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

Systema Training Martin Wheeler

Thinking Fast and Slow for Combat

by Martin Wheeler Published: March 26, 2017

Think fast, think on your feet, move your head, duck, punch - these are the words you will hear in most arenas of full-contact fighting. And if you want to win, it is excellent advice. Most martial arts require your brain to make snap decisions and act reflexively for the combatant to survive. But Systema is not most martial arts. Tension makes you think fast. Or should I say, lack of recognition of your own tension makes you have to think fast. ‘Boxing’ is often thought of as striking, with pure striking skill as the key to victory. But this is only half the story. […]

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Systema Training Mikhail Ryabko

Systema and Personal Protection

by Mikhail Ryabko Published: February 17, 2017

by Mikhail Ryabko The basis of personal protection is freedom from illusion. The ability to realistically estimate one’s own strengths has saved significantly more lives than aiming to gain skills and techniques. Systema teaches us to not be the cause of our own defeat, to see and have control over the development of dangerous situations, to not give up, and, ultimately, to never lose. At the Summit of Masters seminar, we will carefully consider how to keep calm in stressful situations and how to develop this ability. […]

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Systema Training Jason Priest

Exploring Breath Training

by Jason Priest Published: December 19, 2016

Breath training is a foundation of Systema and gets plenty of attention in class. Breathwork is easily done on your own, without a training partner, in your home, on the way to work, playing with your children, and while dealing with the everyday stresses. It is easy to experiment with and valuable to explore. Be sure to keep in mind the seven key breathing principles. […]

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Systema Training Vladimir Vasiliev

How Hard Should You Train?

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: November 18, 2016

Your Goal The goal of training is to accumulate power and not tension. I believe that with each training session, while doing the same or higher workload, we should get less tired at the end of the class. We should try to perform each exercise in such a way, that with practice, we are able to do it with less and less exertion. This is achieved by utilizing only the muscles needed for the movement and keeping the rest of the body tension-free. Moreover, if you move naturally and correctly, your psyche also relaxes and your physical and psychological potential will be noticeably enhanced. […]

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Tense Shoulders - The Bigger Picture

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: October 27, 2016

When I observe students in class, at seminars, or when I evaluate instructors through the Systema Video Program (SVP), I see one most common limitation – tension in the shoulders and hips. In this article, let’s look at the tense shoulders. We should understand how it seriously damages our moving and fighting potential. 1. Unfortunately, it is not obvious to many people that with tension-filled shoulders, we are not able to lift the arms freely or maintain good posture. Therefore, everything including balance, power, and precision will suffer. 2. […]

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