About Systema

What is Systema?

Chances are, unless you already study Systema, you may have never heard of it. Systema is a unique Russian martial art with roots reaching back hundreds of years. Systema differs from the more commonly known martial arts in a number of ways. Hopefully this post will help you understand a bit more about the way we train at Valley Systema.Students train against multiple attackers

Systema is a martial art based on practical application. As such, we don’t have pre-determined forms or kata, uniforms, or a ranking structure. Systema is designed to help you learn to utilize your natural movements in an effective and efficient way. Because everyone’s body is different, everyone will move differently, so no two Systema practitioners will look alike, nor is that something we strive for.

Systema also has no pre-set techniques or patterns of movement in response to specific attacks. Systema realizes that every situation is different, and every person is different, and as a result, the appropriate response to each situation will be different as well. Systema practice is based on the four pillars of form, movement, breathing, and relaxation. Everything we do in Systema utilizes those principles to construct a unique and effective response to each situation.

Systema trains for real-world confrontations. We do not assume that every attack or situation will be a one-on-one, face-to-face situation. We train to respond to multiple attackers, to armed attackers, and to attacks in unusual situations, such as in confined spaces or in your car. We practice fighting both standing up and on the ground, and in the transition from standing to the ground. The principles of Systema can be applied effectively to all of these situations.

Wheelchair user in Systema shirt poses with law enforcementFinally, the principles of Systema can be used by anyone. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how fit or unfit you are, or if you have a disability. Systema can be used effectively by people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Even children can learn Systema!

For more information, or to learn about classes at Valley Systema, you are always welcome to contact us at tiffany@valleysystema.com. More information about our adult and kids classes is also available through the links to the right, or you can visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.