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

Systema Training Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasi

What is Short Work?

by Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasi Published: December 18, 2012

  Practical and real for confrontations, Short Work is one of the most appealing and challenging in Systema application. It is not to be confused with work at close distance, in fact it has very little to do with distance. To clarify, we recently asked Systema founders to define Short Work. This is what they said.   Mikhail Ryabko: It includes movements of minimal quantity and amplitude yet of top precision and power. Short work is the opposite of moving around a lot, waving, long, broad, fidgety and redundant movements. […]

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Systema Training Joao Carlos Furia

On Fighting and Training - Tips from Vladimir Vasiliev

by Joao Carlos Furia Published: August 10, 2012

Joao has shared his notes from Vladimir’s seminars, DVDs and online discussions. HITS, STRIKES, PUNCHES It is next to impossible to be in a real fight and not take a single hit. While studying to deliver strikes based on Systema principles, you learn to pick an ideal distance from your partner, you learn to position your body in a straight and natural position, and you learn to align your arm, wrist and hand along solid lines in a relaxed and comfortable way. As a result, you get powerful and precise punches, and your punches do not injure yourself. […]

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Systema Training Konstantin Komarov

Special Conditions

by Konstantin Komarov Published: July 24, 2012

In today’s martial arts, whatever happens outside of a training hall or dojo is considered “special conditions”. What we refer to as “special conditions” are just those factors limiting our normal movement and perception. Let’s focus on two of these: darkness and water.     Darkness has a tremendous impact on how we perceive our surroundings, while water changes our ability to move. We should get great mileage out of this in our training to help eliminate our stereotypical, “cookie-cutter” thinking. […]

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Systema Training Andrea Bisaz

Systema: Mirror Neurons

by Andrea Bisaz Published: July 03, 2012

It is interesting to see, how keen observation of human behaviour can be translated into extremely efficient and deceptive fighting principles. What I am about to discuss is essentially nothing new to the experienced Systema practitioner. In fact, we have heard Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev talk about these principles over and over again. What is fascinating, however, is to see these principles verified by current research in neuroscience. […]

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Systema Training Alexander Shostko

Quotes from Systema Masters

by Alexander Shostko Published: July 03, 2012

The quotes below are from my notes taken at Systema camps and seminars in the past two years. With some things lost in translation, I hope they can still be useful to Systema practitioners. Mikhail Ryabko If someone attacks you or your family and you already know that you will be fighting – do not be nervous and do not add emotional content, just work. Do not break the person; break his desire to attack you. Provide an illusion that your opponent still has control, but make sure he does not. Those who think they are very strong die first in conflicts. […]

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