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

Systema Training Vali Majd

Towards Natural Movement

by Vali Majd Published: February 01, 2011

When I first started my Systema journey, I remember coming across ideas and concepts such as "natural movement", "freedom of movement" or "developing instinctual movement". At the time I treated these concepts predominantly as buzz words, interesting buzzwords. It has taken a great deal of time and effort to better understand the depth of these concepts and how paramount they are to our work. Achieving free, natural movement is one of the main tenets of our methodology, as such closer examination is warranted. […]

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Systema Training Vladimir Vasiliev

Are You Really Training?

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: January 04, 2011

Have you ever noticed this about yourself? Your partner does an unfair move towards you, for example: he responds to your light strike with a hard and painful one. And then you get angry. Or your partner is a bit arrogant or slow to learn, and you get irritated. Or, you find your moves work very well, and that makes you proud of yourself. Or someone praises you and vanity starts to creep in. I see this happening every class. In this case, your real training time might be only a few minutes out of the entire session. […]

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Systema Training Jason Priest

Sharing Systema - from Canada to Ecuador

by Jason Priest Published: December 14, 2010

Guayaquil, Ecuador. Unable to correctly pronounce the name of the largest city in Ecuador, I boarded a plane for my first trip to South America. I was joining experienced Systema Headquarters Instructor Frank Arias as well as Josh Fabia on one leg of their recent South American tour. For me this was both a journey to a new country and the first time I would be assisting in the training of newcomers to Systema. When I was a student in elementary school, my father used to tell me that the best way to learn something was to try and teach it to someone else. […]

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Systema Training Vladimir Vasiliev

Systema Youth Program

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: November 30, 2010

What makes Systema training most beneficial for our youth today? What is SYSTEMAOriginated in the ancient Russia, it is a unique, diverse and complete way of self defense training and the way of life that makes one a Warrior. A true Warrior is skilled at defending himself and others, healthy and powerful, capable of leading the battle in his own heart - and turn pride, aggression and fear into humility, courage and strength. ...year 2010 Austin, Texas. An experienced police officer developed a serious hand tremor while on his job. […]

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Systema Training Alberto Nacif

The Science of Systema by Alberto Nacif, M.D.

by Alberto Nacif Published: October 26, 2010

My first Systema experience was at Vladimir Vasiliev class at his headquarters in Toronto at the beginning of a one week intensive seminar for instructors; it was a small group of instructors, most of them advanced and then me with no previous Systema experience. Sitting on the mat and waiting for class to start seemed like forever, and created some anxiety for me, as I did not know how intense Systema training would be. I watched many highly skilled people warming up and excitedly chatting around me. Then Vladimir stepped on the mat and all the chattering stopped, we stood and faced him. […]

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