75 Years of Sambo, Self-Defence without Weapons commemorated on Russian stamp

November 5th, 2013

Russian Post issued a stamp to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Sambo in Russia. Sambo is a Russian martial art and combat sport. The word "SAMBO" is an acronym for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as "self-defense without weapons". Sambo is relatively modern since its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Armyto improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. Intended to be a merger of the most effective techniques of other martial arts, Sambo has roots in Japanese Judo, international styles of wrestling, plus traditionalfolk stylesofwrestling such as: Armenian Kokh, Georgian Chidaoba, Romanian Trinta, Tatar Koras, Uzbek Kurash, Mongolian Khapsagayand, Azerbaijani Gulesh.

The stamp depicts Sambowrestlers on the background depicting elements of the corporatedesign developed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Sambo.

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