Welcome to the official American Sambo Association Archive Page (2003 -
What did it mean to have an American Sambo Association membership?
Membership in the ASA did not automatically grant one expertise, skill, or credential
in the Sambo community. Rather than a "ranking" organization, the ASA was a training
based association of like-
In 2012, the ASA launched a protocol by which active association members could qualify
for an ASA Coach credential. This program offered a four tier program resulting in
"Apprentice Coach", "Assistant Coach", "Coach", and "Senior Coach" levels. This program
could not be completed via distance learning and required candidates to be current
ASA members, engage in hands on training, and maintain an active role in the Sambo
community for no less than 2 years between coach levels. In order to move through
this program one needed to participate in the ASA Sambo Summit Training Camp; attend
our referee and teaching methodology courses; hold current first aid and CPR certifications;
attend residency teaching programs at ASA officer clubs; coach athletes in approved
local, regional, national, or international Sambo tournaments; present a short thesis
to the ASA for on-
In the end, Sambo is about active and on-
Our Affiliate and Professional Member Clubs were rated in the following manner (This did not apply to individual ASA members or clubs run by our ASA advisors or officers):
All ASA member clubs were eligible to receive the following labels: "Bronze Medal Club", "Silver Medal Club", or "Gold Medal Club".
A member club could achieve this distinction by documenting with the ASA any Sambo seminars and training which the club has hosted or the chief instructor has attended since joining the ASA (or shortly before, if done during the period of time when the club was courting the ASA for membership).
A training log link would appear under each club listing. This log documented any Sambo training via private/class instruction or seminar the club or head coach had hosted or attended. Each log listed the training date(s), topic(s) covered, coach, and total number of hours trained. These seminars need not only be ASA seminars. The ASA accepted seminars and instruction offered by any noted Sambo coach. If we are not aware of the Sambo coach in question, the ASA reserves the right to inquire about the coach or delay listing of the hours until the coach is verified.
Once a club reached 25 hours or training, the club (not the individual) received a Bronze Medal listing. At 50 hours a Silver Medal listing was awarded. At 100 hours a Gold Medal listing was achieved.
Please note that these ratings did not reflect any training a member may have had
prior to joining the ASA. Prior experience was listed in the club's biography. Nor
did these rating make any statement about skill level. What these ratings did was
denote is a member club's level of activity and intention to learn and master Sambo.
All individual and club members WERE REQUIRED to attend at least one ASA event (tournament, seminar, training camp, etc) or cross train at a fellow ASA member’s club annually. It was our goal to have an active and engaged community in the ASA. Members who did not live up to this requirement were not be permitted to continue their membership.
All ASA members must clear a background check with the National Sex Offender Database.