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Old 08-09-2009, 08:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I'm an newbie to this thread. I'm looking to study some form of grappling. I'd like to study Brazilian JuJitsu, but there's not a gym that is accessible to me. But I think there's a place opening up soon that will offer Sambo. Can you guys kind of explain how they compare? Thanks!
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IMO they have similarities as far as it is grappling and uses submissions. The submissions are simialar but some of the Sambo ones seems very technical and devastating. And the takedown is covered more in Sambo it seems and is more force and leverage based where BJJ seems more Judo based takedown. Sambo is very combat based depending on the type of Sambo. Best to learn both. Go to library and check out 1st season of Human Weapon. The episode on Sambo even has Fedor in it. I am not a big practitioner of either just MMA based BJJ and I will be going to a Sambo seminar sometime soon.
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Thanks for the info! I'll check out that link.
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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First of all, welcome to the forum and to the grappling section.

The reality is, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is very ground-game oriented. While I can say that both are grappling systems, the grappling game isn't just about working on the mat (though a lot of people, especially jiu-jitsu guys, tend to believe that).

There's an entire world of grappling that jiu-jitsu doesn't really address.

Most Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors neglect (at least at the early levels) takedowns, throws, clinch work and leglocks.

Those are all things that you will get in Sambo.

That said, there is a huge advantage that you will have if you choose to take Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

BJJ will ground you in the fundamentals in a way that no other system can. The fundamentals of guard work (armbars, triangles and sweeps), as well as the fundamentals of guard passing and offensive positions like side control, mount and the back, is something that you will get an in depth look at in terms of the fundamentals that you will not get in a Sambo class.

So, the decision really comes down to what you want.

Do you want a versatile grappling game with a lot of moves that will be difficult to apply as a beginner? Or do you want to ground yourself in the fundamentals?

Both are valid approaches to grappling. As someone who came up in the latter, I tend to lean towards recommending that. It's served me very well, but the decision is really up to you.
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