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The Russian System

AN ANCIENT SYSTEM

The Russian Martial Art dates back to the 10th century. Faced with all sorts of attackers utilizing different fighting styles, the Russians had to develop an effective system of combat that was adaptable and efficient yet easy to learn.


A non-destructive art, Systema is designed not merely to create better fighters but to help heal and develop each practitioner holistically – in body, mind and spirit. Systema’s broad usefulness means that it is not merely a fighting style and practitioners quickly realize that it is much, much more than that. Systema is truly the warrior’s way of living.

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WATCH: THE HISTORY OF SYSTEMA

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THE FOUR PRINCIPLES

All of Systema can be described as an application of 4 basic principles – Breathing, Relaxation and Tension, Movement and Form.


The first, most important principle is that of correct breathing. Understanding our breathing enables us to gain a better awareness of our psyches and bodies which in turn give us greater control over our physiology which results in better martial skill.


Movement is arguably the next most important principle. Because most techniques and patterns end up being practiced and applied in very static and repetitive manner, most martial artists find it hard to apply their techniques in a real situation. Systema training on the other hand, assumes this dynamism in a confrontation and likewise our skills are built upon the foundation of movement so that it is directly applicable in any situation our students might find themselves in.


The last two principles, Relaxation and Form, are by no means unimportant. Our ability to remain relaxed and formed in a confrontation is directly related to our efficiency during the fight as well as our mental and physical health. Excessive tension in the body destroys our quality of life and kills movement resulting in poor combat performance. Likewise, poor form and alignment creates unnecessary strain in our bodies which present weaknesses our opponents can exploit or even result in serious long term injuries if left unattended.


WATCH: THE PRINCIPLES OF SYSTEMA

NO RULES, NO BELTS, NO NONSENSE

All things said and done, the unavoidable litmus test of a martial art is its effectiveness in helping practitioners survive difficult situations. This is also precisely where Systema happens to shine. From violent encounters in South Africa to staying calm during an earthquake in Japan, Systema practitioners around the world have found themselves utilizing the skills that they have learned in their Systema training. It is no surprise therefore that Systema is taught to the elite special forces of Russia and is making waves amongst police and special operations units around the globe.


WATCH: WHAT HAPPENS IN A SYSTEMA CLASS?