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Country of origin Russia Russia
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Russian martial arts

Systema (Система, literally meaning The System) is a Russian martial art.[1] 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.[2]

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. [3][citation needed]

Media coverage[edit]

It has gathered interest as coverage of it has increased. This coverage seldom specifies which version of Systema is being discussed. Some examples are:

Use in fiction[edit]


  1. ^ "Systema at Black Belt magazine website". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
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  4. ^ "Systema's top exponent in Dunbeath". North Tonight. Grampian TV via 15 May 2004. Archived from the original on 31 August 2005. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Go Warrior". Go Warrior. Archived from the original on February 26, 2008. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  6. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (2011-03-24). "Mental and Physical Impact of Ballistic Striking". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  7. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (2011-03-24). "Proper Execution of a Ballistic Strike (Systema)". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  8. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (2011-03-24). "The Biomechanics and Psychology of Confrontation". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  9. ^ "Systema Ballistic Strikes in Action!". Black Belt. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  10. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (2011-05-12). "Systema Expert Discusses Self-Defense Biomechanics". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  11. ^ "Train Like a Russian Commando to Increase Power, Speed and Survival Skills!". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  12. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (24 March 2011). "SYSTEMA: History of the Russian Martial Art". Black Belt. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  13. ^ Tabata, Yoshiaki; Yugo, Yuki. "Chapter 139". Akumetsu. 16. Akita Shoten. p. 10. 
  14. ^ Gibson, William (2007). "Chapter 35: Guerreros". Spook Country. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 
  15. ^ Pitcher, Jenna. "Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's newest fighter is a GothLoli Russian-styled martial artist". Polygon. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  16. ^ Sato. "Meet Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate's New Goth Loli Character". Siliconera. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  17. ^ "Tough guy hidden in image of sweet Gong Yoo". The Dong-a Ilbo. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  18. ^ Hong, C. (17 September 2016). "Upcoming Drama "The K2" Hints At Incredible Action Scenes To Come". Soompi. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  19. ^ Rosenberg, Adam. "Introducing the latest 'Street Fight V' combatant: Kolin". Mashable. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  20. ^ Arif, Shabana. "Street Fighter 5 Kolin reveal trailer shows the "Phantasm of Snow and Ice" in action". VG247. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 

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