I'm very proud to present a special video feature today – Systema: The Russian Martial Art. You may recall the previous special feature on RMA last year. Systema is the style featured in the book and has influenced most of the fight scenes I've depicted. Today, I was able to film my club in training in Shrewsbury (unfortunately, I haven't been able to train in this style for seven months now due to an ongoing illness!)
What you see here today is an example of training in knife defence (straight thrust) against multiple attackers. The training is done in slow time to help the student learn movement techniques. Obviously, in a real situation the attacks would be much quicker. The principle of this style is basically to keep moving all the time and not to fight with your opponents. This may seem a little strange, but the last thing you should do in a confrontational situation is start struggling with an attacker. Your aim is to escape and take the opponent out as quickly as possible. This is particularly important if you're about to take a strike from someone else!
The style was brought over to the West by Vladimir Vasiliev. The principle instructor of the Shrewsbury club, David Flaherty MBE, trained under Vladimir as have the other instructors. If you like Martial Arts and find Systema interesting, then check out the following links to find out more:
Until the next time…