‍‍‍The history of the Presidents Cup

Lord Reading, the first President of Commonwealth Sambo (2012-2015)  came up with an idea to run the annual international event to promote SAMBO within The Commonwealth and world-wide, which was very well received by the international SAMBO community. The main trophy was designed by Mr. Timur Kabukaev, manufactured at his company Jewellers of North Capital and donated to the organisers. Team Russia won the trophy for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015, however they are returning the trophy back to UK for the 2016 challenge. The athletes from 25 countries competed for the main trophy so far: France, Germany, Russia, Spain, GB, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana, Mauritus, Canada, Australia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Belorus, Mexico, Nicaragua, Holland, Aruba, Poland, Slovenia, USA.


HRH Princess Katarina is the chairman of the organising committee.  Princess Katarina is a member of two Royal Dynasties. She is a member of The British Royal Family and The Serbian Royal Family of Karagjorgevich. HRH works closely with British and International organisations, and is also  President of Guild of Travel and Tourism, President of the Foundation of Medieval Genealogy and a Trustee of the Katie Cutler Foundation.

The list of Committee members

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    As the matter of fact, first there was a Combat Sambo…   Formalised in the 1920s in the Soviet Union, Combat Sambo was classified for years and was purely employed by Soviet special forces and select army regiments. The fall of the Soviet Union saw the declassification of Combat Sambo in early 1990s. The public was finally able to see the full array of techniques and disciplines that had previously only existed in rumour and folklore and martial arts fanatics devoured any and all information that was released.

 This explosive “birth” of a total combat sport coincided with the introduction and huge growth in popularity of the new concept of full-contact-all-mixed-martial-arts competitions, as showcased by Rings, Pride, UFC, StrikeForce, MMA and Bellator amongst others.

       SAMBO was tailor made for this form of “anything goes” combat and it was almost inevitable that a big pool of world-class Sambo athletes would join these combat platforms and dominate as unrivalled Champions with Volk Khan, Sergey Kopilov, Nikolay Zuev, Oleg Taktarov and of course, Fedor Emelyanenko being just a few of the many.

     Unsurprisingly, many of the previous “total combat champions” rapidly turned to SAMBO training and methods in an attempt to retain their dominance. Previously, expertise in one martial art could be skillfully deployed to gain victory over your opponent, given the right opportunity. But suddenly, with the wide ranging striking, grappling and wresting skills displayed by SAMBO experts, no other fighter was safe on his feet or on the ground.‍‍‍

       By the late 1990s, Combat Sambo had finally arrived in the public arena, and was now fully establishing itself. There were a few experiments with the uniforms, protection, rules and regulations, and after successful trials in a few tournaments in 1996 and 1997 in Moscow, there was the establishment of regular National, Continental and World Championships for both Sport and Combat SAMBO since 2002.   Fedor Emelyanenko remains the unrivalled multiple Combat Sambo World Champion, who proved the efficiency of the Sambo skills on the various fighting platforms as Pride, UFC, M1 and MMA.

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SAMBO is the combat style made as an ultimate compilation of all known martial arts and shaped by Russian sports enthusiasts in 1920s.  The main objective of the contest is to get your opponent out of balance and force or throw him to the ground. In many ways, SAMBO resembles its sister sports, judo and wrestling, where the winner is also declared by the superior margin of points earned on the basis of the quality of the attacking actions. However, there are a few significant differences in the uniforms, the gripping and throws, and additionally, SAMBO contains almost endless possibilities of forcing an opponent into submission with arm or leg bars. This brings one to a key differentiator of Sambo compared to most other martial arts – it can be seen as “total combat”: standing combat seamlessly flows into groundwork, and vice versa. There are minimal breaks during a 5 minutes, no-compromise, fight. Referees do not interfere unnecessarily; they are in place to assure the rules are followed, but not to over-regulate the contest.

What is SAMBO?


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