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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

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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Systema Training Mikhail Ryabko

Systema and Personal Protection

by Mikhail Ryabko Published: February 17, 2017

by Mikhail Ryabko The basis of personal protection is freedom from illusion. The ability to realistically estimate one’s own strengths has saved significantly more lives than aiming to gain skills and techniques. Systema teaches us to not be the cause of our own defeat, to see and have control over the development of dangerous situations, to not give up, and, ultimately, to never lose. On the Summit of Masters film, we carefully consider how to keep calm in stressful situations and how to develop this ability. […]

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Systema Training Jason Priest

Exploring Breath Training

by Jason Priest Published: December 19, 2016

Breath training is a foundation of Systema and gets plenty of attention in class. Breathwork is easily done on your own, without a training partner, in your home, on the way to work, playing with your children, and while dealing with the everyday stresses. It is easy to experiment with and valuable to explore. Be sure to keep in mind the seven key breathing principles. […]