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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 Konstantin Komarov

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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Systema Training Systema HeadQuarters

Breath of Camp

by Systema HeadQuarters Published: March 13, 2012

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Systema Training Steven Cash Nickerson

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. […]

Systema Training Vladimir Vasiliev

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 Training Nicholas & Dmitri Trufanov

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: