Systema (as taught by Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev) is very important to me. Its importance is the result of over a decade in study, training and travel across the globe. During these adventures I studied from Masters in numerous Eastern practices like Qi Gong, Tai Chi Chuan, Shaolin Kung Fu and various healing methods. I'm confident in saying I have a substantial knowledge in these styles of holistic management.
When I eventually discovered Systema and met my teacher Vladimir Vasiliev, I was utterly mesmerized by its potential. It contained everything that I had seen before, but then went much further into each category. Even more impressive was there was nothing there! No names, katas, forms, belts or excess ritual. It was the most advanced style I had ever seen and yet was invisible, with only skills or principles being the closest thing to a tangible 'syllabus'.
From exploring the nervous system, to breath work, to forging our psychological capabilities to grasping a better understanding of the bigger picture, Systema has it all. With Systema, I have helped people overcome debilitating anxiety, disease causing stress, traumatic injury and even helped terminally sick people prepare for the inevitable.
My point is that Systema is much more than a military combat system. It's a beautiful way of walking through life; it's an opportunity for your spirit to lead the way along the path of existence.
I feel very strongly about people viewing Systema in all of its glory and not just another martial art. The Masters like Mikhail and Vladimir have touched people’s hearts and healed their holistic wounds not by being hard-men, but by sharing something far more profound.
While being perceived as hard or tough is important for many individuals, especially males between the ages of 20 to 40, there comes a time when more mundane issues take precedence; where just being able to get out of your chair swiftly or walking for miles with ease or being free of pain are more important.
I've trained in Canada with people in their 70's, their only goal was to perhaps reach their 80's and all the while their performance would put many 40 year olds to shame. They were perfect examples of Systema as I view it.
In my humble opinion, Systema is a Real Life Art; when we start training and teaching it this way, we can reveal unimaginable Freedom.
Jamie Robson is the founder/instructor of Systema Scotland; he is the first instructor in Scotland to be fully certified by Vladimir Vasiliev. Jamie has many years of martial arts experience and work with British Forces, Scottish Police and S.O.C.A. www.SystemaScotland.com