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Systema instructional DVDs available at Fighthouse
[Systema DVDs]

SYSTEMA episode of Go Warrior on the Discovery Channel >> larger version

[Systema video]
Fighthouse Long Island Systema Instructor Frank Fileti demonstrates various Systema concepts using open hands, stick, knife and multiple attackers.
>> click to watch

[Thanksgiving]   THANKSGIVING SCHEDULE: Fighthouse will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Saturday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

[Fighthouse Systema NYC]
Fighthouse Systema Head Instructor Edgars Cakuls (with knife)

  • 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.

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.

>> Click for map of 18 West 18th Street

Nearest Subways:
F, M train to 14th St. by 6th Ave.
N,L,Q,R and 4,5,6 trains to Union Square
PATH train to 14th St. by 6th Ave.
1 train to 18th St. by 7th Ave.
2,3 train to 14th St. by 7th Ave.

Fighthouse Systema NYC

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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.

Systema media:

"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
Toronto Sun
City TV News, Toronto
The Discovery Channel

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