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

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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Systema Training Konstantin Komarov

Breathing Tips for Perfect Shooting

by Konstantin Komarov Published: June 05, 2012

  translated by Dmitry Trufanov   There is a key factor in Systema shooting, which has to do with breathing. Shooting in real situations and therefore in Systema training is done mostly on the move. Thus you cannot apply breath holds as recommended by many other schools of shooting. When actively moving about, the body’s oxygen demand is high and breath holding would lead to excessive excitation of one’s psyche and muscle tone. Therefore, breathing on the move should circulate freely and continuously. […]

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Systema Training Vladimir Vasiliev

Systema Seminars in Europe – Short interview with Vladimir Vasiliev

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: May 29, 2012

Reporter: Mr. Vasiliev, you have just returned from instructing at two big seminars in Paris, France and Hamburg, Germany. There were over 150 participants in each event. Before the detailed reviews and videos clips are published, can you share your impressions with us? Vladimir: I find that despite the large size of seminar groups, it is getting easier to teach Systema. This is because many people are seeing the depth of this training. There is less superficial interest in tricks and techniques, rather people think and analyze more. […]

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