FightClub Instructors


Martial Arts InstructorsEmmanuel Manolakakis
Owner & Chief Instructor

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Emmanuel has over 25 years of experience in a variety of martial arts, including Karate, Olympic freestyle Wrestling and Western Boxing.

Emmanuel has spent the last sixteen years focusing on SYSTEMA [A.K.A Russian Martial Art], under the tutelage of Vladimir Vasiliev and Mikhail Ryabko.

His strong coaching, motivating and teaching track record dates back to1988.

Emmanuel has earned several coaching certificates, letters of appreciation and awards for his proven leadership skills.

Complimenting his martial arts studies and leadership abilities is an academic history filled with certificates, corporate diplomas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in Toronto.

“As a person and as an instructor he [Emmanuel] is TOP NOTCH and I recommend that anyone who has the chance to visit his school or one of his seminars goes. It will definitely be a life changing experience.”

David Strachan, US Navy Special Boat Team 20 Training Dept LCPO

“Without doubt, the fight skills that you are able to equip your students with are both incomparable, effective and a real world practical line of self defense”

Joseph Gulesserian, MBA

Assistant Instructors

Mark Fan

Mark has been exclusively studying Systema at Fight Club since 2005, and has complemented his training with seminars from Vladimir Vasiliev, Mikhail Ryabko, Konstantin Komarov and Valentin Talanov. He has assisted in teaching youth and adult classes since 2011. Mark studies why medical errors occur for a living, and uses the same rigor and attention to detail to enhance Systema training for himself and other students.

Royal Carney

Royal Carney is born and raised in Toronto, Canada and has studied various martial arts such as Boxing, Wing Chun Kung Fu, and Jeet Kune Do. Royal has studied Systema the past 9 years with Emmanuel Manolakakis. Royal is a Health and Physical Education teacher. For the past 10 years he has coached and trained various teams and athletes in a committed and dedicated manner. Royal also has a Sports Administration Degree from Durham College, his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s Degree in Education from D’Youville College in Buffalo.

Jamie Lippiatt

Over 20 years experience training and 10 years teaching in various martial arts including Systema, Judo, Jiujitsu, and Krav Maga. He is a certified Systema Instructor and student of Vladimir Vasiliev and Emmanuel Manolakakis Jamie has won numerous championships in sport martial arts but now focuses almost entirely on his Systema training. Going deeper into his understanding of himself and the world around him in a pursuit to understand the deeper meanings, to heal the body and soul and live a joyful life. Jamie is also a Holistic Nutritionist specializing in working with wild local plants foraged in the forest, the food most natural to build a superb state of health and amazing strength.

Rean Johnson

Rean Johnson has been studying Russian martial arts since 2001 under the watchful eyes of Emmanuel Manolakakis Head instructor. Rean Journey to Systema was by accident at the time he was working for the Toronto Raptors basketball team and a few of the players suggested he should study a martial art in his downtime. After a year of researching and not wanting to wear any funny uniforms someone recommended Russian martial arts. It was new and different. After attending a few classes he was hooked. He love the way they moved. It was a great atmosphere for learning and most importantly it was fun. Studying systema exclusively for the past 14 years Rean has developed a keen eye for detail and it shows in his work and teaching.


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