The Russian Martial Art of Using Improvised Weapons
with Kevin Secours
805966 074030 135 minutes
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 Using Improvised Weapons presents Secours' combative system for the use of improvised weapons. Adaptability was an essential concern for the founders of Systema, and the first principle taught in this system is an understanding of the limitations of things that can be used as improvised weapons. Not every item is usable or effective as a weapon of opportunity. The second principle is that you have to learn how to use these items without relying on them, but rather on your main core of defensive techniques. If you are not a good fighter, the addition of an improvised tool is not going to instantly make you a better fighter. Secours' approach to this topic incorporates the main set of techniques (from access and manipulation, targeting, tracing, and pressure points to structure breaks, striking drills, and low-line attacks) with the most effective use of available weapons, such as keys, flashlights, clothes, books, chairs, and the environment. In short, do not fixate on the weapon; learn how to operate within its limitations, and you'll enhance your defense skills and tactics.
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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.
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