Amazing Archery Skills

Byron Ferguson travels the world doing live archery exhibition.  I should note, that Byron doesn’t call himself the “Best” archer, or the “Most Amazing” archer or anything like that.  These are my words because, to me, he really is the most amazing archer.

He’s a cool dude with the right balance of humility and confidence, and I have an incredible amount of respect for him as a person. Take a quick moment and watch some amazing footage of him shooting a bow and his great words of wisdom about archery.


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‘Focused’ on Kids Martial Arts


Hey FC Parents and Kids,

Focus is an important aspect in everyone’s life. Without focus, it is incredibly difficult to think clearly or get important activities accomplished. Parents if you know of other parents that have kids struggling with ‘focus’ forward this email to them – SYSTEMA at FightClub may be your ticket!

The way SYSTEMA at FightClub build FOCUS

Consistent Instruction on How to Focus

Classes are structured in such a way that they are different. No two classes are the same and therefore kids need to pay attention and focus a lot more then if they follow a routine. Warm-ups, lesson and drills are physical as well as mental challenging – this sharpens the mind!

Consistent Instruction on What Focus Is

Focus requires consistency and patience. I use repetition and respect to establish the focal points that lead to sharper and more focused minds.

Individual and Group Effort

In the Kid’s Martial Arts program – Systema is very much focused on the individual learning to ‘know yourself’. Warm-ups and exercises give a lot of individual effort based achievements. While partner and classes drills build communication and group effort based achievement.  This leads you to focus on both individual and group levels.

Posture and Breathe

During classes kids are taught correct posture and breathe. Good posture and breathing certainly affects all life aspects. Power, strength, confidence, and FOCUS all come from good Posture and Breathe.



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Youth Systema Teach Kids Coordination

Children with strong bodies, fine-tuned motor skills and physical coordination developed through Systema training at FightClub will have improved: general health, sports performance, as well as other physical activities through children’s martial arts training

Coordination and Motor Skills will develop your child’s cardiovascular system, their muscular strength, and will create a general kind of body awareness which can only be gained from a ’whole body’ methods utilized in Systema.

At FightClub your child will be more coordinated less susceptible to injuries, and be much more aware of their body and how to use it correctly.  Parents we need to be honest with ourselves. Kids sit far too much these days (Adults too!). Physical education programs in our public schools are not working on developing these skill sets.

Coordination, fine and gross motor skills are priceless attributes and connected to every sport and physical activity. Bring them to FightClub .. I promise you I will give them what they need to be happy, healthy and successful!


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Balanced Systema

To balance our lives we must first accept that we are unbalanced. Therefore balancing is the act that we do over the course of our lives. Because we are creatures who have the capacity to adapt to any stimulus that we encounter, we need to have as our starting point the following crucial question:

“At this point in time, what have I adapted to that is keeping me unbalanced in my life?”

It could be sitting at a desk 8 hours a day. Now imagine that you did a handstand for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, all of your life. You think you’d be pretty strong right? You’d also be very unbalanced, with loads of aches, pains and over-use injuries.

That’s what sitting behind a desk is like. We get so good at it that we create special over-compensations to hold that position in place. Those over-specialized adaptations make it hard for us to do different things, and they eventually lead to loads of aches, pains and over-use injuries.

Most people don’t realize that it’s their unbalanced lifestyle which is the problem. They think that they just have bad knees or weak wrists or a bad back or a painful neck. All of these things are typically compensations from over-specialized adaptations.

Now, instead of a desk, substitute your favourite exercise: bench press, stair climbers, or cycling. Each of these exercises creates a highly specific adaptation which, if you don’t compensate for it, leads to problems. In other words, even if you are fit, you are not necessarily balanced. And if you don’t have balanced fitness, you’re not healthy. If you’re not healthy, then whatever “fitness” exercise you’re doing is only going to eventually lead to injury and illness. That’s an undeniable fact, everyone! Training at FightClub balance students out physically, mentally and emotionally through centuries-old training methodology of Systema Russian Martial Art.

Martial arts, fitness and in fact our lives are as much art as science. Just enjoy the process of learning to balance. Don’t view yourself as trying to learn new skills, but rather as improving your talent at being you. If you don’t know how to get started to come and try a few classes at FC and feel for yourself the difference.

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Watching Systema Classes


While Systema is based on a foundation of no rules, no katas, no-nonsense, it is a perhaps a bit of a flaw that there are no processes and progresses- tests of character- to earning the privilege of training in a given Dojo. Having said this, there is no real true test of character…there is a diamond in every person and you can’t be overly judgemental. Furthermore, it is a fantastic place to be as a mentor, teacher, and educator to learn from your students and your own assumptions of them as they polish themselves…and become reflections of yourself (another topic to be explored another day).

People have myriads of reasons for training. Ideally, you can weed out the questionable characters and motivations with 20 some odd minutes of push-ups followed by 20 more of squats. But what makes a quality student is certainly more complicated, and the internal aspects and the cultivation of these are becoming more and more interesting (leave the senior students to teach the kicking and punching).

In times past, it may have been more difficult to earn your way into a Martial arts club. It really is a privilege, and these things are being lost now. You fork over some money for your hour and a half. This is not a call for complicated and cumbersome entry requirements, but here’s where I’m going with this.

Delving into a bit of the lore of it all, let’s say you didn’t have the correct family lineage to allow ease of entry. You would have to prove yourself in another way. Maybe you swept the floors for a while. But while you were busy proving your dedication and character, you got to simply observe: An arguably under-appreciated aspect of training.

Watching good, simple, clean movement is such an important element of Systema. Demos do their part to allow students to observe (at a slight risk of stunting student creativity though I might add), but a half an hour demo with just one student is not exactly supported by the North American market. Training time is training time …

Arguably demos are not enough. The floor sweeper, who puts some serious time into observation gains so much from the sidelines. He hears the instructor in a completely different way and sees the class from his perspective. He sees the mistakes the students are making and watches when and why people improve. He gains a respect for who is who in the group. And by the time the floor duty is done, the outsider is already in.

Something to think about tonight …

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