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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.

Below is a list of articles with the most recent ones listed first.

Systema Training Bobby Schwartz

Systema and Brainstem Function

by Bobby Schwartz Published: December 05, 2019

Anyone who is an avid Systema practitioner knows that Systema is a philosophy that improves all aspects of life. My name is Bobby Schwartz, and I am a Board-Certified Physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a Fellow in Vascular Medicine and an avid Systema practitioner and instructor. I often get asked why I think Systema is beneficial to health. Some point to the incredible energy of Mikhail Ryabko and explain that he somehow passes this along to all of us. Others cite the unrelenting, unconditional, jewel of Vladimir Vasiliev as he shares his wisdom and skill. […]

Systema Training Mark Jakabcsin

Less Tension More Power

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. […]

Systema Training Bratzo Barrena

Should I Defend Myself if Attacked with a Weapon?

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. […]

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Systema Training Bratzo Barrena

I am too old. I am a woman. I have an injury. Good Reasons for Training Systema.

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. […]

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Systema Training Bratzo Barrena

What to expect in Systema

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. […]

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