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Systema (Russian: Система, romanizedSistema, lit.'system') is a Russian martial art.[1][2] There are multiple schools of systems that began appearing after the end of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, with teachers claiming their respective "systems" (usually named after themselves).[citation needed] Training includes, but is not limited to: hand-to-hand combat, grappling, knife fighting, and firearms training. Training involves drills and sparring without set kata.

Media appearances

Systema has gathered interest as its coverage has increased. Examples include CTV Travel's show Go Warrior in 2008[3] and Black Belt magazine in 2011.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] For the 2018 BBC crime drama McMafia, actor James Norton learned aspects of systema in preparation for his leading role as a London banker drawn into the violent world of the Russian mafia.[11] Systema has also been used by Lamarr Houston of the Chicago Bears in his training.[12] In Japanese fighting games Street Fighter V, Kolin's fighting style is systema,[13] as well as Marie Rose in Dead or Alive 6.[14]


  1. ^ Secours, Kevin R. (16 July 2012). "Takedown Defenses of Russian Systema". Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas (in Spanish). 4 (1): 68–79. doi:10.18002/rama.v4i1.227. hdl:10612/16284. ISSN 2174-0747.
  2. ^ Doan, Thi Bich-Ngoc (2013). "La perception juste en systema: points de vue en première personne". Movement & Sport Sciences (in French) (81): 67–77. doi:10.1051/sm/2013058.
  3. ^ "Go Warrior". Go Warrior. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  4. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (24 March 2011). "Mental and Physical Impact of Ballistic Striking". Black Belt. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  5. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (24 March 2011). "Proper Execution of a Ballistic Strike (Systema)". Black Belt. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  6. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (24 March 2011). "The Biomechanics and Psychology of Confrontation". Black Belt. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  7. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (24 March 2011). "Systema Ballistic Strikes in Action!". Black Belt Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 January 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  8. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (12 May 2011). "Systema Expert Discusses Self-Defense Biomechanics". Black Belt Magazine. Archived from the original on 17 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  9. ^ Young, Robert (28 November 2011). "Train Like a Russian Commando to Increase Power, Speed and Survival Skills!". Black Belt Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 January 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  10. ^ Horwitz, Raymond (24 March 2011). "SYSTEMA: History of the Russian Martial Art". Black Belt Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 January 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  11. ^ Sawer, Patrick (2 January 2018). "How James Norton learnt the Russian martial art Systema for his role in McMafia". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  12. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Martin Wheeler (23 August 2016), Martin Wheeler Systema - Lamarr Huston - Chicago Bears training., retrieved 4 April 2019
  13. ^ "Street Fighter Kolin - Phantasm of Snow and Ice | Street Fighter V". Street Fighter V. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  14. ^ "DEAD OR ALIVE 6, MARIE ROSE, WICKED LIL' SERVANT". Retrieved 27 March 2021.