Systema Camp 2018

Systema Camp 2018

Systema Camp 2018

Systema Camp 2018

Systema Camp 2018 makes my fourth Systema camp. At the end of the last one in 2016 it was announced that the camp location we where using at the time was being sold and that a new location will be used in 2018. And just like in all the camps before, my plane arrived just after the buses left, which was no issue since I just road with the rest of the Dallas crew. Unlike the last three, we decided to not use tents this time, for they announced that this location had actual dorms instead of kids cabins. So we all decided to share one together. Even though each room was supposed to be labeled, it ended up being a free for all before we arrived and we ended up not in our assigned room, but a different one in the end with two other people.  This ended up being a blessing for the two other guys we roomed with where great people, with one always running off to pick up alcohol for the after training parties.

Systema Camp 2016

Systema Camp 2016

Systema Camp 2016

Systema Camp 2016

Just like in 2014, I shown up at Toronto international airport right as the camp buses were leaving, and just like in 2014 I thought well enough ahead to make travel arrangements with the camp. So for the ride up yo Systema Camp I basically had my own personal driver. On arrival Big Sergei was one of the first to greet everyone with a shot of vodka to get camp started right. Unlike in previous years, this year I brought my own personal tent instead of staying with a group. This made traveling a bit more cumbersome since I prefer to just bring everything as a carry on, but there was no way to make this tent fit in a over head bin. I quickly set up my site and met with everyone at the mess hall.

At the last two Systema camps, you not only had Vladimir Vasiliev teaching but Valentine Talanov and Konstantin Komarov. This allowed everyone to break up into groups based on their skill level and topic they which to train in, but also allowed instructors to have some free time instead of teaching for 13+ hours a day. But this year Vladimir was basically teaching everything himself. Other well established Systema instructors such as the Systema Twins (Brandon and Adam Zettler), Big Sergei, and few others where there to assist but it was mostly all Vlad.

We started off just after lunch in the big field with some warm up exercises: squats, push ups, sit ups, breathing and moving. I have always enjoyed these on long seminars. It gives you a chance to take in the scenery a bit and center yourself for the training ahead. From there we work on some basic movement work with some light striking, into take downs and grappling. Everyone was cheerful and friendly. We then spent some time in the lake, dinner, and then some light evening work. But the next day…

C.L.A.W.S.™ Cut Like a Woman Should Seminar Review

C.L.A.W.S.™ Cut Like a Woman Should

C.L.A.W.S.™ Cut Like a Woman Should

C.L.A.W.S.™ “Cut Like A Woman Should” Women’s Self Defense Seminar

Date: January 31st 2015
Instructor: Steve Miles
Location: Salado, Texas
Length: 3 hours

C.L.A.W.S.™ Cut Like A Woman Should is a 3 hour Self Defense Seminar that covers Mindset, Criminal Assaults, Defensive Tool Selection and Usage. This workshop is to arm women with simple and straight forward knowledge and skills that they could not only use today against would be attackers, but in a easy to learn and repeatable fashion. These are skills and drills that anyone are able to pick up and use regardless of their age, skill level or size.

Safety Net

This course is all about everyone making their own “Safety Net” and in your net there are many strands and the more strands you have the stronger the net becomes. This ideology of building ones own net, I found at least, was a nice mental anecdote to the responsibility everyone has to their own safety. The more you learn, the more you build together your net then the stronger it is and the less holes it has. This counters some other Women’s Self Defense workshops ideology out there that are very heavy on trying to sell a product or martial art.