Adult Classes


The Lion’s Way Martial Arts Adult SAMBO class operates as a private club. This means, while our Teenager and Children classes are always open, the adult class is more restrictive. We will consider potential students that fulfill the following criteria:

1. By invitation or personal reference. If you have an invitation from a current student, coach, or a personal reference from someone we know and trust. With this recommendation, you may join at any time. This is unnecessary for Open Enrollment (see below).

2. If you DON’T have an invitation or personal reference, we offer several “open enrollment” periods during the year. If we have room, Open Enrollment occurs in February, June and October. For priceing / tuition information please email us at

3. There are no specific expectations regarding skill level or athleticism (you don’t have to be in shape!). Beginners with a strong work ethic and a level of commitment are welcome.
Currently, we only accept students who can train a minimum of two days a week or more. People looking to supplement their training on a more limited basis; please watch our website and social media sites for seminar opportunities.

We cap all adult classes at a 10:1 student to coach ratio or less.

This class is for those adults who want to train; no belt ranks no egos. The training is challenging and fun, understanding that nothing of value comes without hard work. Our goal is to produce people with solid self-defense skills and maintain a training philosophy of “mutual welfare and respect”. In the adult class we practice though several rule sets that mostly include, but are not limited to:

Freestyle SAMBO / CAMBO 

Uniquely American set of competitive Sambo rules created by the American Sambo Association (ASA) in 2004. These rules differ from traditional Sport Sambo in that they allow choke holds and other submissions from Combat Sambo that are not permitted in Sport Sambo as well as certain neck cranks and twisting leg locks. Freestyle Sambo, like all Sambo, focuses on throwing skills and fast ground work. No strikes are permitted in Freestyle Sambo. The ASA created this rule set to encourage non-Sambo practitioners from judo and jujutsu to participate in Sambo events

Submission Grappling

A martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Many of the technique of submission grappling are centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless and/or submitted using any number of chokes or joint locking techniques. BJJ style rule set.


Judo is a dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. While mostly focused on throwing, on the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponent’s down to the ground, control them, and apply various chokeholds or joint locks until submission.


Is stylistically similar to Olympic Freestyle Wrestling or Judo, but with some differences in rules, protocol, and uniform. For example, in contrast with judo, Sambo allows some types of leg locks, while not allowing chokeholds. It focuses on throwing, ground work and submissions, with (compared to Judo) very few restrictions on gripping and holds.


Utilized and developed for the military, Combat Sambo resembles modern mixed martial arts, including extensive forms of striking and grappling. Combat Sambo allows punches, kicks, elbows, and knees. Competitors wear jackets as in sport sambo, but also hand protection and sometimes shin and head protection.