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

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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 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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On Fear and Courage

by Konstantin Komarov Published: April 24, 2012

Recently we started talking about fear and courage. It got me thinking about my own childhood: for as long as I can remember, I was always striving to be brave. To overcome my fear of darkness I would crawl into dark cellars or venture into the woods at night. To conquer my fear of heights, I’d jump down from roofs or dive from cliffs. Despite being afraid to fight, I’d pick fights with stronger opponents or go to boxing practice. The list goes on and on. […]

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Encounter with Systema

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: April 01, 2012

Interview with Vladimir Vasiliev recorded at the seminar in Tokyo, hosted by Andy Cefai and Ryo Onishipublished by Hiden Budo & Bujitsu magazinetranslated from Japanese by Tarota Inagaki   Question-When did you encounter Systema for the first time? Vladimir Vasiliev (VV): It's in the early 80s that I met Mikhail Ryabko.   -You were serving in the military at that time. What kind of martial arts were you training in? VV: I was mostly training for a close quarter combat. Those martial arts have good points but Mikhail showed me a completely different approach. […]

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The Short Route of Knowing

by Konstantin Komarov Published: March 27, 2012

To me, the essence of Systema is learning to deal with any unfavorable environment, which means increasing the chances of survival. One cannot account for every possible negative scenario that we may encounter in life. Therefore, we cannot prepare for each possibility separately. Instead, we need to prepare for all at once. Thus in Systema, the specific techniques and methods of work are not as important as the changes occurring in the student’s body and psyche. My service in the army also taught me to overcome any negative impacts. […]

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