Systema, a Russian Martial Art, is best described as a “health system” disguised as a Martial Art. It’s a physical, mental and spiritual practice of adaptation to the environment and forces around us. Drawing from various martial arts and ancient Cossack techniques, Systema gives the practitioner a toolbox to help deal with stress and tension, be more grounded into your body/mind/emotions, and to better deal with the challenges that emerge in everyday life and situations of conflict.
Pravilo is a Russian method of fitness training designed to stretch, strengthen, and enhance physical performance. The method was developed in ancient Russia and was used by warriors before battle. It works to stretch and strengthen the internal framework of joints, tendons, and ligaments, as well as improve mental clarity and the ability to work under stress. By stretching all the connective tissues and removing knots and blockages, Pravilo practice increases blood flow to the entire body. The end result is a stronger, calmer, and more agile body and mind.
“The body has to be free of tension, filled with endurance, flexibility, effortless movement and explosive potential. The spirit or psychological state has to be calm, free of anger, irritation, fear, self-pity, delusion and pride. The combat skill includes movements that are powerful and precise, instant and economical, spontaneous, subtle and diverse, the signature of a true professional.” (from the Russian Martial Arts website)