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What are the core principles in Systema?

4 key principles

- Breathing
- Body form / structure
- Movement
- Relaxation

What do we teach? 1.

Our regular classes includes

- the foundation of breath work 
- core and resistance exercises 
- strikes preparation and delivery 
- offensive and defensive leg work 
- fighting on the ground 
- holds and escapes 
- knife disarming and attacks 
- stick defense

What do we teach? 2

• General breathing methods
• Stance and movement
• Breathing during movement and exercise
• Breathing and fear control
• Sensitivity and coordination
• Under pressure works
• Escaping from restraint
• Mobility on the ground
• Basics of striking and power development
• Falling and rolling
• Balance
• Basic take-down methods
• Avoidance and escape
• Footwork and defensive movement
• Use of the hands and elbows
• Use of the feet and knees
• Counter attack
• Basics of working with knives
• Knife defence, Knife disarming
• Fundamentals of Systema wrestling
• Disarming an attacker
• Dealing against Multiple Attackers

Who is Valentin Talanov?

Valentin is an experienced street and tournament fighter, health and conditioning trainer and coach of world class athletes.Valentin is the executive director of Systema Talanov HQ Moscow, with schools under his supervision all over the world.

full biography is here

Why do we respect Valentin Talanov and his methodology?

Valentin Talanov with his unique training methodology, deep knowledge of psychology and physiology, and 35 years of Systema experience, Valentin is one of the most highly acknowledged Systema instructor in the world!Valentin teaches his highly evolved training methodology, exceptional skills and syllabus to any level of practitioners from beginners to advanced.

He is one of the few people who was taught the original “complete and wholesome” form of systema as practiced in Tver, Russia.

Well-known styles and figures in Systema

RMA Systema /Systema Ryabko

Main characters (not full list)

Mikhail Ryabko, Vladimir Vasiliev, Martin Wheeler, Konstantin Komarov

former characters, Valentin Talanov, Maxim Franz, Andreas Weitzel


Main characters (not full list)

Aleksey Alekseyevich Kadochnikov, Arkadiy Alekseevich Kadochnikov

Siberian Kozak

Andrey Karimov

Other interesting figures in Systema

Alexander Kostic

Vadim Starov

Sonny Puzikas

Alexander Maksimtsov

Please allow my sincere apology for this short list. I believe many other well-trained Systema teachers yet all around the world which might unknown.

Is there a concept in Systema?

Sure, it is.

Systema is about creative problem solving based on intuition and improvisation. We all know rote techniques don't work - any "master" of any art will eventually tell you that. You need to be able to think on your feet and adapt to the situation in front of, or around you. Many arts train the body to act without thinking. Systema trains the mind to stay "on" in times of stress and act accordingly.

 - Be direct, - Be creative, - Be efficient.   Right thinking = Right action 

Plus, You can learn how to `hit like a truck`. 😉

Quotes from Systema Masters by Alexander Shostko

Quotes from Systema Masters

by Alexander Shostko 

The quotes below are from my notes taken at Systema camps and seminars in the past two years. With some things lost in translation, I hope they can still be useful to Systema practitioners.



Mikhail Ryabko

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.

Vladimir Vasiliev

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 line of opponent’s attention.
When you counter 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.

Konstantin Komarov

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 psychological effect of the impact.

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