Russian Martial Art Systema

Systema Russian Martial Art is a way of self defense and fighting that is based on the ancient Russian warrior style of combat and used in modern times by the Russian Special Operations Units.



The Russian style of martial art dates back to the 10th century.

Throughout the history of this huge country, Russia had to repel invaders from the north, south, east, and west.  All attackers brought their distinct styles of combat and weaponry.  The battles took place on different terrain, during freezing winters and sweltering summer heat alike, with the Russians often greatly outnumbered by the enemy forces.

As a result of these factors, the Russian warriors acquired a style that combined strong spirit with extremely innovative and versatile tactics that were at the same time practical, deadly, and effective against any type of enemy under any circumstances.  The style was natural and free while having no strict rules, rigid structure or limitations (except for moral ones).  All tactics were based on instinctive reactions, individual strengths and characteristics, specifically designed for fast learning.

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.

The system we work with is not a set of traditional techniques. The System is the person. Composed of several systems, including the nervous, respiratory, circulatory, bone, muscle, psychological, physiological and emotional components. Further to that we live and operate within systems – matrix. School, society, religion, western medicine, politics, family, and so – on.

Systema then as we see it is the study first of our own system, and how we function in terms of stress and relaxation in various situations. We then study how our systems interact within a flux of systems and other people’s view.

This class is done in a group capacity of men and women. No prior experience is necessary. Generally this class is 1.5 hours in duration.