Kid’s Martial Arts Training


The importance of flexibility and adaptation to change can’t be overemphasized. Truly great champions are aware of this whole-heartedly which suggests not holding to a fixed plan, but rather changing according to the unfolding of events. Teach kids how to adapt and adapt quickly is a big part of what I’ve been teaching at FightClub for almost 20 years now. Adaptation is learned and grasped when you are given the opportunity to react to changing situations in training, in games, and all kid’s of day-to-day situations.


COVID-19 is not a problem too me, but rather a puzzle. It didn’t stop my life or put it on hold, I just continued right along with what I’ve always done in life – adapted and evolved.  Something that is a foundation principle in SYSTEMA.

It is impossible to anticipate all eventualities. The best way to plan for something unpredictable is to not be ‘afraid to adapt’. Is that what you are teaching your kids at home? Is that what schools are planning on teaching you kids this coming year?  I cannot answer those questions for all of you, just something to reflect on I guess. What I can tell you, is its something I will be focusing on over the next few months in the kid’s martial arts training.

“Illusion is a part of fear. You need to learn how to see through it”  

~ Emmanuel Manolakakis

The only certainty is the uncertainty of life. Change will occur no matter what you do. Let’s all focus on giving kids courage and strength for the years ahead.


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Martial Arts – Live On-Line Training

This Wednesday, September 9th from 12-1:30 pm Emmanuel will be resuming the FightClub Systema Live On-line training classes. These sessions will be a fusion of external work, internal work, breathwork, and mental training. Everything will be geared towards personal growth and developing your own personal Systema martial arts practice.
The curriculum material will take us from September till December. As always Emmanuel will be sharing his deep incite, years of experience, and good humor. Over the next three months, this program both inform and challenge you. Questions and feedback are always welcome.
If you miss a class (or cannot make them but still want to learn) all sessions will be recorded and uploaded onto the FightClub website to view ‘On-Demand’.
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Systema Training


I like to think of the movements we use in Systema as a kind of ‘Fighting Gymnastics’ to honour its martial heritage. Learning to move your body in space with smooth, speed and power has so many benefits to your life, not just fighting. Personally, I really love to move with that kind of “silent power”.

If you’re looking to burn fat or bulk up, sure, you’ll build muscle and lose body fat practicing Systema, but these are not their primary goals; much like the warrior physique is merely a by-product, not the intent, of fighting efficacy. The appearance is not the destination; just a part of the journey

I’ve often alluded during class to the difference between “Show muscle” and “Go muscle”.

If you want to look like a statue, that’s fine; but take care that you don’t become one. Train to develop the fire to desire movement with power, rather than merely appearing powerful. Power means nothing without the ability to navigate unknown and surprise obstacles and resistance with ease and imagination.

Movement or moving seems easy but don’t make the big mistake of rushing!  Be fully compliant too incremental progression. Short cuts are plentiful but lead down the wrong path. We cannot make the progress shorter, but we can make it much longer, with significantly more severe consequences.

I cannot help you shorten the journey. No one can. But I can help you not lengthen the journey. I can help you lessen the severity of the consequences through Systema training at FightClub.

I call to the mature warrior within you, to awaken! Come and train to find your movement and your power!

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Kid’s Martial Arts Lessons


I wanted to talk to you today about giving your kids something a little different this new school year. Resiliency is an attribute that is so important for our kids to have in modern life. They are exposed to so much information (unfortunately most of it bad) and it leaves them feeling confused, frustrated, and consequently with an evergrowing sense of anxiety. These are not my opinions but medical facts coming out from our highest educational institutions. Kids need to be mentally tough enough to handle all they see and hear these days, but who teaches this or even talks about it?

Our kids have had a rough go it throughout the spring and summer months that goes without saying. Let’s stop the complaining and start evolving and even flourishing.

This September 8th the Youth Program will begin training indoors at the newly renovated FightClub studio. The kid’s martial arts lessons I have planned are specifically targeted for what our kids are facing these days. Let me help them through these tough times.

Free to share this with parents you know and care about. Tell them to bring their kids for a few lessons so they can see how important and vital the lessons taught at FightClub our for kids.

See you in the field and on the mats,


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Patience is very important when you are learning archery. There will be days when you shoot is going to be terrible, and other days when you are going to be shooting great. This is a normal process because your body and your mind are both adapting to the changes. Don’t let any of this get in your way and you will achieve excellent results.

I remember that I felt very frustrated at times and I would make a real effort to focus on the basics during those times. This would help me tons and I would see an improvement after doing this. Your practice should be consistent and daily if possible, but if you feel frustrated and unable to get results, it might be a good idea to get back to the basics.

A good Stance, Posture, Anchor, and Release. As long with more ‘Blind Bail’ shooting and breath control. Slowing things down and enjoying the process.

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