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The Story of Sambo

July 25, 2016

Sambo is an acronym for the Russian phrase “Self-Defence Without Weapons” (SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya).Doing the research to write about the history about Sambo was not an easy task.Going thru several different text, it seemed they all had different versions of dates and lack of information. Some dates did not make sense. Finally comparing these texts […]

The Pancrase Happening

January 6, 2016

Many people have asked me why I chose to affiliate with Pancrase.I have even asked that question to myself. I have a long history with Pancrase. This dates back to me the living in Asia in 1992. My first exposure to Pancrase was while I was living in Taipei, Taiwan. One day at a Japanese […]

Grounded

May 12, 2015

Many people, especially in the grappling world, will say that most real fights (even 90%) will go to the ground. I’m not sure if there are ‘real’ stats on this, or is this just a mythical number. Fights that end on the ground are because people are untrained and get easily taken down, or people […]

The difference between Combat Sambo and Krav Maga

November 13, 2014

Krav Maga is another popular martial art that people often come and ask me if it has any similarities with Combat Sambo. Krav Maga meaning “combat contact”, in Hebrew, is a combat system that is said to used by the Israeli military. It has become very popular and is taught around the world with different […]

Why Spar?

June 5, 2014

  Many people  have asked  why   do we spar so much, and is it necessary. To answer the last question first, yes. I don’t teach a cardio MMA class where sparring is non-existent. This is a big “in” thing for other gyms, but here at Club Kozak, we teach real training. What defines sparring? […]

The new combat sport law mishmash

April 18, 2014

Last years Canada’s new Bill S-209 has been proclaimed as a blessing to legalize pro-MMA in all of Canada. It has been legal in some provinces, such as Quebec, so why now? All this has to go with that MMA has become a real big industry now. Politicians and many citizens have praised this bill, […]

FIASco

March 14, 2013

Why did I quit FIAS? (Federation International Amateur de Sambo) This a question I get from several people in the Sambo world. I was the Canadian representative for FIAS from 2000-2005, by being the president of the National Sambo Association of Canada. Before creating this association I asked other Sambo gyms in Canada ( at […]

What is the difference between Combat Sambo and Systema?

November 18, 2012

This is  one of the most  frequent questions  I get from many  people.   As both are Russian martial arts, what is the difference and are they related? I am not going to go into the whole history of Combat Sambo or Systema, but rather give a simple and clear  explanation of their differences. Systema is […]

What is the difference between Combat Sambo and Judo?

October 22, 2012

                                 This is a less complicated search to see the difference between these two styles. The major and biggest difference is Judo has become purely a combat sport, whereas Combat Sambo has both sportive and personal self-defense training. Combat Sambo has deep […]

What is the difference between Combat Sambo and BJJ?

October 17, 2012

There are several common points between both systems. In first, they are both grappling based systems. In the grappling sense, the main difference is that Combat Sambo emphasizes more throwing, and takedown techniques. Many BJJ gyms start their sparring on the ground, and very infrequently teach takedown techniques. The assumption is that that the fight […]