enso healing rooms enso club directory enso judo and ju jitsu equipment enso karate equipment enso kung fu equipment enso martial arts resource enso boxing equipment enso taekwondo equipment enso tai chi equipment enso thai boxing equipment

Russian Martial Arts

flag-russia-XLThe Russian style of martial art dates back to the 10th century.

Throughout the history of this huge country, Russia had to repel invaders from the north, south, east, and west. All attackers brought their distinct styles of combat and weaponry. The battles took place on different terrain, during freezing winters and sweltering summer heat alike, with the Russians often greatly outnumbered by the enemy forces. As a result of these factors, the Russian warriors acquired a style that combined strong spirit with extremely innovative and versatile tactics that were at the same time practical, deadly, and effective against any type of enemy under any circumstances. The style was natural and free while having no strict rules, rigid structure or limitations (except for moral ones). All tactics were based on instinctive reactions, individual strengths and characteristics, specifically designed for fast learning.

When the Communists came to power in 1917, they suppressed all national traditions. Those practicing the centuries-old style of martial art were severely punished. However, the authorities quickly realized the viability and potency of the Russian martial art and thus reserved it for the elite units of Spetsnaz.

Since the collapse of the Soviet system, many other Russian fighting styles have re-emerged through training, competition, and media publicity



Russian Martial Art is a system of education in human biomechanics and the study of human behavior under extreme situations. Students are guided towards introspection and exploration of their full human potential. Movement is natural and free, and acquiring skills is based on the study of Cossack and Russian folk dances, Slavic folklore, and “Natural Read more

Sambo Wrestling

One of the first men who was successful in studying “combat wrestling” was V.A.Spiridonov, officer of old Russia Army. He came to army as volunteer, became officer, fought during Russia-Japan war 1904-05. After the war he began to study European version of Japanese jujutsu. During WWI he was injured and retired. Since 1919 he worked Read more


Systema is a term derived from the original Russian Systema Rukopashnii Boi or System of hand-to-hand combat. More recently, as this style has become exported to western nations, it has become synonymous with Systema Boyevogo Iskustvo or Russian System of Martial Arts. Systema was developed by the early Cossacks, a highly trained paramilitary society, more Read more

If you would like to contribute to any of our martial arts resources, please contact us.