Breathing, relaxation, movement, structure: the principles of Systema combine to form an effective combat art. Your body's natural movements are trained through drills and sparring, without fixed katas or set techniques.

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San Diego Systema News

Class at Park Feb 13th and outside Feb 15th

On Saturday, February 13th, Systema class will be at Tecolote Park, The meeting place is the grassy area behind the basketball courts at Tecolote Rec Center, which is 1 mile from the school: Park Location

On Monday, February 15th, Systema class will be at Jiai Aikido as normal, BUT we are going to be outside of the dojo, so look for us in or around the parking lot. Usual class times. Wear comfortable shoes, and clothes that you can roll around in the dirt/grass in. See you outside!

Short Work & Hidden Strikes Seminar at San Diego Systema Saturday, February 20th

Short Work and Hidden Strikes Seminar with Menamy (of Systema Los Angeles)

Saturday, February 20th 2016; 10am – 3pm


We all enjoyed Menamy’s seminar here at San Diego Systema in November 2015 and learned much about increasing mobility during ground work. Now, we are pleased to announce that he is returning on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 for another seminar on short work and hiding strikes. The seminar is from 10am – 3pm, and the cost is $80, payable at the door, cash only. For more detailed information, please click on this flyer link.

If you have any questions, please call (858) 231-5853.

We look forward to training together and hope to see you on the mat soon!

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