fIt FiguresSambo Russian Martial Art
Published 13/02/2014 | 02:30
2 The Russian sport of 'Sambo' has two main characteristics in that it is a martial art and a combat sport.
1920s Sambo was developed in this decade by the Russian Red Army to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities.
4 Sambo has its origins in Japanese judo, international wrestling, Armenian Kokh and Georgian Chidaoba – among others.
3 This is how many styles of Sambo there are. They are; Sport Sambo, Combat Sambo, and freestyle Sambo.
1938 In this year, it was recognised by the USSR's all union sports committee as an official sport.
27 Sambo may prove to be a long way off being an official Olympic sport but, on a more positive note, it was included in the 27th annual summer Universiade for the first time recently.
200 Unsurprisingly, Russia leads the way in medals, having picked up more than 200 gold medals alone between 2006 and 2009.