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

Systema Training Scott McQueen

Systema Shines in the "Land of the Rising Sun"

by Scott McQueen Published: July 21, 2009

Allow me to offer a brief insight into the way Systema has changed or affected the lives of practitioners in Japan. Japan's cultural and societal heritage is treasured by most citizens in Japan. Societal behavior norms have developed, in part, as way for 127.77 million people to live together in close confines with minimal conflict or overt intrusion. Even though there are many culturally disenfranchised youth in Japan today, they are still limited by what can be referred to as societal norms. […]

Systema Training Michael Muckin

Breathwork in Real Life

by Michael Muckin Published: July 21, 2009

I am writing this as a note of thanks for the gift of Systema Breathing. It may have saved my life and the lives of others. Here's the story:I was on a freeway in California - just a few miles from my home, traveling at about 65 MPH (105 Kph). Suddenly, a car three lanes away - at the last possible moment - tried to cut across those lanes and exit the freeway from there. This means cutting across two other lanes of traffic while traveling at a high speed - it sounds crazy, but drivers in California do this all the time. […]

Systema Training Scott Meredith

One Minute

by Scott Meredith Published: March 17, 2009

The new best-selling book The Survivors Club : the Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life by Ben Sherwood does not mention Ryabko-Vasiliev Systema even once. It's not about martial arts. And it isn't published by Systema Headquarters. But never mind all that - It's going to be one of the most compelling, motivating, and informative books you ever read about Systema or martial arts. If you do read it, that is. I'm betting that by the end of this piece, you'll be running out to get it. […]

Systema Training Vladimir Vasiliev

Strikes. Take It or... Grieve It...

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: September 30, 2008

An interview from the gym of Vladimir Vasiliev Student: We heard that you are currently working on a new book on STRIKES. One of the topics covered in that book will deal with the skill of taking strikes. It is of great interest to anyone studying martial arts, self defense or even human psychology. In Systema training, this skill is recognized to be very important, quite a lot of time is devoted to learning it. Why is that? Vladimir: Why study this, you ask, but when they get hit, students also ask Why Me?..There are 2 reasons for training to take strikes. […]

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Systema Training Sergey Makarenko

Camp Revisited

by Sergey Makarenko Published: July 04, 2008

Summer. Canada. Forest lake. RMA Systema Camp. First night. Cabin plywood walls reverberate every breath of ten bodies. My alternative plan was Cancun, five star resort, warm waves and swim-up bar... There is no way I am getting into that freezing lake tomorrow... Inhale, up, exhale, down... Morning warm up... Yeah, right! Between two sleeping bags it was warm enough. Two hundred six, two hundred seven... Get off my back, your turn. Forget it! I am never getting out of this lake, it feels so... right... […]