Systema Camp 2014

Systema Camp 2014

Systema Camp 2014

Systema Camp 2014

Unlike Systema Camp 2012, I was right on time. This Systema Camp was a full day shorter than the last one, so we arrived there on Monday and left on Saturday. The plane out of DFW airport left at around 7am in the morning and arrived around 10:30/11:00 in Toronto, which means the plane would arrive right after the big charter buses would leave for camp. Traveling with a few other guys from Big D Systema we informed Vlad and Valerie of our late arrival and they had a van ready for us at no extra charge. We made it there just in time for lunch. We all also decided to stay in the same tent as last time.

The head instructors planned for this week was the same as last one, Vladimir Vasiliev, Valentin Talanov and Konstantin Komarov. Konstantin was having some trouble with his visa this time around and was scheduled to arrive as soon as possible. To warm us up for the week Mr. Talanov started us off with some breathing and mobility exercises, which was great after being stuck in a plane and then a van all morning.

Just like for Systema Camp 2012 we spent a good majority of the time split into a advanced and non advanced groups then at the end the instructor group would break off for some more specialized training. Unlike last time, Talanov was not left alone to run the instructor groups and tests, Val was with him each time. At this Systema Camp instead of there being four major tests focused on each area, there was just one test at the end. I think some people complained about failing the test last camp which is a shame. The testing set up was near perfect at the last camp. Everyone had to perform the four major training sections of Systema: strikes, grappling, ground, and weapons. In front of their piers and in front of the camera, it really added a great amount of tension and importance to the test. Everyone was able to see where everyone stood, and not everyone should be able to pass. I’m pretty sure everyone who went up passed this year.

Armed Combat & Tactics (ACT) Short Weapons Level 1 Instructor Course

ACT Short Weapons Instructor

ACT Short Weapons Instructor

A.C.T. Short Weapons Instructor Level 1 Course

Date: 11/20/2014
Instructor: ACT Noah Gross
Location: Salado, Texas
Length: 2 Days

We were very lucky to have Noah Gross, one of the co-founders of Armed Combat and Tactics (ACT), to fly all the way over from Israel to come spend multiple days with us here in Texas. This was a “Train the trainer” type of instructor course focused on short range weapons and how to teach it the ACT way, knife and machete specifically.

Knives is something we do a lot of work here in our groups, and for us sparring and opposition which allows us to actually see if what we are learning works, is of the up most of importance. ACTs very similar view is one of the key things that drew us to their organization. Being big AMOK supporters we where very interested in seeing what all ACT has to offer, we wanted to see if a group on the other side of the globe came up with the same conclusions and methods we have.

Against the Blade Knife Defense Seminar – 8/4/2012

Against the Blade Knife Defense Seminar

Against the Blade Knife Defense Seminar

Against the Blade Knife Defense Seminar

Date: 8/4/2012
Instructor: Steve Miles
Location: Fort Worth
Length: 8 hours

Yep, this one is coming all the way back from 2012.

We where lucky to host our friend, instructor and AMOK trainer Steve Miles from Killeen for one day of empty hand knife defense. This was held when we where located at Metroflex Fort Worth.

The first thing we started with was a “Oppositional Warm Up.” Unlike most seminars where the sparring is at the end, here the sparring is the first thing. The idea being is that it creates the context and a baseline for the rest of the course. So you will know what you personally need most work on most. This “warm up” covers everything from Hold ups, dueling, clinch and more.