Vlad Koulikov is a world renowned sambist having placed 3x in the USA open and represented USA in Combat Sambo worlds in 2008. He is also a BJJ and Judo black belt. In addition to this he has competed and won several NAGA and Grapplers Quest tournaments.
Recently he participated in a r/sambo reddit AMA which revealed some interesting tidbits in regards to the fusion of the two sports. Below are the top 5 questions and answers from Koulikov.
When addressing difference between bjj and sambo:
Another difference addressed is in approach to armbars:
Koulikov was recently promoted to bjj black belt!
Another hot topic in bjj is a question of the rulesets. Koulikov says both sambo and bjj have a lot of restrictions:
Which isn’t to say he’s a fan of ADCC rules:
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