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Happy Valentines Day

Category : FC Youth News

Hey FC Parents and Kids,

Behind pop culture and the punches and kicks, there is a lot more to the martial arts than meets the eye. More than sport, fighting, or self-defense, the martial arts are first and foremost about life. About finding what is at the essence of your own being and expressing it.

The martial arts are also about art. ”To be a martial artist means to be an artist of life,” Next to my family and my faith, I have learned more about life from the martial arts than through any other endeavor.

I really want the kids at FightClub to become ‘artists of life’. If they breathe and slow down this happens much easier.

Breathing Is Everything

How you breathe will dictate everything from the type of athlete you are, to how you sleep, to how your body feels and looks. It’s a wonder why we in fitness so seldom focus on this very essence of life. I can tell how effective a fighter is at one glance by how he or she breathes.

Our breath does not originate in our lungs or in our chests, but from deep within. But as simple as breathing seems, effective and efficient breathing can take years of practice. I can think of no better place to learn the essence of breath than in the martial arts. The martial arts are both internal and external. That is, the external knees, elbows, and kicks are most effective when truly connected with the internal essentiality of breath.

Slow It Down

Everything seems to move at warp speed these days. From how we communicate to how we travel, in the blink of an eye, the world is at your fingertips. With this hectic pace comes a rushed focus on fitness, our physicality, and our athletic endeavors.

But being proficient at anything at full speed takes the willingness and patience to first go slowly, literally and figuratively. Any professional athlete will tell you that the ritualistic nature of slowing down your craft is the key to success in that craft. You have to walk before you can run.

The golfer takes his practice swing at a quarter speed, as does the batter in the batter’s box. Boxer shadow boxes. This is far more than simply warming up. Slowing the movement down helps us get that movement into our body as to perfect it. Going slow is something a martial artist does as a part of their practice day in and day out.

Happy Valentines Day,



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How to Control Emotions

Category : FC Youth News


Youth training can be frustrating. Not only for the student but for parents and teachers too. Kids need to understand their emotions, something that does not come easy. SYSTEMA training at FightClub tackles this issue head on!

There will be classes when they have a challenging partner or doing things they don’t like. Even classes where nothing goes right.

When these things happen, students will learn that getting angry or frustrated about it doesn’t help the situation and inevitably impacts performance. There will even be times during training that tempers flare and I need to step in and teach the kids how to handle the experience correctly.

Experiencing feelings of frustration and anger and learning how to control them will help kids in all aspects of their lives and has incredible benefit for developing their character.

“Frustration, although quite painful at times,

is a very positive and essential part of success”


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FC Youth Seminars for 2018

Category : FC Youth News

Hey FC Parents and Kids,
For years I have taught the kids at FightClub the same material I have taught the Adults. They have astonished me with what they have understood and accomplished – very impressive results. The one aspect of training that I have not yet introduced is seminars training. Seminar training allows for specific topics to be saturated with more training time and material content than in regular weekly training classes. This allows each student to attain a much deeper level of learning and understanding. 
This year I will be introducing seminar training for the kids. Quite simply I believe that the kids are ready for them now. Each seminar is connected to the next and builds on each other, so the kids are encouraged to attend all of them.
If you’re serious about your Systema, seminars are a great way to accelerated growth and learning. Have a look at the schedule below and email me to reserve your spots before February 4th. 

FightClub Youth Seminars for 2018


Stick It

Systema Stick Seminar

Youth on Saturday, February 24th from 1-3pm


Kick It

Systema Leg Seminar

Youth on Saturday, May 26th from 1-3pm


Punch It

Systema Strikes Seminar

Youth on Saturday, September 22nd from 1-3pm 


Cost for the three Youth Seminars is $100

Space is limited to 15 students per seminar


Reserve your spot by email systema@fight-club.ca


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Teach them to Teach Themselves

Category : FC Youth News


I’ve been teaching in one way, shape or form for over 25 years now. I can honestly say that “The student who masters a subject on his own learns more”. When I’m teaching SYSTEMA at FightClub to the kids I try my best to give them time to practice with there partners. The demonstrations or examples I give are referenced as ‘ideas’ or ‘concepts’. I’m constantly talking about them being creative.  Real-world problems need creative solutions. There is a part of us all that really likes set techniques, hard rules, and facts, but teaching from these places has a ceiling. I try to remove any ceilings when I teach. I believe all children should reach for the stars.

Learning is not a team sport. Learning is an activity that involves solely the student and the knowledge. Everything or everyone else that may become involved in this process is essentially superfluous—and is potentially harmful as a distraction from the fundamental process.

What do you need? 

Good Study Habits

This self—mastery usually does not happen automatically, but it can be learned by almost any student with correct study rules and a good study environment.

While the subject matter, can be mastered with or without a teacher, the student who masters it without a teacher learns something more. He/she learns to teach himself.

Practical Advantages of Self—Study

Besides the great advantage of developing good study habits and thinking ability, self—teaching also has immediate practical advantages. Many children should be able, through Advanced Placement examinations, to skip over one or more years of college. The great saving in time and expense from this is self—evident. These and other comparable accomplishments await most children who learn to self—teach and then apply this skill to their home education.

Even children of lesser ability can, by means of self—teaching and good study habits, achieve far more than they otherwise would have accomplished by the more ordinary techniques.

Just Say Nothing

Self—teaching is an “extraordinary” technique today, but it was ordinary in the past when most of the great scholars in human history learned in a similar way.

No one can claim to have complete knowledge about the best techniques for human learning. This is a very complicated subject. It is possible, however, to observe individuals who excel and to notice characteristics which they have in common. Self—teaching, excellent study habits, and a well-disciplined approach to independent thought are characteristics of these people.


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Help your child’s development

Category : FC Youth News

Hey FC Parents and Kids,

Happy New Year to you and your families. May 2018 bring you much prosperity, love and learning. FightClub classes re-start this Wednesday January 3rd. Come and train; we all need to work off the holiday weight we gained!

During the holidays I usually spend good time reflecting on the year past. You know … I’ve been helping school-age child development for a while now and I have learned a lot over the years. Here are some simple things you can do to help your child’s development:

– Build your child’s self esteem and self-confidence by recognizing his/her strengths and positive qualities. Sometimes children’s self-esteem goes down in the primary school years as they become more self-critical and compare themselves with others.

– Teach your child that it’s OK to make mistakes: let your child see you trying new things and making mistakes. This helps her understand that learning and improving are all about making mistakes, but the key thing is to never give up.

– Give your child opportunities to explore and lean, indoors and outdoors. During class I try give them times to just wrestle or work with their partners. Then I observe what they do – not judge it. If your outside you could explore your local park or nature reserve together..

– Read with your child: reading is still very important for your child’s literacy development. As your child learns to read, try having her read to you.

– Encourage your child to be aware of the consequences of behaviour and see things from other people’s points of view. You can do this by asking questions like, ‘How do you think Jake feels when you do that?’

Every day I go to FC I try to learn a little more about the children that come to my classes. I study them  and try to see what combination of fun, information, personalities and learning works best for them to have experiences that they can grow from. I find parents from time to time get too interested in their kids in the present form. Think of your kids as the end product, let say at 21 years old. What experience do they need along that journey to arrive there and be good, responsible adults? Something to think about 🙂

See you at FC,

PS – January is a great time to start training. If you have any friends, family or neighbours that you think might benefit from what I do at FC please encourage them to come and try classes. What is happening at FC is very special and would like to share it as many people as I can.


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