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Meet The Team

Jim Eglin

Jim Eglin

Founder - Chief Instructor

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.

Bratzo Barrena

Bratzo Barrena


Bratzo commenced his Systema training in 2005 and became a Fully Certified Systema Instructor under the guidance of Vladimir Vasiliev, the Head Instructor at Systema HQ in Toronto, Canada. In 2010, he started teaching Systema in Peru, and later, in 2013, he established Russian Systema Functional Combat, an affiliate school of Systema HQ in Canada.

In addition to his Systema expertise, Bratzo holds a black belt in Aikido, awarded by Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, the Head Instructor at New York Aikikai. 

Bratzo not only teaches regularly scheduled classes but is also available for private and small group sessions as well as seminars.

Mike Dorsey

Mike Dorsey

Instructor In Training

Approximately four years ago, Mike embarked on his Systema journey, driven by a desire for self-defense, health improvement, and personal growth. He is a proud father to an amazing daughter. Having grown up in the Rockville\Bethesda region, he now resides in Silver Spring.

Professionally, he is engaged in law enforcement and deeply appreciates the principles of de-escalation and natural movement, inherent to Systema. Systema has been instrumental in helping him overcome numerous challenges in his life, fortifying him both physically and spiritually.

He is part of the Systema community, which he describes as exceedingly welcoming. His interests span humor and cultural exploration, aiming to broaden his understanding of the world. He remains open-minded towards fresh perspectives and values engaging in intellectual debates. A discussion about cars or intriguing facts is sure to capture his interest.

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