At AP Training Center, our vision for Sambo is two-fold: to participate in tournaments and to supplement the training of our members who are doing Judo , jiu jitsu and boxing OR WRESTLING.
AP Training Center was opened in August 2017 by Jordan Amoros and Cedric Perroud. Our 2 coaches have more than 65 years experience in judo, with skills and experience at competition level.
We focus on the fundamental base of the art of judo to provide the best experience. The moral code of judo is also the primary content of our classes for adults and kids who will learn in a better environment.
Sambo was meant to be a melding of all of the different martial arts styles available to come up with the most efficient one yet. Living in what amounts to a bridge between Europe and Asia, the Russian people were certainly introduced to a variety of martial arts styles via contact with the Japanese, Vikings, Tatars, Mongols, and more.
The combination of what worked from these styles served as the building blocks to what is now referred to as Russian Sambo. Vasili Oshchepkov, the KARATE and JUDO trainer for Russia's elite Red Army, was one of the founders of Sambo.
Like any trainer worth their salt, Oshchepkov wanted his men to be the most proficient of all in martial arts techniques. With a second degree black belt in judo from Jigoro Kano himself, he's one of the rare non-Japanese to hold such a distinction at the time.
Oshchepkov felt that he could work to formulate a superior martial arts style by adding what worked from judo to what worked from the Russian native wrestling styles, karate, and more.
While he worked on finding these techniques, another man by the name of Victor Spiridonov, who had extensive training in Greco-Roman and other forms of wrestling , was also working on taking what worked and leaving out what didn't to revolutionize hand-to-hand combat techniques.
Interestingly, Spiridonov's work was no doubt influenced by the fact that he received a bayonet wound during the Russo-Japanese War that left his left arm lame.