Knowing Your ‘Tilt’?

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Do you remember the ‘Tilt’ on a pinball machine? 

Tilt is both a noun and a verb. It has many shades of meaning, but most involve a slope or slant. Depending on your age you might not know what a pinball machine or ‘Tilt’ is LOL!

Listen to Emmanuel talking about the value of knowing your ‘Tilt’ is this week’s Fight Podcast episode.


Live Online Training Update
Just a quick note to let you know that I have added a second camera angle for my classes. This second camera has a wider view, so it will be easier for you to see me head to toe when I am demonstrating movements.
I wanted to let you know because you may see me on two separate screens the next time you log in for class (one is from my laptop, and the second is from my phone). Since I mute everyone when class begins, you should automatically see the wide angle view, but if you have any trouble with this, you can always unmute yourself and let me know and we can try to figure it out together!
Let’s try it out this week and see how it goes. Thanks everyone and it’s great seeing you all online.

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms



Creative Training During COVID

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Systema for Life Podcast 

Creative Training During COVID with Emmanuel Manolakakis

Listen to SFL Podcast Episode 104 – Creative Training during COVID

This week, in the midst of the global COVID-19 shutdown, we talk with  Senior Systema Instructor, Founder of FightClub Toronto, and all-round  great bloke Emmanuel Manolakakis.  An uplifting conversation that  vacillates between honest, tough-love advice and finding diamonds of  positivity in the undeniable rough.

Along the way, we discuss:

  • differing emotional responses to the reality of the pandemic
  • why the emphasis of your training must (and should) change right now
  • the benefits of enforced creativity and motivation
  • concrete advice for students and Instructors during the weeks and months ahead
  • online and physical resources for solo training

Stay safe, strong and healthy, my friends.


Conflict of Interest – Fight PodCast

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Conflict of Interest: A situation in which the concerns or aims of two different parties are incompatible; or a situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official capacity.

In this week’s Fight Podcasts Emmanuel talks about how important it is for each of us to be aware of our own ‘conflicts of interests’. Look closely at your opinions, perspectives, attitudes, and beliefs. What is behind them? Who supports them? Be weary our subconscious mind is always working overtime. It takes real work to be a free and open person these days. Enjoy the Podcast.

Listen to Fight PodCast – Conflict of Interest



Three Great Live Online Classes (Just Uploaded)

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Hey FC Crew,

I just uploaded the class I taught Monday, Mark’s class on Tuesdays, and Mike’s class from Wednesday (today). I know some of you cannot make the live class times so I thought I would at least post the footage so you can watch it when you have a free minute. 

Watch Emmanuel’s Monday Class –

Watch Mark’s Tuesday Class –

Watch Mikes Wednesday Class –

This Friday’s class from 12-1 pm I have a special guest instructor coming in to teach. Meaghan is an amazing Pilates instructor so I’ve asked her to teach a Pilates class for us. I think you will get so much from the class.

See you Online soon!




Fight PodCast – Surround Yourself with Difference

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There is incredible value in different opinions and points of view. Listen and appreciate opinions that are not your own. Don’t surround yourself with yes people and try not to fall in love with your own work. Listen to Emmanuel talk about what this topic means to him.

Happy Easter to all the Orthodox Christians around the world.