Russian Martial Art - "SYSTEMA" is a military fighting art based on the training of the Elite Russian Special Forces.
‘No rules. No belts. No nonsense. The system - a fighting art without all the needless baggage.’ Black Belt Magazine.
Systema is an ancient Russian martial art adapted for use in modern warfare by the Russian Special Operations and the Soviet spy network. Needing the fastest and most effective training regime for their elite fighters and undercover operatives, the Soviets experimented with many combat arts, only to rediscover the most deadly and sophisticated among their own traditional Slavic hill-fighting roots.
Until recently Systema was hidden by the highest levels of the Soviet classification only to be opened up to the West by Russian Masters Vladimir Vasiliev and Mikhail Ryabko.
Subtle, brutal and uncompromising it covers all aspects of combat training from hand-to-hand to the use of weapons in any and all combat environments. With no forms or kata to memorize, no techniques, no belts, no predetermined attitudes to conform to, just natural movement that can be practiced for a lifetime. Resulting in the development of a deep understanding of human nature, Systema is truly a unique and boundless art.
Training encompasses all aspects of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat, including working in confined spaces, defense against and use of weapons, multiple attackers, crowd work, blindfold training, fighting on the ground, improvised weapons, and many other practical applications for personal safety, optimum health, and superb fitness. Systema classes are diverse, challenging, and fun. Training is equally suitable for men and women, and for civilians as well as law enforcement, security professionals, and military personnel.
Systema is a comprehensive system of defense and protection, which was only declassified, and made known to the public with the fall of the Soviet regime . Throughout the cold war it grew and adapted to the varied needs of the elite Soviet Special forces (Spetsnaz), and the KGB. As a result, it is a system that goes far beyond the scope of most martial arts, making it the consummate martial art for the modern world.
Specifically designed to be quickly learned, and easily employed, in even the most dangerous of situations, Systema is ideal for those in immediate need of a truly viable form of self defense.
Systema movements are based on instinctive and natural human reaction. Rather than trying to impose a new movement pattern on students, we have them reawaken, and take advantage of their natural reflexes. When compared with other martial arts, this makes for a significantly decreased time to proficiency, and provides a correlated increase in the time of retention.
In accord with this naturalness, Systema conforms to the individual, rather than asking the individual to conform to it. This allows people with differing abilities, and what some would call disabilities, to excel. The individual develops movement and technique which is not only suited to their apparent deficiencies, but stronger because of them!
THESE 4 KEY PARTS ARE WHAT MAKES SYSTEMA EFFECTIVE
- If you want to learn how to break boards or learn how to fancy kick then SYSTEMA is not for you.
- If you want to learn techniques and be given belts then SYSTEMA is not for you.
- If you just want to learn movements and not be touched in anyway then SYSTEMA is not for you.
- If you want to learn some techniques, punch pads and fight opponents of the same size in a very non realistic way, THEN SYSTEMA IS NOT FOR YOU
However, if you want to train hard and learn how to defend and survive in a variety of situations using a variety of defensive tools, come to class and learn how to defend yourself. This way, SYSTEMA is for you.
SYSTEMA IS NOT A COMBAT SPORT, IT IS A WAY OF LIFE, HEALTH AND SURVIVAL.
Systema is used by the worlds special forces units as a very combat effective way of defending yourself in any given situation
Our training is progressive and taken at your own individual level of ability. No one is going to try to force you to do things you are not willing to do.
FROM THE MEDIA
"Simple, highly effective ... truly the only martial art you need to know to live in the real world."
New Mexico Law Enforcement Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3
"No rules, no belts, no nonsense, The System - a fighting art without all the needless baggage."
Black Belt Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 10
"The techniques are simple and deadly, practical and effective, based on a few unique and powerful principles."
American Survival Guide, Vol. 19, No. 1
FROM THE EXPERTS
"Never have I been exposed to a more complete system of defense than that of Russian Martial Art, operated by Mr. Vasiliev."
Colin Greenway Defense Tactics Instructor Toronto Police
"As an experienced martial artist, The System has provided me with a greater knowledge of body mechanics not used in other styles. The System's use of natural body movements allows me to incorporate and train officers to better equip themselves against a combative prisoner."
Robert Rutledge Certified Police Instructor St. Mathews Police Department, Kentucky
"In 25 years of martial arts, I have not seen, and doubt that I will ever see, this level of mastery! I wish I could scream across the whole country and tell everyone that they should open their eyes to this new art."
Steve Boone Staff Sergeant U.S. Marines Corp., based in Nevada