Systema Page‘No rules. No belts. No nonsense. The system – a fighting art without all the needless baggage.’ Black Belt Magazine.

Systema is a Russian Martial Art that is about 10 centuries old.  Whereas many martial arts have been preserved in their traditional forms Systema has continued to evolve through modern warfare.  As such Systema covers empty handed, work with all kinds of weapons, all terrains, standing, ground fighting, health, mobility and psychology and much, much more.

Under the teachings of the Russian Masters Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev.  Systema is now taught as a complete system of health, combat, self defence and a way of living your life.  Practitioners are taught to be non-agressive, subtle, hugely effective, healthy and calm.  You develop a deep understanding of human nature.  There are no forms, stances, techniques or grading systems, just natural movements adhering to four key principles:

  1. Breathing
  2. Relaxation
  3. Movement
  4. Strucutre

The System can be practiced well into old age as it doesn’t rely on strength, dramatic movie style kicks, twists or spins just simple, effective natural movements originating from a calm body and mind.

Here is a short clip of a systema demo:

Systema has unique methods of dealing with tension and fear, the biggest obstacles to effective self defence.  The goal of Systema is to develop calm, stable, strong individuals who are able to protect themselves and others; performing the ordinary under extraordinary circumstances.

There is a short 5 minute clip about the history of Systema here:


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