Posts Categorized: Systema training

5 Years of Systema Reading

November 2019 marks the 5th year of Systema Reading. We are marking the occasion in a couple of ways. Firstly, we will be offering free trial classes to beginners throughout November. This will be followed  with a celebratory seminar on the last day of the month. Free Trial Classes If you’re a beginner you can… Read more »

What is Systema?

Naturally, people are always asking me this & it’s hard to answer in a few short sentences. You could say Systema is a way of being – a state. At its core, Systema is about understanding how you manage yourself & your interactions with others. A system that can be applied to anything challenging or… Read more »

Forming the fist for Systema strikes

This short video explains how to form the fist for your Systema strikes. In it I look at forming the fist rather than clenching it, to maintain the correct alignment & reduce the risk of causing damage during striking. I also look at how we can reduce tension in the forearm which develops strikes that are… Read more »

Systema saved my life

It’s no exaggeration to say that Systema saved my life last night. We were crossing a road on our way back from watching the football (England knocking Columbia out of the World Cup – on penalties). We were climbing over a low wall with raised bedding that acts as the central reservation (yes I know,… Read more »

Free to be your natural best

Systema – The System Systema is Russian for the system. Yes, it refers to the set of principles that we use in our practice. The methodology we follow when training, but it also relates to you as a system – a complex set of parts working together as an interconnected whole. Systema frees you The system… Read more »

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.   You can purchase the types… Read more »

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… Read more »

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 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

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… Read more »