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 Laws.”
The ancient Slavic martial traditions dates to the nomadic steppe-warriors of approximately 5,000 BCE, passed from father to son in families for generations of pre-Soviet Russia, and then only among the elite combat specialist subdivisions (SPETSNAZ) of the former USSR. Scott Sonnon, USA Sambo Team Coach and Trainer and World Sambo Vice-Champion, was the first foreigner accepted into this heritage in the attempt to bring the world together in fraternity. Sonnon imported the art to America in 1996 to improve the quality of life of his compatriots through the Russian health system, advanced sports biomechanics, and elite combative preparation. In 2000, one of the sportive derivations of Russian Martial Art, named Sambo, will be Olympic at the Sydney Games.
Russian Martial Art derives its name ROSS from “ROSSIYA” which is the Russian spelling for the word RUSSIA. ROSS, a Russian acronym standing for “Russian Native Martial Art” was developed by Commander Alexander Retuinskih, President of the All-Russian Federation of Russian Martial Art (RFRMA), Chairman of the International Combat Sambo Commission, Chairman of the Russian Combat Sambo Committee, officer General of the Cossack Military. In 1991, the RFRMA was sanctioned by the Russian Olympic Committee as the sole representative of Russian Martial Art. ROSS is taught to trainers of Russian Spetsnaz units of the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Defense and protective services, Russian Marine troops, VDV, OMON, and Minsk’s “Alpha” units in Byelorussia, special MVD units “Vityaz”, frontier troops of Lithuania and many others.
In Russian Martial Art, the main goal of a person is to render the adversary harmless while minimizing losses for both self and foe: to work efficiently in any situation. Learning Russian Martial Art, students acquire great power as fighters, but more importantly as a human beings, increasing ones value for health and life, for both self and others. Both in combat and in life, students treat other creatures with awareness and compassion. When necessary, firm action is issued, but never in a callous or careless manner, and when all other option have been considered. “Your life is not yours alone; it belongs to your friends, family and community” (Alexander Ivanovich Retuinskih), or as is said in the Cossack Cadet Code: “The life of your friend is always more valuable than your own. You can die yourself, but rescue your friend.”
ROSS undertakes training in 8 directions:
1. Russian-Style Close-Quarters Combat and Survival
2. Renovated SAMBO
3. Executive and Close Protection Training
5. Advanced Sports Biomechanics
6. Acrobatic Dance, Stunt and Theatrical Combat
7. Russian System of Health and Wellness
8. Russian Fisticuffs