Rob has been studying Systema for over two years now, continuing to learn under the tutelage of highly respected Instructor Matt Hill, at his school in Melksham, North Wiltshire.
“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:
"...in a busy metro station a talented musician plays the cello with an immense depth of feeling...no-one 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, as an ‘Instructor in Training’, was awarded to Rob by Vladimir Vasiliev, Chief Instructor, at his school in Toronto, Canada in August 2016. This followed an immersion into Systema that has spread over a period of 18 months under Matt Hill’s tutelage, culminating in a two month intense training period with Vladimir and other great Instructors in Canada. Rob has also attended a number of seminars & camps in Sweden, Canada, Italy and here in the UK.
Rob’s journey into Systema began after a decade of training in various martial arts, primarily Japanese Ju-Jitsu where he attained 1st Kyu, before leaving to pursue other arts & sporting interests. Rob has also trained in other martial art forms with respected instructors / mentors in Ju-jitsu, Kensa-JJ, OCFM and participated in specialised courses such as KEWAP & Wave Forms. Rob is also currently undertaking a three year course in Personal Training certification and holds qualifications including fitness training, kettlebells and advanced resistance training.