Judo & Sambo

Judo & Sambo Academy is an Olympic certified Judo school in Glendale, CA and Palm Coast, FL that focuses on real self-defense techniques for children & adults of all ages. Our training methods are unique because we combine all of the street-tested techniques of Japanese Judo, Russian Combat Sambo & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to make sure that every Judo & Sambo Academy student can protect him/herself in any situation. In addition to our self-defense program, we also cover the Sport side of Martial Arts and if you are looking to become an active competitor in Judo, Sambo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling, or MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), then Judo & Sambo Academy is your #1 choice for martial arts training. Our training methods are unmatched due to our wide knowledge and experience in Judo, Sambo, Jiu-Jitsu & Submission Grappling. We attend dozens of grappling tournaments every year and our competition team (Team Zurab) is widely known throughout Florida & California as a fierce competitor (GI and No Gi).


Sensei Zurab is a 6th degree black belt (aka Red-White Belt) in Judo & Ju-Jitsu. He also holds a prestigious ‘Master of Sports in Sambo’ diploma and is a decorated grappler with multiple national and world titles. Train with the best and highly decorated martial arts instructor.




Judo is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.


Our Judo Experts can help you get trained in this form of Olympic Sport. Please contact us for more information on how we can help.




Sambo (also called Sombo in the US) is a modern martial art, combat sport and self-defense system developed in the former Soviet Union, and recognized as an official sport by the USSR. Sambo is a similar style to what you know as Brazilin Jujitsu.


The word Sambo is an acronym of “САМозащита Без Оружия” meaning “self-defense without a weapon” in Russian. Sambo is entirely a Russian martial art developed from other techniques.


Versions of Sambo: Although it was originally a single system, there are now four generally recognized versions of Sambo:


• Sport Sambo (Borba Sambo) is stylistically similar to amateur wrestling or Judo. The competition is similar to Judo, but with some differences in rules, protocol, and uniform. For example, in contrast with Judo, Sambo allows all types of leg locks, while not allowing chokeholds.


• Self-defense Sambo, which is similar to Aikijutsu, jujutsu or Aikido, and is based on self-defense application, such as defending against attacks by both armed and unarmed attackers. Many practitioners consider Self-Defense Sambo as part of Combat Sambo and not a system unto itself.


• Combat Sambo (Russian: Боевое Самбо, Boyevoye Sambo). Utilized and developed for the military, this is arguably the root of Sambo as it is now known, and includes practice with weapons and disarming techniques. Competition in combat sambo resembles older forms of judo and modern mixed martial arts, including extensive forms of striking and grappling. The first FIAS World Sambo Championships were held in 2001.


• Special Sambo – developed for Army Special Forces and Rapid Reaction Police (Militsija) teams and other law enforcement formations. The “Special Sambo” version differ from team to team due to different tasks and aims, however the base of any special system developed in that field is of course Sambo. The term “Special Sambo” is a relatively new term which refers to specialized versions of combat sambo.


• Freestyle Sambo – Uniquely American Set of competitive sambo rules created by the American Sambo Association (ASA) in 2004. These rules differ from traditional sport sambo in that they allow choke holds and other submissions from combat sambo that are not permitted in sport sambo. Freestyle Sambo, like all sambo, focuses on throwing skill and fast ground work. No strikes are permitted in Freestyle Sambo. The ASA created this rule set in order to encourage non-sambo practitioners from judo and jujutsu to participate in sambo events.

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