Systema GB (est 2000) is the oldest continuously operating Russian Martial Art school in UK. We offer regular classes, specialist workshops, and private goal-specific tuition to individuals, groups, and corporate clients.
Systema is the way to restore physical, mental and emotional balance in your life. Sometimes you are faced with a situation that requires you to restore the balance for all the participants- this may involve physical contact.
In class we learn a set of self-awareness and self-control tools to allow us to restore the balance quickly- sometimes in seconds :-)
You don't need to contact us unless you have specific question - just turn up at the class which is the most convenient for you. Most people arrive 5-10 minutes before the class begins - hope to see you soon!
Wear anything you are comfortable in. Most people wear tracksuit bottoms or shorts, t-shirt and trainers.
We make the following announcement in the beginning of almost every class:
- Please ask questions!
- Please do not do anything you don’t want to do! Sitting out drills is ok; doing the exercises at your level (not someone else’s) is expected.
- Please tell us if something hurts! Let us know of your injuries before the class, and please speak up if you are not feeling too great during the class.
- Please stop any time you want to stop!
- Please protect your training partner, as well as yourself, at all times!
- Please communicate with your training partners, don’t be a strong silent type. Ask your partner to turn things down or up, and to give you feedback on your movement- and be ready to provide feedback to your partner too!
- Please don’t break anything! We mean- anything- floor, walls, mirrors, your training partners, or yourselves! 🙂
All classes listed above are £15.00 a time. You can also book 10 classes for £80.00, which we think is a much better deal!
Newcomers are always welcome. Please come to the class a few minutes early and meet the group before the class gets started, and bring the Understanding the Risks form with you.
No risk trial 🙂
If this is your first class, and for whatever reason you feel that what we do is not right for you, there will be no charge for the lesson. But if you liked it, you will have a choice to pay for one lesson, or to buy a block of 10 sessions.
A wealth of experience in many aspects of life, and committed to sharing their knowledge with you.
There is much more to life than combat. A warrior’s job is much bigger than fighting- it is the survival of his tribe: himself, his family, his country. We need to know about health, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, genetics, psychology, philosophy… And of course, the martial arts!
This is how we started:
In the beginning of 2000, a few Londoners met at a Russian Martial Art seminar in the Midlands and got sufficiently curious to continue training on our own.
The more we trained, the more we realized the tremendous depth of the art we were studying.
With great support from Vladimir Vasiliev, we became a school in November 2000.
We realized that we needed to get more information, and organized our first seminar in 2001. Sergei Ozhereliev flew in from Moscow to dish out a few lumps. The training continued, with a few events hosted by us: Michael Ryabko, Vladimir Vasiliev, Valentin Vasiliev, Konstantin Komarov, Val Riazanov, Valentin Talanov were sharing their knowledge with us. We organized quite a few training trips to Russia, and regularly visited Toronto to train at the RMA HQ.
We continue to seek knowledge from a variety of sources, not all of them martial. We encountered and trained with some great healers. We studied anatomy and physiology, psychology and philosophy. We have a number of medical professionals training with us, as well as a few professional warriors.
We studied striking, escaping, floor work, weapons, we got bumps, cuts and bruises, and somehow more people joined the class… We realized that psychological preparation is as important as the technical arsenal. We noticed that Systema can be used every day on the street, in the office, at home… We applied Systema principles when skiing, playing guitar, dealing with injuries (our own, and others’). We applied the breathing techniques as we ran the marathons, and helped our wives during childbirth. We used Systema to ride horses, and to become friends with dogs. We applied it to negotiate with our bosses and co-workers, to talk our way out of the speeding tickets, and to diffuse the conflicts we saw brewing up at the parties. When we crashed the motorbikes, we rolled, and breathed, and walked away. We learned to recognize the signs of stress and fear, and we are getting better at dealing with them.
We all continue to learn from each other, and to help each other grow.
The question remains open- is Systema a science, or an art?
There are solid scientific principles behind what we do. And your Systema can be a science.
For me, it is definitely an art. An art where we travel the path of self development and awareness, where we aim to move away from patterns of behavior and rigid structures, encourage the creativity in ourselves and every individual, where we try (not always successfully:-) to get away from competitiveness, and strive for a simple concept- getting to know ourselves, the world around us, and live our lives according to our system of values and beliefs.
Finally- I would like to thank all the people who supported us, challenged us, and encouraged us to think! 🙂