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2015 Schedule

Starting in January, the focus for classes will rotate every 2 weeks, with occasional wild-card classes mixed in. The rotations will cover:

  • Movement
  • Striking
  • Ground Fighting
  • Joint Work
  • Throws
  • Weapons
  • Legs
  • Mulitple Attackers
  • and more


Monthly Focus

This month rather than focusing on a single topic, we will be working on tying the various subjects together. Classes will combine work on:

  • Striking
  • Joint Work
  • Take-downs and Throws
  • Legs Work
  • Movement
  • Ground Fighting
  • Multiple Attackers
  • Weapons
  • Psyche
  • Breathwork
  • and more…


As the holidays approach please keep an eye on the Facebook page, Twitter feed, and website. Schedule changes will be posted in all three locations.

November Classes: Movement / Rolling / Falling

A sampling of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Systema walking
  • Moving from standing to the ground and back
  • Escaping on any level and between levels
  • Slipping contact with movement, being sticky
  • Avoiding sticks, chains, knives
  • Pendulum movement of avoiding and entering
  • Moving within multiple attackers
  • Ground movement
  • Front and back rolls
  • Falling softly

October Classes: Leg Work

A sampling of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Redirecting attackers via kicks to the legs
  • Finishing work with the feets
  • Using the feet like hands on the ground
  • Protection against kicks
  • Redirecting kicks and steps with your legs
  • Foot trapping and lower leg locks
  • Protecting your knees

August and September Classes: Focus on Striking

A sampling of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Methods for taking strikes
  • Proper form
  • Striking distance
  • Targeting and placement of strikes
  • Common types of strikes
  • Striking the legs
  • Short work
  • Striking limbs
  • Multiple striking and counter striking
  • Hiding strikes through movement, position
  • Applications of striking