Spetsnaz GRU

Spetsnaz GRU hand-to-hand combat style is a martial arts system taught by Alexandre Popov for use by special reconnaissance/saboteur units of the GRU. Popov’s System, based on Southern Chinese and Russian styles of fighting was developed in the 1920s and 1930s. There is strong infuence of Shaolin kung fu in this system. Though also taught to Spetsnaz, it is completely different from...

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Russian All Round Fighting (RAF)

Russian All-Round Fighting (RAF)  is a hybrid martial art consisting of various Russian and Soviet fighting systems. RAF Federation headquarters is based in Saratov, Russia. The Federation holds annual ‘Russian Championships’, Instructors Seminars and provides for various kinds of martial arts training. Russian All-Round Fighting (RAF) is a modern versatile martial art. RAF is...

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Retuinskih System ROSS

Retuinskih System ROSS (Russian: РОСС, short for Росси́йская Оте́чественная Систе́ма Самозащи́ты; English transliteration: Rossiyskaya Otechestvennaya Sistema Samozashchity; translated as Russian Native System of Self-Defense) is a martial...

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Buza

Buza is a mixed martial art based on Russian north-western (Novgorod-area) martial traditions. Besides hand-to-hand fighting, Buza also includes techniques for using medieval Russian weapons, and “war-dances”. Till the second half of the ХХ century it was very common in Russian villages. Buza is a mixed martial art created in the 1990’s by G. N. Bazlov in Tver, Russia....

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Systema

Systema (“The System”) is a Russian martial art. It is designed to be highly adaptive and practical, training using drills and sparring instead of set kata. It focuses mainly on the six body levers (elbows, neck, knees, waist, ankles, and shoulders), while also teaching pressure point application and takedowns. Systema is often advertised as being a martial art employed by some...

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Sambo

Sambo (also called Sombo in the US and sometimes written in all-caps) 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 All-Union Sports Committee in 1938, presented by Anatoly Kharlampiev. The word Sambo is an acronym of САМозащита Без...

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