Review: Systema HQ – Street Crime

Systema Street Crime

Systema Street Crime

Systema Street Crime

Systema Street Crime is a 45 minute long video from Konstantin Komarov. For those who don’t know, Mr. Komarov is one of the head Systema instructors and a psychology expert. When ever possible I really enjoy and try to train with him any chance I ge,t for he is one of my favorite instructors. This guy really knows his stuff. So I had high hopes going into this video.

I ended up getting though was a bit different than what I expected. I was hoping for a great informational video from Konstantin Komarov about how to foresee and prevent crime, something he knows a lot about. What this video shows is just part of the information Konstantin Komarov covered in Systema Camp 2012 (try and find me in the background). Which is not bad at all. He shows and explains a lot of interesting information but It just felt like it was just skimming the top of all the information he has.

Review: Systema HQ – Train and Teach Systema DVD

Train and Teach Systema

Train and Teach Systema

 

At first glance, the cover of the Train and Teach Systema gives the feeling that this video is meant for people who are interesting, not just learning, but in actually teaching Systema. But in reality this is a great instructional video that does a good job of not only showing a good chunk of what Systema HQ Toronto Systema Camp is like (about 1/3 i might say). But gives a good feel of Russian Martial Art Systema training as a whole. In short this is a really good video for those who are new to Systema.

Train and Teach Systema

During the Russian Martial Art Systema Camp of 2012, everyone would split up into three groups. Beginners (lead by Vladimir Vasiliev), advanced (lead by Konstantin Komarov) and instructors (lead by Valentin Talanov). So what this video does, is it displays the highlighted material that was covered during the “instructors” portion of the camp. Though it does not include the water, night, and other portions. What it really do not is teach you how to teach Systema, so if you buy it thinking that, then you may be disappointed.

Strikes

Strikes

Valentin Talanov is probably one of the lesser known instructors here in the states. Luckily he was able to make it to the 2012 Systema camp at the last minute. From what I was told was he was pushing hard to cover a lot of the ‘teaching’ aspects of Systema to the instructors at this years camp. The goal being to try and make sure everyone was teaching from the same page of Systema.¬† “Train and Teach Systema” does a pretty good job showing what his training sessions where like during my time there.

Review: Mikhail Ryabko Stick Seminar DVD

Stick Seminar

Stick Seminar

Mikhail Ryabko Stick Seminar

One of the main things I noticed that I needed work on during my time at Systema Camp, was with half / long stick drills. So I picked up this Ryabko Stick Seminar DVD from Systema HQ hoping it would cover the drills I needed to help me improve.

This DVD covers two seminars that Mikhail Ryabko held in both New York and in Moscow. It starts off in New York with Ryabko going over some stick preparation drills into some basic strikes with the stick. He also included some interesting work out drills as well. That pretty much went on for the first half of the video. The second half covered the application of what was covered the first half.

Ryabko Stick Seminar

Ryabko Stick Seminar

Overall there really is not much to this video. I have to say as much as I like Ryabko’s seminars this one has to be a my least favorite DVD. There are some interesting things here and there with a lot of good attribute work at the beginning but overall i was disappointed, there is just not really that much meat in this instructional video.