No products in the cart.

Sambo Classes in Winter Garden

VI Levels is a MMA & Fitness Center Located in Winter Garden, Florida. We offer several on-going programs with multiple weekly classes for Kids starting at the age of 3. Choose from 3 of our on-going programs, for kids 3-5 years old we have Mighty Mites, our most popular program Youth is for Kids typically between 5-9 and our Teen program which the youngest can be about 10 years old. We don't focus so much on age but more skill.

We also have our Adult Program with Weekly classes and our Women's Self Defense Program. Along with our on-going programs you have a variety of Semi-Private and Private Programs to choose from. These programs are tailored to your needs and taught by one of our World Class or Celeberty Trainers.

About Sambo Classes in Winter Garden

Sambo is a Russian martial art and combat sport that was used by the Society Red Army in the early 1920s. The word sambo comes from the Russian acronym: Samozaschita Bez Oruzhiya which translates to “self-defense without weapons.” Of course, at the time of its development it wasn’t called sambo, but simply self-defense without weapons, and in the West catch wrestling. The goal was to combine the most effective martial arts styles to improve hand-to-hand combat during wartime. 

The martial art is similar in many ways to judo and jujutsu, while also incorporating various types of wrestling and other self-defense systems. It’s also recognized by the UWW as a style of amateur wrestling. Its beginning is mostly accredited to Vasili Oshchepkov, a Soviet martial arts expert who served as an intelligence officer during both the Tsarist and Soviet periods.

Oshchepkov got his start in martial arts when he studied judo at the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo where he became the first Russian to ever receive a second dan (senior-level degree ranking) in the art. From there he went on to develop sambo self-defense techniques which were used by the Soviet Red Army and Russian intelligence services. He ended up dying in prison at the age of 45 as a result of Stalin’s purges in 1937, during which Oshchepkov was accused of being a Japanese spy. 

However, two of his students, Viktor Spiridonov and Anatoly Kharlampley continued to pioneer the art, developing two different styles which eventually became blended becoming known as sambo. Compared to Oshchepkov’s style which was mostly considered to be free wrestling at the time in Russia, Spiridonov’s style was much less aggressive and less strength-dependent due to injuries he sustained during World War I, which is said to have given the art its techniques concerning leverage.

By 1938, sambo became recognized as an official sport by the USSR All-Union Sports Committee. After being recognized by UWW and other organizations, sambo made its way to becoming an Olympic sport by 1975.

Sambo has several features in common with mixed martial arts as fighters are allowed to kick, punch, grapple, carry out ground submissions, flip their opponents over and pick them up and throw them down again. The objective of sambo is to pin down your opponent on the ground until they submit or tap out.

The sambo fighter’s kurtka (uniform) is also inspired by the jiu-jitsu gi, but with plates in the shoulders of the jacket that allow for opponents to grab to perform specific techniques that aren’t necessarily possible in judo or jiu-jitsu. These jackets are either blue or red and are paired with wrestling-style shorts and shoes to match. Lastly, sambo’s ranking system is based on the wrestling ranking system used in Russia. Rankings are given by various sports organizations for achievements in competition.

VI Levels Winter Garden

Ready To Claim Your Free Week of Training?

On-Going Programs

We go the extra mile for the kids, but we don’t take forever to get there.

Within each program we offer a variety of classes, that meet multiple times per week. Each class within the program is designed to further advance everyone with our VI levels in mind.


Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 3-5
This mighty fun class is great for improving developmental milestones. Our Mighty Might's are given a platform of coordination, following directions and patience all while teaching the foundation of Self Defense.


Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 6-9
Our non-traditional, enhanced, Mixed Martial Arts and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program will give your child the mental and physical skills that will assist them in everyday life. All while increasing their enthusiasm and understanding of discipline.


Teen Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 10-14+
Our Teens Program is a continuation of our younger programs. Whether you are just joining us, or you have been with us from the beginning. Your teen will continue to develop skills designed to help them in the real world.


Adult Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 15+
Whether you've trained before or you're ready to start a new chapter in life. Our Adult Program is a wonderful place for people who want to learn Self-Defense, have fun, get in great shape, all while under the watchful eye of skilled instructors.

Women's Self Defense

Women's Self Defense Classes
Ages 6+
Our Women’s Self-Defense is a 5 Week Program that meets once a week for 90 minutes. This is Women's Self-Defense thats molded to everyday situations, that’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable.


Free Week Trial
Seriously, A Free Week!
We are currently offering a FREE WEEK TRIAL for Mighty Mites, Youth, Teen and Adult Programs. Simply sign up & select the first class you or your child would like to attend, completly FREE. Once you arrive for your class, we will handle the rest.

Semi-Private & Private Programs

Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.

Our Semi-Private and Private programs offer individual and semi-individual classes that can meet multiple times per week. Helping you to form a habit that is life changing and healthy.


Fitness Classes
Ages 6 +
We offer Group and Private Classes to help get the results you desire. People who are looking for more personal attention, can hire one of our world-class coaches for Fitness & Cardio Training. Your challenge, become the best version of you!


Women's Self-Defense Classes
Ages 6 +
Women’s Self-Defense That’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable. Our Women’s Self-Defense program is based on the effective and efficient techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Molded to everyday situations.


Striking MMA Classes
Ages 6 +
Striking revolves around learning how to use your knees, legs, and arms to protect yourself or someone you love. Bringing in a foundation of Muay Thai, you'll become more comfortable and confident with your body.


Campus Defense Classes
Ages 16 +
Whether you're sending your daughter or son off to college. Or you're a current college student, learning how to get yourself out of tricky situations is a life skill. Train with our Celebrity Trainers to learn how to maneuver through life.


Model Muggin Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn what to do, and what not do, in the unfortunate event of a mugging. Life sometimes throws us curve balls, be prepared when the time counts. Protect yourself and your loved ones with confidence and skills to last a lifetime.


Family Safe Classes
Entire Household
Having the family know what to do in a worst-case scenario provides a foundation for everyone to work from. Your family will build upon what to do and what not do in the event of real-life emergencies.


Handgun Protection Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn how to use and control your handgun effectively and safely. Learning how you can safely manipulate and control your weapon will boost your confidence and abilities for those unforeseen times.


Handgun Manipulation Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn Handgun Manipulation. When faced with an impossible decision, what do you do? Learning how to break down those seemingly impossible feats, gives you the strength and confidence in yourself to come out on top.


Tactical Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 16 +
Tactical Jiu-Jitsu™ (TJJ™) is a blend of martial arts, military, and law enforcement strategies. It is a street-ready program for anyone who is serious about self-defense and personal protection.


Sports Conditioning Classes
Ages 6 +
Our Sports Conditioning Program is geared towards the athlete who is looking to enhance their workout.


MMA Conditioning Classes
Ages 16 +
Our MMA Conditioning Program is geared towards the MMA athlete who is looking to enhance their workout, learn new skills and enhance specific areas of their Defense & Offense.


Home Invasion Classes
Ages 6 +
Geared towars the entire household to provide skills and the knowledge on how to handle a home invasion.


Anti-Bullying Classes
Ages 6 - 16
One of our most popular programs, our Anti-Bullying classes are for ages 6-16 and provide the foundation to give kids the skills on how to handle bullies in modern day situations.


Mix & Match Classes
Ages 6 +
Looking for something but you're not too sure what? Why not try a little bit of everything? Or a lot a bit of something? Find your passion and do a sampling of all our privates and/or semi-private classes.


    Required fields are marked *


    © 2024 - VI Levels Orlando - Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Self Defense, Striking & more!
    To top