R.O.S.S. is a system of
hand-to-hand, close quarter defensive grappling, striking
and movement principles that embraces armed as well as
unarmed assailants. The traditional standing fight
of Buza as well as groundwork
means that R.O.S.S. is an effective system in realistic
R.O.S.S. students develop through principle based learning
as opposed to set techniques and routines. The five
principles guide striking, falling, grappling, neutralizing
and weapon work.
Triangle, Question Mark, Carousel, Spiral and Figure Eight
are principles applied to an attacker. R.O.S.S. defence
using these principles requires the user to innately
develop a sound awareness of body mechanics, anatomy,
kinesiology and physiology.
The Effortless-Relaxation Principle develops an
understanding around the psychology of aggression/anxiety
R.O.S.S. is practical and effective when applied. It can
only be learnt and understood through physical training.
Training for reality is another foundation principle
underpinning the system. Books and videos are useful as an
aid to learning, however the student can only acquire
R.O.S.S. competencies through attendance at club, training
and seminar work.
(Rossijskaya Otechestvennaya Sistema Samozashschity) is an
integration of skills, competencies and exercises that were
developed by Russian fighters over a thousand years. It
brings together and reflects the cultural and ethnic
diversity with respect to fighting and combat styles, found
across Russia and its neighbours.
The modern collective of ROSS was formed by the evolution
of combat styles developed in the various regions, villages
and great families of imperialist Russia.
R.O.S.S. developed from the combat aspect of Sambo
Wrestling, by one of the modern founders of Sambo -
Vladimir Spiridonov. Spiridonov, a student of the father of
Sambo, Oshschepkov developed the Russian System of self
defence that was adopted for hand to hand techniques in
World War 1 and for specialist training in World War 2.
R.O.S.S. continued to develop secretly, known to few, as a
highly guarded system for the Russian Military and Elite
In the early 1990's, General Alexander
Retuinskih developed R.O.S.S. becoming its principle
researcher, educator and practitioner. He is recognised as
the World Head of Family for the R.O.S.S. movement. The
organisation he created and built now supports annexes and
chapters all over the world (See International R.O.S.S. Links
Page). He is
renowned as both an expert practitioner and educator by his
students worldwide. General Retuinskih's R.O.S.S.
organisation is formally recognised by the Russian
Government and the Olympic Federation of Russia.
The R.O.S.S. Academy in St Petersburg, Russia, works hard
to promote R.O.S.S. and has developed an academic pathway
at the University of St Petersburg as well as seminars,
Winter and Summer Training Camps. R.O.S.S. has been
promoted in Sport, Education and Health.
In 1992, Matthew Clempner F.O.R.M.A. U.K. President first
trained with General Retuinskih and learned of the unique
combat style. F.O.R.M.A. U.K. was created to support the
development of R.O.S.S., Sambo Wrestling and associated
combat styles in the United Kingdom.
F.O.R.M.A. U.K. has a number of clubs throughout the United
Kingdom. if you would like to join us at one of our regular
training, seminar or competition events, then please
contact us via the contact page.