SYSTEMA aims to form a harmonious personality, capable of further self-development, which has universal and patriotic values of life, improvement of society as a whole through the physical and spiritual health of individuals and families.

Several closely interrelated aspects can be singled out in effect made by SYSTEMA upon a trainee, and namely:

spiritual – spiritual development of trainee, formation of system of his life values and objectives;

psychological – development and consolidation of trainee’s psyche;

physical – development of body and its abilities;

● sanative – improvement of trainee‘s health;

● specialised – achievement of high results in any activity, including professional;

social – facilitating adaptation to various, also adverse, social conditions.

A person who is mastering SYSTEMA gradually acquires a number of most valuable universal skills, expertise and knowledge that will be afterwards widely used by this person in everyday life, professional activity, communication, in solution of stressogenic and extreme situations. Regardless of what objectives were pursued by a person when starting studies in SYSTEMA, skills acquired by him lead to a consolidated result: personality growth, physical, psychological and spiritual development and rehabilitation.

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Systema Arizona
September 1, 2015 at 7:31 pm

Courtesy of Kenny Gonzalez:

What is Short Work?
by Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev

Practical and real for confrontations, Short Work is one of the most appealing and challenging in Systema application. It is not to be confused with work at close distance, in fact it has very little to do with distance.

To clarify, we recently asked Systema founders to define Short Work. This is what they said.

Mikhail Ryabko:

It includes movements of minimal quantity and amplitude yet of top precision and power.

Short work is the opposite of moving around a lot, waving, long, broad, fidgety and redundant movements. Instead, movements are concise and calm, contact with the target is instantaneous, with pin-point accuracy and great strength.

Short work usually seems subtle to the observers and comes unexpected to the attacker.

The physical effort to apply short work should be minimal, while the efforts to achieve this level of skill are significant. Systema practitioners gain this skill though learning to control their physical and psychological tension, correct body placement, dynamic breath patterns, developing power-filled fists, freedom of movement, tactical diversity and other key Systema features.

Vladimir Vasiliev:

More specifically, Short Work is the result of the opponents’ tension and your relaxation. In a confrontation, your attacker is either tense and you need to see where or you can force him to tense up wherever you need him to. Then you bounce your strikes and movements off his tension. This allows you to deliver multiple strikes all in one movement. For example, you deliver a punch and your arm does not stop or pause upon contact, it does not return back towards your body but continues to travel and deliver more strikes in various directions.

There is great benefit in learning Short Work, for it allows you to defend from multiple opponents. It enables you to do multifunctional work – defense, offense, redirection and stopping of attacks.

The more tension the opponent has the faster your short work can be. But this does not mean that punches are quick and light, in Short Work the punches are heavy and strong.

Proper Short Work is precision in any direction, where for instance, you can tense up a part of your arm or move it regardless of the position and tension in the rest of your body.

It is extremely hard for the opponent to defend against Short Work. It has a devastating effect on a tense body. The only way to handle Short Work is to eliminate tension.

Systema Arizona
Facebook IconAugust 13, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Food for thought.

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This rant was written few moons ago in response to some heated discussions on validity of Systema and its training approach. This is circa 2010 or so…. While some of my views and opinions have evolved, the point remains the same. So there it goes… If only I had the time and desire. If only I cared t…

Systema Arizona
August 7, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Systema Arizona shared Systema Vasiliev. Russian Martial Art's photo.

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Systema Vasiliev. Russian Martial Art

Introducing the E-BOOK.
Let Every Breath... is now available in EPUB and MOBI file formats.

Systema Arizona
August 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Systema Arizona shared Karate Planet's photo.

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Facebook IconAugust 4, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Great blog post on training with Manny & Vlad.

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