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Systema is a Russian martial art that is centuries old. Whereas many martial arts have been preserved in their traditional forms, Systema has continued to evolve through modern combat. As such, Systema covers empty-handed, work with all kinds of weapons, all terrains, standing, ground fighting, health, mobility and psychology, and much more. It sounds intense, but don't be daunted. The course is suitable for all physical and skill levels. You will get the chance to work at your own pace.
During this course, you will stay at the gym and will be sleeping dojo-style on the mats. If you prefer more comfortable accommodation there are local hotel and B & B options.
Under the teachings of the Russian Masters Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev, Systema is now taught as a complete system of health, combat, self-defense, and a way of living your life. Practitioners are taught to be non-aggressive, subtle, hugely effective, healthy, and calm. You will develop a deep understanding of human nature. There are no forms, stances, techniques, or grading systems, just natural movements adhering to four key principles:
The Systema can be practiced well into old age as it doesn’t rely on strength, dramatic movie style kicks, twists or spins but just simple, effective natural movements originating from a calm body and mind.
Systema has unique methods of dealing with tension and fear, the biggest obstacles to effective self-defense. The goal of Systema is to develop calm, stable, and strong individuals who are able to protect themselves and others by performing the ordinary under extraordinary circumstances.
The aim is to cover the range of Systema work, including some outdoor and environmental training that is weather dependent. Matt will also cover elements from the Systema Twins recent Sweden immersion camp and Vladimir Vasiliev’s upcoming UK camp.
The course will progress over the four days covering ground, standing, stick, knife, multiple attackers, environmental, and testing phases leading to an optional video recording of the final testing phase for you to keep. And if desired, you can send the video to Vladimir Vasiliev for feedback and instructor validation or renewal.
Matt will also cover the Systema approach to mobility, stretching, massage, deep and functional relaxation, and conditioning work. It will be intense but a lot of fun, with time for relaxation and use of the studio for your own free training. It will be a small group with lots of opportunity for questions, discussions, and peer learning. The aim is to make big leaps in your understanding, teaching, and execution of Systema.
There will be a daily training from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a short lunch break in the middle. The gym will be available for free training before and after this. It will be a total of 24 hours of training over the course of four days. There will also be a course dinner on Saturday night which is not included in the price.
5th Dan (Aikido)
Systema HQ Certified Instructor (Systema)
Matt Hill is the owner of his Systema Academy in Wiltshire in the UK. He started training in the Martial Arts in 1987 and by 1991 was living as a full time student of the famous Aikido Teacher Morihiro Saito Sensei in Iwama, Japan, where he lived for two years. Matt began his study of Systema in 2003. Matt is a qualified Systema Instructor under Vladimir Vasiliev, a 5th Degree black belt in Aikido and an ex-Parachute Regiment Captain. He teaches full-time at his Systema Academy as well as leading seminars throughout the UK, and around the world.
This training will take place at Melksham, Wiltshire.
There will be fruit provided free of charge. There are also several local options for meals that are very good value and in a short walking distance of the studio.
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