Clip taken in Moscow in April 2013. This clips starts AFTER almost 2 minutes of hard striking by the same guy. Him and his friend wanted to see if Systema is real.
They were experienced street fighters from Moscow. They were allowed to hit a couple guys hard to see how we take strikes with breathing and relaxation and then they were given a couple ‘gentle’ strikes by Mikhail Ryabko.
He used just the right amount of power to let them “understand” yet let them keep their “dignity”. At the end both guys were very interested and wanted to learn more about Systema.
Mikhail converted aggressiveness and bullying into interest and respect. A very powerful lesson for any martial arts teacher out there.
Systema is a Russian martial art. Training includes, but is not limited to: hand-to-hand combat, grappling, knife fighting, and firearms training. Training involves drills and sparring without set kata.
In Systema, the body has to be free of tensions, 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.
Systema focuses on breathing, relaxation, and fluidity of movement, as well as utilizing an attacker’s momentum against him and controlling the six body levers (elbows, neck, knees, waist, ankles, and shoulders) through pressure point application, striking, and weapon applications.
As a discipline, it is becoming more and more popular among police and security forces and it is taught by several practitioners inside and outside Russia.