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About Our Systema Academy

Systema Academy of Self Protection runs at two convenient locations by Arkadiy Stepankovskiy who was certified and authorized by Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev. We offer a wide range of training – regular classes, private training, as well as seminars.

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Russian Style Martial Arts

Systema (Russian style of martial art dates back to the 10th century) also known as “The System” is a comprehensive system of defense and protection, which was recently declassified, and made known to the public with the fall of the Soviet regime. Throughout the cold war it grew and adapted to the varied needs of the elite Soviet Special forces (Spetsnaz), GRU, and the KGB.

Throughout the history of this huge country, Russia had to repel invaders from the north, south, east, and west. All attackers brought their distinct styles of combat and weaponry. The battles took place on different terrains, during freezing winters and sweltering summer heat alike, with the Russians often greatly outnumbered by the enemy forces.

As a result of these factors, the Russian warriors acquired a style that was natural and free while having no strict rules, rigid structure or limitations (except for moral ones). All tactics were based on instinctive reactions, individual strengths and characteristics, specifically designed for fast learning.

When the Communists came to power in 1917, they suppressed all national traditions. Those practicing the centuries-old style of martial art were severely punished. However, the authorities quickly realized the viability and potency of the Russian martial art and thus reserved it for the elite units of Spetsnaz.

It is only since the late 1980s, with the fall of the Communist era, that these martial traditions and styles started to become available for civilians.

THE SYSTEM is simple to learn, understand and perform under violent and stressful confrontation because it is using instinctive, natural body reactions. Rather than trying to force a new movement pattern on students, we have them reawaken and take advantage of their natural reflexes.

Students will learn such skills as striking, kicking, throwing, locking, weapon deployment and retention. All skills are practiced from both standing and lying positions, as well as everything in between. Tactics assume the need to overcome skilled opponents and multiple assailants, use and defense with and against knives, guns and sticks.

However, THE SYSTEM is not just about self-defense. It has unique exercises developed by the Soviet military for warm-up, conditioning, flexibility enhancement, functional strength gain, pain and fear control. Therefore, by taking our classes students get into fighting fitness shape.

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