Finding Mastery – Book a Massage – Give Yoga a Try

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Don’t miss out on the last FightClub Seminar of the Year!

Finding Mastery (Part 2) 

Saturday, October 5th from 1-4 pm

Seminar training is an important part of your overall Systema experience. The length of time (3-4 hours) allows for deeper understanding and for learning to saturate into the mind and body. Training weekly is important – Seminars are equally important.

Email if you attending.




Train hard, but remember to recover hard. For most active people I recommend at least one good massage a month. Luckily, FightClub now has a certified massage therapist, dedicated Systema Student and FC teacher.

Book your massage today by emailing

* FC Students receive a 30% discount on one-hour massage *



Yoga is one of the activities that has many cross benefits that help us with the effects of living in a big fast-paced city. Yoga classes are offered to students and their family members) every Sunday morning starting at 10 am till 1130am. Come try it out

Being healthy is a big part of everything FightClub promotes and the Yoga class will only add another layer to your overall well being. Plus Lyndsay the yoga teacher is amazing. Many of you have trained with her in the Systema program and know how dedicated she is to Systema. I’m sure she will integrate everything 🙂

Come and try a class this Sunday!

Any questions please send an email to 

* FC Students can try classes for free in the month of September *




A Bird on a Branch – Fight PodCast

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Perspective is so important in life. This beautiful little quote sums it up so nicely. Listen to Emmanuel talking about what it means to him in life, training, and teaching.



Listen to Podcast ‘A Bird on a Branch’ 


Don’t Fall Prey to the Drudgery, Boredom and Fatigue

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There is a famous Japanese proverb that says, “After winning the battle, tighten your helmet.”

In other words, the battle does not end when you win. The battle only ends when you get lazy, when you lose your sense of commitment, and when you stop paying attention. The act of living with alertness regardless of whether the goal has already been achieved.

We can carry this philosophy into many areas of life…

“The battle does not end when you publish a book. It ends when you consider yourself a finished product when you lose the vigilance needed to continue improving your craft”

The enemy of improvement is neither failure nor success. The enemy of improvement is boredom, fatigue, and lack of concentration. The enemy of improvement is a lack of commitment to the process because the process is everything. This lesson is one repeated over and over every time students come to practice at FightClub. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with just commitment.

I like to think of Systema as a gift. A gift that we all share and spread to as many people that we know can benefit. Don’t let your friends and family fall prey to the drudgery, boredom, and fatigue of life. Get them to try classes and make a step in a positive direction.



FightClub Seminar on Saturday, October 5th – 1-4pm  

Finding Mastery (Part 2)


Silent Power

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I like to think of the movements we use in Systema as a kind of ‘Battle Gymnastics’ to honour it’s 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 moving 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 to 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!

See you on the mats,



Time for a Massage?

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Train hard, but remember to recover hard. For most active people I
recommend at least one good massage a month. The benefits of a good massage can never be overstated. Luckily, FightClub now has a certified massage therapist, a dedicated Systema Student and a FightClub teacher.


Book your massage today by emailing

* FC Students receive a 30% discount on all one hour massage *


Michael Mekhail – Systema Instructor and R.M.T.

Michael has been mastering the martial art of Systema since 2010 with the guidance of world-renowned Emmanuel Manolakakis. He has led countless Systema training sessions, including youth and adult programs, women’s self-defence workshops, personal lessons, and more.


Complementing his passion for martial arts and teaching, he works
as a fitness instructor and recently graduated as a registered massage therapist from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. He also spent three years as a counsellor for high school youth and First Nation communities, leading habit-mastery programs to help develop positive thinking, integrity and community.

Michael’s life mission is to empower others to improve their health. He believes that Systema is more than a martial art. It’s a mind-set for a holistic life – one that develops people physically, mentally, and emotionally.



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