systema downtown



8:30-10:00 pm


Except seminar weeks when both classes are combined into a 3 hour seminar, usually on Thursday evening. See Calendar for details.



Warm-up Exercises

Specialized military exercises enable you to achieve complete physical warm-up and energy balance in just a few minutes. Previously known to Russia's secret groups only, these exercises will not only give you strength, flexibility and endurance, but also a high level of awareness and confidence. Combined with one of a kind Russian Breath Training, these exercises provide the true foundation for every physical activity of your life.


Hand-to-hand Combat

SYSTEMA HAND-TO-HAND training reveals the true way of self-defense. Experts call it the most important contribution to the worldwide movement of life and combat training.

Vladimir Vasiliev is one of the few men in the world that has mastered the lost secrets of SYSTEMA the fighting system of the ancient Russian warriors and applied them in numerous battles and high-risk missions of the Russian Special Operations Units.

You will learn every fundamental principle of unarmed hand-to-hand combat including a multitude of fascinating drills and ideas, ways to develop endurance, sensitivity, striking power, unique use of the body for defense and attack, and total control of any empty-hand attack with emphasis on breathing, continuity, economy of motion, and unpredictable moves.


Ground Fighting

Unique strategies to overcome any conceivable attack from all angles and positions, defeat multiple attackers and disarm weapons - all from the ground.

Learn how to fight from the ground unarmed against one, two and three opponents who try to grab, choke, kick and punch you, stab you with knives, immobilize your limbs, have you mounted and then try to shoot you in the head or cut your throat.

Learn the tactics to develop Breathing, Avoid Injuries, Maximize your Body and Strengthen your Psyche. From basic form and movement progress to the exceptional Dynamic Free-Flow Drills, unlock your Ultimate Potential and free yourself from the worst opponents - Fear and Tension.

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Disarming Weapons

Unique use and defense against a knife, stick, or a gun. Learn to gain complete control of single or multiple armed attackers.

Master both the fundamental and advanced tactics while empty-handed or armed yourself.
Explore the incredible ways of turning common items in your surrounding into highly effective tools of protection.

Learn to conquer not just dangerous weapons, but even greater threats: your own stiffness, vulnerability and fear.