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Systema might not be one of the most popularly trained martial arts (at least, not within the United States), but this Russian style certainly packs a wallop! Its name simply means "The System," and that level of confidence from its creators tells you all you need to know about its efficacy. Like krav maga, Systema was developed for military use, and focuses on self-defense and real-life combat situations against armed or unarmed opponents.

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Systema expert Val Riazanov asks the tough question: At this point in your martial arts career, why should you consider changing the way you strike? What's wrong with conventional methods? Plenty, says the systema instructor, who's certified under Mikhail Ryabko. In this exclusive in-studio video, Riazanov discusses the application of biomechanical principles to gaining the upper hand in self-defense situations.

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Systema expert Val Riazanov asks the tough question: At this point in your martial arts career, why should you consider changing the way you strike? What's wrong with conventional methods? Plenty, says the systema instructor, who's certified under Mikhail Ryabko. In this exclusive in-studio video, Riazanov demonstrates ballistic-striking action in various forms.

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