After seeing that Human Weapon episode on sambo, I rented a sambo video with Steve Scott, a former champion and US coach. I’m trying to remember some of his demos of throws – some unique to sambo, and some “spins” on throws common to sambo, judo, and other arts. I’ll have to go back to the video again later.

Chair throw – basically tani otoshi – feeling of sitting in a chair. I like how it is done as an attack, not a counterattack.

Inside leg grab (what was the name?) Hook leg from outside while grabbing inside with hand – like starting with kosoto gake but adding a hand.

Counters against wrestlers starting with bent-over stance:

1. reach over the back and grab the belt and do almost a circle throw over yourself – hook their inner thigh with your outside foot, fall back and roll over – the opponent actually goes diagonally over, not directly over – your entry is at roughly a 45 degree angle. Looks like tomoe nage but perhaps easier to actually try out. Basically tomoe nage at an angle. Doesn’t seem as intimidating to attempt it and is just perfect against certain training partners.

2. start by pulling them down a little, they will likely react and start to go upright push them backwards similar to inside leg grab move.

3. kind of a harai goshi but take them sideways instead because they’re so bent over you can’t put your hips under them as a pivot point facing the same direction. However you can put your hips on the side of their hip, so harai goshi at an angle.

Russian 2-on-1 – outside of their arm like an armbar but don’t bar them, just take them down and try armbar submission right from it
Russian 2-on-1 – same as above but this time sweep opponent forward.

Thigh sweep – same as a foot sweep but sweep with thigh instead. I can’t recall why to do this instead of foot. More surface area? More unexpected? More direct attack on center?

Lots more great ideas I have to go back and study again. A lot of it was familiar from judo but yet the overall art seems a little more versatile than judo, bjj, and for that matter most arts, due to different rules or different emphasis in the rules, while retaining a familiar flavor and nature. No wonder Fedor is so good since he is the best from a style that is already well integrated and balanced … but then I wonder – where are all the would-be Fedors with the same background? Maybe they didn’t follow him to Pride for various reasons? Is the UFC scouting them?