Slavic Systema

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Systema is a smart martial art and self-defence system based on being relaxed.
Moving without undesirable tension makes your movement more efficient.
To be efficient, you have to flow on your body – kinetic energy.
Being relaxed also improves your ability to adapt – and synchronise.
To be aware of the tension and cope with stress is good not just for fighting, but generally for health.

Systema is not the usual martial art with characteristic movements or techniques… More than what to do, we focus on how to do it.
The aspects which we are developing in Systema are going across all kinetic activities: martial arts, sports, dance or yoga.

Systema is the system. It’s not a style. It does not have any specific form. Slavic Systema focuses on aspects that are going across any Martial Arts, e.g.: breathing, relaxation, synchronisation or bodywave. Therefore, Systema is compatible with any Martial Arts. You can do Wing Chun, BJJ, boxing or any Martial Art as Systema and vice versa – into Systema, you can apply any principles from any Martial Art.

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Slavic Systema is based on ancient Slavic tradition, especially drawing from the Cossacks tradition (famous as liquid warriors).
Systema is one of the last surviving European combat systems.

Scientists in the USSR era analysed and systematised the traditional Slavic system*. The result was the secret combat program used by USSR special forces (Spetsnaz). Today, this treasure is available from our masters…

* Russian and Ukrainian word ‘Система –  Systema’ means ‘the system’ (of self-defence).

‘If someone attacks you or your family and you already know that you will be fighting – do not be nervous and do not add emotional content; just work.
Do not break the person; break his desire to attack you.
Provide an illusion that your opponent still has control, but make sure he does not.
Those who think they are very strong die first in conflicts.
Every person that works with you is your instructor. And those who want to beat you up are your best instructors.’

Mikhail Ryabko

‘When you know there will be a fight – start relaxing beforehand.
Do not try to fight; just work.
Control the situation in such a way that nobody understands how you control it.
Remove yourself not just from the line of attack but from the line of the opponent’s attention.
When you count on the move, the strikes seem to come out of nowhere.
When you hit somebody – remain human.
People die from non-lethal wounds, yet do not die from lethal ones; all depends on whether you mentally give up.’

Vladimir Vasiliev

‘Endurance is a psychological phenomenon.
Your emotional base controls the situation.
The more you discover yourself, the more tension you see in yourself. 
There are several ways to remove stress; the most important are breathing and movement.
The stronger someone grips you, the more you need to relax.
People do not die from wounds or impact; they die because they cannot handle the psychological effect of the impact.’

Konstantin Komarov

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