Posts Categorized: Systema training

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 »

New in 2018: Systema Health Classes

I’m pleased to announce that, from January, we will be offering Systema Health Classes. The first class will be on the 3rd January at 7:30pm. Systema Health classes are similar to our regular Systema classes as we will be working on the same four pillars of Systema: breath, relaxation, movement & structure. These seemingly simple principles… 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.

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 »

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. 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… Read more »

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… Read more »