Impressions about seminar from 23.03.2006 till 30.03.2006 Russia the city of Tver
How I ever got here in Tver, Russia attending Russian hand in hand fighting seminar is a question but also faith. I met Mr. VadimStarov the first day I arrived in Tver. We discussed all information needed about the seminar. Thanks to Olga, our English interpreter, I felt relaxed and confident that I will have great time in Tver and at the seminar. We started the first day of the seminar at one of Tver Military Training centers. It was good and very interesting. And I also got to know some of the participants. As we progressed the following days of training, I noticed that 'Russian Style'-SystemaSpetsnaz of hand to hand fighting is devoted to a real combat fighting with a heavy emphasize on the mental component. One person attack to multiple and mass attack without or with weapon, such as knife, sword, 52" pole and combat rifles - all this was a part of seminars' program. At the age of 65 I found myself learning combat situations forward and reverse tumbling many acrobatic military maneuver techniques. I was ready to head on home on the second day, because it was a hard training every day. But I decided to stay, exhausted in the evening with an ache, and continue to be ready the next day. Since it was becoming very interesting, especially one of the trainings which was devoted to developing sensitivity, which is very similar to the training I had had previously. Blindfold you can sense energy and awareness based on 5 senses. In the last four days the program was divided into two parts. In the morning we continued training that we had had previously. The other half of the day we attended practice and lecture based on the system of integrated development of intellect. And this all was conducted by Dr. Alexander Litvinov.
I have two more days left to complete the seminar and I plan to go to Moscow in a couple of days but also I am more excited now and don't want to mess anything. I have grown so much more in over a week and enlightened my weaknesses in my martial arts training. I am glad that I attended this seminar and would do it again when I have the next opportunity, given to me. And I hope to expand my knowledge to the next level. It is truly the best training I have had for a long time. For all this I would like to thank and give my appreciation to those, who made it happen with me. It was a great group and a real group of people - the team instructor and the participants from different parts of Russia.
Mr. VadimStarov, thank you for giving me the wonderful opportunity and experience, sharing with us the exceptional knowledge in your style of martial arts. Thanks also to Olga, Oksana and Michael for proving a bridge for communication in spite of our language barrier.
Professor Senkotiros Founder
Sencotirosofiicial website - The PhilipinoSenkontiros system
My impressions about seminar from 03.01.2006 till 10.01.2006 Russia the city of Tver
The reason why I attended hand-to-hand seminar was my long search for universal system of self-defense.
I'll tell you straight away that past 15 years I haven't been doing any sports or martial arts. Before that used to do Jo-do, Boxing and different styles of Karate. At the beginning of learning every one of them always had a live interest and a great desire to get the secrets of those martial arts as quick as possible, but was disappointed from routine of drilling strikes, blocks and counter-attacks.
The seminar took place on 3-10 of January 2006 in Tver (Russia) and was given by the director of international centre of hand-to-hand combat 'Russian Style' SystemaSpetsnaz - VadimStarov. I took part in it and witnessed real, very interesting and hard work, and I mean work, because during lessons I quickly understood that 'Russian Style' is not a sport and not a system of self-defense - it's a complete survival system.
On practical lessons we were given some of the main bits of this system - elements of biomechanics, releases from grips, possibilities of using your body to survive in extreme situations.
The fact that a defense is a counter-attack at same time was a discovery for me. You don't block a strike, but use strength and speed of your opponent instead. The stronger and faster your opponent is - the easier and more effective it is to neutralize him.
Your own body is a weapon. Universality of the system is in the fact that you can learn it at any age and without being fit.
I'd like to say that new skills you get by doing other sports or martial arts don't effect (in a bad way) your learning the 'Russian Style'.
There were two women taking part in the seminar and I was very surprised when one of them (she was about 50 kg in weight and has never done any martial arts) easily put me down on the floor (I'm 1.78 m tall and 120 kg in weight).
I've never seen anything like what VadimStarov showed us. He showed us how it's possible to change state of consciousness for better intuition, reaction, emotional control, etc.
The main thing for me was that there is no routine of drilling moves and strikes. 'Russian Style' - is a creative process. Once you understand the human body as a system of levers and how they work - the rest in 'Russian Style' depends on your imagination, goals and astuteness.
Once you know psychological and spiritual sides of the system, you become not only a combat machine but also a person why is ready for any extreme and stressful situations.
In my opinion, every self respected person must know at least basics of 'Russian Style' to protect himself (herself) and relatives in conditions of real threat to life or health.
I'd like to thank VadimStarov for keeping Russian combat traditions and teaching people.
Sergej, 41, Novosibirsk
USA Los Angeles California
Representative: Gregory Smith
I had a Wonderful time in Tver especially at the SystemaSpetsnaz Seminar. Ex-Colonel and the President and the Director of the International Fight Center, VadimStarov is a man with Penetrating Light Blue Eyes! I could not find a more capable, more doting teacher than him. Constantly correcting his regular students as well as us,Seminar Attendees too. He is not content to show a technique once then leave us to figure it out, as some other Seminar teachers have done. Vadim watches everyone like a hawk and then pounces on the ones who have not got right, corrects us, and watches us somemore to see if we got it! we have several englishtranslaters, Yujan is a Certified teacher with 1 year experience in SystemaStarova, His English is pretty good. He was kind and patient with me and has a bitting Russian wit! Later we had a Beautiful Russian woman translater,who recently graduated from Moscow University as a Linquist. Her Flawless English translation was invaluable to us english speakers. But we only had her just a few times, Her Husband must be very proud of her. All of us, Foreign Students were treated as long lost relatives by the Students of Vadim. They helped me and the other foreigners, they were patient and kind. Many could not speak english but they used gestures to get their points across. Martial Arts transcend languages and we all speak the same language, when we are showing someone how to do a technique. There was one Woman at the Seminar, A Gorgeous Redhead named Tanya, I later learned her name is Tatiana. She stated that she is a Certified teacher and has been studying Russian Style for 1 year. She and Her Boyfriend ( lucky Guy!!), had come to the Seminar together to test for their next level of Advancement in the ranks of teacher. I learned there are 5 or 6 levels of advancement in the ranking of Certified Teacher and each level, you learn more and more the system has.
If anyone were to ask me, if they should go to any of VadimStarov's Seminars. I have to say, " You would be a Fool not to go! " You will learnthe SCIENCE OF WHY & HOW A TECHNIQUE WORKS, the science is very concise and clear. You never have to quess why a move did not work, all you have to do is ask yourself did you follow the science, did you leave something out? It is that plain, that clear!
I'm Gregory Smith/President & Director-SPETSNAZ SISTEMA RMA, Los Angeles California
Representative, first-level instructor: Randall Jones
Last year, I had the opportunity to take part in a two-week seminar of SystemaSpetsnaz held in Tver. For six hours each day, I trained with Russian military and non-military personnel directly on the military base as well as in the surrounding forest. The seminar was a very enriching experience not only from a martial arts perspective but from a human one as well.
The instructors were top-notch in their field and showed us the various techniques in a very professional and efficient manner. We learned about biomechanics, levers and angles of attack, the importance of breathing and relaxation, how to roll, perform locks and throws, toss knives, avoid strikes with and without weapons, hit and kick opponents. We also learnt how to load and unload an AK-74 and safely jumped (several times) from a vehicle moving at 10, 20, 30 and 40 km/hour on asphalt.
At the same time, all of the participants and instructors showed kindness and generosity towards me and the three other foreigners who attended the seminar. Training took place in a spirit of openness, warmth and hospitality. I hope to train again one day with the people that I met there.
The Director of the Centre, MrVadimStarov, made extra special efforts to accommodate me during my stay. He found a Russian family with whom I could stay, arranged to have someone pick me up and take me to/from training, and when I was unable to understand what was being said in Russian, he found very capable people to interpret into English for me.
I would like to thank MrStarov and all of the instructors at the International Center of Russian Martial Arts for their efforts to promote SystemaSpetsnaz in Russia and in other countries.
My name is Chris Martin and I am from Norway.
I do security work at nightclubs for a living. I have for some time been looking for a selfdefence system that works well in real life situations.
And I have found that the most known types like boxing and karate are good sports, but have to many roles that makes them unrealistic in real life situations. I searthed the internet for a system that would work for me.
I found the: SystemaSpetsnaz.com(.ru) website and it looked like the answer to me.
The seminar covers a russian millitary style of hand to hand combat(selfdefence) that realy works, I can only describe it as hard core! You also learn non-contact combat, a psycological way of winning a fight. It is like you take control of your opponents mind and make him do
what you want, on the website you can find video clips that shows this in action.
I did not belive this could be real when I saw it and would take the seminar(course) just for the hand to hand combat part. But boy was I wrong, Vadim Starrov(the systems founder and main instructor) made me fall to the ground without laying a finger on me.
I flew in to Moscow from Oslo, Norway. Was meet at he airport and taken to hotel Osnabruck in the city of Tver where the seminar(course) is located, about 2 hours drive from Moscow. The hotel is by western european stndards very good and the prices are cheap.
Starov picked me up every day at the hotel and drove me to the place where the seminar is held and then drove me back to the hotel when we where finished every day. They also drove me back to the airport in Moscow after the seminar(course) was completed. The seminar also provides an translator who speaks very good english, and since the course is held in russian that is a must have. If you do not speak russian I mean.
The instructors are good and the people are friendly, so I have realy enjoyed my time here in Russia.
So if your looking for a selfdefence system that works as good on the street as in the ring, try the Systemaspetsnaz!