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Learn to control your anger
Release tension and stress
Move efficiently with minimal effort and maximum effect
Manage your fear and expand your potential
As a veteran of the U.S. military, I began my endeavor into Systema in May of 2013. Upon separating from the Army a month prior, I was entering the civilian world with a few uncertainties. After 9 years in the military, and all of them spent within the special operations community I was nervous about the challenges of transferring to civilian life. The past decade of service had subjected my body to shoulder pain, back pain and severe tension headaches. I had also acquired a bad temper after multiple deployments overseas. I walked into my first Systema class with virtually no understanding and a lot of tension. After 6 months however, I can say that Systema is one of the smartest decisions I have made. As a martial art, I believe Systema to be far more effective than anything I encountered in the Special Operations Community. As a health practice, my body has felt the best it has in a long time thanks to the breathing and relaxation work. Systema burst-breathing has also helped me work through a recent PTSD incident that happened as I was walking in my neighborhood.
SSG Taylor C.
As a result of my training, I am healthier physically, psychologically and spiritually. I'm more patient. I get along with people better. Systema helps me be a better husband, a better father and a better friend.
Don't get me wrong, there are many people who apply the very practical aspects of Systema to their dangerous work -- it's great for that -- but for me, being a better person for all the people who depend on me -- that makes it worth it for me.
Learning to hit really hard is just gravy.
PTSD and Systema
My name is Carl Gersch and I served in the Marine Corp from 2002 to 2006. During my time in the Marines I served two tours overseas and I thought the hard was over when I came home. I, like most veterans, had a hard time going out into crowds and unfamiliar areas and this made living a normal life very difficulty.
I enrolled with the Veteran’s Hospital to receive help and they gave my counseling and some medicines. The counseling helped me a great deal and the medicines helped but I found myself still unable to go out in the most common areas. The side affects of the medicine also made going to school and focusing difficult. I would tell myself that I am fine but when I would take my son to the mall to see Santa I had a panic attack. My son had to help me get out of there and that year we didn't have pictures of him with Santa.
I looked everywhere for a way to be normal and talking to a Marine buddy I was told about Russian Systema. I looked into it and thought that this would be easy for a Marine. Once there I quickly realized that this isn’t just a fighting style but a life style.
Systema has forever changed my life. Through Systema I actually learned what relaxation feels like. This was big for me. Systema has given me more self-confidence, awareness, and control of myself. Systema has become a part of my everyday life. I start every day with a Systema breath exhale as I get out of bed. Systema is something I practice daily, not just in the gym, be it sitting in car, opening a door, or standing in a line at the grocery store. Systema is more than a means of self-defense, it is also a way to learn more about yourself.One of the great benefits of Systema is the people I have met along the way. Mark Jakabcsin is a top-notch instructor who has trained me to do things I would have never thought possible before I met him some years ago. Through Systema I have met people from all over the world who are willing to share their knowledge. I look forward to going to seminars and seeing familiar smiling faces.