FightClub is not your traditional martial arts school. We train in Systema, a military-grade fighting system developed in Russia and used by Russian Special Operations Units. We don’t train in a watered-down version either. This is the real deal. The training is honest, focused, and intrinsically designed to work in civilian life. FightClub does not turn you into a backyard mercenary, quite the opposite. Learning this skill-set comes with responsibilities. Irrational violent people are not welcomed here and routed out quickly.

The physical, as well as psychological skills you learn here, can be used in everything from business negotiations to playing hockey.

We don’t train for competition. There is no belt system. We don’t rehearse choreographed dances that could somehow save your neck in a tight situation. The drills we utilize are battle tried, true, and tested. Multiple attackers, ground-work, situational awareness, kicks, breathing control, grabs, improvised weapons, strikes, pain suppression, knife disarming are just a few of the things encompassed in our training program. It is extensive.

At FightClub you develop the skill-set necessary to protect yourself and loved ones.


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Fight Club Business Card Emmanuel PROOF.

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.



"I always thought great teachers made great students, but Emmanuel showed me that the reverse is true: great students make great teachers.  Seeing him offer master lessons in his smartly humble way through the exuberant revealing of his own daily practices and deep grasp of Systema principles as his Way of Life.  His teaching inspired guts and grit as much as laughter and delight.  A superb expression of ‘mastery’ where these best lessons blended precise words into exact teaching by doing!"


Gregory Malszecki, Ph.D 

York University, 

School of Kinesiology and Health Science

“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


"If you are a serious martial artist looking to take your training to the next level, or an individual looking to stay fit, or a beginner interested in learning how to defend yourself you have to come to Fight Club and train with Emmanuel.  Over the past 30 years, I've had the opportunity to train in many schools - Karate and Aikido dojos, Kung Fu schools, Krav Maga, Kali, and JKD gyms, and in several different Systema schools.  Of all those, I would rank the training at Fight Club among the best.  Emmanuel is that rare combination of a highly-skilled martial artist, outstanding and passionate teacher, and down-to-earth approachable guy.  He creates a terrific, welcoming (yet honest, or "real" in terms of the training) culture at Fight Club.  You will not be disappointed - come and check it out!"


Chris Ha