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Articles by Scott Meredith

The articles presented here are for the education and enjoyment of the Systema community. The writers are solely responsible for the content and such content may not completely reflect the views of Russian Martial Art Systema by Vladimir Vasiliev. Any training conducted by you is at your sole risk.

Scott Meredith, the writer of STRIKES: Soul Meets Body and of Let Every Breath, is a certified instructor of Systema under Vladimir Vasiliev. He is intimately familiar with the languages and cultures of Japan and China and is a lifelong student of martial arts. Scott is a professional technologist who holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked for over 30 years as a senior researcher in human-machine interface technologies for IBM, Apple, and Microsoft.
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The Systema Singularity
Don’t Miss the Elephant

by Scott Meredith Published: May 07, 2016

Maybe the co-author of a book (if only a secondary contributor), shouldn’t write promotions for his own work. It may be construed as prideful. But of all the books I’ve written, I can’t help being proudest of our newest Systema publication: STRIKES: Soul Meets Body. And if few others yet fully understand the epochal nature of the material we’ve laid out, I’ll have to step up to the task of explaining it myself. It has been said since ancient times: Who must do the hard things? He who can. So that’s going to be me, now. […]

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Knife in a Fight: Systema Real Body & Mind Training.

by Scott Meredith Published: February 28, 2013

One day many years ago, a good friend of mine who worked for years as a corrections officer with the most dangerous inmates in a notoriously rough facility, and who knew of my interest in esoteric martial arts, took me aside with a smile and offered to give me "a lesson in how the real world works".   He then demonstrated on me physically a dozen different prison knife killings that he had either observed or cleaned up after. The setup, the attack, the follow-through. […]

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Beat the Odds

by Scott Meredith Published: July 21, 2009

Beat The Odds has a number of unique features that make it a keystone of the DVD training materials to date. This material zooms in on a number of features that Vladimir’s work always displays but that, in the need to cover other material, aren’t always called out explicitly and presented to you on a platter at they are here. For example, if you have a boxing background, you may have heard that Systema work requires the hands held somewhat low in a natural relaxed position, which is a bit counter to what you may have assumed in your boxing training. […]

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One Minute

by Scott Meredith Published: March 17, 2009

The new best-selling book The Survivors Club : the Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life by Ben Sherwood does not mention Ryabko-Vasiliev Systema even once. It's not about martial arts. And it isn't published by Systema Headquarters. But never mind all that - It's going to be one of the most compelling, motivating, and informative books you ever read about Systema or martial arts. If you do read it, that is. I'm betting that by the end of this piece, you'll be running out to get it. […]

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Systema "Gearshift" Breathing - The Road Test

by Scott Meredith Published: October 13, 2006

I first learned Systema Breathing from Vladimir Vasiliev, in year 2000. At the outset, I struggled mainly with the basic pushups - much more so than I did with the squats or mid-section work. Pushups have been a serious challenge to me. From the beginning, however, we had been taught various Systema breath-walking patterns that are fully described in our new training manual "LET EVERY BREATH... Secrets of the Russian Breath Masters", in the chapter titled "Hit the Road". If you haven't yet read that chapter of the book, you'll get more from this article if you check out that chapter first. […]

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