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,9S).

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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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Kenneth Stevens

Owner and Head Instructor at AZ Systema Close Combat

Ken is a lifelong student of martial arts since 1974. He started learning Judo and boxing at the YMCA in Somerset, KY. He trained in Shaolin Kung Fu & Tai Chi in his teenage years, and obtained the rank of 1st degree Black Belt when I was 17 years old. In 1982 Ken enlisted in the US ARMY, where he learned hand to hand combat in basic training. While stationed in Germany he obtained the rank of Black Belt in Korean Hapkido that was offered on base. Ken trained in American Martial Arts under Scott O’Brien and obtained the rank of 3rd degree Black Belt. While serving as a Police Officer with the Erlanger Kentucky Police Department and Dayton Kentucky Police Department Ken was certified as a Defensive Tactics Instructor, and taught pressure point control tactics and ground avoidance ground escape. Ken is the co-founder of Sessen Close Combat and the Founder of Close Combat Fighting Greater Cincinnati Systema. Ken has been training in Systema for 7 years. He became an Instructor in 2016 at HQ in Canada under Vladimir Vasiliev. Ken has relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and is currently the Owner and Head Instructor at AZ Systema Close Combat.

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Jeff Shearer

Instructor at AZ Systema

Jeff started his Systema training at North Carolina Systema in 2009 under Glenn Murphy. Glenn encouraged his students to not only train at his local club but also to train with Vladimir Vasiliev, one of Systema’s premier founders. Jeff continues to travel to Systema HQ in Toronto to receive training and renew his certification directly from Vladimir. Jeff’s goal is to share what he learned from Vladimir with his students. Jeff regularly attends Systema seminars where he can train with Sr. Systema Instructors and fellow practitioners so he can pass on the values and principles of Systema. Jeff has been teaching Systema since 2014 and currently instructs at AZ Systema located at Setay Dance and Fitness. 7430 S. 48th St #103, Phoenix, AZ 85042.

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