The Punch of Calmness

May 19, 2021 by Vladimir Vasiliev  
I'd like to tell you about a remarkable fight preparation.

Back in the old days when I was training with Mikhail Ryabko in Russia, we were invited to demonstrate Systema to some high ranking officials. I had to be in a real full contact confrontation against some famous martial artists and competition champions.

Needless to say, I was fairly fearful. To prepare me, Mikhail did not say any encouraging words, there was no cheering up or helpful tips, but instead he hit me very very hard and with extreme calmness. It was a different kind of pain I experienced, it felt like that punch put me in a different mode of operation. The unnecessary emotions were gone, I became calm and handled the fights successfully.

We were able to demonstrate the power of Systema!
And to this day, I vividly remember this punch.
Vladimir Vasiliev Born in Russia, Vladimir Vasiliev received intense combative training and profound Systema training from Mikhail Ryabko. Vladimir moved to Canada, and in 1993 founded the first school of Russian Martial Art outside Russia - Systema Headquarters.

He has since personally trained and certified well over 700 qualified Russian Martial Art Systema instructors and schools in over 40 countries worldwide, and has produced an Award-Winning instructional film collection. Vladimir holds a number of government medals and awards including the Russian "Order of Duty and Honor" and the "Order of Loyalty". He offers regular training at his school in Toronto, at international seminars and camps, and through the Systema Video Program.