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

Systema Training Konstantin Komarov


by Konstantin Komarov Published: December 13, 2011

Life today is riddled with fear. We`re being scared by everyone. Turn on the TV and you are surrounded by horrors. Go online and  get a load of new nightmares. Visit your local bank or store and you hear the same topics on everyone’s lips: the financial crisis, rising crime, inflation, taxes, social instability, skyrocketing prices, high unemployment, etc. Even the most optimistic person would have difficulty remaining untouched by these seeds of unrest and worries which can’t help but taint our mood and create negative thoughts. […]

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Systema Training Andy Cefai

Tokyo October 2011 - Vladimir Vasiliev - Combat & Health

by Andy Cefai Published: November 15, 2011

After such a great seminar it is not surprising that there has already been a flurry of positive reviews and posts in Japanese on various Systema related sites and Facebook pages. The topic of the seminar was Combat & Health – especially relevant after the 3.11 triple disaster here in Japan. We were blessed with around a 110 participants each day and coverage by Japan’s largest martial arts magazine. This despite having to use a gym 40 minutes out from the centre of Tokyo, as a result of many sports centers being closed and used as refugee centers. […]

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Systema Training Vincent Kurmaer

Training for Life

by Vincent Kurmaer Published: November 08, 2011

I have recently realized something that is now really helping me in my training and I figured it could be of interest to other Systema practitioners out there too. I guess, I shall start with the commentary often heard in seminars and classes (I think the first time I heard it was from Konstantin Komarov). It was “SYSTEMA BREAKS YOUR WORLD OF ILLUSION”. How? When a newcomer enters Systema class, he has some sort of a preconceived idea regardless of his previous martial background. As a matter of fact, he might actually have many more pre-conceived ideas if he has had experience. […]

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Systema Training Joao Carlos Furia

Remember the Feeling

by Joao Carlos Furia Published: October 18, 2011

My country, Brazil, is internationally acclaimed for some good things. One of them is our fighters’ quality. We have excellent fighters, coaches, teachers, gyms and if you follow sport fighting, you can name some Brazilian fellows. Before I found ystema, I’d trained sportive and traditional martial arts for about 15 years and proudly served Brazilian Marine Corps for another 4 years. I thought I had seen a lot of interesting things... […]

Systema Training Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin

Is it Fast or is it Jerky?

by Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin Published: September 20, 2011

Human eye actively responds to jerky movements, to flashing and kaleidoscopic change of images. As a result, our eye cannot separate speed from jerkiness. Jerky movements seem to be fast, while fast and steady movements seem slow. Our vision does not catch steady acceleration, but easily registers sharp changes from rest to moving. How is a fast move different from jerky? A truly fast body movement is smooth. It begins instantly without “collecting” the body together first. Without the haste, there is steady acceleration and it reaches its maximum speed at the target point. […]

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