Russian Martial Art

toronto, Canada

Russian Martial Art was founded by Vladimir Vasiliev to teach Systema - a Russian martial art form - to youth and older people alike.

Testimonials 18

  • Yoshiki Kuraoka

    Russian Martial Art Facebook page

    A wonderful place to be and train with exceptional people from all over the world.

  • Fit To Fight

    Russian Martial Art Facebook page

    Was an awesome experience. Vladimir is quite amazing! I highly recommend to anyone interested in their own and their family's protection. The students there were all willing to help each other in their personal struggle to understand Systema. Thank you to all my new friends. Hope to see you in the future. Gene. Be safe!

  • Jonathan Han

    Russian Martial Art Facebook page

    Regular visits to Systema headquarters is a must for my personal growth. Studying with Vladimir Vasiliev is a privilege in itself but being surrounded by his dedicated students add an extra layer of inspiration. I am humbled every time I visit. I cannot praise the school and the people enough. In my opinion it's the best place for martial art training and personal exploration in North America.

  • Samuel Lima United States

    Systema HQ Official Site

    I would like to give a testimony of the power of Systema Breathing and exercises. Two weeks ago, 9/15/14, I was fortunate to be chosen to work full time for a Hazmat company here in CA. Being 58 years old I had to go through a battery of tests. I had to push, pull, squat, bend, lift, and walk up stairs to make sure I was fit for the job. Needless to say, I passed all the tests with flying colors. My secret? I have been using Vlad's breathing tapes and techniques.

    I also have used his exercise tapes and I feel like a 30 year old again. I would like to thank Vlad for his long lasting commitment to the Systema and to us. Vladimir and Mikhail have selflessly taught over the years invaluable information to us. I wish more people, who cannot go to Toronto and train, like me, would buy the tapes and see for themselves the benefits they will get. Thank you Vlad for your dedication to other's well-being.

  • Torjus Hilstad Norway

    Systema HQ Official Site

    It's hard to really write how incredible it feels to finally find a system of living and training that I feel and know I can get good at. No other martial art, training-program, or philosophy I have tried to apply to my life gave me this feeling. I will finish with a huge thank you, and my deepest appreciation.

  • Rocky Chowdhury India

    Systema HQ Official Site

    I have seen many martial arts but nothing comes close to the Russian martial art of Systema, which is so fluid and dynamic that it really amazes me, and the humility Mr. Vasiliev and Mr. Ryabko have only increases my respect and reverence towards them. I want to learn the art and dedicate myself into it.

  • Lee Eddie United States

    Systema HQ Official Site

    I have been a student of bodywork for 3 decades. Systema seems to be the pinnacle of all and everything I have discovered on that journey. My deepest thanks to you and all in your organization for sharing the treasure so openly and generously. My deepest, heartfelt thanks.

  • Marko de la Garza United States

    Systema HQ Official Site

    I was in martial arts from ages 15 to age 30, low level belts in 5 different styles, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Blue Dragon Kung Fu, American Combat Karate, and Bushido Kai. I also studied under a grand master from China in Chi Kung, but I am very impressed with your Systema. This is the martial arts I have been waiting for all my life, I am now 46 years old. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to work out and study with you.

  • David Abbott United States

    Systema HQ Official Site

    I have watched thousands of martial arts videos, and of all of the different styles I have seen I like yours the best, because of the compassion and friendliness in your practice sessions. It's just common sense that martial artists' main concern in practice should be helping each other and improving themselves on every level.

  • Jaquelyn Hartwig United States

    Systema HQ Official Site

    My husband is a combative instructor for the army. I enjoyed that training, but felt it was not complete. Systema is not only full body, but self understanding and incredibly effective. I love it. I love how it makes me think, and how it makes me fight.

  • Jonathan Kaye Canada

    Systema HQ Official Site

    In October 2011, I signed up for training at the school. I wanted to share the following with you. I came to Canada in 1992, and in 1993/4 I heard of Russian Martial Art. One day I actually drove to the location and stopped, never got out of the car and returned home; I wasn't ready even though I did not know what I wasn't ready for. Last October I showed up for a Systema class and I realized right away what it is that you do, how it works and why I had to wait eighteen years.

    Systema creates consciousness through observation and awareness of the mind and the body. The body is allowed to exert its own, native intelligence without interference of the human ego. Of course, practicing ability, moves, techniques all have their place and show the human mind what is possible and what it feels like. However, when in a new situation it is not the mind that reacts but the native intelligence.

    This process acquired through Systema is substantially faster as it merely reacts without the processing time required by the mind. Without the involvement of mind there is no ego that needs to create an opinion of what is going on or a wish for an action or outcome. There is only what is, which is what needs to be dealt with without distractions. Systema classes reflect the process of reaching consciousness through observation and awareness.

    The health classes are a huge asset in this process and the breathing exercises alone are able to elevate awareness of self. Performing these Systema exercises ready the student for the learning that follows, true learning, not the learning taught through mere repetition but the learning where the knowledge becomes yours. Knowledge does not rely on repetition but on accessibility. The knowledge has always existed within creation. It is my wish to thank those making Systema available to all, for they are showing a path to the Truth.

  • Natasha Gjerstad Norway

    Systema HQ Official Site

    I have never been athletic in my life, and certainly not a martial arts person by any stretch of imagination. However, through a fluke, I discovered Systema when living in US and it gave me life. Not just to me, but to my two boys as well. They do not train but it is a fact of life to them as I live and breathe Systema. Not that I am good at it but I do not care if I am good. I care about how it feels and it feels great. Just right or better always. Thank you for your e-mail publications, always very interesting and helpful. Best wishes of success!

  • Michael Slater United States

    Systema HQ Official Site

    I have realized a lot about Systema. Your training tips helped me remember what I have learned and what it means to grow with Systema. One of the more important things that I have learned over time is how Systema can be a broader part of life. This has come from our work in San Diego, which I am proud to say is led with pure dedication to Systema and leadership without ego. Your teachings and insights help us grow and are among the more important aspects (in my opinion) to growing with Systema.

    Your notes remind those of us that make Systema a bigger part of our lives, how Systema and its principles can be applied broadly into our lives, reminding us what living Systema is all about. Systema has enabled me to do so much more beyond the physical aspects of training and enabled me to bring the power and true value of Systema into my business and day to day life.

    In fact, I bring these principles into my business and to my two young sons and teach these principles. After a few years, I now see that this has come from facing some challenges while training, a bit of pain, and (more than anything) dealing with ego (mine and others) during my training. I ultimately realized that Systema is about me and what is inside me, just as it is for everyone. And realizing this is the greatest gift that Systema can give anyone.

    Thank you Vladimir very much for continuing to share these types of insights and I look forward to receiving more. Humanizing Systema as you do and bringing these types of insights to us is truly valuable to all of us.

  • Andrea Bisaz Australia

    Systema HQ Official Site

    Systema has enriched my life not because it was new to me but because I recognized a fundamental truth of being and living in it, that deep down is part of all of us. Simply put, Systema is an expression of our natural movement and behavior, a reflection of whom we really are when we strip away our ego, dare I say an expression of God in our living form.

  • Jaquelyn Hartwig United States

    Systema HQ Official Site

    My husband is a combative instructor for the army. I enjoyed that training, but felt it was not complete. Systema is not only full body, but self understanding and incredibly effective. I love it. I love how it makes me think, and how it makes me fight.

  • Spencer Nimmons Canada

    Systema HQ Official Site

    Vladimir, I cannot thank you enough for bringing Systema to Canada and the world. My Son Phillip has benefited so much from the training under Maxim! It is not just about skill, technique, defense etc. It is something so very spiritual! My son is so calm and focused even at 16. I am so very proud of him. So honored to know Maxim. And truly blessed that Phillip has Systema. Thank you with all my heart.

  • Steven White

    Russian Martial Art Facebook page

    I have not had the pleasure of training in Canada. I have learned from what has been passed on to me and I know truly that Systema has had a profound benefit to my health and mental state. Thank you!

  • Andrew Carper

    Russian Martial Art Facebook page

    Never have I met a more welcoming and humbling group of people than the instructors, students, and friends of Systema Vasiliev Russian Martial Arts. I recently traveled seven hours with a group of friends to train at Vlad's for a week. We were welcomed as though we were old friends and given the most professional and fun lessons that one could ask for. The various breathing, relaxation, psychological, and physical exercises allowed me to gain some perspective in my life as to why I train Systema and only Systema. Thank you Vladmir, Brendan, Adam, Frank, and to all of the new friends and training partners for the memorable experience! I am already planning my next trip!

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