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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

July Mon/Wed Class Topic

Ground Fighting

  • Fear on the ground
  • Removing supports
  • Trapping limbs
  • Blending with movement
  • Small work for control
  • Work against larger opponents
  • Chokes and locks
  • Retaining structure on the ground
  • Striking on the ground
  • Ground movements
  • Working against BJJ 101
  • Finishing work

Coming Months

August – Striking


Start off your new year with the health benefits, relaxed body and mind, and combat skills that Systema training builds.

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