FAQ

FAQ:

1) What is the First Class like?
2) Why would I want to do Systema?

3) Will this work in a real fight?
4) Will I gut hurt in training?
5) Do I need equipment? Do I need an uniform? What should I wear?
6) Do I need to have done martial arts before?
7) Where and when are the classes?
8) How long do I train before I’m good at Systema?
9) Will Systema help my current MA or sports?
10) What does a typical class looks like?
11) Can women train in Systema?
12) Can children train?

13) Is there work with weapons?
14) Is there environmental/scenario training?
15) What is SYSTEMA?

 


 

1) First Class

The first time you try something new it can be intimidating. This applies to anything from cooking to bunjee jumping. At times it’s because you expect a certain outcome, other times it’s because you don’t know what to expect.

Systema classes are meant to be taken by anybody, regardless of their level of fitness, previous injuries or ability. If you don’t feel comfortable doing any exercise you can just take a break and watch. That being said learning by doing is the the best way to learn. We encourage you to modify any exercise to suit your body limitations but you should first attempt the exercise. No need for heroics but lets avoid being afraid of ghosts.

Please come 15 minutes early so you have time to introduce yourself, change and get comfortable.
Comfortable pants, shoes and T-shirt are necessary. Longer sleeve pants and shirt are nice because they will protect the skin on your elbows and knees when rolling around.
You can bring a water bottle but we don’t do anything that is so intense that you will require hydration during the 1.5 hour class.

A good mood, a bad mood, an indifferent mood: we welcome them all. Everybody learns their best lessons in life at the most surprising of times. We want to learn from everybody.

We look forward to meeting you.

 Fragility Vlad

2) Why would I want to do Systema?

People that come to Systema come with a variety of reasons.  Health, self-defense, understand themselves better – these are all reasons that people keep doing Systema. Ultimately Systema is NOT another martial art; it’s a very different way to view yourself and others. But for that you will have to come and see what we mean.


3) Will this work in a real fight?

Yes Systema will work. But you will have to define what ‘work’ means. Most people think of winning when they ask that question. In Systema we view “work in a real fight” as surviving a real situation.


4) Will I gut hurt in training?

We have operated Systema Vancouver for 5 years now and we haven’t had a serious injury. That being said this is a physical pursuit and the typical student will want to push his boundaries once they get over their initial fears and hesitations. At that point bumps and bruises will become more of an occurrence but we do keep the training within parameters where no serious injuries occur.

After all, what’s the point in training if you leave weaker than you arrived?


5) Do I need equipment? Do I need an uniform? What should I wear?

You do not need any special equipment. Comfortable clean clothing is the only thing required. We recommend long pants and long sleeve shirt to reduce abrasions during rolls and wrestling.


6) Do I need to have done martial arts before?

No previous martial arts experiences is required.


7) Where and when are the classes?

Please go to the Schedule & Location page for an answer.


8) How long do I train before I’m good at Systema?

Please go to the Fees & Expectations page for an answer.


9) Will Systema help my current MA or sports?

The breathing, relaxation and awareness training will definitely help you in life and any endeavour that you take.


10) What does a typical class looks like?

– Warm-up mental, physical and emotional level and prepare you for training. then Core elements, a cool down, recuparation to allow the body to heal.


11) Can women train in Systema?

Yes. We definitely encourage women to attend classes and we have a few women training. Because Systema does not rely on strength this is an excellent self-defense method for women.


12) Can children train?

We do not have children’s classes at this time, but if you are a member and wish to bring your child to class for him to try it out we welcome it. Please contact us before you do as there are few points that we need to discuss.


13) Is there work with weapons?

Yes. We work with many different implements varying from knives, sticks and chains. The goal of the self defence training is to gain an understanding of things that can be used against it. As such, you need to experience these things.



14) Is there environmental/scenario training? 

Yes, we do training in different settings: indoors, outdoors, limited light, blindfold, water training etc. We do not focus so much on scenarios due to a variety of reasons. Scenario training is important but there are other people that do it better than us and you can seek them out.


15) What is SYSTEMA?

(from www.systemaryabko.com)

In Systema, the synergy of three components creates a TRUE WARRIOR – Combat Skill, Strong Spirit and Healthy Body.

The body has to be free of tension, 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.
The combat skill includes movements that are powerful and precise, instant and economical, spontaneous, subtle and diverse, the signature of a true professional.

There is a reason why Russian Martial Art is called SYSTEMA. It is a complete set of concepts and training components that enhance one’s life. In this case, acquiring the martial art skill is a way to improve the function of all seven physiological systems of the body and all three levels of human abilities the physical, the psychological and the spiritual.

The key principle of the Russian Systema is non-destruction. The goal is to make sure that your training and your attitudes do no damage to the body or the psyche of you or your partners. Systema is designed to create, build and strengthen your body, your psyche, your family and your country.

Systema has another name “poznai sebia” or “Know Yourself”. What does it really mean to Understand Yourself? It is not just to know what your strengths and weaknesses are, that is good but fairly superficial. Training in Russian Martial Art is one of the sure ways to see the full extent of our limitations – to see how proud and weak we really are. Systema allows us to gain the true strength of spirit that comes from humility and clarity in seeing the purpose of our life.

As the roots of the Russian Systema are in the Russian Orthodox Christian faith, the belief is that everything that happens to us, good or bad, has only one ultimate purpose. That is to create the best possible conditions for each person to understand himself. Proper training in the Russian Systema carries the same objective – to put every participant into the best possible setting for him to realize as much about himself as he is able to handle at any given moment.

One of Mikhail Ryabko’s words to the beginners is “Be a good person and everything else will come to you.” In a simple, yet comprehensive way Systema helps you choose and follow the right path.