What is Systema?

In Systema, the synergy of three components creates a TRUE WARRIOR - Combat Skill, Strong Spirit and Healthy Body. The body has to be free of tension, filled with endurance, flexibility, effortless movement and explosive potential. The spirit or psychological state has to be calm, free of anger, irritation, fear, self-pity, delusion and pride. The combat skill includes movements that are powerful and precise, instant and economical, spontaneous, subtle and diverse, the signature of a true professional.

There is a reason why Russian Martial Art is called Systema. It is a complete set of concepts and training components that enhance one’s life. In this case, acquiring the martial art skill is a way to improve the function of all seven physiological systems of the body and all three levels of human abilities the physical, the psychological and the spiritual. The key principle of the Russian Systema is non-destruction. The goal is to make sure that your training and your attitudes do no damage to the body or the psyche of you or your partners. Systema is designed to create, build and strengthen your body, your psyche, your family and your country.

Systema has another name, “poznai sebia” or “Know Yourself”. What does it really mean to Understand Yourself? It is not just to know what your strengths and weaknesses are, that is good but fairly superficial. Training in Russian Martial Art is one of the sure ways to see the full extent of our limitations - to see how proud and weak we really are. Systema allows us to gain the true strength of spirit that comes from humility and clarity in seeing the purpose of our life.

SYSTEMA is rooted in martial culture of Slavonic nations. This culture was and remains now one of unsolved mysteries in world history. Did it ever exist at all? Previously this fact was being doubted. Data and opinions on weapons, tactics, military and social structure of Slavonic army were ambiguous and contradictory. However, more and more historical evidences point that martial culture of Slavonic nations did exist. And it did not yield an inch to other systems that were created in the East.

Slavonic martial system was based on local actions and not extermination of enemy, “right” tactics, planned seizure of territory and actions typical for regular armies and justifying their existence, therefore the task of martial training was survival in a battle: single combat, group fight, single warrior’s confrontation against superior enemy, and then coordinated actions of unit. Being behind other nations in weapons and professionalism, Slavs were superior in mastership, use of terrain conditions, organisation of reconnaissance, ambushes and sudden attacks or avoiding undesired battle – everything denoted by the term “Scythian war”. Superiority not in number but in moral courage, endurance, skill to survive adversities and make do with a little to achieve great goals – these properties formed the pledge of victory of martial culture of Slavonic nations.

Fundamentals of SYSTEMA are historical Russian martial and orthodox traditions, centuries-long experience in training the Motherland defenders from times of Ancient Russia down to our days. Would like to make clear at once that the notion “Russian” means martial art that had been born long before the time when Kievan Russia joined Eastern Slavs, current Russians, Ukrainians and Byelorussians into unified Russian nation. Being born as a means for necessary self-defence of freedom-loving nation, the art of hand-to-hand combat was perfected in military princely bands of men and hardened in the Battle of the Ice and the Battle of Kulikovo.

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