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Self-defense instructors often recommend running away as the best option when facing a knife. That’s not wrong. But have you been trained in how to run away? It's not always easy.

Defensive instructors generally advise running away as the best or maybe the only realistic option when facing a knife. That's not wrong. But has anybody studying martial arts been trained in how to run away? Most have not. It's not strictly a physical problem. It's that we don't have the right mindset for running away.

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Systema legend Vladimir Vasiliev will make a rare appearance in California to conduct a Russian martial arts seminar that's open to the public.

On May 18-19, 2013, Vladimir Vasiliev will lead a seminar titled Defend – Attack Systema in Los Angeles. It’s open to martial artists of any level and from any style. Among the topics he will address are the following: • defense against empty-hand and knife attacks • effortless and quick ways to control single and multiple opponents • exercises to boost your speed, precision and power • methods for reading the signs of an impending attack • pre-emption • relaxation techniques • cultivation of a warrior mindset The director of and chief instructor at the Systema Headquarters in Toronto, Vladimir Vasiliev was born in Russia, where he underwent intense combatives training with a special-operations unit. He moved to Canada in 1993 and founded the first school for Russian Martial Art Systema. He has personally trained and certified more than 500 instructors in 30 countries. Resources For more information about the seminar, go here. For information about Russian Martial Art Systema, go here. Watch a five-minute video on the history and development of the Russian fighting arts here.

It’s not too early to start making your summer travel plans for next year! If you want your vacation to revolve around reality-based self-defense, you’ll want to sign up for the Russian Martial Art Camp 2012: Systema at Full Range. The training camp will take place just outside Toronto, Canada, from August 13 to August 19, 2012. Its all-inclusive design means that your admission price covers room, board and transportation—as well as tuition. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Vasiliev The military background of the event’s leaders, Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin Komarov, will be apparent in the nature of the training, which will take place in the field, in the forest and in the water, both during the day and at night. The curriculum is intended to enhance your power, speed and ability to survive, not to mention your armed and unarmed fighting skills. For more information, call (905) 881-4711, send e-mail to training@russianmartialart.com or visit their website at RussianMartialArt.com.

This overview of systema depicts the genesis and evolution of the Russian martial art from olden times to the current day. Systema is a style of combat and self-defense that has evolved over the course of 10 centuries. It adapts the simple and powerful battle skills of its ancient practitioners for use in modern-world conflicts. Systema was brought out of the Russian Special Operations Units by founders Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev in 1993.

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