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Below is a list of articles with the most recent ones listed first.
by Mark Jakabcsin Published: January 08, 2019
Camp Report by Mark Jakabcsin
I find writing a review after a seminar helps me to analyze the information, gather my thoughts and bring the entire event into a clearer focus. Every Systema seminar or camp I have been to presents so much information, it is impossible to retain it all. Hence, I try to find and understand a common thread or theme that the instructor is presenting and a few drills to demonstrate that concept. This allows me to return home and study at a pace that helps me to learn and make the information my own. […]
by Bratzo Barrena Published: October 03, 2018
Bratzo Barrena, Instructor Systema Ruso Combate Funcional - Peru
This is a question I´m asked frequently. It’s a controversial subject, with many points of view, each with their own arguments and logic.
There’s no simple answer. There are an infinite amount of variables to take into consideration (type of weapon, motive, type of attack, surroundings, etc.) impossible to mention all in this article, but I’ll try to give a clear and realistic answer.
It’s necessary to analyze the views usually given. […]
by Bratzo Barrena Published: July 18, 2018
A few days ago, after class, a man who was watching the training session (around 35 years old), came to me and told me he had always been interested in martial arts and that Russian Systema was very appealing, BUT (yes, there’s always a “but”) he had a back injury and couldn’t train.
This is very common. […]
by Bratzo Barrena Published: July 26, 2017
Most people who attend their first Russian Systema class, come with preconceived ideas about what they will get from training.
Often people have the wrong idea, as a result from their experience in other martial arts or combat sports (as practitioners or spectators); some come with distorted or even unrealistic ideas, probably taken from Hollywood movies.
In general, we can divide these people in two groups:
Those who expect to find techniques that are devastating, savage, and aggressive, techniques that brutalize the opponent and that allow them to easily defeat any adversary. […]
by Jamie Lippiatt Published: June 05, 2017
With training to become better warriors through Systema, we need to understand the value of eating nutritious foods. The food we eat joins with us, becomes part of us, if it is low quality and weak, the body and psyche will become weak and unhappy. In Systema, we train hard to build, strengthen and purify our body, psyche and spirit. If the foods and liquids we consume have the opposite effect, we are then not living and training in a harmonious way to our fullest potential.
The food we eat today is not the same as what our ancestors ate nor is it in any way natural. […]