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The articles presented here are for the education and enjoyment of the Systema community. The writers are solely responsible for the content and such content may not completely reflect the views of Russian Martial Art Systema by Vladimir Vasiliev. Any training conducted by you is at your sole risk.

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

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Fists and Punches

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: January 18, 2012

FISTS AND PUNCHES by Vladimir Vasiliev A few years ago, when I was visiting Mikhail Ryabko in Moscow, he demonstrated a slow fist pushup against the wall. I still clearly remember how standing next to him, it felt like a huge beast filled the room, the wall was droning and buzzing under his fists. Pushups in Systema are not just exercises for shoulders and chest, they are a comprehensive method to prepare for fighting and strikes. […]

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Systema Crossword Puzzle

by Nicholas & Dmitri Trufanov Published: December 30, 2011

This crossword was created by Nicholas Trufanov. Nicholas is 8 years old and is an active Systema practitioner at Systema Chicago School, directed by Dmitri Trufanov. Dmitri also assisted his son in creating this crossword. Check your Systema knowledge and have fun. To play the online game version:   To receive the answers and/or this crossword as a file attachment, please email your request to:

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Ground Fighting Seminar by Adam and Brendon

by Systema HeadQuarters Published: December 20, 2011

Review by Valentina G. (Systema Student) I’d like to describe an exercise we did at the seminar that I found most interesting and helpful. ROLL AND CONTROL is a perfect preparation for fighting from the ground. Partner # 1 is walking in various directions. Partner # 2 follows him by rolling on the ground. All this is done with proper breathing and continuous movement for both practitioners. This drill provides relaxation through good pressure and stretch to the cervical spine. Cervical vertebrae from 1 through 6 are covered with fascia. […]

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by Konstantin Komarov Published: December 13, 2011

Life today is riddled with fear. We`re being scared by everyone. Turn on the TV and you are surrounded by horrors. Go online and  get a load of new nightmares. Visit your local bank or store and you hear the same topics on everyone’s lips: the financial crisis, rising crime, inflation, taxes, social instability, skyrocketing prices, high unemployment, etc. Even the most optimistic person would have difficulty remaining untouched by these seeds of unrest and worries which can’t help but taint our mood and create negative thoughts. […]

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Tokyo October 2011 - Vladimir Vasiliev - Combat & Health

by Andy Cefai Published: November 15, 2011

After such a great seminar it is not surprising that there has already been a flurry of positive reviews and posts in Japanese on various Systema related sites and Facebook pages. The topic of the seminar was Combat & Health – especially relevant after the 3.11 triple disaster here in Japan. We were blessed with around a 110 participants each day and coverage by Japan’s largest martial arts magazine. This despite having to use a gym 40 minutes out from the centre of Tokyo, as a result of many sports centers being closed and used as refugee centers. […]

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