knows but one kind of justice,
the inevitable conformity of results to causes."
is a unique and original Russian Martial Art dating back to the
10th Century. While taught to all classes from peasant to royalty,
the art was taken to it’s highest level in the Russian Orthodox
Monasteries. After the Russian revolution of 1917, the communist
government suppressed Systema, restricting training in this art
to certain units of their elite special operations forces known
as Spetsnaz. In the decades since, these teams have employed the
physical, psychological, and psychic aspects of Systema in a variety
of modern combat situations with stunning effect.
techniques and strategies employed in Systema are applicable along
the entire spectrum of the force continuum from empty hand combat
to edged and projectile weapons. Systema is a true "aiki"
art fostered in a western tradition. Relative to other forms of
- Is simple to learn.
- Is easier to apply in a serious altercation.
- Teaches all forms of combat
including ground fighting and edged weapons.
- Is not based on learning technique but rather on learning the
principles underlying all techniques.
- Is an approach which teaches the body a new operating system
which then becomes automatic even under the most stressful situations.
- Is easily adaptable directly to the individual practitioners
strengths and body type.
- Rapidly facilitates the cultivation and application of psychic
energy, even at beginning levels.
- Has no rank or belt system; practitioners advance at their own
- Fosters a deep level of camaraderie among the students.
philosophy underlying Systema is elegant in it's simplicity. Here
is a practical modern combat art that teaches the practitioner
how to fight by learning not to fight. The student learns to neither
fight the external force being applied nor their own body tensions.
They learn solutions both practical and spontaneous, useful in
even the most extreme situations of modern combat. The student
learns to allow the new operating system, developed in the dojo
and ingrained in their subconscious, to take over. The necessary
techniques flow from the principles firmly established by their
understanding and practice of Systema.
classes at the Dojo of the Four Winds are on going with students
at all levels of expertise working together.