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Removing the Un-Essentials

Category : FC Club News


Oftentimes we feel like we need to build our skills, or add to them, when really we should be doing the opposite. Instead of piling on more to our training (and lives), we would be better off chipping away at the things that aren’t important. Instead of focusing on an increase, let’s focus on a decrease. Then we can make room for the things that truly matter.

A journey of acquiring will also feel unfulfilled, especially if everything we’re trying to attain comes from the outside world. Instead, let’s focus on carving away the excess baggage in our training (and life) so we can get to a better picture of who we are and what’s really important to the unique beings we are.

Here is an example of what I’m talking about …

If your main reason for learning Systema is personal development and growth. Why would you spend so much time learning how to beat someone up? Dominating someone builds your ego, something that is not congruent with your reasons. I’ve seen this happen many times.

If your main reason for learning Systema is health and wellness. Why would you train in a way that agitates yourself and causes you to be unhappy? I’ve seen this happen many times.

Life is full these ‘oxymorons’, they don’t make any sense. This is why reflection is so important, because it brings clarity.

Clarity comes from simplicity, and simplicity requires us to have less around us. Too much of anything can often cause confusion, whether that’s among choice, ideas, people, and martial arts skills/techniques. Let’s shed the stuff that isn’t important and allow space for the essentials to flow naturally through.

Train, Reflect, Remove … Train, Reflect, Remove …

What is FightClub About?

An Interview with Emmanuel Manolakakis





The Still Point

Category : FC Youth News


I help all my students find ways of quieting their minds. There are many ways of calming the body, quieting the mind, and settling the nervous system. This state of mind is called “The Still Point”, a place of inner quiet and peace. Great champions train to find this place, which raises awareness, makes movement effortless, and confidence robust. Kids need to be taught how to get to this place. It is difficult, but as a teacher, I’m up to the challenge. 

COVID-19 is here and will be for some time, this I cannot control. But parents and teachers alike must find ways of giving kids positive energy, relaxed intensity, and the courage to thrust onward through these challenging times.

Here is a little tip to help kids (and parents too) find their ‘Still Point’

1. Breath Slowly In and Out – Image the breath going to all parts of the body

2. Repeat the process 10+ times – You should feel yourself relaxing with each breath

3. Visualize images of success and say positive words of affirmation

It sounds simple, and it is … Have the kids try this before and after school this week!

In this week’s youth classes I will be focusing on helping all the kids ‘feel and find’ their Still Point. See you on the mats …





Are You Exhausted? Fight PodCast

Category : FightPod


A fitting topic for these difficult times. Listen to Emmanuel explain this condition in this weeks Fight PodCast.

The definition of Exhausted … Drained of one’s physical or mental resources; very tired; completely used up.



Are You Exhausted? Fight PodCast

Category : FC Club News



During these challenging times, most of us are feeling pretty exhausted! Listen to Emmanuel explain this condition in greater detail …

Are you Exhausted?

Definition of Exhausted – drained of one’s physical or mental resources; very tired; completely used up. 



So What is FightClub About? Let me explain …

FightClub September 2020 Youtube Footage 




Archery Classes

Category : FC Connect


The way archers position themselves to shoot an arrow is known as their technique- and not all archers use the same technique. But there are common techniques that archers need to know to give themselves a good foundation so they can progress.


In this week’s archery classes will be studying a good ‘Grip and Hook’. 





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