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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 Frank Arias & Juan Pedro Serna

Understanding Systema

by Frank Arias & Juan Pedro Serna Published: May 12, 2011

Frank Arias, one of the experienced instructors at Systema Headquarters in Toronto, was interviewed by Systema Spain head instructor Juan Pedro Serna on Frank’s understanding, training and teaching of the art. Juan Pedro and Frank kindly translated the interview from Spanish and offered it to all of us to read and enjoy.   Juan Pedro Serna: How did you first discover Systema? Frank Arias: In 1996, on New Year’s Eve, I was confronted with a situation where I had to unexpectedly defend myself against multiple attackers. […]

Systema Training Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin

Fighting, Faith and Modern Combat

by Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin Published: April 19, 2011

Fighting, Faith and Modern Combat An interview with Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin Komarov  A few months ago at a Systema seminar in Phoenix, Arizona, ICSA Founder Brandon Sommerfeld and his senior combatives Instructor Kwan Lee seized a rare opportunity to quiz two masters of Russian Martial Art SYSTEMA - Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin Komarov. Brandon and Kwan caught up with these fascinating masters of combat during some seminar downtime and they generously agreed to wax lyrical on everything from faith and fighting spirit to the changing face of modern military combat. Enjoy. […]

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Systema, Medicine and Life

by Systema HeadQuarters Published: April 12, 2011

This story was written by a lady doctor working in the military. The more I learn… the more I realize I don’t know.  I first encountered Systema as I embarked on a new phase of my life, the year I started medical school.  Although still in my mid-twenties, I recall thinking that I had already lived a lifetime and that although there were things to learn, they were mostly academic in nature, easily acquired through work and study. […]

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Connecting the dots

by Carlos A. Basconcelo Published: March 29, 2011

At the recent Summit of Masters in Cancun, Vladimir Vasiliev talked about the real time we dedicate to training during class.After a quick self-evaluation I was able to find more than a few instances during class in which I was not exactly training but just moving without a purpose or leaving my mind to wonder. I set up an experiment to catch and cure myself of letting my mind wander and of negative thinking, in order to become more effective in my movements.I was pretty amazed to learn that a great percentage of the time in class I was not really present, for two estimated reasons: 1. […]

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Systema Training Spiro Spanos

My Systema Inspiration

by Spiro Spanos Published: March 14, 2011

To read this article in Spanish, visit: Para leer este artículo en Español, visita: “What I do know and can explain about Systema, often feels less important than what I don't know about it, yet feels more valuable than any vision I have about ambition, because it protects me by chiseling away at fear, opening my mind to reality”. Let me explain why Systema practice is as fundamental to my life as is my blood. “Systema... […]

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