Niko Huffman

Instructor of Russian Martial Art Systema of Chandler Arizona
Niko is a lifetime student of the martial arts, and lives Bruce Lee’s philosophy of “Using no way as way, using no limitation as limitation – absorb what is useful, and reject what is useless for you”. He began studying Shorinji-Ryu Karate and Kobudo at the age of ten, achieving the rank of Shodan at the age of sixteen, and teaching as an assistant instructor for several years. After college, Niko traveled extensively for business, studying whatever arts were available wherever his travels took him. After settling in Arizona in 2001, Niko studied Aikido exclusively for several years, began studying Systema under Kwan Lee in 2009, and began studying Martial Blade Concepts in 2015.

Niko actively studies & teaches Systema, Kyusho Jitsu, and Martial Blade Concepts. He holds the ranks of Shodan in Shorini Ryu Karate from the Zen Bei Butoku Kai, Nidan in Jim Corn’s Kyusho Jitsu, Nidan in Aikido under Gary Boaz of the Independent Aikido Alliance, is a Study Group Leader in Martial Blade Concepts under Michael Janich, and is a Certified Instructor in Systema under Vladimir Vasiliev. Niko is also certified as a Z-Health® Exercise Therapy Specialist (R,I,T).

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Pietro Vitelli

Instructor of Russian Martial Art Systema of Scottsdale Arizona
Pietro is a continual learner and a seeker of the truth.  Starting his martial training under the direction of Sifu / jagabaya Paul Marrero in Arizona as a closed door student in 1996. Training and studying, Wu- Wei Gung Fu (Sifu Joe Purcell and Sifu Paul Marrero), Mande Muda Penjak Silat (Pendekar Herman Suwanda and Paul Marrero), and Inosanto Locaste system under Paul Marrero.  Bahala Na, Giron Arnis Escrima under Grand Master Emeritus Leo Giron, Grand Master Antonion Somera, Master Kirk McCune and Master Joel Juanitas and graduating in 2007. Pietro continues to study and train Bahala Na, Giron Arnis Escrima. Pietro was introduced to Systema back in 1999, under Sifu Paul, in 2006 he continued training under Senior Instructor Kwan Lee and pursued to become a Certified Instructor under Vladimir Vasiliev.

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