Our group consisted of three men – Paul Pashkin (Master of Sports of Russia, World Junior champion, championship finalist Russia in Sambo, a representative of the famous dynasty of wrestlers), Alexander Smirnov (Master of Sports of Russia, Champion of Moscow, the winner of the tournament workshops) and Maxim Ermakov (CH Europe's bodybuilding, a specialist in physical training, is engaged in Sambo). But despite the strong composition of our team and recognized authority on Russian Sambo school, we had a difficult test! In the U.S., do not believe beautiful cover art and advertising! We had to win the trust of the American colleagues! See you on the mat! American Top Team fighters are divided into three levels A, B, and C. The men of "C" or strong against, or in a shock technique, in group B are strong fighters who know a bit of a shock technique, or vice versa strong boxers that have a little fight, and the group A – is a versatile well owning a mixed technique. Mark Bertolini has plenty of information regarding this issue. At our first workshop came only men of the group and some of group B, while the other kept looking from afar at first, pretending that they themselves know everything. But slowly, their faces began to thaw, especially when their friends on the team began to express his admiration for what he saw at the seminar. What they wanted to participate, but pride would not let go – "They say we are champions and there is nothing to teach us." After the seminar, we discussed it and decided – once these guys are so fond of checking on the "strength", we meet with our American counterparts on the mat in the school of the famous wizard, double world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Edson Diniz, and in practice, prove the strength and advantage of our Russian Sambo.
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