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Articles by Vladimir Vasiliev

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Born in Russia, Vladimir Vasiliev received intense combative training and profound Systema training from Mikhail Ryabko. Vladimir moved to Canada, and in 1993 founded the first school of Russian Martial Art outside Russia - Systema Headquarters.

He has since personally trained and certified well over 700 qualified Russian Martial Art Systema instructors and schools in over 40 countries worldwide, and has produced an Award-Winning instructional film collection. Vladimir holds a number of government medals and awards including the Russian "Order of Duty and Honor" and the "Order of Loyalty". He offers regular training at his school in Toronto, at international seminars and camps, and through the Systema Video Program.

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Three Steps Ahead of Your Fear

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: April 02, 2005

THREE STEPS AHEAD OF YOUR FEAR In the SYSTEMA HAND to HAND film, there is a drill where the two opponents are approaching each other and evading contact.  It is a very useful exercise to learn free and smooth movements and to identify the moment when you feel discomfort or fear. To expand on this practice, here is another good drill from Vladimir\'s class.  It will help you to further overcome your own psychological obstacles, your pride and your fear. Starting Position: Stand facing your partner, about 5 meters (15 feet) apart. […]

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Defense in Confined Space

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: December 05, 2004

EFFECTIVE DEFENSE IN CONFINED SPACE comes from two essential abilities: - the skill of working (defending yourself) in one spot* for example, behind a desk in a small office, or on a mine field where one step away from your spot could be the last step you ever make!- the skill of working without the full use of your body movements* it can range from a mild restriction (if you can't let go of something you're carrying) to being able to move only your fingers (if you are restrained or squeezed in a crowd). […]

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