History

Michael Gonzales with Vladimir Vasiliev - Chief Instructor of Systema Headquarters, Toronto

Michael Gonzales with Vladimir Vasiliev - Chief Instructor of Systema Headquarters, Toronto

The History of Russian Martial Arts

Improving Physiological Systems and Human Abilities.

History

More of the Russian style of martial arts.

Philosophy

The study of systema is a set of concepts that rely on endurance and movement.

Instructor

The experience of the founder and chief instructor that has built San Antonio Systema into what it is today.

Russian Martial Art History

The Russian style of martial art dates back to the 10th century.

Throughout the history of this huge country, Russia had to repel invaders from the north, south, east, and west. All attackers brought their distinct styles of combat and weaponry. The battles took place on different terrain, during freezing winters and sweltering summer heat alike, with the Russians often greatly outnumbered by the enemy forces. As a result of these factors, the Russian warriors acquired a style that combined strong spirit with extremely innovative and versatile tactics that were at the same time practical, deadly, and effective against any type of enemy under any circumstances. The style was natural and free while having no strict rules, rigid structure or limitations (except for moral ones). All tactics were based on instinctive reactions, individual strengths and characteristics, specifically designed for fast learning.

When the Communists came to power in 1917, they suppressed all national traditions. Those practicing the old style of fighting could be severely punished. At the same time, the authorities quickly realized how viable and devastating the original combat system was and reserved it just for a few Special Operations Units.

Defensive oriented training with the mind and body taken into consideration.

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