‘No rules. No belts. No nonsense. Systema - a fighting art without all the needless baggage’ Black Belt Magazine

Realistic, practical, effective


We offer weekly training in the Russian Martial Art of Systema, one of the most practical and effective modern combative systems available. Systema is open to everyone, regardless of age, occupation or experience. Systema training improves overall health, awareness and mobility, and is especially beneficial for practitioners of other martial arts as an excellent cross-training option.

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The Russian style of martial art dates back to the 10th century. Russian warriors acquired a style that combined strong spirit with extremely innovative and versatile tactics that were practical and effective against any type of enemy, under any circumstances. The style was natural and free with no rules, rigid structure or limitations except morals. All tactics were based on instinctive reactions and individual strengths and characteristics, specifically designed for fast learning. When the Communists came to power in 1917, they suppressed all cultural traditions. At the same time, the authorities quickly realized how viable and devastating these original combat systems were, and reserved it just for a few special military units.


Russian Martial Art is called Systema (the system) because it is a complete set of concepts and components. Acquiring martial skill is a way to improve the function of all 7 physiological systems of the body and 3 levels of human abilities - physical, psychological and emotional. The key principle of Systema is non-destruction, to ensure training and attitudes don't damage the body or psyche. Systema is also known as poznai sebia (know yourself). Training in Systema is a way to realise our limitations, not just strengths and weaknesses. In Systema the belief is that everything that happens to us has only one purpose, to create the best conditions for personal insight. Proper training carries the same objective, to put every person into the best possible setting to realise as much about themselves as they are able to handle at any given moment. The ultimate quality that Systema develops is humility. Training reveals weaknesses and provides tools to overcome them. A humble person devotes themself to overcoming the negative aspects of personality. The reward for hard work and humility is peace, joy and absence of resentment. If humility becomes our character, there is no more room for pride, aggression, vanity, greed and envy. The spirit will always be noble; you will fight only when it is absolutely necessary, only for a good cause, and always causing the least possible damage to the opponent, in a calm, fearless and professional way.



Foundation Exercises - Systema is built on 4 key principles: breathing, relaxation, structure and movement. Specialised exercises achieve complete physical warm-up and energy balance to provide strength, flexibility, endurance, a high level of awareness and confidence. Combined with breath training, they provide a true foundation for every physical activity of your life.



Unarmed Combat - Learn principles of unarmed combat including ways to develop endurance, sensitivity, striking power, unique use of the body for defence and attack, and control of any empty-hand attack with emphasis on breathing, continuity, economy of motion, and unpredictable moves.


Ground Fighting

Ground Fighting - Unique strategies to overcome attacks from all positions, defeat multiple attackers and disarm weapons - all from the ground. Learn tactics to develop breathing, avoid injuries, maximise your body and strengthen your psyche. Unlock your potential and free yourself from limitations.



Weapons - Use and defend against a knife, stick, or a gun. Control single or multiple armed attackers. Master tactics while unarmed or armed. Explore methods of turning everyday items in into effective tools of protection. Learn to conquer not just dangerous weapons, but your own vulnerability and fear.

Class Details


Wednesdays, 6.00 - 8.00 pm


116 Northgate Drive, Thomastown VIC (Melways Ref: 9, C10)


Comfortable clothing suitable for training. Non-marking shoes or bare feet


Rich Kay
0414 569 570

  Rich with Mikhail & Vladimir, Canada 2010
Rich with Mikhail & Vladimir, Canada 2010

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