Literally meaning “the system” is a Eurasian martial art form known as Systema. This “hybrid” combat form is said to have originated from Russia. Furthermore, Systema includes elements belonging to hand-to-hand combat, grappling, knife fighting, and firearms fighting. In addition, a practitioner in this combat form needs to ensure that the body is extremely flexible and free from tensions. Focus on breathing, fluidity in movements, and relaxation also forms a major component of this unique combat form.
a. History/origin of Systema:
According to the cultural history of Russia, Systema was developed when the country was invaded by the Mongols. Furthermore, it is said to have been created by Cossacks in the year 948 AD. In addition, Systema is said to have been inspired by Chinese martial arts. A weapon known as “Nagaika” i.e. a lead whip was developed by Cossacks for this combat style during a period of time when the Mongols and the Hun community were continuously battling each other.
b. Weapon used in the Systema:
The weapon mainly used in this combat style are the “hands and the legs” of the fighter. In addition, a weapon known as Nagaika is used in the combat form.
c. Technique involved in the Systema and training availability:
In terms of technique, a fighter basically uses pressure point tactics, and striking techniques to overcome an opponent. In addition, a weapon in the form of a “whip” known as “Nagaika” is also used in this martial art style. As for training centers/schools, there are a few available especially in Russia for those interested in this “hybrid” martial art form.
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