This site is dedicated to my late, wonderful friend Steve Cavalier who was an inspiration and great support to me on this journey

Your Tutor Rob Hodgkinson

Rob has been studying Systema for almost three years under the tutelage of highly respected Instructor Matt Hill, at his school in Melksham, North Wiltshire.

Rob's comment

“To be able to sum up my relatively short journey in Systema, with just a few words, is challenging. Suffice to say that Systema presents me with a much healthier & positive approach to life, reinforced by my ongoing journey of study into its well-being, combat & ethical teachings, that so underpin this humble, indomitable and Life based Art.


An experience on the way to Vladimir's class one night effectively sums up Systema for me, as follows:


" a busy metro station a talented musician plays the cello with an immense depth of has to stop and observe as they can feel the music in the air, in the walls, in their very being...


...Similarly in Systema, we absorb the art of movement and journey freely, without tension, with humility in our soul, and strength in our heart..."

Rob's route to Certification

Certification to teach was awarded to Rob by Vladimir Vasiliev, Chief Instructor at his school in Toronto, Canada in August 2016.  This followed an immersion into Systema under Matt Hill’s tutelage, culminating in a two month training period with Vladimir and other highly experienced Instructors in Canada.  Rob has since attended a number of seminars & camps throughout Western Europe, Canada and here in the UK, where he continues to study.


Rob’s journey into Systema began after a decade of training in other martial arts, primarily Japanese Ju-Jitsu under Master J.J. Andrews, before leaving to pursue other interests. He has also studied to various levels, martial arts in BJJ, Kensa-JJ, OCFM as well as participating in specialised courses such as KEWAP & Wave Forms.


Rob is also a fully qualified Personal Trainer, 

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