Multiple Opponents

Systema was designed to deal with multiple opponents. In many ways it is the Magnum Opus of the Russian Martial Art because it employs work from all previous units. The premise of defending against multiple opponents is to learn to distribute attention and awareness across a group rather than isolating an individual. To succeed we will need soft movement, timing, distance, the ability to deliver and avoid strikes, grabs, and kicks, as well as control over the psychological tensions generated when the odds are against us. For 4 weeks, we will study these topics in the context of multiple opponents along with redirecting blows, delivering a single strike to multiple opponents, using an opponent to control others, and escaping from multiple holds.

As always, class is safe and slow for beginners and experienced martial artists alike. Students are taught and expected to work safely with their partners. The spirit of fun is paramount.

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Striking

Systema strikes are taught bare-fist without pads or bags to promote correct form. Your fellow students are used in place of bags–to remove tensions that rise from fear of getting struck, or hesitation to strike another person. Participants will learn to strike properly without damaging work partners, to remove tensions and fear, to defend against strikes, and develop strength, flexibility, and relaxation through unique exercises.

As always, class is safe and slow for beginners and experienced martial artists. Students are taught and expected to work safely with their partners. The spirit of fun is paramount.

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Current Classwork – Legwork

Systema legwork is unique and fascinating. We will look at footwork, kicks, defense against kicks, disarming with the legs, and using the legs in dynamic groundwork. Kicks include striking, pushing, and tripping. All kicks are taught to operate smoothly without interrupting the step in any direction and should be as simple as walking through an open room.

As always, work is safe and slow for beginners and experienced martial artists.We recommend that participants stretch and apply pressure to joints (via squats, leglifts, pushups, and other regular exercises) every day prior to class.

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