Systema - Russian Martial Art

Systema - Russian Martial Art

(This is not your child's martial art)

Systema, or "The System," dates back to the 10th century when Russian warriors acquired a fighting style that combined strong spirit with extremely innovative and versatile tactics that were at the same time practical, deadly and effective against any type of enemy under any circumstances. This method is currently being employed by the SPETSNAZ (Russian Special Forces) where it has been proven to work in combat situations.

Systema believes that the martial art should conform to the student. That's why training in Systema helps heighten awareness, increase knowledge of body dynamics and emphasizes natural movement over choreographed fighting sequences. Classes combine Russian health exercises for emotional and physical fitness with defensive maneuvers that teach the body to spontaneously discover the solutions to a variety of attacks that occur in the modern world.

The key principle of the Russian System is non-destruction. The goal is to make sure that your training and your attitudes do no damage to the body or to the psyche of you and your partners. The System is designed to create, build and strengthen your body, your psyche, your family and your country. Training in the System allows you to gain the true strength of spirit that comes from humility and clarity in seeing the purpose of our life.

One of Mikhail Ryabko's words to beginners is "Be a good person and everything will come to you." In a simple, yet comprehensive, way the System helps you choose and follow the right path.

Wesley Manko is the only certified person by Vladimir Vasiliev, the North American Director, to teach Systema in the Milwaukee area. To find out more about Systema classes, schedules and fees, please call DEFENSEWORKS at 414-332-0599



"Simple, highly effective ... truly the only martial art you need to know to live in the real world."

New Mexico Law Enforcement Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3

"No rules, no belts, no nonsense, The System - a fighting art without all the needless baggage."

Black Belt Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 10

"The techniques are simple and deadly, practical and effective, based on a few unique and powerful principles."

American Survival Guide, Vol. 19, No. 1


"Never have I been exposed to a more complete system of defense than that of Russian Martial Art, operated by Mr. Vasiliev."

Colin Greenway
Defense Tactics Instructor
Toronto Police

"As an experienced martial artist, The System has provided me with a greater knowledge of body mechanics not used in other styles. The System's use of natural body movements allows me to incorporate and train officers to better equip themselves against a combative prisoner."

Robert Rutledge
Certified Police Instructor
St. Mathews Police Department, Kentucky

"In 25 years of martial arts, I have not seen, and doubt that I will ever see, this level of mastery! I wish I could scream across the whole country and tell everyone that they should open their eyes to this new art."

Steve Boone
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Marines Corp., based in Nevada


"I started other martial arts training when I was 5 and am currently 23 years of age. Over this time, I have trained in over 15 styles (Aikido, Judo, Jujitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Excrima, Pencak Silat, Muy Thai, etc.). Of all the styles that I have trained in, I believe that Russian Martial Art is the most remarkable one."

Keith J. Figured
College Student

"I've met so many great masters and fighters in my life. What I saw in Vladimir shocked me. He is calm, relaxed and smiling but his skill and way of teaching are incredible."

Jeffery Wong
25 years of martial arts training
studied with Yip Man, the teacher of Bruce Lee

For more information please phone
Wesley Manko at (414) 332-0599 or
email him at

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Mr. Todd Nilson, Employment Manager, SPR, Inc.
My coworkers and I were tremendously impressed with your semi-private lessons given at our workplace. Your ability to communicate self-defense concepts is truly phenomenal."

State Representative Marlin Schneider
This course should be part of every in service training for every teacher in Wisconsin."

Jan Koloen, Policy Analyst
More fun and useful information than any other self-defense I've ever taken."

Thomas Gualandi, Major, United States Marine Corps
As a Marine Corps Officer I was looking for something to complement our martial arts training, instead I have found a style that in many ways surpasses it! Even if you never expect to fight, I would still recommend Systema for focus and balance."

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