Systema Information

Systema is a Russian martial art. It is designed to be highly adaptive and practical, training using drills and sparring instead of set kata. It focuses mainly on controlling the six body levers through pressure point application, striking and weapon applications. Systema is often advertised as being a martial art employed by some Russian Spetsnaz units.

There is no historical "real name" for these arts. In many cases, it's common to simply see "Russian martial arts" used, although that can lead to some confusion. In a sense, the name "Systema" can be thought of as a generic title comparable to "Kung Fu" . The most likely version is that the name Systema was taken from the name given in Russia to a similar martial art before that, the Systema Rukopashnogo Boya .

At least in Mikhail Ryabko's Systema, "The System" is a reference to the various systems of the body as well as elements of Psychology and the Spirit.

Wikipedia, Systema, (as of Apr 10, 2010)

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