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The Legendary Russian Warriors - The Story of Iliya Moorometz

by Systema HeadQuarters Published: September 28, 2010

Iliya Moorometz - or Iliya of the city of Moorom. He is the most well-known and loved warrior of ancient Russia, famous for his incredible strength, fighting skill, unique life story, kindness and righteousness, the qualities that brought him many victories over the attackers of Russia and over the forces of evil. The big painting you may have seen at our school is called "The Three Warriors". He is the one in the middle of the picture. […]

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Knife: Unconditional Mastery

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: June 03, 2010

In order to achieve unconditional mastery in knife fighting, it is very important to develop independent muscle control. This means being able to avoid any tension in the entire body except for the body part you need at each moment. For example, only the hand holding the knife and the wrist would move and there would be no movement or tension in the rest of the body. This is essential in all professional work especially in working with a sharp knife where extra movement can lead to needless damage to the opponent, to cutting oneself or your own clothing. […]

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The Bottom Line

by Konstantin Komarov Published: March 16, 2010

What is most important in any art? For an artist, musician, or poet, it's inspiration: the state of the soul, which can hardly be expressed in words. Yet, without it there is no art, only craft. So, what is the key to martial arts? Is it strength? Agility? Stamina? Perhaps, the knowledge of secret techniques? I do not think so. To illustrate it, let me share an observation. Quite recently, I was lucky enough to work with a team of personal bodyguards protecting a high-ranked official. These guys were creme-de-la-creme, "the elite". […]

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How to Teach Systema - Interview with Vladimir Vasiliev

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: March 16, 2010

Question: We can see that Systema keeps rapidly growing. Many people enjoy practicing Systema and eagerly share it. It would be helpful if you gave some guidelines and directions to those who teach Systema as Certified Instructors and those who share Systema training informally with friends, colleagues and family members.Answer: I agree, this is a much needed topic to discuss. With the growth of Systema, we are moving to a deeper level of understanding, this makes our discussions and training more interesting. […]

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Everything is a Gift

by Sharon Friedman Published: October 27, 2009

It was hard to even shout over the din of the heavy machine guns firing at us. I think there were at least fifteen of them and the bullets flying bright red in the night like swarms of angry hornets were mesmerizing like a force of nature. The granite boulders served as a giant labyrinth to climb up in and sharp shards were flying everywhere. I do not know if the thought was really mine but out of nowhere I shouted to my friends "Hay, at least it is not raining" and we all started to laugh as we tumbled and rolled from boulder to boulder. […]