Combat SAMBO by Bodycomb

Now those of you out there know, we at LOVE BJJ. But after being tapped out about 3 dozen times, I decided I had about enough of that, Sh!t. So while internet surfing I discovered The infamous Leg lock and fell head over heels for this move. I also discovered a man named Reilly Bodycomb. Who seemed to make other competitors look like damn fools, like the time Prince wore those jeans with the ass out, rolling against this guy and you might be assed out.

1. Mr. Bodycomb please tell the MMA world and internet universe about yourself?
My name is Reilly Bodycomb. I currently teach grappling and Sambo in New Orleans, LA. I previously taught at Guy Mezger’s Combat Sports Club in Dallas, TX, and before that I taught at NY Combat Sambo in Manhattan, NY.

2. Most people know about BJJ and American wrestling but please tell myself and the readers about Sambo and how it differs from the others?

Sambo was developed in the former Soviet Union as a close quarters combat system for the military. It incorporates techniques from multiple unarmed fighting styles, including Judo, and various folk styles of wrestling from former Soviet countries like Uzbekistan, Georgia and Mongolia. It was ratified as an official sport of the Soviet Union in 1938, and continues to be practiced internationally today.

Technically Sambo has a lot of overlap with BJJ, Judo, and Olympic forms of wrestling;throws, pins, submissions and positions from these other sports are common in Sambo practice. The competitive rules of Sambo, however, vary significantly from each of these sports so the way in which the athletes move and the strategies involved are very different.

3. Like I said in the beginning I love leg locks and when I started to use them I tapped a few guys, Most guys start running for the hills, But Most BJJ coaches seemed to discourage the use of leg locks, heel hooks and etc., In your opinion why are these moves somewhat feared?

The legality of leg locks is extremely limited in BJJ (and completely illegal in modern Judo), so the practice of them in many BJJ gyms will obviously be limited, just as the practice of kicks is limited in most boxing gyms. For this reason, familiarity with leg locks is loose or nonexistent in many BJJ gyms, so I can see why people would be unfamiliar if not afraid of them.

Once you add leg locks to your rolling the tactics will change very quickly, both defensively and offensively. Certain behaviors that are meant to stop an opponent from passing the guard (a staple
of BJJ strategy) will expose a leg lock. Certain behaviors of even passing the guard will expose a leg lock to the person on the bottom position. Because adding effective leg locks to the game (meaning
the ones that are illegal in IBJJF rules BJJ) can so heavily affect the ‘safety zones’ of grappling, I can see why they may frustrate people.

4. Besides buying your awesome videos, what advice would you give a white belt/ beginner right now wanting to learn leg locks or straight ankle locks?

Well, first off, straight ankle locks ARE leg locks, as are knee bars, toe holds, calf crushes, hip locks and heel hooks. These are all considered leg locks. There is not just ONE leg lock.
Secondly, I would suggest that beginners think about the position of leg control first before worrying about the submission.

Treat leg control (the act of controlling the legs that you see right
before you may do an ankle lock) as you would treat back control or side control. Secure it first and see how long you can maintain it in the beginning, before moving on to finishes. This approach has
helped me competitively with finishing leg locks.

5. Is Sambo/ Combat Grappling being overlooked or not respected in MMA or No gi grappling?

Nogi grappling is not hugely popular in countries where Sambo is hugely popular, so I don’t see that much overlap except in the United States. So in countries that have the best Sambo wrestlers, like Russia or Bulgaria, you are not seeing many of these athletes cross train for the rules of modern Nogi….yet.
As far as in the States, I think its easy for Sambo to be overlooked as it is not accessible to most people here. To find a legitimate Sambo gym is very rare in this country.

Those who DO cross train at a good Sambo gym, or who have taken seminars from good Sambo instructors mostly feel that it has added to their game tremendously. Also, I would like to point out that Sambo as a sport is extremely fun and gratifying. So people who seek out Sambo for the sole purpose of adding to their Nogi/MMA game will certainly benefit, but will be missing out on the benefits of learning Sambo for its own sake.

6. I showed some of your clips to a few people and they were instantly believers, So please tell us if you have any upcoming events, products, seminars or etc. coming up? And where can we find out more info about you?

I currently I have a DVD set out on leg locks called ‘Sambo Leg Locks for Nogi Grappling,’ as well as a DVD on flying and rolling submissions called ‘DYNAMIC ENTRY!’ I am currently working on a book about Sambo, but I don’t have a release date for that yet. My next seminar will be in Kelowna, BC, Canada on September 24th. You can find info on the all this stuff at my website.

Electric Oceans sends out a BIG thank you and salute to Reilly ( for taking the time to stop by and do this interview. PS. Sambo, BJJ, MMA or even power walking make sure you do it in a Electric Oceans T shirt, Osss

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About Mr.O

Currently back in Richmond,Va. I was unsatisfied with the current clothing trends and decided to start my own business. Which originated out of a barber shop in Portland,Oregon. I have traveled all over and feel it was time for me to jump into the Game head first.
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One Response to Combat SAMBO by Bodycomb

  1. Noah N says:

    Damn right. Reilly has otherworldly proprioception, creativity, and love of grappling. He is infinitely unpredictable when rolling and will have invented something new every time you see him next.

    Plus he’s one of those guys that elevates the game of every person around him. He’ll make his whole group train harder, play smarter, and have more fun. If you can get a chance to roll with him, do it.

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