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Systema Philosophy

Vladimir and Mikhail are the worldwide leaders of Systema and we would like to share their
philosophy with you:

"Philosophy aspects of Systema" (RMA website)

"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."

Systema Utah--Our Philosophy

Mark, Rob and Mitch would add a few ideas to the above paragraphs. 
You arrive at every moment in your life with your whole life experience--the complete accumulation of everything that has ever happened to you.
What you may call:


The human condition these days seems to accept this in the form of excuses and self pity along with an urge to label everything and blame our "plight" on things external to us.  We seldom take the time to observe EVERYTHING WITHIN in a manner that allows us to actually become better people.  We will help you to observe yourself in a way that perhaps you have never done before.   Only then can you manifest the change and growth that you desire. 


And yes:  It would be accurate to say that we believe that Systema is more than just a martial art...