Systema Self Defence classes take place on Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9pm at the ‘Old Gym’, Kings School, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5PN.


The reality of being attacked is quite possibly furthest from our minds as we go about our daily lives. However, with the regularity of attacks increasing, Systema can teach your body to react and protect itself using natural reflexes and sensitivities. This is performed using minimal effort, whilst utilising the attacker’s movement & strength. To be able to breathe properly is crucial, as this provides the inner strength, relaxation and confidence to face up to such confrontations, as well as dealing with them.


Systema  prepares both the psyche & body to deal with confrontational situations, slowly building up both your structural strength and endurance.  Each individual, ONLY works within their own natural ability, creativity and strengths; to help this there are no grades, belts or exams. The value being to give the student the competence and confidence to manage any overtly self-defensive, attack or bullying situations.


"Do not break the person; break his desire to attack you” Mikhail Ryabko

Self-Defence skills embrace any given situation, ranging from flexibility, endurance, ‘light of foot’, accuracy and power; allowing anyone to adapt instantly with precision efficiency, whilst maintaining a relaxed and calm stasis.  Sensitivity skills, are also very important in assessing & managing modern day, stressful situations, averted through the empathetic reading of both people & the environment setting.  


Though Systema works on providing the student with the precision and skills to nullify an attack using a range of proficiencies including kicks, punches & groundwork, it does so in a free-form, fluid, creative way.


It also prepares and brings confidence to the student to resourcefully deal with weapon attacks including knife, guns, bats and so on.  Systema utilises the aggression of any attacker to its advantage.  The student can both influence and redirect the power & tension brought by an attacker to their benefit, through movement and an understanding of anatomy & skeletal structure.



Students of all ages (currently over 18) are able to take part in Systema Self-Defence classes. 


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