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Sustainable Self Defense

Swift, practical, and sustainable.

The art of Systema is the ultimate survival system for the modern age.

Systema is highly adaptable and brutally effective.  It is currently being used by top body guards and elite special forces… and everyday men and women who just want to protect themselves and others in an uncertain world. A brief history is given here.

The work is taught by high-level internationally-certified instructors, in a very supportive community, and is based on relaxed intuitive movement, focused breath training, and repeatable methods for prevailing against armed attackers, and working in confined spaces and against multiple opponents.

Our training helps students rediscover the freedom and natural fluidity of their bodies, which is often lost after childhood.  With this freedom comes more control, more choices, greater awareness, and better decision-making under duress.

A high degree of importance is placed on improvisational skill since it is unlikely that pre-programming or memorization can fully prepare a person for the unpredictability of real world confrontations.  We therefore focus on refining our instincts and better connecting with our inner state so that we are less encumbered by our physical or emotional limitations.

There is nothing to memorize; there are no uniforms; and there are no ranks.

Our comprehensive breathing methodology is found in no other system, and it is used to increase overall survivability, through improved situational awareness, recovery, preparation, self-diagnosis, and fear mitigation.

Join us today and see how our advanced training methods will transform the way you move, think, and feel, on and off the mat.

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LEARN ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS HERE.

  • Self Defense Readiness in Any Situation
  • Efficiency/Flexibility/Weight Control
  • Instinctive Response
  • No Memorization
  • Self-Confidence
  • Deep Relaxation
  • Fast and Lasting Results!

Systema is generally best taught to those with at least 15 years of age. Younger students will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Maturity, attentiveness, positivity, and a will to work are a few characteristics necessary to learn Systema. Basic courteousness and communication with training partners are essential in fostering a humane and safe training environment.

However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to make the sustained effort to progress in class and ensure his/her immediate safety in any given situation.

There are no uniform requirements. Comfortable (non-restrictive) clothes (or clothes you don’t mind sweating in) are recommended.

  • Knife Defense
  • Mass Attack
  • Dynamic Strengthening and Flexibility
  • Rolling and Falling in All Conditions
  • Striking Using All Parts of the Body
  • Confined Space and Evasion Tactics
  • Restraining and Joint Locks
  • Ground Survival
  • Disarming of Weapons
  • Balance and Throwing Skills
  • Comprehensive Breathing Methods
  • Fear Management and Awareness Training

Work within Systema is best performed while relaxed and aware. It is therefore the general focus of each class to first erase unneccessary tension in the body and mind. The following are the cornerstones of our training methodology:

In a violent or stressful situation, the individual often finds that one (or more) of these principles disappears, resulting in a greater chance for a bad outcome. Therefore, all training exercises and movements incorporate these concepts.

An important note to this type of training is that techniques are not learned by rote memorization but through an indepth study of an individual’s natural body movement and reactions. The key is to understand one’s core reactions and bodily abilities and build a framework to achieve “freedom of movement.”

It is not our goal to load the student up with a set of common techniques. This would naturally go against this research process.

Over a period of time, each student becomes comfortable navigating their bodies in a variety of situations. The System shows that techniques become a side-effect of proper movement. Since the “real world” presents potentially an infinite number of different threat situations, the ultimate goal is to be flexible, aware, and relaxed enough to work properly within any given context.