Russian All-Round Fighting (RAF) is a hybrid martial art consisting of various Russian and Soviet fighting and martial systems. There are a number of martial arts styles and schools of Russian origin. Traditional Russian fist fighting has existed since the 1st millennium A.D. and for a time was outlawed, however, it has seen a resurgence after the break-up of the Soviet Union. During the Soviet era, the government wanted to create both military hand-to-hand combat systems and combat sports.
RAF has influences from
- European martial arts - Fighting, combat, wrestling, martial and sport systems and styles from ancient and medieval times to more recent eras
- Sambo - Including the combat and sport variations
- Storm Fighting - MMA style fighting for competition
- Street fighting - Offensive in addition to merely defensive techniques
- Folk styles - Influenced by folk games, events and competition, such as fisticuffs and mass fighting
From the Desk of DSTRY/SG: Grapplers, check this out - Our buddy and D/SG resident CACC and Sambo expert, Martin Roy of Ville-Émard Catch-Wrestling in Monteal, Quebec, asked us to spread the word that an RAF Seminar will be taught May 16-19, 2012 in Port Saint Lucie, FL. It's the first time this deadly stuff will have been taught here in the US. More information can be found here. The seminar will be taught by Sambo/RAF Mater of Sport, Darrin Richardson.
If you are interested in learning some serious fighting skills (and not simply over-developing your street-useful bermibolo skills), this is all you! Go fisticuffs!!