Systema: Russian Martial Art Chicago

History

    Throughout the history of this huge country, Russia had to repel invaders from the north, south, east, and west. All attackers brought their distinct styles of combat and weaponry. The battles took place on different terrain, during freezing winters and sweltering summer heat, with the Russians often greatly outnumbered by the enemy forces.

    As a result, the Russian warriors began to acquire a style that combined strong spirit with extremely innovative and versatile tactics that were at the same time practical, deadly, and effective against any type of enemy under any circumstances.

    The style was quickly adopted by the Russian religion; warriors using this style, known as "Bogatyrs" or "carriers of spirit," soon became the symbols of the style. These warriors have inspired many stories, and some legendary individuals define russian ancient history to this day.

    
The style was natural and free of any strict rules, rigid structure or limitations (except for moral ones). All tactics were based on instinctive reactions, individual strengths and characteristics, and specifically designed for fast learning.

    SYSTEMA was considered so powerful that the now legendary Spetznaz quickly realized its potential. When the Soviets banned all religions after their revolution, the style became the exclusive weapon of the russian special forces. 

    SYSTEMA remains one of the most relevant cultural icons of Russia's past. In 2007, SYSTEMA was demonstrated to a United Nations committee, which called the martial art "the most humane martial art of the modern times." 

    The martial art is now taught in over 300 martial arts schools across the world by several hundred instructors.
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