Systema - Russian Martial Art

systema_oval_logoIn 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.

As the roots of the Russian Systema are in the Russian Orthodox Christian faith, the belief is that everything that happens to us, good or bad, has only one ultimate purpose. That is to create the best possible conditions for each person to understand himself. Proper training in the Russian Systema carries the same objective – to put every participant into the best possible setting for him to realize as much about himself as he is able to handle at any given moment.


“With no forms or kata to memorize, no techniques, no belts, no predetermined attitudes to conform to, just natural movement that can be practiced for a lifetime…” – Black Belt Magazine


Systema focuses on a wide range of combat topics. This includes but is not limited to hand to hand combat, defense against weapons, ground fighting, multiple attackers, clothing as a weapon, fighting in confined spaces and the psychological aspects of combat. Specifically, controlling your fear and emotions during a fight or any high stress event.

Combined with the health exercises, Systema creates a cohesive method of training. Everything done in Systema is connected and flows seamlessly. Systema is much more than a martial art. It’s a complete set of principles and training components to enhance one’s life. Each class will leave you feeling more confident in your abilities, as well as being restored in body and spirit.

Health Benefits

While most athletic disciplines provide health benefits and improve specific skills, the truth is pain and injury may still occur. Systema has conditioning drills which will restore painful or injured areas of the body as well as help you prevent injuries in the future. The purpose of Systema is to heal the mind and body while learning how to protect yourself.

Systema Health Practices will improve:

  • Strength of joints, ligaments and tendons
  • Blood circulation and blood pressure
  • Mobility standing and on the ground
  • Excess tension and muscle pain
  • Immune system
  • Balance