Best Non-Martial Arts Books for Martial Artists

You undoubtedly have 3 copies of "Book of 5 Rings" and "Tao of Martial Arts." It goes without saying, "Strikes" and "Let Every Breath" is on the bookshelf. ¬†These are the obvious ones for every Systema practitioner. Here are others, though not always directly related to Systema (or even martial arts), they can hugely impact …

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Blessings for All in a Time of Turmoil

I read an article this week that began with the phrase, "The divided states of America." If you are foolish enough to read newspapers and follow the TV news, you would think this is accurate. Race-bating by our so-called political leaders coupled with the minions in the media have promoted and even encouraged this notion. …

Embrace Failure

Another Monday. Another Systema class. Another chance to train. And another great chance to make some great failures. The best of the best in anything - sports, martial arts, writing, science - made the most failures, sometimes on an epic scale. They sunk to undiscovered depths, much like the Titanic. These¬†lows became a foundation for …

Being An Original

I remember once, one of my Central Florida Systema students said, "I wish I could be just like Vlad." My knee-jerk reaction was "I wish you would be just like you!" Normally, knee-jerk reactions typically have a negative connotation; that is, they are usually followed by the phrase, "Damn, I wish I would not have …