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Vladimir Vasiliev

Vladimir Vasiliev
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Born in Russia, Vladimir Vasiliev received intense training from the top Special Operations Units instructors and is the top student of Mikhail Ryabko. Vladimir's work spans across 10 years of extensive service with the Special Operations Unit. He also served as trainer for elite units, SWAT teams, and bodyguards. Vladimir moved to Canada, and in 1993 founded the first school of Russian Martial Art outside Russia - Systema Headquarters. He has since personally trained and certified well over 300 qualified Russian Martial Art instructors and schools worldwide, and has provided an Award-Winning instructional film collection.

How Hard Should Your Systema Training Be?

Your Goal The goal of Systema training is to accumulate power and not tension. I believe that with each training session, while doing the same...

Tense Shoulders – The Bigger Picture

When I observe students in class, at seminars, or when I evaluate instructors through the Systema Video Program (SVP), I see one most common...

3 Types of Fear – 3 Ways to Breathe

We can view our fears on three levels. The first one we can call Personal Fear. It is the type that develops without any...

Defend Disarm Control in Systema

This article discusses defend disarm control in Systema where defending and attacking are the same thing, where you must identify if the opponent is...

Working Against Multiple Opponents in Martial Arts

Working against multiple opponents in martial arts is challenging both psychologically and physically. In Systema, there are a number of simple things to understand and practice to...

Be a Moving Target

Everyone knows that shooting a moving target is much harder than a fixed one. It requires additional efforts and skill. Something similar happens in...

Vladimir Vasiliev and Systema – The Source of Strength and Peace

By Rob Poyton, the head instructor of Cutting Edge Systema Academy in UK and the editor of Systema International publication. Systema International (SI): First of...

Vladimir Vasiliev Interview – Systema Seminars Europe

Reporter: Mr. Vasiliev, you have just returned from instructing at two big Systema seminars Europe, including seminars in Paris, France and Hamburg, Germany. There...

Encounter with Systema – An Interview with Vladimir Vasiliev

This Interview with Vladimir Vasiliev was recorded at the seminar in Tokyo, hosted by Andy Cefai and Ryo Onishi. Question: When did you encounter Systema...

Systema Pushups

A few years ago, when I was visiting Mikhail Ryabko in Moscow, he demonstrated a slow fist Systema pushup against the wall. I still...

Fast Moves Are Different From Jerky Movements

Human eye actively responds to jerky movements, to flashing and kaleidoscopic change of images. As a result, our eye cannot separate speed from jerkiness....

Work Against Multiple Opponents

Work against multiple opponents is challenging both psychologically and physically. In Systema, there are a number of simple things to understand and practice to help...

The Skill of Taking Strikes in Systema

An interview with System's Vladimir Vasiliev discusses the practical (apparent) reason for taking strikes and the underlying (psychological) reason. Student: We heard that you are currently working on...

Mikhail Ryabko’s Stick Tying Techniques

This happened over 20 years ago in Russia. My friends and I were at Mikhail Ryabko's class. The format of classes was such that...

Break Through Tension with A Systema Breathing Drill

We all know that breathing is our best tool to eliminate tension. We have done numerous great drills at Systema classes and seminars including aSystema...

Vladimir Vasiliev – Systema

Born in Russia, Vladimir Vasiliev received intense training from the top Special Operations Units instructors and is the top student of Mikhail Ryabko. Vladimir's...

Control Tension with Systema Conditioning

In Systema conditioning, we try to create all the exercises so that they lead us directly into the highest levels of fighting skill. Training...

Systema Breathing Application

How to breathe to prepare yourself for a fight using Systema breathing application? When an untrained person perceives danger, his heart rate and blood pressure...

Systema Training Considerations

A human being is a complete system and for this reason we have to make our training a complete and whole system as well...

Systema Fist Walking Drills Help Improve Striking

Many factors prevent you from delivering strong and precise strikes. One of the main factors is the fear of hurting yourself, it maybe an...