S., having hosted the first women's U.S. National Sambo Championships in 1980. He was responsible for the AAU granting recognition to the sport of judo in 1994 after a hiatus of many years. --Este texto se refiere a la edición paperback.. A fast and powerful style that excels in throwing and ground fighting Sambo is considered one of the most effective, technically diverse, and dynamic modern sport fighting styles ever devised. Developed in the Soviet Union and based on Kodokan Judo and wrestling, sambo emphasizes utility over aesthetics. The end result is a fast paced and powerful system that excels in both throwing and ground fighting. This book offers a serious, technical look at the Russian martial sport that has changed the way the martial arts world looks at grappling. Our emphasis will be a systematic approach, presenting skills based on their function and utility in actual sport fighting. Sambo places emphasis on fast-paced, powerful and functional throwing techniques, and equally fast-paced, powerful and functional ground fighting techniques. Using fundamentally sound skills performed by a motivated and well-conditioned athlete, who has molded what he knows to work for him with a high ratio of success, is hard to beat. Contents include The essentials of sambo Throwing techniques Leg, ankle, and hip locks Armlocks Holds and breakdowns Over 1200 instructional photographs “The skills presented in this book have all passed the tests of time and competition. Everything presented has been used successfully at all levels of competitive sambo.” —Steve Scott
Condition I was disappointed about the condition of the book was scuffed on the back cover but it was nothing to do with the post as the packaging was fine as it is a gift
Unique while accessible I read the introduction, and a helpful Chapter titled Essentials. Well written, the author preserves the uniqueness of the material, without sacrificing it's accessibility. Basically, it's a Russian Style written for English readers. The pictures are detailed, thorough, and step by step. I now know; 1) The definition of sambo 2) It's historical context and 3) An Appreciation of the tremendous athleticism it commands. A must have for any serious martial arts library.
Good Book Lots of pictures to view technique. But would have been excellent if it was colored. Delivery was fast.
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