The Sport association Gut-Heil-Itzehoe (Itzehoe sport club) played a special role in sambo development in Germany, where the first section of sambo was established.
The national championship was held in Itzehoe in 2002. This was the first step for the implementation of the new and beautiful type of sport. There are 200 sambo athletes from 10 regional sambo federations, who annually take part in the national championship.
Sambo is related with a special method of individual education, where sport is combined with modern and effective integration of youth into social life. It is also a management style leading to the success and active public attitude. This idea is the aim and motivation of the activity of the German sambo federation.
The German sambo federation cooperates with the National Olympic Committee.