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

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The Punch of Calmness

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: May 19, 2021

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. […]

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Find 3 Good Things, Even in the Worst Situation - Interview with Valerie Vasiliev

by Takahide Kitagawa Published: May 09, 2021

We interviewed Valerie Vasiliev, who has been supporting Vladimir as his wife and business partner.  How did they come to know each other and have grown Toronto Systema HQ together? Place of interview: Tokyo, Japan Interviewer: Takahide Kitagawa (Systema Tokyo) Interpreter: Ryo Onishi (Systema Osaka) Taka: When was Toronto HQ founded? Valerie: November 1st, 1993. Taka: That means twenty-eight years ago. Valerie: That's right.  Before that, Vladimir taught a small group at a community center and at our home. […]

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What is the best way to view illness and injury?

by Systema Headquarters Published: April 22, 2021

A question from the Soul & Spirit discussion with Rev. Father Vladimir: What is the best way to view illness and injury? If illness happens to us, it often seems unfair. Answer: It seems… yes, of course. First of all, if illness comes, we are taught that the cause of illness is not necessarily that the person is sinning or that their parents were sinning. As Christ cured a person blind from birth, his Apostles asked, “Why was this person blind from birth? Was it because he was sinning or his parents were sinning?” Christ replied, “Not because of his parents. […]

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Systema and Mental Health

by Dr. Albert Allen Published: April 08, 2021

Anecdotes abound, of Systema practitioners finding increased capacity for calm, happy, and easygoing interactions with other people. Having experienced these changes myself, I started to wonder how Systema practice might be used to treat mental illnesses. Systema practices to cultivate internal relaxation have been particularly applicable to mental health, especially in the treatment of anxiety and trauma-related disorders. […]

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Show up, train, repeat.

by Loren Clements Published: November 10, 2020

Chatting with one of my massage clients last week, the subject of martial arts came up. I, of course, was happy to share a bit about Systema and the positive benefits I feel from it in my daily life. During the conversation, she asked me, “Are you good at it?” She went on to describe what she thought makes a good martial artist; breaking things, fighting rooms full of people, and general Hollywood movie mayhem seemed to be her reference points. We laughed, and she laughed even more when I said half jokingly, “Yes, I am”, demanding that I justify my answer. […]