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Officers of the 41st Combined Arms Army (OA) of the Central Military District (CVD) took part in the opening of a memorial plaque dedicated to the military intelligence officer and founder of sambo wrestling Vasily Oshchepkov.

The memorial plaque was installed in the House of Officers of the Novosibirsk Garrison at the initiative of the 41st Combined Arms Army, the Karelin Fund, Novosibirsk athletes and coaches with the support of the All-Russian Sambo Federation.

“By and large, this is not only the pride of Novosibirsk, it is the pride of the whole country. Thanks to Vasily Sergeevich, all power structures are engaged in the system of martial arts created by him. It is difficult to overestimate his contribution because even serious Japanese masters sometimes give in to our sambo wrestlers. Therefore, it is a great pride both for Novosibirsk and for the 41st Army to perpetuate the memory of a great man, a patriot, and a military man, “said Ivan Kuvyrzin, Assistant Commander of the 41st Army for Physical Training and Sports, in his speech.

The event was attended by the leadership of the regional sambo federation, young wrestlers and their mentors, public and political figures, famous Novosibirsk athletes.

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In the twenties of the last century, the headquarters of the Siberian Military District was located in the building of the House of Officers of the Novosibirsk Garrison, where from 1926 to 1929 Vasily Oshchepkov served as an interpreter for the 7th department of the headquarters. For two years of work in Novosibirsk, Vasily Sergeevich organized judo training for the command staff, employees of the headquarters of the Siberian Military District and law enforcement agencies, students of the OGPU Border School. Oshchepkov trained almost 300 instructors who are able to independently train military personnel and civilians in self-defense techniques.

Vasily Sergeevich Oshchepkov (1892-1937) – a graduate of the Tokyo Orthodox Theological Seminary, a pupil of St. Nicholas of Japan. A student of the creator of judo Jigoro Kano, the first Russian graduate of the Kodokan Judo Institute, the founder of the Soviet judo and sambo school. Military intelligence officer, lived and worked in Novosibirsk from June 1926 to November 1929. Author of the first manual in the history of our army on unarmed hand-to-hand combat against an armed or unarmed enemy.

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