David Rudman (wrestler)

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David Rudman
Born (1943-04-13) April 13, 1943 (age 74)
Kuibyshev (now Samara, Russia)
Citizenship Soviet
Occupation Wrestler, Sambo fighter, and judoka
Known for
  • 6x USSR wrestling champion
  • Sambo world champion, and 6x USSR champion
  • 2x European Judo Champion, and world bronze medalist

David Rudman (born April 13, 1943) is a former Soviet wrestling champion, Sambo world champion, and judo European champion.[1][2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Rudman is Jewish, and was born in Kuibyshev (now Samara, Russia).[1][3][4] He later emigrated to the United States, and lives in New York.[1][citation needed]

Wrestling career[edit]

He was a member of the sport association "Dynamo".[1]

In 1965–69 and 1973, he was the USSR Wrestling Champion at 70 kg.[1] He was second in the USSR championship at 70 kg in 1970–72, and third in 1974.[1]

Sambo career[edit]

In 1967, he was the Champion of the first International Sambo Tournament, at 70 kg.[1][5][6] Rudman describes sambo as "is a combination of many forms of martial arts, designed to give Soviet soldiers the edge in combat fighting".[6] In 1973, he was the first World Champion in the weight category up to 68 kg.[1] He is a six-time USSR sambo champion.[4]

Judo career[edit]

David Rudman
Medal record
Representing  Soviet Union
Men's Judo
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1969 Mexico City -70 kg

In 1969, he was the European Judo Champion in individual competition as a light-middleweight (U70), winning all of his matches in Ostend, Belgium, ahead of Antoni Zajkowski and Czeslaw Kur of Poland, and Patrick Vial of France.[3] He won a bronze medal in the 1969 World Judo Championships in Mexico City in the U70 weight class.[1][2][3][7][8][9] In 1970, he was part of the European Team Judo Champion at the championships in Berlin, fighting in the U70 weight class.[1][2][10][11]

Sports administrator[edit]

Rudman founded and served as director of the "Sambo-70" sports school in the Cheremushki District of Moscow.[1][4][12]

He has been President of the American Amateur Sambo Federation since 2004, and President of the Federation International Amateur Sambo since 2005.[1][6][13]


Rudman is an Honored Master of Sports of the USSR, and an Honored Coach of the USSR.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "FIAS – David Rudman". Sambo.com. Archived from the original on June 10, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "David Rudman". JudoInside.com. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Jews in Sport in the USSR". Yivo Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "40 Bright Years | Clubs". Samoz.ru. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ Agentstvo pechati "Novosti" (1988). USSR. Novosti Press Agency. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Sambo wants to move out of judo's shadow". Daily Times. November 23, 2005. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ Hayward Nishioka (June 1970). "An Interview with Russia's Controversial Judoka". Black Belt. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ Judo: history, theory, practice – Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Vasiliĭ Shestakov, Alexey Levitsky, Alekseĭ Levit͡s͡kiĭ. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Rudman Again Grasps Adriatic Judo Cup". Black Belt. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Yanks Cop Two Medals at World Sambo Championships". Black Belt. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Soviet Champ Blames "Good Judo" for Poor Russian Win Record". Black Belt. March 1971. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  12. ^ Coaching Association of Canada (1986). Coaching review. Coaching Association of Canada. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  13. ^ "The International Amateur Sambo Federation elected David Rudman its new president". Sambo.com. April 19, 2005. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 

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