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The articles presented here are for the education and enjoyment of the Systema community. The writers are solely responsible for the content and such content may not completely reflect the views of Russian Martial Art Systema by Vladimir Vasiliev. Any training conducted by you is at your sole risk.

Below is a list of articles with the most recent ones listed first.

Systema Training Bratzo Barrena

Should I Defend Myself if Attacked with a Weapon?

by Bratzo Barrena Published: October 03, 2018

Bratzo Barrena, Instructor Systema Ruso Combate Funcional - Peru This is a question I´m asked frequently. It’s a controversial subject, with many points of view, each with their own arguments and logic. There’s no simple answer. There are an infinite amount of variables to take into consideration (type of weapon, motive, type of attack, surroundings, etc.) impossible to mention all in this article, but I’ll try to give a clear and realistic answer. It’s necessary to analyze the views usually given. […]

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Systema Training Bratzo Barrena

I am too old. I am a woman. I have an injury. Good Reasons for Training Systema.

by Bratzo Barrena Published: July 18, 2018

A few days ago, after class, a man who was watching the training session (around 35 years old), came to me and told me he had always been interested in martial arts and that Russian Systema was very appealing, BUT (yes, there’s always a “but”) he had a back injury and couldn’t train. This is very common. […]

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Systema Training Bratzo Barrena

What to expect in Systema

by Bratzo Barrena Published: July 26, 2017

Most people who attend their first Russian Systema class, come with preconceived ideas about what they will get from training. Often people have the wrong idea, as a result from their experience in other martial arts or combat sports (as practitioners or spectators); some come with distorted or even unrealistic ideas, probably taken from Hollywood movies. In general, we can divide these people in two groups: Those who expect to find techniques that are devastating, savage, and aggressive, techniques that brutalize the opponent and that allow them to easily defeat any adversary. […]

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Systema Training Jamie Lippiatt

Tips on Nutrition

by Jamie Lippiatt Published: June 05, 2017

With training to become better warriors through Systema, we need to understand the value of eating nutritious foods. The food we eat joins with us, becomes part of us, if it is low quality and weak, the body and psyche will become weak and unhappy. In Systema, we train hard to build, strengthen and purify our body, psyche and spirit. If the foods and liquids we consume have the opposite effect, we are then not living and training in a harmonious way to our fullest potential. The food we eat today is not the same as what our ancestors ate nor is it in any way natural. […]

Systema Training Martin Wheeler

Thinking Fast and Slow for Combat

by Martin Wheeler Published: March 26, 2017

Think fast, think on your feet, move your head, duck, punch - these are the words you will hear in most arenas of full-contact fighting. And if you want to win, it is excellent advice. Most martial arts require your brain to make snap decisions and act reflexively for the combatant to survive. But Systema is not most martial arts. Tension makes you think fast. Or should I say, lack of recognition of your own tension makes you have to think fast. ‘Boxing’ is often thought of as striking, with pure striking skill as the key to victory. But this is only half the story. […]

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