Systema with Matt Hill

Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Matt Hill is a Systema certified instructor who organizes martial art classes in Wiltshire, United Kingdom, and trains others to reap the benefits of Systema.

Testimonials 10

  • Tim Etherington

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    This was more than just techniques and new ways to batter an opponent! Here in Melksham, over the last four days, we have been introduced to breath and movement in the natural way that was our birthright, progressively learning to utilize our breathing and movement simultaneously. Something that as we get older, most of us lose and unconsciously develop stress in many parts of our bodies.

    I met and trained with great people who had many ranges of ability and attitude and watched them over four days progress, evolve, and develop literally beyond belief. Matt is a leader of the quiet, encouraging, and durable kind; he gives instruction and advice in a way that encourages you to get it right. I am fortunate enough to have trained with some top martial artists and can recognize someone who is exceptional at what they do. Matt certainly is that with the added criteria that he teaches about life and living, surely the most important principle to take from any seminar.

    I have spent a lot of time in my life looking for and trying to learn breathing skills; well, look no further. I will advise you to avoid the latest fad, health and breathing are here with Matt Hill! Be warned, you are going on a journey that will last for the rest of your life, you will enjoyably learn to breathe naturally, move easier, develop the skill to allow stress to fall from your body, and even enjoy going for a walk! You will be different!

  • Sasha Mitrofanov

    Systema with Matt Hill website

    I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the amazing four-day experience I have had at your seminar. The course was so well organized, exercises clearly explained, and lots of personal feedback received. As a former university lecturer and psychologist, I cannot help but evaluate every instructor I train with on their teaching ability and I must say I was thoroughly impressed by how you managed to keep the course engaging and appropriately paced for participants with widely varied physical ability, age, and martial arts experience.

    I feel like my Systema training has received a massive boost and I am inspired to implement Systema more and more into my everyday life. In the first day since coming back home, I have rolled on the grass in a local park, done some breath holds while shopping, and defended a queue of people from a drunken bully in Tesco in the kind of situation that I might have chickened out from before. I am looking forward to future courses with you, there is so much to learn and it is so much fun!

  • Daniel Heed

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    Lots of energy in a very relaxed manner.

  • Patric Noordstrom

    Systema with Matt Hill website

    Matt is a brilliant instructor and very inspiring to train with!

  • David Spuffard United Kingdom

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    Sensei Matt, thank you for a very inspiring course at Stonehenge yesterday, I cannot really explain what I felt afterwards, only that I felt very relaxed, all the tension had disappeared from my shoulders and neck, but I also had a feeling of rejuvenation and, although tired from the early start and lack of sleep from the night before, re-energized and with clearer thinking. I hope this makes sense because as I say, it is difficult to explain. I would also like to thank you for your friendly welcome, it was great to meet you for the first time and I hope it will not be the last.

  • Mats Stromgren

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    A weekend session with Matt Hill is a definite must for anyone who wants to call themselves a martial artist and who wants to explore the infinite ways of Takemusu.

  • Keith Harris

    Systema with Matt Hill website

    Just over two months ago, I visited Matt’s website, not bad for a beginner I thought and then I started reading. There were big words like holistic, defense, and stressful, as well as little words like stay calm and act swiftly. There were videos too. It all started to catch my attention.

    Many of us sit at a desk all day dealing with many issues and do not realize how stressed we become until someone like Matt starts to train you to relax. You probably would not expect that going to a martial arts class would involve relaxation; like me, you would be expecting a lot of physical effort, punches, kicks, and of course, physical contact.

    At my age, I was not looking for a contact sport. I wanted something to help further my quest for an improved lifestyle and to continue to become fitter as I get older. Matt’s classes have opened my eyes to what I am capable of; I can now crawl around the floor, roll over, avoid the occasional falling broom handle, and get out from beneath someone laying on top of me, all with the minimum of effort. Except I have never felt so relaxed and exhausted all at the same time!

    I am only just starting my journey with Matt’s help but I would highly recommend anyone young or old to try this, it really is life changing. Thank you!

  • Phil Murrow

    Systema with Matt Hill website

    My wife Rachel enjoys bike riding, but there is a route which takes her over Caerphilly Mountain, which has proved too much for her to complete. I offered to try and help so I joined her on the climb. As the gradient increased, I could see her tense and starting to suffer. I advised trying to relax the areas where she was feeling tense and move the tension around her body.

    With her breathing, we concentrated on short sharp breaths and using the chest to fill the lungs and breathe out with no effort. The first time we tried this, Rachel made it to the top of the mountain in one push and was so delighted with her new found secrets she was telling all her friends. Another everyday example of how your teachings have a place in all manner of unexpected places, not just martial arts, although it is mighty effective there!

  • David Greenwood

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    Just getting in touch to let you know that after just eight weeks, I am feeling the benefits of Systema training in everyday life! I have noticed that during times of pressure at work, I am better able to identify the early signs of stress and prevent it from affecting my mood and productivity. Overall, as a result of Systema training, I am much more mindful of the state of my body and psyche and often the state of others around me. I feel equipped to deal with adversity in a relaxed manner and thus, feel much more relaxed on a day to day basis.

    From a physical standpoint, my body also feels refreshed. My joint mobility and strength are continuously improving, my ability to endure strenuous exercise improves without fail each time I apply Systema breathing techniques. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and time so generously.

  • Karl Durrant

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    After eight years in martial arts, I can now roll straight up onto my feet, rather than put my knee down. I also found out that I can now jump from seiza to standing. I contribute this new found ability to my daily practice of the four pillars of Systema, especially squats. They have opened my hip joints while removing tension from my legs. I have managed to achieve this new skill in a little under four weeks. With this in mind, I am inspired on discovering new freedoms that the four pillars can provide.

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