I am most happy to report that our teacher and friend, David Merrell has been elected into Martial Arts Hall of Fame. David has been involved in martial arts for 40 years and has a extensive background in Pankration, jujitsu, tae kwon do and other arts before being involved in Systema.
He has the first American to study and become a full Instructor under both Michael and Vlad and is considered to be one of the very best Systema practitioners around. He has been involved in this art for over 16 years.
I have been involved with martial arts for over 20 years now and in this time period, I have had the great fortune to train with some of the best martial artist in the world, including Hiroshi Ikeda sensei, Christian Tissier sensei, Billy Blanks, Ama Guro Raffy Panbuan, Master Gary Michak and many others. In my opinion, David Merrell is the best I have come across. It has been an honor to study with him and I look forward to many, many more years of hard training in this great art of Systema.