Trust in the Machine

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When I arrive at Fight Club to train I sometimes try to think of myself as an object that has been placed into an ancient machine, designed centuries ago by philosophers and holy men. Working on the mats, breathing, moving, striking, wrestling, gives me an opportunity to transform myself into something better. I do not even need to believe that it will work. All I need to do is show up and commit myself to performing the exercises to the best of my ability. The machine will do the rest.

The problem is that commiting yourself in such a way is very hard. The machinery of Systema works by simulating moments of fear, stress, and pride. It brings these things out of a person, as if exorcising demons. However, it does not do so in the manner of a magic spell, washing away physical and psychic impurities. That would be too easy. Instead, Systema—if practiced with concentration and care—provides an opportunity to face those demons for yourself. As a consequence, everything that happens in training becomes your own. The frustration you feel, that is not the result of others, although someone else may have brought this feeling out from within you during a training exercise. That frustration is yours. Just as fear is yours and pride is yours. The aim is to come to ‘know thyself’ through such encounters with the demons of fear, stress, and pride. Doing so will not dispell those entities permanently—Systema does not create superhumans. But ‘knowing thyself’ will perhaps allow you to better cope with those feelings and their related thoughts when they arise in the future.

It is hard to remember such things in the heat of training. More often than not Systema has placed my demons before me without my having even taken the time to notice. And sometimes I have noticed and given up the struggle. Indeed, most of the time I have noticed and given up.

But it is in those moments—especially lately—that I try to remember where I am. Those demons have not left me; they will return to the surface soon enough for another go around. I am in the belly of Systema afterall, the great machinery. All I need to do is keep coming back over-and-over, day-by-day and year-by-year. I figure that something good will come of it, even if that good is only a well-exercised cardio-vascular system. At best, I will learn some measure of self-control, acquire an awareness of my environment, and gain the ability to survive dangerous situations. At worst I will come away from the whole experience having learned something about the extent of my own moral weakness. Not a bad deal if you are interested in that sort of thing.

James Sommerville

Has trained in Systema at FightClub for the past 9 years

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Less is More – FightPodCast

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“I continue to be drawn to clarity and simplicity – Less is more”

Listen to FightPod – Less is More 

Emmanuel talks about removing ‘Unneccearry things’ from your life and training!

 

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The Journey Continues & Against Tension Seminar

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Thank you to everyone that attended the 15 Year Anniversary of FightClub. I cannot believe how fast the years have gone by and what an amazing journey it has become. I know some of you look at me and think I have everything figured out, but this is not so …

One of the greatest disservices we can do to ourselves is to believe we’ve got it all figured out. We seem to have this need to want to figure everything out. That’s just not possible, and that’s what can make life wonderful. The journey of discovery we can embark on, one that’s focusing more on the questions, can take us further than we ever imaged. Life/martial arts is not a code to crack. It’s an experience to have. Not having answers will push us much farther on the journey than believing we can know it all.

The next 10 years will be an even more epic journey for FightClub and guess what? It starts today!

 

AGAINST TENSIONSystema Headquarters – Event of the Year with Vladimir Vasiliev

Toronto l August 9, 10, 11. FULL DAYS OF TRAINING – 6 hours per day

Register today!

 

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Saturday is a Special Day!

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Food, Drinks, and Cake!!

FightClub Martial Arts and Fitness Training Centre is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Saturday, May 11th, 2019. Everyone is invited to come train, eat, drink and celebrate!

FightClub is located at 401 Donlands Avenue. The celebration starts at 10:00 am with a one-hour, fun-filled kids training session. The festivities continue from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm, with a special adult training session. Following the session, everyone is invited to enjoy food and drinks. Friends and family, current and former students are all welcome to the celebration!

FightClub owner and head instructor, Emmanuel Manolakakis explains how the incredible journey began:

“Fifteen years ago, I had an idea to open a small martial arts club close to my home in East York and to further my martial arts training. Traveling to my instructor’s school, north of the city was becoming a long commute. Faced with the obligations of a growing family, I found myself thinking about opening a local club to continue my education in the fascinating and unique Russian martial art known as Systema.

Rewind to 2003, FightClub was a group of fewer than 10 men training, two nights a week, in the basement of a 700 square foot room.

 

Fast forward to 2013, FightClub has now grown to over 200 students – men, women, and children. Offering 20 classes per week, including day and evening sessions, adult and youth classes, fitness, and personal training classes. The training gym is over 3500 square feet of space. What a difference time makes.

As a school and business, FightClub is involved in keeping our community safe, healthy and strong. FightClub’s ultimate goal is to empower its students with the ability to ‘fight the good fight’. The moment you walk in the door, you can feel the goodness it offers. Come and see your yourself”.

 

 

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Celebrating 15-Years!

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FightClub Martial Arts and Fitness Training Centre is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Saturday, May 11th, 2019. Everyone is invited to come train, eat, drink and celebrate!

FightClub is located at 401 Donlands Avenue. The celebration starts at 10:00 am with a one-hour, fun-filled kids training session. The festivities continue from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm, with a special adult training session. Following the session, everyone is invited to enjoy food and drinks. Friends and family, current and former students are all welcome to the celebration!

FightClub has a dynamic and refreshing approach to learning self-defense. Classes teach the importance of protecting one’s self, loved ones, and physical fitness. At FightClub, you learn practical, functional, modern martial arts skills and the value of staying healthy. Regardless of your age, or how out of shape you are, FightClub delivers a way for you to train your body and mind through Systema [CNCTEMA] – Russian Martial Art.

FightClub owner and head instructor, Emmanuel Manolakakis explains how the incredible journey began:

“Fifteen years ago, I had an idea to open a small martial arts club close to my home in East York and to further my martial arts training. Traveling to my instructor’s school, north of the city was becoming a long commute. Faced with the obligations of a growing family, I found myself thinking about opening a local club to continue my education in the fascinating and unique Russian martial art known as Systema.

Rewind to 2003, FightClub was a group of fewer than 10 men training, two nights a week, in the basement of a 700 square foot room.

Fast forward to 2013, FightClub has now grown to over 200 students – men, women, and children. Offering 20 classes per week, including day and evening sessions, adult and youth classes, fitness, and personal training classes. The training gym is over 3500 square feet of space. What a difference time makes.

As a school and business, FightClub is involved in keeping our community safe, healthy and strong. FightClub’s ultimate goal is to empower its students with the ability to ‘fight the good fight’. The moment you walk in the door, you can feel the goodness it offers. Come and see your yourself”.

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