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Articles by Takahide Kitagawa

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Takahide Kitagawa is a Systema instructor, certified by Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev.
He has over 20 years of martial arts experience.
Takahide teaches regular classes at his school, Systema Tokyo, in Japan.

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Find 3 Good Things, Even in the Worst Situation - Interview with Valerie Vasiliev

by Takahide Kitagawa Published: May 09, 2021

We interviewed Valerie Vasiliev, who has been supporting Vladimir as his wife and business partner.  How did they come to know each other and have grown Toronto Systema HQ together? Place of interview: Tokyo, Japan Interviewer: Takahide Kitagawa (Systema Tokyo) Interpreter: Ryo Onishi (Systema Osaka) Taka: When was Toronto HQ founded? Valerie: November 1st, 1993. Taka: That means twenty-eight years ago. Valerie: That's right.  Before that, Vladimir taught a small group at a community center and at our home. […]

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The Great East Japan Earthquake and Systema

by Takahide Kitagawa Published: July 26, 2011

A massive earthquake hit Japan on March 11th. The magnitude-9.0 quake shook the Japanese archipelago for more than three minutes.But, what was worse than the huge earthquake itself was the subsequent tsunami.A large number of people in the coastal areas of northeastern Japan were eitherkilled or went missing due to the colossal waves. I was in Tokyo at that time. The tsunami did not hitthe metropolitan area, but the quake rocked the city of 13 million people withan intensity I have never experienced in my life. […]