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How To Kouchi To Dog Bar From SAMBO Master Vlad Koulikov

How To Kouchi To Dog Bar From SAMBO Master Vlad Koulikov


SAMBO Master Vlad Koulikov has combined some of the best moves in this Russian combat sport along with jiu jitsu for some amazing grappling!

Sambo is a Russian martial art and combat sport. It originated in the Soviet Union. The word “SAMBO” is actually an acronym, which literally translates to “self defense without weapons.” It is a relatively modern martial art, with its roots forming in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Army in order to improve their hand to hand combat techniques. Its goal was intended to merge all of the most effective techniques of other martial arts. Because of this it has very effective methods to use in any grappling based sport including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

If you are into playing on your feet, you’ll be in heaven with these takedowns. And if you’re not a takedown guy, don’t sweat it; Vlad isn’t some 20-year old dude doing cartwheels.  You can use these takedowns safely even if you are a 40-year old who needs to go to work tomorrow. And quite frankly, these takedowns and set-ups are actually going to be JUST AS USEFUL even if you don’t play takedowns at all.


If you are familiar with grappling, and sambo in particular you will likely have heard of Vlad Koulikov. Vlad is a world champion competitor; placing three times in the USA Open and represented team USA in combat SAMBO in the World Championship in 2008. Vlad placed and won multiple NAGA and Grapplers Quest tournaments and was awarded the most technical fighter in the very first Grapplers Quest competition winning all his matches by submissions.

Vlad considers both SAMBO and jiu jitsu to have their strengths. By combining both though you can get the best of both worlds. Today we are going to do just that. This is a technique straight off of Vlad’s iconic instructional series “SAMBO For BJJ,” available exclusively on! Check out how to do a kouchi takedown to dog bar submission from SAMBO Master Vlad Koulikov in the video below!

The kouchi take down is a powerful throw originating in judo. You want to pull down on your opponent a few times to break down his posture and get his momentum going. Pay attention to Vlad’s foot work. There is a lot of important foot work in these old Judo throws. The foot work is what causes your opponent to take a big step forward, which is necessary if you are going to exploit his leg for a take down. After you perform the take down you want to get both of your hands around your training partner’s hips. This will work even better if you are able to grab one leg. From here, the submission is inevitable. Simply wrap your training partner’s thigh, and then flex your knees and your opponent will be sure to tap. 

The kouchi is a great take down because it puts you in the perfect position to dominate your opponent’s legs! Even if you did not go for the dog bar submission, you could still pass to either side of your opponent and start working submissions from side control. If you liked this video then be sure to check out Vlad’s instructional series “SAMBO For BJJ,” which is packed with tons of SAMBO techniques that will give you the competitive edge and completely revolutionize your game!

Inegrating Sambo with Jiu Jitsu is one of the best tips Vlad can offer you. Sambo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are a perfect compliment for each other. BJJ is known for it's guard, chokes and body positions, while Sambo is known for it's takedowns and foot locks. Vlad should put out a DVD on how to integrate both.... oh wait.

The difference between this instructional series and 99% of the others is the systemization of how Sambo can be applied to your grappling and Jiu Jitsu. And it’s not Sambo just to say you know some Sambo. Or Sambo just so you can look slick before getting your ass kicked because the techniques useless to grappling. No.

Every Technique on this Series Will Work for YOU in Grappling and Jiu Jitsu Because it was Specifically Made for this Purpose.



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