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

Systema Training Konstantin Komarov

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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Breath of Camp

by Systema HeadQuarters Published: March 13, 2012

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Memories of Systema Camp

by Steven Cash Nickerson Published: March 06, 2012

As I awoke I was first aware of two things.  First, it was chilly.  My nostrils burned slightly as I took in air, and not just any air, this air was not full of city smell: smog, rubber, petrol and fumes.  And second, I noticed I was still fully dressed from the day before from head to toe-except for my boots.  I lay there for a few moments to get my bearings.  Where was I? You may find this question odd.  For me it is not. […]