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Author Steve Scott has written a veritable tome on the Russian art of sambo. Sambo is a close cousin of judo, but there are significant differences, most of which are explained in detail in this remarkable book. There are hundreds of techniques shown in photographic detail. I'm not done reading it yet, but so far, it has been very rewarding. I do think that it would be hard to grasp many of the techniques without some familiarity with a throwing art such as judo or jujitsu, but a smart novice might be able to decipher many of the skills shown. I have not found any other book on sambo that is so comprehensive. It is an amazing achievement for an author who has already distinguished himself with many other excellent books on martial arts, and the depth and breadth of his knowledge is astonishing.
While it's best to learn such techniques from an instructor, it's important to always know that there is different methods of performing the art. There is no such thing as a perfect technique and there's multiple ways of doing a throw or grab. These techniques are important because if you ever have to use them, then the book can help. Absolutely worth the money to have, as the book is very new and is up to date with implementation of moves.
The Sambo Encyclopedia by master grappler Steve Scott offers an excellent opportunity to explore the major aspects of sport sambo! This book presents an interesting perspective on many grappling moves. Practical lessons can be learned even by seasoned grapplers who are not very knowledgeable about sambo’s methods. Scott displays a lot of winning moves and the numerous clear photos in his book are well described with detailed captions. If you had to own only one book on sambo, this would be it. Highly recommended for anyone interested in effective grappling! - Andrew Zerling, martial arts veteran, multi-award winning author, Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts: Winning Clinches, Takedowns, and Tactics
I read the introduction, and a helpful Chapter titled Essentials. Well written, the author preserves the uniqueness of the material, without sacrificing it's accessibility. Basically, it's a Russian Style written for English readers. The pictures are detailed, thorough, and step by step. I now know; 1) The definition of sambo 2) It's historical context and 3) An Appreciation of the tremendous athleticism it commands. A must have for any serious martial arts library.