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The Patriot Institute is launching its new Combat Sambo school with a Combat Sambo Camp!

In today’s uncertain world, we all need the confidence that comes from learning to defend yourself. Come out to the North Country’s ONLY Combat Sambo Russian martial arts camp ever.

This 3 day event will introduce students to Combat Sambo, only from The Patriot Institute!

You’ll learn:

  • Hand to Hand Combat
  • Shooting
  • Land Navigation (Orienteering)
  • Camping
  • Have Fun!

Combat SAMBO is a very aggressive system designed to prepare an individual to be effective in any situation. The purpose of Combat SAMBO is to “survive.” Combat SAMBO includes techniques from both Sport and Self-defense SAMBO, but uses them in different ways. It includes techniques that are dangerous and prohibited in sports. The Russian Military, Police, special Crowd Control units, Marines, and others have employed Combat SAMBO for all aspects of self-defense and close combat.

Combat SAMBO is constantly evolving. With its ever-growing arsenal of techniques adopted from many martial arts and fighting forms, it is one of the most comprehensive self-defense and survival systems in the world.

What is Sambo?

This three-day event is to kick off the Patriot Institute’s permanent Sambo martial arts school.  The school will feature instruction on combat Sambo, women’s self defense and tactical pistol.

The Instructors

Andrei Popandopoulo

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Andrei is a world-class instructor with multiple awards and achievements in sambo, judo and paper editer Mixed Martial Arts. Andrei began his sports career in 1978 in the Olympic Development School of Moscow Sambo 70, one of the most prestigious schools in the former Soviet Union. He graduated in 1981 with the title of Master of Sport in Sambo of the USSR, and was awarded a 4th degree black belt in Judo.

From 1983 to 1985 Andrei served as a sergeant in the Special Forces of the Soviet Army. He graduated from the State Central Institute of Physical Education in Moscow in 1990 with a double degree in coaching & personal training, and in sports medicine, massage & physical therapy. After the graduation, Andrei became a Professor of Physical Education and was the judo and sambo head coach at the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering.

Since 1991, after immigrating to the United States, Andrei worked as a personal trainer and a self-defense instructor in a variety of sports clubs in Massachusetts. In 1993, he obtained a Massachusetts massage license and opened the International Massage Therapy Center at ghostwriter Fitness First Gym in Arlington. From 1995 to 2006, Andrei worked as a massage therapist for Boston Bruins.

After retiring from Boston Bruins in 2007, Andrei founded Sambo 7 school. Two years later, in 2009, Sambo 7 team became the champions of the USA Open Sambo Championships.

Andrei’s mission is to popularise his sambo passion in the United States and around the world. He believes that hard work and perseverance combined with high goal setting and self-accountability always yield consistent results.

Scott LaPanne

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Scott LaPanne is a retired US Marine who teaches wrestling and combat skills. He has 20 years of competitive experience and is USAW certified. Scott has been a wrestling coach since 2002, working in Marblehead, Swampscott, Everett and Belmont.

Scott competes as the captain of Sambo 7 team. In 2014 he won the USA Sambo National Championship, the US Pan-American Sambo Championship, and the Bay State Games.







At the KOA Campground
6081 State Route 3
Natural Bridge, NY 13665

(See Map Below)

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Location of the Patriot Academy Sambo Martial Arts Camp.

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Your registration fee covers all classes and events of the entire weekend!


  • All Classes and Instruction
  • Campsite at the KOA Natural Bridge
  • Dinner BBQ at the end of every training day (food included)
  • Commemorative one of a kind T-Shirt
  • Certificate upon graduation

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Sambo Camp Registration

FAQ and Packing List

The packing list is as follows:

Please bring the following:

1. the signed waiver (unless you have given it already)

2. money

3. a sleeping bag or an equivalent

4. a flask or a water bottle

5. a mess kit (a plate or whatever you plan to eat from, a spoon and a mug)

6. a flashslight

7. a hat

8. a backpack or an equivalent

9. a small towel for yourself

10. a toothbrush and toothpaste

11. comfortable footwear, preferably protecting ankles

12. 2 litters of drinking water (a daily ration)

13. a change of fresh underwear and socks

Additional things that you may find handy but are not required are:

a knife
a pad or a mat to sleep on
an insect spray
a girlfriend
sun block
sun glasses

Frequently Asked Questions –

How much does it cost – The cost for the weekend is $225.00. That includes the campsite, dinner food, tent and all classes and instruction.
Do we need pistols permits because we don’t have any…
We have rifles but that’s it. – DO NOT bring firearms of any kind. The instructors use full sized but inert models. There will be no firing of any ammunition. The instruction is on the handling of the weapons. Given the venue, there will be no shooting.
Do we need a tent to sleep in – No, tents are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own too.
Is their a shower on site? – Yes, the site is a KOA campground and they have full showers and other amenities.


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