The martial arts DVD Learning Sambo by Herve Gheldman shows you the Sambo techniques that apply in a variety of situations, both with and without martial arts uniforms. Whether you are exploring the Russian martial art of Sambo for sport or for self-defence, this Sambo DVD will help you master the techniques of this system-a system which is open to all: men, women and children. Herve Gheldman is a sport Sambo master in Russian and has been practicing martial arts for over 40 years. His style of Sambo has been developed after many years of martial arts competition (which garnered him a world-champion title) and years of teaching martial arts courses worldwide. Herve Gheldman is a police and military expert who regularly teaches special forces officers. Sambo is a Russian martial art and combat sport. The word "SAMBO" is an acronym for SAMooborona Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as "self-defense without weapons". Sambo is relatively modern since its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Army to improve their hand to hand combat abilities. Intended to be a merger of the most effective techniques of other martial arts, Sambo has roots in Japanese judo plus traditional folk styles of wrestling such as: Armenian Kokh, Georgian Chidaoba, Romanian Trînt, Tatar Körä, Uzbek Kurash, Mongolian Khapsagay and Azerbaijani Gulesh.