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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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Systema, Medicine and Life

by Systema HeadQuarters Published: April 12, 2011

This story was written by a lady doctor working in the military. The more I learn… the more I realize I don’t know.  I first encountered Systema as I embarked on a new phase of my life, the year I started medical school.  Although still in my mid-twenties, I recall thinking that I had already lived a lifetime and that although there were things to learn, they were mostly academic in nature, easily acquired through work and study. […]

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Connecting the dots

by Carlos A. Basconcelo Published: March 29, 2011

At the recent Summit of Masters in Cancun, Vladimir Vasiliev talked about the real time we dedicate to training during class.After a quick self-evaluation I was able to find more than a few instances during class in which I was not exactly training but just moving without a purpose or leaving my mind to wonder. I set up an experiment to catch and cure myself of letting my mind wander and of negative thinking, in order to become more effective in my movements.I was pretty amazed to learn that a great percentage of the time in class I was not really present, for two estimated reasons: 1. […]

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My Systema Inspiration

by Spiro Spanos Published: March 14, 2011

To read this article in Spanish, visit: Para leer este artículo en Español, visita: “What I do know and can explain about Systema, often feels less important than what I don't know about it, yet feels more valuable than any vision I have about ambition, because it protects me by chiseling away at fear, opening my mind to reality”. Let me explain why Systema practice is as fundamental to my life as is my blood. “Systema... […]

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Towards Natural Movement

by Vali Majd Published: February 01, 2011

When I first started my Systema journey, I remember coming across ideas and concepts such as "natural movement", "freedom of movement" or "developing instinctual movement". At the time I treated these concepts predominantly as buzz words, interesting buzzwords. It has taken a great deal of time and effort to better understand the depth of these concepts and how paramount they are to our work. Achieving free, natural movement is one of the main tenets of our methodology, as such closer examination is warranted. […]

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Are You Really Training?

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: January 04, 2011

Have you ever noticed this about yourself? Your partner does an unfair move towards you, for example: he responds to your light strike with a hard and painful one. And then you get angry. Or your partner is a bit arrogant or slow to learn, and you get irritated. Or, you find your moves work very well, and that makes you proud of yourself. Or someone praises you and vanity starts to creep in. I see this happening every class. In this case, your real training time might be only a few minutes out of the entire session. […]

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