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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 Sharon Friedman

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. […]

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Systema Training Kwan Lee

Strength and Flexibility... Two Birds, One Stone

by Kwan Lee Published: October 13, 2009

Strength and flexibility... these are two things that everyone wants to develop and improve but are rarely combined together in proper balance. A major hurdle for most beginning Systema practitioners is understanding the nature of tension in their bodies and being able to relax parts of the body that are not needed while working alone or with partners. […]

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Systema Training Martin Wheeler

Why Systema?

by Martin Wheeler Published: September 08, 2009

Over the recent years I have read with interest on the internet back and forth as to the validity of training in Systema by observers who have only viewed experts in the art on YouTube or video. Usually a comparison is made to the most visual of fighting arts, mixed martial arts. The same types of questions are posted over and over again, "Why do they train slowly? Why does this look way too easy? Why did that guy fall over and seem unable to get back up?" And I read with equal interest the various ways in which the art is defended by practitioners of Systema. […]

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Systema Training Brandon Sommerfeld

Impact of Systema on Professional Training

by Brandon Sommerfeld Published: July 21, 2009

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you how Systema has made an impact on the training provided at International Training Incorporated (ITI) in Virginia. ITI, a subsidiary of WSI, trains approximately 5,000 students a year in a variety of disciplines, such as security operations, instinctive and off-road driving, firearms, combatives, protective service operations (PSO), and other specialty courses. Our clients consist of multinational military forces, law enforcement as well as some private citizens. […]

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Systema Training Kwan Lee

Ground Work at its Best - The HQ experience

by Kwan Lee Published: July 21, 2009

Throughout the years, I have been asked about the classes at Vladimir's school in Toronto and if the energy is any different than what is experienced in his seminars. There are obvious differences in the way the classes flow versus the wider scope seminar format, but the bottom line is that you will get some additional insights from the personal attention and time with Vladimir at Systema Headquarters (HQ). Since he teaches most of the classes, the odds are that you may find yourself working directly with the master, on his own turf. […]

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