U.S. Sambo pioneer Gregg Humphreys joins the show to talk about how bullying led him to martial arts, misconceptions about Sambo, coaching at Militech Fighting Systems and kettlebells. He also talks about training extensively in the U.S.S.R. in the 80’s. Click “read more” for show notes!


  • How bullying led him to martial arts
  • Finding Judo
  • Competing
  • The evolution of conditioning over time
  • Kettlebell use in Russia for Sambo
  • Finding Sambo
  • Traveling to the Soviet Union in the 80’s
  • Misconceptions about Sambo
  • Bowling with Igor Kurinnoy
  • The Pummel
  • Coaching at Militech Fighting Systems
  • Iowa’s Wrestling culture
  • The United Classification of Techniques
  • Cross-training in grappling
  • Adapting techniques to different body types
  • Sambo’s rise in popularity