PHILOSOPHY: At Calgary Systema, we pride ourselves in taking an eclectic approach to martial arts training for both health and self-defense, all within a safe and supportive environment. Each class combines dynamic strengthening, flexibility, and endurance exercises into a component that stresses proper posture, breathing, relaxation, and movement.

Integrated into the warm-up are various techniques on safely going to the ground and getting back up again in one piece. These include rolling, body drops, and break-falls. The typical class smoothly transitions to the martial aspect, where we practice drills and applications in groundwork, striking using all parts of the body, multiple opponents, defense in confined spaces, free sparring, and much more. We cover modern weapons (including knife) both offensively and defensively, with a focus on observation, awareness, and conflict avoidance.

Within the martial component of each class, an emphasis is placed on proper posture, continuous, uninterrupted breathing, relaxation, and constant movement. This enhances a practitioner’s ability to remain calm and fluid within the dynamics of modern-day physical attacks or other stressful situations. At the end of the class, we use breathing and visualization practices to cool down and further enhance a calm and relaxed state.  

“No rules. No belts. No nonsense. The System - a fighting art without all the needless baggage.”

~Black Belt Magazine.

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