Systema has another name “poznai sebia” or, “Know Yourself”. What does it really mean to Understand Yourself? It is not just to know what your strengths and weaknesses are, that is good but fairly superficial. Training in Russian Martial Art is one of the sure ways to see the full extent of our limitations - to see how proud and weak we really are. Systema allows us to gain the true strength of spirit that comes from humility and clarity in seeing the purpose of our life.

Systema does not study techniques but rather learning to apply  a system of principles that prepare a student for survival.  It also helps to develop a person's ability to prevent or prevail in confrontations in unpredictable and violent conditions.  Systema's focus on survival versus winning a fight creates less room for egos and more room for humble attitudes in our students while accelerating the learning curve that Systema is known for. Learning through principles of movement and behavior allows one to become a more intuitive fighter. 

 

"The work of recognizing and facing our pride and weakness is much more difficult than polishing techniques, but it is much more profound."

-Vladimir Vasiliev, systema hq