Sila Voli Association

Since 2015, Sila Voli Association has operated as an alliance of independent clubs and coaches dedicated to teaching a "Dynamic Grappling Method".  We support coaches that utilize and promote the efficient and dynamic techniques of SAMBO within their  styles.  We advocate for a style that has quick transitions, is "submission forward" and operates from a "get on top, stay on top" mentality. SAMBO by design lends itself to adaptation and a use what works philosophy. We encourage our members to relentlessly experiment and vet techniques and tactics across multiple rulesets.  Our role is to provide support and training materials, which were created as the result of our combat martial arts Continuous Improvement project. Many of  those materials can be found on this blog. School charters, curriculums and student rank certificates can be obtained once certified instructors submit their information to our rank administration partner the ICMAUA (Sila Voli is a pe

Sambo Videos

 SV promotes a hardnosed and old school approach to SAMBO as demonstrated wonderfully here by former champion Joe Schmidt. We favor a similar approach to no-gi: get on top and stay on top!   Here is a Masterclass on rolling kneebars which includes an excellent and rarely seen set of techniques from the Georgian grip

New Team Rashguard

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Sambo Doctrine and Pyramid

Our Doctrine  Real: Only by training the way we want to compete can we master any given technique. "Drill it, use it, know it, improve it!" is the athletes mantra. When you can perform  while fatigued and under pressure you  know you can count on your technique.  Competition level resistance leads to mental toughness and emotional control.  Adaptability: Training must push you into new territory for evolution and growth to happen. Although sound mechanics are universal, training methodology must be allowed to evolve with the times. Any potentially valuable method should be weighed and tested on its own merit. Long-term: In order for a training method to be useful, it must be non-destructive to the practitioner and their training partners. This also means that the training is systematic and guides you towards more intense training, protects you from injury and prepares you for performance when it is needed.  The Pyramid Self-Defense:  involves a curriculum of techniques from J

Escaping Armbars (10 min read/vid)

Just like the last article where we discussed Sambo's deep armlock arsenal, here is a great video that showcases its equally numerous escapes. Enjoy.  

Specialization and Variation (30 min read/vid)

The other night in class I taught the classic 'over the back armbar' sometimes known as a Juji-roll or Iatskevich roll after the great Russian Judo/Sambo player Alexander Iatskevich, who used it quite frequently in world class competitions.  Here is a 25 min seminar from the man himself that shows a variety of different entries to the straight armbar including the "over the back" variation that he is famous for (7:36).  And here is another famous example, again by a Russian with a Sambo background, Boris Mishenko, here, armbarring world champion Isao Okano during the first meeting of Japan vs Russian in 1967.    During the class the other night I showed a variety of  different entries into the "over the back' armbar (OTB) and a multitude of different nuances and grip breaks to ensure that the lock succeeds. Although the class had a couple of higher belts in it there was some surprise as to the depth and variation of this arm bar. Which got me thinking ab

Continuous Improvement Coaching: How to Standardize Performance (20 min read)

Let's define the methodology (philosophy and actions) of our performance system. This section will describe in depth a number of "low tech/high concept" tools that can be implemented into your coaching scheme. Any of these tools can be used singularly or in conjunction with any of the other tools you choose to use/fits your style and program best.  These tools are designed to make your program more efficient; if you are not finding that to be the case with any of the tools it's fine to not use that tool. Think of this as submissions in your arsenal: choose the right one, or combination for the job.  There are areas that this section does not address that are paramount to effective coaching. Any performance system should be built upon respect for people, passion for and deep knowledge of your art (real skill etc) and a Continuous Improvement Methodology, the later, the only one covered in this section.  Briefly it should be stated that positive coaching yields positive

Frog Tanks: Opening a Small Dojo (10 min read)

"Frog Tanks" are small training spaces which you'll read about after this introduction. Many grapplers would like to have their own school, but don't have a good road map to make this a reality. This site contains as much information as possible to help make this a reality, however it is important to understand that most businesses close within five years, and the current business climate is especially challenging. It is also important to understand the current "state" of the martial arts, specifically grappling.  We'll discuss the nuts and bolts of what you'll need to open a small school on this page, and include a checklist of actions you can take to make it happen.  " NO ONE CAN HIDE IN A SMALL SPACE" "I've been to gyms that have swimming pools, lots of mats, medical centers, dining halls...but there where no results.  Here- we have a small room, we see everyone...the worse the conditions the better the results. This is the se