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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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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... […]

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Training Outdoors

by Martin Wheeler Published: June 26, 2008

Like most of us, I spent my formative years traipsing from one dimly lit dojo to another to discover the arts we are all so passionate about now. Church halls, YMCAs, garages, boxing gyms, we congregated wherever some teacher had rented, begged, or borrowed to figure out how to beat, bloody, or force a tap from a willing opponent in relative privacy. And as much as I have come to love the smell of stale sweat that hangs in the air of any reputable training hall, there is nothing to me now like the smell of fresh air. […]

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Personal Interview with Mikhail Ryabko

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: April 16, 2008

FROM A PERSONAL INTERVIEW WITH MIKHAIL RYABKO   Question to Mikhail: In your opinion, what makes stick a good weapon?   Reply: I like it because it is easy to get for training and easy to find in most situations outdoors and indoors. Also, a stick is not classified as a dangerous weapon; anyone is allowed to have one. In a confrontation, stick allows you to keep your opponent at a distance and it works well against a knife. In addition to that, I like the fact that stick training prepares you very well for working with a sword. […]

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Tying Up With a Stick - Work of a Master

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: March 05, 2008

This happened over 20 years ago in Russia. My friends and I were at Mikhail Ryabko's class. The format of classes was such that a student could choose absolutely any form of attack and Mikhail would just demonstrate his amazing variety of spontaneous defenses. We would rarely choose a stick as an offensive tool because it was so painful. But that evening, one of the guys who was probably new to the class came at Mikhail with a stick in his hands. After a few moves, Mikhail tied him up with the stick. Yes, tied him up. […]

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