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

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Sharing Systema - from Canada to Ecuador

by Jason Priest Published: December 14, 2010

Guayaquil, Ecuador. Unable to correctly pronounce the name of the largest city in Ecuador, I boarded a plane for my first trip to South America. I was joining experienced Systema Headquarters Instructor Frank Arias as well as Josh Fabia on one leg of their recent South American tour. For me this was both a journey to a new country and the first time I would be assisting in the training of newcomers to Systema. When I was a student in elementary school, my father used to tell me that the best way to learn something was to try and teach it to someone else. […]

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Systema Youth Program

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: November 30, 2010

What makes Systema training most beneficial for our youth today? What is SYSTEMAOriginated in the ancient Russia, it is a unique, diverse and complete way of self defense training and the way of life that makes one a Warrior. A true Warrior is skilled at defending himself and others, healthy and powerful, capable of leading the battle in his own heart - and turn pride, aggression and fear into humility, courage and strength. ...year 2010 Austin, Texas. An experienced police officer developed a serious hand tremor while on his job. […]

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The Science of Systema by Alberto Nacif, M.D.

by Alberto Nacif Published: October 26, 2010

My first Systema experience was at Vladimir Vasiliev class at his headquarters in Toronto at the beginning of a one week intensive seminar for instructors; it was a small group of instructors, most of them advanced and then me with no previous Systema experience. Sitting on the mat and waiting for class to start seemed like forever, and created some anxiety for me, as I did not know how intense Systema training would be. I watched many highly skilled people warming up and excitedly chatting around me. Then Vladimir stepped on the mat and all the chattering stopped, we stood and faced him. […]

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The Legendary Russian Warriors - The Story of Iliya Moorometz

by Systema HeadQuarters Published: September 28, 2010

Iliya Moorometz - or Iliya of the city of Moorom. He is the most well-known and loved warrior of ancient Russia, famous for his incredible strength, fighting skill, unique life story, kindness and righteousness, the qualities that brought him many victories over the attackers of Russia and over the forces of evil. The big painting you may have seen at our school is called "The Three Warriors". He is the one in the middle of the picture. […]

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Knife: Unconditional Mastery

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: June 03, 2010

In order to achieve unconditional mastery in knife fighting, it is very important to develop independent muscle control. This means being able to avoid any tension in the entire body except for the body part you need at each moment. For example, only the hand holding the knife and the wrist would move and there would be no movement or tension in the rest of the body. This is essential in all professional work especially in working with a sharp knife where extra movement can lead to needless damage to the opponent, to cutting oneself or your own clothing. […]

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