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SYSTEMA FAQ

WHAT IS SYSTEMA?
A Russian method of training based on traditional health and martial practices, developed for modern use by experts within Russian Special Forces

IS IT LIKE MARTIAL ARTS?
Systema has no grading or belt system and none of the formalised patterns seen in Oriental arts. It incorporates many areas of training not seen in “traditional” styles and was developed from a European perspective. Classes are informal and based on the individual more than the group.

HOW QUICKLY CAN I LEARN SYSTEMA?
The art was designed so that basic principles can be picked up very quickly with a little application

ARE THERE CLASSES IN MY AREA?
You can check our training schedule, or look at the links page for details of other clubs

I AM ALREADY EXPERIENCED IN MARTIAL ARTS, WHAT CAN YOU OFFER ME?
A dynamic and adaptable approach to training and development.  It can help make existing skills more fluid. It can be a valuable supplement to  existing training as well as an art in it own right. It also promotes health and healing

I AM A COMPLETE NOVICE, WHAT CAN I
GET FROM TRAINING?
No previous experience is necessary. You will find classes enjoyable and challenging while working in  a supportive atmosphere. You will learn unique fitness and strength exercises and practical methods of modern self defence

WHAT DOES THE TRAINING INVOLVE?
Classes normally involve breathing and stretching, bodyweight exercises, solo or with a partner. There are then various types of drills you practice with a partner in order to develop attributes such as strength, timing, knowledge of body mechanics. These are then put into application drills where you will learn to defend yourself standing, on the ground, against weapons, etc. Psychological and legal aspects of self defence are also covered in depth. Classes normally finish with some health work and a feedback session


WHO WILL I BE TRAINING WITH?
Average age of our students is 30s, the age range is from 18 to over 60.  Participants are mostly men, with a few women training too. Our members are people of all backgrounds. Many have previous martial art experience, and a number are LEO / security professionals and current or former armed services personnel. Other occupations include students , doctors, shop workers, builders, IT and
so on.

CAN I TRY OUT A CLASS?
Yes, you are welcome to come along and join in a class. We don’t allow spectators, we feel you gain more from the class by joining in

ARE YOUR INSTRUCTORS QUALIFIED?
Our school has been certified by Colonel Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev.

ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?
We recommend 18 years old as a lower age limit of our regular classes.

WHAT IS THE SPECIAL FORCES CONNECTION?
That is one aspect of Systema's background, but not the only one. The art has been "validated" in combat situations. However we have no illusions of being "deadly commandos" and would suggest looking elsewhere if that is your interest. Our training is aimed at the general public, with specialised training available for professionals.

DO YOU NEED TO BE AN ORTHODOX
CHRISTIAN TO PRACTICE SYSTEMA?
The co-existence of Orthodox faith and Russian martial practices can be seen in the many Russian soldiers (Knights) in the Orthodox Church calendar. Many Systema practitioners are Christians themselves, which can give a different understanding of the art. However it is not and has never been a requirement for training in Systema, we have people of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds training with us