Frequently asked questions
Are there age requirements?
Yes. Students must be at least 15 years of age. Those that are between the ages of 15 and 18 must be accompanied by their guardian.
Do you offer beginner classes?
We have found that the best and fastest results happen when students of all levels of ability work together. Our training methodology is sustainable, meaning our progressive work starts from a slow speed and only increases in speed and intensity when the student is ready.
Do I need a martial arts background?
No. In some cases, it is actually easier to embrace and apply the core principles of Systema when there is no prior training that could hinder the pursuit of “Freedom of Movement.”
Do I have to be physically fit to train?
Although it is helpful to be athletically fit for some of the work, the most important elements to our training are mindset, awareness, efficiency, and the ability to adapt.
What is Systema Breathing?
It is a comprehensive breathing methodology that expands your breath reserves, drives proper continuous movement, mitigates intense fear and pain, vastly expands awareness, and accelerates recovery from physical/psychological stress and injury.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please see our Terms of Service for details.
What are the real differences between Systema and other arts?
The goal of Systema is to prepare you for real world survival (generally alone), which means the most important principle is to operate without being seen. The highest level of skill is to not be detected at all, or to do the work and escape alive without detection. Because this requires that our bodies are able to minimize tension and adapt to any situation without over-reacting or hyper-focusing, we consider persistent relaxed internal and external states to be critical to seeing, understanding, and addressing the threats around us.
Working in extremely confined spaces (stairways, hallways, vehicles, planes) and uneven terrain
Prevaiing against multiple opponents and within groups/masses
Developing trade-craft level work including the study of the individual and group psyche, exploiting gaps in the surrounding environment, cloaked movement, and mindset training
Using everyday items as improvised weapons and adapting any conventional weapon seemlessly to organic unbroken movement
Developing unparalleled mobility of the body under duress
Integration of a comprehensive breathwork, recovery, and bodywork methodology to prepare the body and mind for extremely difficult situations
Extensive study and cultivation of the inner state
Deep exploration of the many facets of fear
Cultivation of improvisational skill in all situations
Preserving the "humanity" in all situations by understanding and working with others as complex human beings and not just targets