We featured the brutal art of Kudo two years ago with a Russian TV feature by movie star and martial arts badass, Sergey Badyuk. If your not familiar Kudo, it's the child of several fighting styles that includes Kyokushin karate, boxing and several grappling styles such as, Judo, Sambo and Russian-All-Around fighting. The Soviet influences were added in the early 90's when the art migrated from Japan to Russian. In many ways the style looks similar to our Amateur MMA. Kudo along with several other hybrid fighting style have taken off over the past 20 years and has lead to the increase in popularity of MMA.
Sport Kudo allows almost everything with the exception punches to the back and neck. Kudo along with Combat Sambo have been a launching pad for Russian Martial Artists to enter into MMA, as we have see in both Bellator and the UFC.
Enjoy the style of Kudo below and if your interested in some hype videos you have check them out here and here.