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Systema (literally ‘The System’) is rooted in traditional Russian health practices as well as fighting arts. During the Soviet era it was incorporated into Russian military training, and is still used by certain special operations units in Russia. Informal and practical, Systema is based on key principles of posture, breathing, relaxation and movement. Training consists of various exercises that allow practitioners to explore these principles in many applications including physical and psychological conditioning, striking (punches, kicks), body manipulation, stress control, ground fighting, falling and rolling, weapons defense, and teamwork.

Despite its utilitarian nature, training is approached as a form of play with the fundamental principle of improving health and personal growth, and doing minimal harm to opponents. Combat-oriented exercises are balanced with breath and tension management to promote a calm, clear, aware mind and a relaxed, free and mobile body. The ultimate purpose of Systema is to cleanse the  body, psyche and spirit; and to strengthen the whole person for more effective functioning, more compassionate relationships, and more meaningful living.

North Sound Systema is an approved Systema School by Vladimir Vasiliev of Systema Headquarters.


Robert Vyn
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Robert Vyn is a certified Systema Instructor under Vladimir Vasiliev, practicing various martial arts since 2002. He emphasizes the full range of training, from a strategic approach to combat capability to bodywork and healing, drawing on extensive study of health, survival and combat psychology. He also specializes in performance and fitness development with a holistic approach based on his experience in running (particularly gait development), swimming, body weight training, gymnastics, climbing and parkour. Rob is an avid motorcyclist & certified SCUBA diver. Currently he is serving in the U.S. Air Force.


Doc Skidmore

Doc has been a longtime student of Systema and a prior student of Aikido. Over the years he has trained in seminars with several instructors including Senior Systema Instructor Emmanuel Manolakakis and Master Systema Instructor & Russian Combat Psychologist Konstantin Komarov. Doc has personally been approved and certified as a Systema Instructor-in-training by Vladimir Vasiliev. Doc also has many years of experience in wilderness adventure and survival training, rock climbing and mountaineering, and white water kayaking, as well as motorcycling. At work Doc serves as university professor emeritus of clinical psychology and provides clinical health care for injured patients in chronic pain management & physical rehabilitation.