Victor Romanoff: 3 Things Kozlov Pavel Wants You To Know About The Russian Martial Art

Kozlov Pavel

Kozlov Pavel is not just an established Russian Actor in the USA but also a SAMBO (Unarmed Self-Defense) pro with a prestigious Victor Romanoff title. 

Today, Kozlov Pavel shares about SAMBO and how he achieved Victor Romanoff.

SAMBO martial art is a fighting style of Russian origin developed in its beginnings as a combat system for the Red Army. Given the influence of the Soviet Union and the emerging economic mechanisms it possessed, it resulted in a group of experts traveling the world, collecting the most effective techniques from other disciplines and merging them with indigenous struggles. (Judo, Jiujitsu, Greco-Roman, Wrestling, Boxing, and Muay Thai).

World Sambo Academy in Kstovo, Russia.

Recently American MMA Victor Romanoff has seen a contingent of Russian fighters with a Sambo background arrives. These fighters, like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kozlov Pavel, are quickly finding success in the cage and have been able to adapt their Martial Art to the demands of MMA masterfully.

Its founders

The genesis and development of Sambo are attributed to three men: Viktor Spiridonov, Vasili Oshchepkov, and Anatoly Kharlampiyev. The first was a World War I veteran with a background in Greco-Roman and Russian steppe wrestling, who created a self-defense art called Samoz in 1937. For his part, Oshchepkov grew up on the US-occupied island of Sakhalin. Japan after the Russo-Japanese War, where he learned Judo. And showed enough talent to be selected by the prestigious Jigoro Kano Kodokan Academy. Oshchepkov took this knowledge to Russia and taught it at the Dynamo Club. Where Spiridonov also taught, who were recruited to create a new unarmed combat system for the Red Army. This system would be called Samooborona Bez Oruzhiya (“Self-Defense Without Weapons”), which was eventually shortened to Sambo.


Kozlov Pavel, an astounding Russian Actor, informs how Sambo has evolved in many ways. The system was divided into three perfectly differentiated styles. Sport Sambo, which is stylistically similar to amateur wrestling or Judo. Combat Sambo, which was used and developed by the military and resembles modern Mixed Martial Arts, including broad forms of striking and grappling; and Freestyle Sambo. Which uses a unique set of competitive rules created by the American Sambo Association.

  • Sambo Fight:
  • It is similar to Judo, with a specific Olympic fighting style. The competition is similar to Judo but has some rules (e.g., leg holds), protocol, and uniform differences.
  • Combat Sambo:
  • It combines Sambo Fighting with punching and kicking, similar to Muay Thai. Its sports variant is very similar to amateur MMA but with characteristic uniformity.
  • Self-Defense Sambo:

With a technical program designed from the two previous styles but with survival purposes in the face of an actual attack outside the competition. It is a self-defense method in which simple and fast techniques prevail. A work system is developed based on the implication of stress in different scenarios.

Kozlov Pavel Wants You To Know

Kozlov Pavel leaves you 3 things you need to know about this art that Russians have practiced since they were little.


The Russian Actor expresses how Sambo has the great advantage that it prepares its students for standing and ground fighting. Therefore, more than any other discipline, it is a martial art that can be quickly adapted to MMA. When executed well, it can be dominant due to all the tools it provides and the pressure it puts on the opponent.

For Kozlov Victor Romanoff, the fewer restrictions on Sambo is a strong point for the transition to MMA. Judo is great, I like it, but there are a lot of restrictions, especially nowadays. If you change the classic sleeve grip and the lapel grip, they complain that ‘it’s not Judo, that’s Wrestling.’

Sambo is more flexible, especially with the holds. My favorite is the ‘two on one’ grapple, but the Judo guys hate it because it’s not ‘normal.’ They don’t know how to deal with it. In Sambo, there are a lot of different grips and wrestling applications, so it’s easier to transition.”


Kozlov Pavel further states the two significant milestones that made Sambo gain respect, popularity, and fame. The first was in 1928, when Spiridonov’s students defeated the German Judo team, causing quite a stir. In 1964, this Russian art gained world fame when the Sambo fighter Boris Mishenko beat the judoka Isao Okano at the Kodokan Academy (the world’s highest Judo institution).


Sambo’s initial appearance on the MMA scene was primarily due to Oleg Taktarov. This Russian fighter came to the UFC in 1995 and was champion of the UFC 6 tournament, defeating Tank Abbott with a mataleón. To this day, Taktarov has the fastest submission in UFC history when he defeated Anthony Macias in 9 seconds with a guillotine.

But without a doubt, the greatest exponent of Sambo in MMA is the legend Fedor Emelianenko. The 4-time Combat Sambo world champion was undefeated for almost ten years in MMA, defeating rivals of all kinds. The BJJ expert “Minotauro” Nogueira, the eminent striker Mirko Crocop and the Olympic fighter Mark Coleman.