Fighthouse Long Island Systema Instructor Frank Fileti demonstrates various Systema concepts using open hands, stick, knife and multiple attackers. >> click to watch
PLEASE NOTE OCTOBER CLASS SCHEDULE CHANGES:
Due to Cap 21's use of the rooms for show rehearsals, we have to change a few days for our classes in October and November. All classes are located in 18 West 18th Street at their original time. If you arrive and forgot what room, text or call 212-807-9202.
CLASS DATE CHANGES:
Monday, 10/12: NO CLASS > MAKE-UP CLASS on Friday 10/9, 7:00-8:30pm, Room 504
Wednesday 10/14: NO CLASS > MAKE-UP CLASS on Friday 10/16, 7:00-8:30pm, Room 505
Wednesday 10/21: NO CLASS > MAKE-UP CLASS on Friday 10/23, 7:00-8:30pm, Room 505
Wednesday 10/28: NO CLASS > MAKE-UP CLASS on Friday 10/30, 7:00-8:30pm, Room 505
Fighthouse Systema Head Instructor Edgars Cakuls (with knife)
TAKE A TRIAL CLASS FOR $15.00
Arrive 5 minutes before class
Allow 1.5 hours after a meal
Attire for Systema: workout tee and pants, or camo/cargo pants, light sneaker. No tank-tops or shorts.
Trial class payment is cash only.
SYSTEMA CLASSES ARE HELD AT 18 West 18th Street, Room 504
Monday 7:00-8:30PM / beginners class
New students are recommended to take at least 12 beginners classes, but they are welcome to joint the All Level classes. Intermediate / advanced students are also suggested to work on basics to refine to the next level.
Tuesday 6:30-8:00PM / all levels
Wednesday 7:00-8:30PM / all levels
Thursday 6:30-8:00PM / all levels
Saturday 12:00-1:30PM / all levels
Classes are on the 5th floor in Room 504. Rooms may change occasionally, please go to front desk and ask for Fighthouse.
Changing rooms and showers are on 6th floor, accessible by stairs or elevator.
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.