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Focus Hybrid
Country of origin Russia Russia
Parenthood Unverifiable
Olympic sport No

Systema (Система, literally meaning The System) is a Russian martial art.[1] Training includes, but is not limited to: hand-to-hand combat, grappling, knife fighting, and firearms training. Training involves drills and sparring without set kata. In Systema, the body has to be free of tensions, filled with endurance, flexibility, effortless movement, and explosive potential; the "spirit" or psychological state has to be calm, free of anger, irritation, fear, self-pity, delusion, and pride.[2]

Systema focuses on breathing, relaxation, and fluidity of movement, as well as utilizing an attacker's momentum against him and controlling the six body levers (elbows, neck, knees, waist, ankles, and shoulders) through pressure point application, striking, and weapon applications. As a discipline, it is becoming more and more popular among police and security forces and it is taught by several practitioners inside and outside Russia. [3][citation needed] There are two schools of systema, Systema Kadochnikova, Systema Ryabko.

Media coverage

It has gathered interest as coverage of it has increased. This coverage seldom specifies which version of Systema is being discussed. Some examples are:

In the 2018 BBC crime drama McMafia, James Norton (actor) learned aspects of Systema to add extra authenticity to his leading role as a successful London banker drawn into the violent world of the Russian mafia. James trained with David Kirillov who runs the London School of Systema. Kirillov said: “The show has generated interest in what we do and James talking about it has raised the profile of Systema.”[13]


  1. ^ "Systema at Black Belt magazine website". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
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  4. ^ "Systema's top exponent in Dunbeath". North Tonight. Grampian TV via 15 May 2004. Archived from the original on 31 August 2005. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Go Warrior". Go Warrior. Archived from the original on February 26, 2008. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  6. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (2011-03-24). "Mental and Physical Impact of Ballistic Striking". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  7. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (2011-03-24). "Proper Execution of a Ballistic Strike (Systema)". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  8. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (2011-03-24). "The Biomechanics and Psychology of Confrontation". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  9. ^ "Systema Ballistic Strikes in Action!". Black Belt. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  10. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (2011-05-12). "Systema Expert Discusses Self-Defense Biomechanics". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  11. ^ "Train Like a Russian Commando to Increase Power, Speed and Survival Skills!". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  12. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (24 March 2011). "SYSTEMA: History of the Russian Martial Art". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  13. ^ Sawer, Patrick (2 January 2018). "How James Norton learnt the Russian martial art Systema for his role in McMafia". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 

External links

  • Mikhail Ryabko Systema, Moscow
  • Vladimir Vassiliev Systema, Canada
  • Kadochnikov Systema
  • Martin Wheeler on Why Systema
  • Ballistic striking / MMA
  • Systema Spetsnaz Organization
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