Learning a new skill is as easy as A,B,C

Learning a new skill (like Systema) is as easy as A,B,C.

  • Aim
  • Begin
  • Continue

A is for Aim

definition: a result that your plans or actions are intended to achieve.

synonyms: work towards, set one’s sights on, try for, strive for, pursue, seek, aspire to, endeavour to achieve, have in view, have designs on, wish for, want.

It’s important to have an aim simply to help you plan & focus your practice. If you know where you’re heading you’ll have a better chance of figuring out what you need to do to get there.

Break you ultimate goal down into manageable chunks, which are easier to achieve. Get some quick wins under your belt & develop the good habit of achieving your goals.

It will also help to set time frames for what your trying to achieve. An open ended aim won’t help you to stay on target…someday never comes.

Equally you should ensure your goals are achievable & realistic. If you’d like to lose a couple of stone, it is unrealistic to aim to do this in a few weeks!

Aim Quotes

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.

Henry David Thoreau

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.


All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.

Orison Swett Marden

B is for Begin

definition: perform or undergo the first part of (an action or activity).

synonyms: start, set about, go about, embark on, get down to, take up, turn one’s hand to, undertake, tackle.

As important as it is to have an aim, it counts for nothing if you don’t take that first step!

Starting something new can seem daunting. You may feel uncomfortable but that’s to be expected, you’re stepping outside your comfort zone. You’re aiming to stretch yourself in an effort to change & grow.

The road ahead may seem long but don’t let that put you off. Just take that first step & see where it leads you.

Begin Quotes

To begin, begin.

William Wordsworth

He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.


Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

Pope Paul VI

C is for Continue

definition: persist in an activity or process.

synonyms: carry on with, go on with, keep on with, proceed with, persevere, pursue.

Continuity is where the real difference is made. Regular practice sustained over time is the path to competence in any new skill.

Once you’ve taken that first step, you’ve got to keep going.

A journey of a thousand miles might start with a single step but you still have to take the next 1,999,999 to get there!

It’s much easier to put in the practice when everything is new & exciting. The thing that separates those that acquire the skills they desire & those that don’t, is perseverance.

Continue Quotes

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Albert Einstein

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Robert Collier

Champions keep playing until they get it right.

Billie Jean King



Time to update your operating system?

Apple released the first iPhone in 2007. Since then they have released seven major iOS upgrades that have helped to make the iPhone the stunning success that it is.

iPhone 6

Regular updates to iOS help to make the iPhone such a stunning success

It isn’t just the iPhone – we’re all far too familiar with updating the operating systems of our various phones, tablets & computers.

…but when was the last time you considered your own operating system? The software that you use to operate that computer you carry around in your skull?

The attitudes, habits & responses that you have developed over the years that make you behave & function the way you do. Your myOS, if you will.

When was the last time you updated that? Have you been as conscientious with your self, as you have with your phone?

Systema offers you the tools to perform just such an update.

The complete system of health & combat training will take you to deeper levels of self knowledge, helping you to understand how to get the very best out of yourself.

Regular training will ensure that your mind, body & soul are working together to keep you operating at your optimum level.

  • Discover the power of breath
  • Develop relaxation
  • Release years of accumulated tension & stress
  • Re-learn natural & free movement
  • Become physically & mentally stronger
  • Overcome your fears
  • Build true self-confidence: an ironclad belief in yourself & your ability to cope with any situation

Systema gives you the key to updating your myOS, the operating system for the way you function as a person. The update you deserve. The update that’s long overdue.

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Systema’s like a box of chocolates

Systema's like a box of chocolates

Systema’s like a box of chocolates

Imagine you’re given a box of chocolates as a gift.

The box looks very inviting. It’s luxurious & beautifully designed.

Imagine the sounds as you unwrap it, open the lid & remove the protective top layer.

Imagine the smell of chocolate as your eyes devour the content, your finger taping the box as you decide where to start.

How does that first chocolate feel in your fingers. Smooth as silk? Embossed with an elegant swirl? Covered in nuts?

You take a bite. Maybe there’s the sound of chocolate cracking.

The chocolate begins to melt, as your mouth warms it. The taste fills your senses. Pure chocolate…maybe the flavour of caramel or nuts.

You feel special enjoying the gift you were given. You feel a warm glow inside.

Did you enjoy that?

Was it the same as actually eating the chocolate or did it fall short?

Reading about eating chocolate will have evoked memories of eating chocolate, but that’s a very different thing to actually having some!

…and, of course, you only had those memories because you’ve eaten chocolate before. What if you hadn’t? My description would be even less satisfying.

I’m sure you’ll agree that reading about something is nothing compared to experiencing it for real.

This is the problem we face when trying to describe an experience with words. Words will never be the same as the actual experience – especially when that experience is much richer, more complex & more involving than simply enjoying chocolate.

The only way to know the experience, is to have the experience.

It doesn’t matter how many videos you watch or how many articles, forums, blogs or books you read they will always be a pale imitation of the real thing.

If you’d like to experience Systema for yourself, then come along & give it a go.

Classes are on Monday nights from 8pm to 9:30pm.

Now, where’s that bar of Galaxy…


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Self-massage with balls (video)

A short video showing the use of balls for self-massage, an effective way to release tension from the body.

In the video, I introduce the simple principles involved & demonstrate some of the ways you can use the balls to massage the upper body while working against a wall.

Free classes for Women: April ’17

Systema isn’t only for the guys so, to encourage some of you ladies to give it a try, women train for FREE this April at Systema Reading.

  • Would you like to be healthier & fitter?
  • Are you looking to make a change in your life?
  • Would you like to learn how to cope with stress & fear?
  • Do you like a challenge?
  • Would you like to be better equipped to defend yourself?
  • Are looking for something with a bit more substance than a spin class?

If your answer to any of the above is “yes” then Systema could be the thing for you. It’s a fascinating art that has the capacity to help people flourish & realise their full potential…& is actually quite a lot of fun too!

However, it’s hard to express the true power of Systema in words. It really is something you have to come & experience for yourself. As I say Systema’s like a box of chocolates.

Systema Instructor: Jason

Systema Instructor: Jason

We’re a friendly club. There’s no macho BS, only genuine people endeavouring to improve themselves through the study of a unique martial art.

Training is progressive & presented in ways to suit the individual. You will be challenged & you will be stretched but it will be done in a safe environment of trust & collaboration.

We train on Monday* evenings from 8:00pm to 9:30pm at Coley Park Community Centre. You can find out more about the club & what’s involved on the Club & Class Info page.

No need to book. Simply come along & join in. However, if you do have any questions or would like to introduce yourself in advance then please feel free to contact me using the form at the bottom of this page.

* We’re closed on Easter Monday (17th April)

One last thing

Here are a couple of videos by Systema Eire which I hope you enjoy.

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An Introduction to Systema Breathing (video)

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust are running an initiative aimed at improving staff wellbeing. I produced this video, which introduces some Systema breathing as part of this initiative.

It introduces some of the key principles of Systema & Systema breathing, guiding you through a series of breathing patterns that you can practice to help you relax & reduce tension in your body & mind.


Free trial classes this January

Come along & redefine yourself for free this January.

Beginner’s can take advantage of two free trial lessons throughout January.

Learn to be…

  • Free of stress & fear
  • Free of tension
  • Free of limitations

See how you can work with stress & fear to free yourself from tensions that these create in your body, reducing the toll that these take and helping you to move with greater freedom.

Get your New Year off to a great start, simply come along to one of our Monday evening classes & begin training in the fascinating art of Systema.

Halloween Treat – Free Trial Class!

Halloween Offer - Free ClassThis year, as Halloween falls on a class night, I thought I’d offer up a little Halloween treat…a free trial class!

If you’re interested in trying Systema then this is your perfect chance. We’ll look at some simple drills that will get you moving better & feeling more relaxed…nothing too scary.

No need to book, simply come along this All Hallows’ Eve & enjoy a class for free.

Hope to see you scare – sorry, I mean there. 😉

BONUS £5 Memberhip

Also, as there will no longer be a membership fee in 2017, pay just £5 for the remainder of this year.

Video of outdoor class

It was far too nice to be inside last Monday so we took advantage of the good weather & went outside to train.

This short video clip shows the class working on some progressions that involved striking with different body parts.

Systema demo video

Here’s a brief video compilation of clips from the Systema demos we did at this year’s “It’s Your Life” event.

The event was held at Rivemead Leisure complex in Reading back in November.

We had a stand at the event & did a couple of short demos too. I was helped in the demos by one of my club members, Jason Schofield.

Systema Twins Seminar Videos

Just a quick post to share a couple of videos from the Systema Twins seminar that was held in Wiltshire last month.

I was fortunate enough to used in a few demos & the videos below show Brendon Zettler demonstrating some work on me.

Systema work against strikes

Systema work against grabs

Free Systema Class

Get berkshire Active WeekAs part of Get Berkshire Active Week, I’m offering a Free Systema Class, to give you the opportunity to try Systema for yourself.

Systema training isn’t quite like anything else. So, it’s very difficult to explain what it’s like to someone who’s never tried it. It really is something you need to experience for yourself.

This free class will give you the chance to do just that – experience Systema.

Movement & Relaxation

The class will focus on movement & relaxation. We’ll look to identify & release the tension that’s accumulated in both your body & mind over the years, helping you to move more with greater freedom.

The class will include:

  • Breathwork – introducing how using the breath effectively in Systema (& daily life) can help you manage stress, tension & fear.
  • Movement drills – to help you identify & release tension.
  • Body weight exercises – to develop functional strength while remaining relaxed.
  • Basic combat drills – safe & simple drills that will introduce some of the foundational Systema skills & to challenge your ability to remain calm while under a little stress.

The free class will be held at the usual training venue:
Coley Park Community Centre, on Saturday the 23rd May from 3pm to 5pm.
Full address & map are here

No need to book. Simply turn up on the day


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