Introduction to Systema

Introduction To Systema


with Jonathan MacCaul


Many cultures around the world have powerful martial arts.

For Russia, the most comprehensive one would be Systema – the physical practice, which has numerous benefits both for physical and psychological health as well as spiritual growth. At its core Systema is a system for adaptation towards the environment based on holistic approach.

Evolved through 10 centuries of combative arts, the history of the Cossacks and Eastern spirituality, Systema is a natural toolbox that can help deal with stress and tension and be competent in conflict resolution.

In Systema, 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 of any movement discipline.

In this “Intro To Systema” class, participants will work individually and with each other, learning principles that can be easily applied to all aspects of life to cultivate awareness and become more mindful. Principles applying to Breathing, Posture, Constant Movement, and Relaxation that help keep the human organism balanced and in a state of readiness at all times to effectively deal with all challenges in life.

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