Systema Russian Martial Art
Our purpose is to offer the public the opportunity to study Systema for self-defense, wellness and personal development
Maryland Systema Training Is Available In Rockville & Takoma Park, Maryland
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SYSTEMA
Systema, a Russian martial art with roots dating back to the 10th century, has evolved from a captivating blend of ancient combat techniques and modern adaptations. Originally, the art was practiced by the warrior class, known as the Bogatyr, who guarded the Russian borders from foreign invasions. These fearless warriors honed their skills through relentless training in rugged terrains & harsh weather conditions, giving rise to Systema’s unique emphasis on adaptability & resourcefulness.
In the 20th century, Systema was adopted by the Soviet Red Army and their elite special forces unit, the Spetsnaz. They further refined the art by incorporating principles of biomechanics, psychology, and unconventional tactics. Interestingly, during the Soviet era, Systema’s existence remained a closely guarded secret, hidden from the public eye.
Today, Systema has transcended its military origins and is now accessible to civilians worldwide. The martial art focuses on developing a holistic understanding of one’s body, breath control, and fluid movements, promoting self-awareness and self-defense skills. With Systema, the practitioner’s journey is a continuous exploration of the human body’s untapped potential and a pursuit of harmony between the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of life.
MEET FOUNDER & CHIEF INSTRUCTOR: JIM EGLIN
Jim Eglin, the Founder and Chief Instructor at Maryland Systema, promotes self-defense, wellness, and physical fitness through a wide range of group classes, workshops, and personalized private lessons.
Jim began his Systema journey in 2013, earning his Full Systema Instructor Certification in 2019 under the mentorship of Vladimir Vasiliev, the Head Instructor at Systema HQ in Toronto, Canada. He successfully maintained his certification in 2022, adhering to the HQ Systema’s Instructor renewal requirements.
With over five years of experience in Krav Maga, Jim has trained with Krav Maga Worldwide, Krav Maga Global, and Krav OZ. To further refine his abilities, Jim has also pursued training in Judo, Knight Jiu-Jitsu®, and Boxing under the guidance of William Joppy, a renowned three-time WBA middleweight champion.
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Systema Featured In Black Belt Magazine
“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.”
We welcome all fitness and skill levels, even if you have zero self-defense or martial arts experience PLUS your first lesson is FREE!
KNOW YOURSELF - PROTECT YOURSELF
Jim Eglin- Maryland Systema