Philosophy and Overview of the
Sport of Sambo
The USA Sambo philosophy is consistent with the mission statement of FIAS, and it is through our own proactive self-assessment that these guidelines will be met and adhered to, in order to fulfill our mission in this great sport of Sambo.
The development and implementation of an active viable sport program, such as Sambo, is a professional right and responsibility for each Instructor, Federation Members, and the National Federation. This site is, therefore, an opportunity for us to utilize a dynamic process through reviews and reflections of our programs in the USA, and to remain flexible through regular revisions and changes. Based on this, we can help to better serve the needs of our own members, and at the same time, be able to serve as well, the wider community as a whole.
One of the goals of our program is to foster the continuous development and improvement in the quality, efficiency in the time frame, and excellence in performance during international, national, and local championships, tournaments, and other events in the sport of Sambo.
Many potential instructors, coaches, or volunteers, who have specializations in other sports besides Sambo are often called upon to "get the ball rolling" or to teach Sambo, even though they are not completely familiar with Sambo as a sport and therefore, would take them more time to master all the present offerings in the sport of Sambo.
Some activities (wrestling, self-defense, martial art styles) are also more familiar to men, than to women, and vice versa. But with the new changes brought about by the new FIAS, and other current rules in Sambo, especially regarding participation in today’s sports, instructors are now able to teach in a great variety of other activities. This is particularly true of individual sports such as Sambo. In order to meet these needs, the USA Sambo has created this publication, with the great hope that it will serve as a teaching and reference guide to many people: coaches, instructors, athletes, and all the others who like the sport of Sambo.
In deciding what to include in this publication, we heavily relied on information from many professionals in the field of Sambo, who expressed their needs and special interest in promoting the sport.
We do not have any previous publications with contents that are applicable to Sambo. It is our hope, therefore, that this first issue of this USA Sambo publication will sufficiently provide the readers with new, unusual, and updated information about the sport or Sambo. One primary change has been the evolution of the name of Sambo, such as Sambo, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. This information is included here, in order to keep abreast with the current issues and changes concerning the sport of Sambo. The sites of this publication contain helpful instructional information and hints that will aid everyone to better understand the sport of Sambo.
To derive maximum utility from this publication, it is essential to begin with careful study of the history, philosophy, rules, techniques, and other introductory information. Additionally, the dual goal of advance skills and fitness developments in the sport of Sambo, call for creative approaches, methods, and philosophies, if both are to be attained.
Many considerations come to play in learning the skills involved in physical activities such as Sambo. Foremost among these considerations are the mechanical/technical and psychological/psychological aspects that affect skills development. Each special activity such as the sport of Sambo, has unique attributes, rules, equipment, skills/techniques, safety considerations, strategies/tactics, etiquette, or sport courtesies, terminology, and many other modifications.
Sambo, as any other physical activity, when planned and taught properly, is "education, through the physical". This means that the sport of Sambo as an activity, serves as medium wherein a total learning experience takes place.
If an athlete had been successful at some relatively difficult and strenuous physical feat, in all likelihood, this will create in the athlete’s more positive outlook. In addition, the athlete is encouraged to try other types of sport activities. Researchers have determined that such experiences improve the athlete’s total well being. In other words, in practicing the sport of Sambo, because it is a relatively difficult and strenuous physical activity, will not only improve one’s physical health, it will definitely also enhance one’s emotional outlook, and even stimulate one’s intellectual activity and ability. In short, it improves one’s total "wellness".
Effective skill learning focuses on teaching skills acquiring knowledge and developing attitudes through Sambo technique movement. Sambo schools can provide each potential Sambo player with various opportunities from the assessment of general fitness levels and the appropriate activities such as Sambo techniques, that will help overcome personal weaknesses, to the acquisition of lifetime sport/fitness-type activities.
This information in general, has constituted the backbone of news of this so-called publication; they also provide both the meaningful principles and practical suggestions needed for applying all of these principles for effective teaching and learning.