Training Together Pays Dividends Beyond Exercising

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Training with a group makes people feel physically and mentally better than working out alone. Researchers have studied this fact for decades and have found working out in a group lowers stress by 25-35 percent and significantly improved quality of life.

Although those who exercise individually put in more effort, they experienced no significant changes in their stress or perceived physical fitness levels.

“The communal benefits of coming together with friends and colleagues, and doing something difficult, while encouraging one another, pays dividends beyond exercising alone”

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Ever wanted to learn how to shoot a bow? Now is a great time to learn!

Here is a video series I filmed about the 10 Steps to Shooting a Bow that explains what it takes!

10 Steps to Shooting a Bow

“In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the centre of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself”

Send an email to to get more details or ask any questions. Archery can teach you so much about yourself. Come and try it out!



Manny’s Mental Training Top Tips

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Hey FC Crew,

Been teaching Live Online Mental Training classes for about a month now. Accomplishing some great results. I’ve compiled my favorite mental training practices in a short video for everyone. Check it out!

Manny’s Mental Training Top Tips 

If you would like to participate in the regular weekly mental training classes just email me at and I will send you the information. 



Watch Emmanuel teach and instruct students how to work with their eyes closed and how to get comfortable with a knife. 

Live Online Training Class from Thursday (Recorded)




Happy Victoria Day 

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Just a quick reminder that there will be no Live Online Classes on Monday, May 18th – Victoria Day.

Tuesday till Friday this week the Adult Live Online Training class will require a training Knife (any knife will do but make sure it is not sharp) and a blindfold (to cover your eyes). I would like to show you some ways of integrating knife work skills into your own personal Systema practice at home.

Wednesday & Friday this week the Youth Live Online Training class will require two plastic cups and something that can be used to blindfold (to cover your eyes). 



Building and Changing Habits

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Hey FC Crew,

It’s been a great week of Live Online training. I just finished uploading a few videos from Monday and Tuesday classes. Check it out!

Monday, May 11th Adult Live Training Session 

Tuesday, May 12th Mental Live Training Session 


Building and Changing Habits

We seem to understand building habits in other settings so much better than we understand how to change habits in ourselves.  There are a couple of analogies I use all the time when it comes to building and changing habits.

I’ll talk about taking a snowboarding or skiing lesson.  Living in Canada, most people seem to understand at least what those look like.  I’ll ask students if at their first ski lesson they were handed skis and taken to the top of the mountain, and pushed down a run with trees, moguls, cliffs and rocks?  Of course they weren’t.  In fact, for the first 10 minutes they spend just standing on flat ground, and probably fell over a couple of times when they were just STANDING there.

In your first driving lesson, the instructor probably didn’t take you out into rush-hour traffic.  You probably spent it in an empty parking lot, country road, or residential neighbourhood with no other cars around.  And even then, you probably spent the first 10 minutes just sitting in the car without moving.

When you were learning to play piano, the teacher didn’t pull out sheet music for Mozart and demand that you play to at the correct tempo.  You probably sat at the keys and learned their names, and learned how to just use 3 fingers to play “Mary had a little lamb”, and even then you probably made mistakes.

These are the settings we learn other skills in.  As our skills improve, the setting becomes more challenging.  We go to more challenging runs on the ski hill, into more traffic at higher speeds in the car, and play more elaborate songs on the piano.

But in martial arts we often get taught that if we aren’t practicing at ‘real’ speed then we are wasting our time. That is false. Build the habit to go slower but with lots of detail!

Slow and Control becomes Fast and Steady. As you get comfortable you will naturally speed up. A good marker to look for is ‘openness’. When you speed up your body, mind and spirit should feel open and free.

Something to think about …




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



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