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

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How Hard Should You Train?

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: November 18, 2016

Your Goal The goal of training is to accumulate power and not tension. I believe that with each training session, while doing the same or higher workload, we should get less tired at the end of the class. We should try to perform each exercise in such a way, that with practice, we are able to do it with less and less exertion. This is achieved by utilizing only the muscles needed for the movement and keeping the rest of the body tension-free. Moreover, if you move naturally and correctly, your psyche also relaxes and your physical and psychological potential will be noticeably enhanced. […]

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Tense Shoulders - The Bigger Picture

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: October 27, 2016

When I observe students in class, at seminars, or when I evaluate instructors through the Systema Video Program (SVP), I see one most common limitation – tension in the shoulders and hips. In this article, let’s look at the tense shoulders. We should understand how it seriously damages our moving and fighting potential. 1. Unfortunately, it is not obvious to many people that with tension-filled shoulders, we are not able to lift the arms freely or maintain good posture. Therefore, everything including balance, power, and precision will suffer. 2. […]

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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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Vladimir Vasiliev and the Russian Style of Hand-to-Hand Combat, feature article

by Published: March 09, 2016

From the front page of Gazeta Plus, a Canadian Russian newspaper | February 19th, 2016 translated by Anthony Trufanov It’s been over twenty years now since one of the buildings in our city was graced with the small sign “SYSTEMA Russian Martial Art.” This building, located at 39 Glen Cameron Rd., houses the Systema Headquarters and most important international training center. Its founder, Vladimir Vasiliev, is well known across the world. […]

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STRIKES: Soul Meets Body - Review by Yvan Cam

by Published: February 19, 2016

Book review by Yvan Cam Translation from French by Yvan Cam Two months ago, I heard that Vladimir Vasiliev was ready to release a new book and that people who got a chance to read the draft were very enthusiastic about it. After that discussion, when I received the email from Toronto saying that the book was available, I immediately ordered it. Less than one week later, the book was in my mailbox and two days after, it was read. My opinion? This book is simply excellent. Strikes is the perfect learning material to understand what Ryabko/Vasiliev Systema is all about. […]

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