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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.

Systema Training Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin

Is it Fast or is it Jerky?

by Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin Published: September 20, 2011

Human eye actively responds to jerky movements, to flashing and kaleidoscopic change of images. As a result, our eye cannot separate speed from jerkiness. Jerky movements seem to be fast, while fast and steady movements seem slow. Our vision does not catch steady acceleration, but easily registers sharp changes from rest to moving. How is a fast move different from jerky? A truly fast body movement is smooth. It begins instantly without “collecting” the body together first. Without the haste, there is steady acceleration and it reaches its maximum speed at the target point. […]

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Systema Training Milos Malic

Self Defense, Women and Systema

by Milos Malic Published: August 30, 2011

Since I started teaching, I get repeatedly asked questions about two subjects, self defense and self defense for women. It usually goes like this: Is Systema the best self defense solution? Self defense for women, is Systema the best choice of martial arts? Is Systema most applicable, realistic and useful of them all? For those who wondered at least a bit what the answers might be, I recommend to learn more about self defense, self defense for women and what Systema has to offer. […]

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Systema Training Vladimir Vasiliev

Training Tips from Instructional Materials

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: August 16, 2011

Work against multiple opponents is challenging both psychologically and physically. In Systema, there are a number of simple things to understand and practice to help you gain control over your external and internal opponents (i.e. your attackers and your own emotions). The first skill to acquire is moving away from the line of attack. It is important to learn not to freeze when a threat comes at you. If you are not very experienced in working against two or more opponents, your tendency will be to keep them in your field of vision all the time. […]

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Systema Training Andrea Bisaz

Systema, Neurological Reaction Time and Learning

by Andrea Bisaz Published: August 02, 2011

A major factor in fighting arts is the speed of response to agiven attack. As we know, this is dependent on many different factors. Timelyaction is crucial for a positive outcome with an adversary. Different fighting disciplines have implemented variousstrategies in order to gain a time advantage over their opponent. A common approach by many professionals such as SWAT Teams,Special Forces etc. is to use just a handful of very generic applicabletechniques based on gross motor skills. […]

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Systema Training Takahide Kitagawa

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Systema

by Takahide Kitagawa Published: July 26, 2011

A massive earthquake hit Japan on March 11th. The magnitude-9.0 quake shook the Japanese archipelago for more than three minutes.But, what was worse than the huge earthquake itself was the subsequent tsunami.A large number of people in the coastal areas of northeastern Japan were eitherkilled or went missing due to the colossal waves. I was in Tokyo at that time. The tsunami did not hitthe metropolitan area, but the quake rocked the city of 13 million people withan intensity I have never experienced in my life. […]