Russian Systema traces its origins to various Cossack systems of the 10th century. When the Soviet government later commissioned the development of a research center for human maximization, the synthesized research in the Asian arts created systems of combat designed to meet the demands of the modern soldier. These combat systems included sport sambo, combat sambo, and Samoz, which later evolved into Systema.
The Combat Systema approach outlined in this video series was created by Kevin Secours, after years of high-level study under top Russian masters. It is defined by a scientific approach to biomechanics, breath training, and combat psychology. The continuous use of pressure testing to measure and refine those attributes, combined with continued research in human performance, has helped shaped the most complete solution possible for the needs of the modern practitioner.
Combat Systema: The Russian Martial Art of Armed Combat teaches how to defend yourself when you are unarmed and facing an assailant armed with a knife or firearm. From building body mechanics, adjusting to varying heights, adapting the Russian arm tie, and breaking the attacker's structure to utilizing practical defenses and counters to the most common knife and firearm attacks, this video advances Secours' Systema from the empty-handed fundamentals found in Volume 1 (Combat Systema: The Russian Martial Art of Hand-to-Hand Combat) to armed combat, while emphasizing the underlying principles found across the entire spectrum of the Combat Systema curriculum.
Kevin Secours is an internationally known personal-protection professional, specializing in the art of Russian Systema. One of the most renowned non-Russian practitioners of Russian Systema living outside Russia, Secours has more than 16 years of training and experience in Systema. Known for his concise grasp of Systema and his innovative approach to sharing his knowledge, Secours has published some of the first and most comprehensive articles on the subject. In 2010, Kevin formed The International Combat Systema Association to more fully represent his continuing evolution and understanding of the Russian martial arts. His interpretation is currently practiced by more than 100 affiliates worldwide.
In addition to Systema, Secours holds a 6th-degree black belt in Goshinbudo under Sensei Sali Azem, a 3rd-degree black belt in Modern Kempo Jujitsu, a 1st-degree black belt in Akai Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, and full instructorship in Five Animal Shaolin Chuanshu. He also has more than 15 years of experience in tai chi and yoga, as well as extensive experience in the grappling arts.
DVD CHAPTER LIST
1) Body Intelligence
- Evasion Drills
- Arm Screw Drill
- Arm Deflections
- Adaptability Drill
- Russian Arm Tie
- Breaking Structure
2) Defenses Against Knives
- Speed Stabbing
- Speed Slashing
- Body Positioning
- Inside Grip
- Split Grip
- Outside Grip
3) Defenses Against Firearms
- Evasion Drill
- Securing the Weapon
- Disarming Techniques
- Handgun to Belly
- Handgun to Throat
- Handgun to Back
- Side or Back of the Head
- Retracted Handgun
- Defenses Against Long Guns
- Knife vs. Firearm Drill
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