What is Systema?
Systema is a martial art that was created during the 400 year old Mongol occupation of Russia. It was created to provide a martial art that could be taught and learned quickly and easily to provide maximum protection and self defence by utilising close-quarters-combat.
History of Systema
Created and developed by the Cossacks in A.D. 948, Systema is thought to have originated from a mixture of both Hun and Mongolian martial arts. Although Systema has been present throughout history there is little documentation available past its creation, this may be due to the fact that it is only recently that it has become more widely known and practiced.
Today, Systema focuses on hand-to-hand combat, knife fighting, grappling and firearm training wherein the five body levers – neck, shoulders, elbows, waist and ankles – are the primary targets for striking, pressure-point attacks and weapon applications.
The key principle of the Russian Systema is non-destruction. The goal is to make sure that your training and your attitudes do no damage to the body or the psyche of you or your partners. Systema is designed to create, build and strengthen your body and your psyche.
This principle must be taken into account when teaching and practicing the martial art of Systema due to the potential lethality of its practice. The techniques that are used involve powerful and precise movements to key focal points within the body.
Practice is done through a mixture of hand-to-hand, knife fighting and weapons disarming.
Although there are no official governing bodies within modern Systema, there is a rank system that is in place and anyone wishing to become an official instructor is required to register with the Systema headquarters in Russia. This ensures that any instruction of the art is done through certified and qualified teachers.