Originally Posted by Dooky
I have been wondering this for a long time,What the difference between Systema and Sambo,they look just about the same and theyre both used in the Russian Military. Is Sambo a lighter version on Systema? Is Systema a Military form of Sambo?? Please explain.
I am not sure where you have seen something that shows Sambo and Systema looking alike. Not that you havent but they are night and day apart in origin.
Sambo is based off JiuJitsu/Judo with a healthy addition of native Russian wrestling styles. It includes leglocks in its sporting application though as compared to Judo which does not. It also use a different kind of Gi-top than does Judo and competitiors also where shorts and wrestling shoes. There is both a military version of Sambo and the sporting application of the art.
Systema is for all intents and purposes Aikido. Its effectiveness as a fighting system has been debated viciously on several internet forums for years. It's proponents swear by its effectiveness while its detractors swear by its complete lack of realism.
I have my own opinions on Systema but in all fairness, I havent trained in it. so my opinion dont count for much.
Hope this helps.