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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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 …