Selective Tension and Leading with the Breath

The primary topics of this article are Selective Tension and the Systema breathing principle of Leading.  However, because there is such a high level of integration and interdependency of concepts and principles within Systema (it is, after all, called “The System” for a reason), many other principles and concepts specific to Systema practice will become […]

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A Warrior’s Prayer

In remembrance of those who have given all. Rest in peace brothers and sisters. If I die a violent death Lord, let it be not in vain Let the end justify the pain And may those who remain Behind know I lived a life of virtue Of honor, of faith That I was a warrior […]

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Recognizing and Defeating Fear with Systema

Since a good deal of Systema training focuses on understanding fear and transcending that fear, it would be good to have a discussion on what fear truly is and how it manifests within us.  There are multiple categories of fear: physical fear, psychological fear and spiritual fear.  We will discuss each of them and explore […]

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The Obligation of Protection

The Obligation of Protection What is a Warrior? Much has been written throughout the ages about what it means to be a warrior. Each culture seared its own unique brand onto the fabric of the warrior tapestry as it unfurls through time. Sun Tzu and Miyamoto Musashi gave us amazing guides regarding strategy and behavior […]

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Freedom of Movement is More than Physical Motion…

(Originally published July, 2010 – Re-posted now on new blog) I have recently come to a conclusion about why I now study Systema exclusively, even though I have a broad background and advanced ranks in other martial arts. There are actually many reasons for this – but there is one particular incident that crystallizes this […]

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