• Remarks from commentator positions of the Minsk World SAMBO Championship

Remarks from commentator positions of the Minsk World SAMBO Championship

Competitions
15 November 2012 Sergei Grishin

View of what is going on changes a little while one gives the comments on the competitions. In the end there is information drawn from communication with the trainers and sportsmen, chiefs and colleagues, and the television picture commented itself. All of you could see the picture on the FIAS website, and I would like to share the information I heard.

Some utterance

Vladimir Yaprintsev, President of Belarusian SAMBO Federation, about SAMBO practitioners, “When freestyle wrestlers went through the legs, SAMBO practitioners went up in the world”.

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“SAMBO perhaps is the only sport having the method called by a woman name Yadviga. The translation of this beautiful word is “warrioress”. And the name of this method in formal terminology means “reverse shoulder bundle by leg rolling”. The SAMBO practitioners are definitely great romanticists”, Mikhail Martynov, Head Coach of Moscow national team, Honoured Master of Sports, shares his thoughts about the names of the methods in SAMBO.

“I haven’t known such a method like “strigunok” till today, but it is this method performed by Alsim Chernoskulov that deprived me of the golden medal of the Championship. An interesting technique in SAMBO”, Livan Zhorzholiani (Georgia, weight category of 100 kg).

About Fedor Emelianenko

It happened so that I left Minsk after the World Championship together with Fedor. We flew the same flight to Moscow where the legend of SAMBO has recently moved together with the family. We talked about family and work, combined martial arts and SAMBO.

A formal suit and a tie, a classic coat and a small bag and…an umbrella. Moreover the umbrella in a rainless weather looked a little bit strange. My question – his answer. “It rained yesterday, and Vladimir Yaprintsev (President of Belarusian SAMBO Federation) took care of me and presented it to me for my comfort, now I am carrying the present home.”

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It came to my mind at this moment that the first invention that reminds of a modern umbrella appeared more than 1200 years before the birth of Christ. The habitants of Ancient East countries started to use it as a light protection means. And only high-ranking persons, governors and imperators in particular, could use it. And even here our Russian “Last imperator” corresponds to his high rank.

About Italian woman SAMBO practitioners

The Italian woman SAMBO practitioners surprised again and again. The national team of this country sensationally won 3 medals, 2 golden medals and a silver medal, at the World Championship among Youth in Bulgaria. Miranda Dzhambelli (weight category of 80 kg), second winner in Sofia, reached the final in Minsk and gave way very little to the experienced and famous Ukrainian Marina Prishchepa.

Italy is a country where a very strong woman judo school has always been. And the weaker half of the Italian SAMBO national team has been making a significant progress lately. Athleticism, facture (long levers), good technique and constant combative nature of all the young girls who protect the flag of Italy strike the eye.

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All the specialists in Sofia and Minsk unanimously admitted that the anthem of Italy will soon often sound at the European and World Championships.

About the judo and SAMBO practitioners

The opposition of these two schools of martial arts is an eternal question. Smothering methods in judo, painful methods to legs in SAMBO and common words heard from judo practitioners “There is nobody to combat with in this your SAMBO”.

But the facts remain. Livan Zhorzholiani, famous Georgian judo practitioner, participant of the Olympiad in London, second winner of the Europe Judo Championship 2012, looses the final to Russian SAMBO practitioner Alsim Chernoskulov, Andrey Kazusenok, best judo practitioner of Europe 2009, bronze winner of the European Judo Championship of this year gives way in the fight for the final to Russian SAMBO practitioner Eduard Kurgiani. Examples of wins of judo practitioners over SAMBO practitioners in Minsk also cannot be counted, this is Yry Rubak, Marina Prishchepa and many others.

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But I wanted to say quite a different thing. Perhaps it is high time for us to cease this discussion and endless comparisons and realise that both judo and SAMBO are wonderful sports. And the sportsmen, trainers and chiefs have to join forces of these two martial arts, borrow the best from each other and become brighter and more interesting thereby to joy of spectators and fans.

World SAMBO Championship 2013

The next World SAMBO Championship will be held in Saint-Petersburg, the culture capital of Russia, in November as usually. And now the SAMBO fans all over the world believe that it will be held under the aegis of the International SAMBO Federation which will be recognised by the International Olympic Committee by that time, though yet temporarily. And we would remind that the Conference of the IOC Executive Committee where this decision will be possibly made will be held very soon, at the beginning of December this year.

Little time is left to wait!

Natalia Yukhareva
FIAS press-attache
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