Today we will be recognizing the life and work of Igor Kurinnoy. Widely regarded as the best Sambist of all time, Kurinnoy was a beast on the mats and a scholar off the mats.
Although his first love was Judo, Kurinnoy started training at the Central Sports Army Club after his family moved to Moscow in 1984. The CSAC was renowned and consisted of some of the top athletes in the U.S.S.R. During his stint he became a star child winning national events and gold medals at the USSR Youth games and climbing the ladder of the U.S.S.R. rankings.
At the age of 19, Kurinnoy won the senior World Championship which gave him the ranking “U.S.S.R Master of Sports International Class”. He would then go on and win the Sambo World Cup as both an individual and apart of the Russian national team. He was awarded the rank of “Merited Master of Sports of Russia” - a title that was held in the highest honor of Soviet ranking system.
Kurinnoy graduated from the military Engineering academy where he then pursued a career in the Russian Space Program. He climbed the ranks in the Russian military and earned the rank of Captain. He was commended for exceeding standards for athletics and his service. During his time in the military, he won the Sambo World cups in 1996, and the Goodwill games for Judo in 1993, 1996, and 1997. He also ended up dabbling in Sumo where he would go on to several Russian and European championships. He is widely regarded as the person who brought Sumo to Russia.
Kurrinoy transitioned to being a coach where he led his team to win Sambo World Championship in 2001. He is a classic example of a student on and off the mat. Given his diverse experience and success in different levels of grappling, it should be no surprise why we are showcasing Igor Kurrinoy. And for that, we appreciate him.
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