Russian Martial Art SYSTEMA, taught by Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev, is a style of hand to hand combat based on an approach that reduces our own fear and tension with underlying breath training, special conditioning methods to control the body, and mental unveiling of the highest body potential to fight in spontaneous, precise, economical, subtle, and diverse ways while maintaining optimal health, fitness, and wellness.
Systema has another name "poznai sebia" or "Know Yourself." What does it really mean to understand yourself? It is not just to know what your strengths and weaknesses are, that is good but fairly superficial. Training in Russian Martial Art is one of the sure ways to see the full extent of our limitations - to see how proud and weak we really are. Systema allows us to gain the true strength of spirit that comes from humility and clarity in seeing the purpose of our life.
As the roots of the Russian Systema are in the Russian Orthodox Christian faith, the belief is that everything that happens to us, good or bad, has only one ultimate purpose. That is to create the best possible conditions for each person to understand himself. Proper training in the Russian Systema carries the same objective - to put every participant into the best possible setting for him to realize as much about himself as he is able to handle at any given moment.
Some of Mikhail Ryabko's words to beginners are "Be a good person and everything else will come to you." In a simple yet comprehensive way, Systema helps you choose and follow the right path.
"Is Systema the Fiercest Fighting Style on Earth? Black Belt Magazine, August 2013
Discovery Channel's Go Warrior SYSTEMA episode
Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior Green Beret vs. Spetsnaz episode featuring Systema
"How to Take a Punch," by Vladimir Vasiliev, Black Belt Magazine, April 2009
"Systema Teaches the Ultimate Drills for Stopping Elbows, Knees and Head Butts," Black Belt Magazine, February 2007
"The A-Teams" featuring Vladimir Vasiliev, Maxim, March 2001
"Webmaster by Day, Martial Artist by Night", Opportunitas, September 2010
"Girlfight," Village Voice, September 2003
Featured on Fujisankei News
Interview with Sifu Peggy Chau, Martial Arts NY, September 2005
Systema has also been featured in
Black Belt Magazine
American Survival Guide
New Mexico Law Enforcement Journal
City TV News, Toronto
The Discovery Channel
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