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The 2019 Mr. Olympia Sombo is a Soviet era combat martial art. The word “SOMBO” is an acronym for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as “self-defense without weapons”. Sombo’s development began in the early 1900’s by the Soviet Army to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. Intended to be a merger of the most effective techniques of other martial arts, Sombo has roots in Judo, international styles of wrestling, plus traditional folk styles of wrestling such as: Armenian Kokh, Georgian Chidaoba, Romanian Trîntǎ, Tatar Köräş, Uzbek Kurash, Mongolian Khapsagay and Azerbaijani Gulesh. This competition will draw the best from Beginner Developmental to Elite athletes.

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