History of the Russian Martial Art of “Systema”

The Russian Style of martial art dates back to the 10th century. Throughout the history of this huge country, Russia had to repel invaders from the north, south, east, and west. All attackers brought their distinct styles of combat and weaponry. The battles took place on different terrains, during the freezing winter and sweltering summer heat alike, with the Russian often greatly outnumbered by the enemy forces.

As a result of these factors, the Russian warriors acquired a style that combined strong spirit with extremely innovative and versatile tactics that were at the same time practical, deadly, and effective against any type of enemy under any circumstances. The style was natural and free without strict rules, rigid structure or limitations (except for moral ones). All tactics were based on instinctive reaction, individual strengths and characteristics, specifically designed for faster learning.

When the Communists came to power in 1917, they suppressed all national traditions. Those practicing the centuries-old style of martial art were severely punished. However, the authorities quickly realized the viability and potency of the Russian Martial Art and thus reserved it for the elite units of SPETSNAZ.

SPETSNAZ or Voiska Spetsialnogo Naznachenia stands for the Russian Special Forces. Within this highly acclaimed military organization, there a few Special Operations Units used in the highest risk missions. The soldiers that made of these units went through extremely intense training in all three levels of human capacities: the physical, the psychological, and the psychic. They became true masters of the traditional style of fighting, continuously enhancing its elements while using it in covert military operations and body-guarding of top government and military personnel.

You can now learn this fascinating style of martial art and see for yourself why the Russian System is said to open a new page in the world of martial arts.

Brad Scornavacco was certified in Russia by both Vladimir Vasiliev and Mikhail Ryabko and is currently the only Affiliated, Senior Instructor of “The System” under Vladimir Vasiliev in the state of Colorado. Click here to see affiliates.

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