Getting Angry the Right Way

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“Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy” ~ Aristotle


Listen to – Getting Angry FightPod Podcast



To find your true power & strength try to relax. To find your stillness & calmness, work hard. Hard times if taken the right way bring peace to a person. A peaceful person is ready for anything and is very powerful.

Watch – Relaxation Through Hardness Part 2 – A Manny Minute


The Most important Skill of the 21st century

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The challenge at work, of course, has always been to dodge things that distract us. But today’s distractions feel different.

The amount of information available, the speed at which it can be disseminated and the ubiquity of access to new content on our devices has made for a trifecta of distraction.

A lack of focus comes at a cost – What’s the cost?

Attention, it appears, seems to be the ultimate scarce resource in today’s economy. And if we don’t address it now, it’s only going to get worse.

The workplace is rapidly changing, and in the near future, there will be two kinds of people in the world: those who let their attention and lives be controlled and coerced by others and those who proudly call themselves “in-distractable.”

Researcher have been telling us that attention and focus are the raw materials of human creativity and flourishing. And in the age of increased automation, the most sought-after jobs are those that require creative problem-solving, novel solutions and the kind of human ingenuity that comes from focusing deeply on the task at hand.

Read the Full Stanford Research article …

Benefits in Stillness and Silence 

Unfortunately, stillness and silence seem to be rare to find. At some juncture in life, every one of us comes to learn that the greatest obstacle we face in this lifetime is ourselves. That battle is fought in the stillness of our hearts and the willingness to confront ourselves. As Bruce Lee pointed out, behind the punches, kicks, and knees, a true martial artist learns to sit with himself and see where his weaknesses are.

In my countless years of martial arts classes, I remember many challenges, breakthroughs, and setbacks. What I do not remember are distractions or gimmicks like you often see at your local health club. At FightClub you will learn how to relax, find power, work hard, deal with distractions and get focused!


Is your fascia holding you back during Systema training?

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It’s not just your muscles that can cause tension during training. The problem could be your fascia.

What is it? Fascia is made up of a continuous sheet of nearly translucent tissue that wraps around (and in between) every muscle, bone, and organ throughout your entire body. It looks like silvery skin. You might have seen the filmy substance before if you’ve ever skinned a chicken drumstick. Yes, humans have that too. All over. In fact, your body is held together by this stuff. The craziest part? It’s all connected – the pull of fascia affects everything from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. In short, fascia allows for different parts of our body to work in sync, making our movements easier and more dynamic.

Have you ever seen a robot move? That’s how we’d look without fascia.

What does it mean in Systema training? The challenge is if we are not moving or we are constantly sitting in certain postures (like at a computer), your fascia will get moulded to those positions. In other words, you’ll feel stuck in that posture, which will limit your ability to move with ease when training.

On the other hand, when fascia glides smoothly, it increases your flexibility and energy – rather than fighting against the resistance in your own body, you free your body to work with your partner’s tension.

How can we improve it? The good news is that doing Systema helps. The diverse movements we practice every class are key to breaking up your fascia – and ultimately any unwanted postures.

Here are some other ways that you can free the sticking points in your fascia:

1. Reach for it. Literally, open yourself up and reach with your arms and legs. Look up, lift up your chest and take in a deep breath. Stretching and twisting through movement creates a shearing effect that helps the fascia get unstuck and glide smoothly.

2. Move differently. The more variation in your movement, the more you’ll break up the stickiness in your fascia. Try a new move in class, take the stairs at work, or even simply choose a chair that forces you to sit in a different position.

3. Get a massage. Regular massage is rooted in Systema – and for good reason. Massage therapists can break apart your fascia during treatments to help improve the fluidity of your movements. Email to book an appointment with Michael!

It’s inevitable – our daily lives impact our posture and movement. But a little stretching, movement, and massage can go a long way to work out those kinks so we can train better.



Michael Mekhail – Systema Instructor and R.M.T.

Michael has been mastering the martial art of Systema since 2010 with the guidance of world-renowned Emmanuel Manolakakis. He has led countless Systema training sessions, including youth and adult programs, women’s self-defence workshops, personal lessons, and more.

Complementing his passion for martial arts and teaching, he works as a fitness instructor and recently graduated as a registered massage therapist from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. He also spent three years as a counsellor for high school youth and First Nation communities, leading habit-mastery programs to help develop positive thinking, integrity and community.

Michael’s life mission is to empower others to improve their health. He believes that Systema is more than a martial art. It’s a mind-set for a holistic life – one that develops people physically, mentally, and emotionally.


Systema Training during the Hong Kong Protests

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“The Hong Kong protests have now been taking place regularly for the last 3 months.

I won’t go into the politics of it: I have friends on both sides of the conflict whose friendships I cherish more than any ephemeral cause, so I’ll leave it at that.  I have been working in the recent protests for the last 6-weeks and have been in the heart of the action that you may have seen on the evening news.

I was assigned to escort foreign clients reporting on the events. Some gigs were relatively easy as the protests were peaceful for the most part.

There were however instances such as last Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 where protests and riots achieved their utmost chaotic point.

In the past, I have been cast into situations where Systema training kicked in and did so in a manner that was almost automatic, reflexive, didn’t need  to look for it, think about it, remember it or solicit it… it was there, like a backup program, ready to go off at a moment’s notice when the situation required it.

Last Tuesday, Systema training operated on its own…the running, the breathing, both at times and used so unconsciously that you just sometimes wonder how you kept up with the pace and dealt with the various unusual situations in a very calm and relaxed manner:

One of my favorite training lines in Systema is “How the hell did I do that?” and… How the hell did I go through this? Whether it was keeping oneself calm when a (very loud) tear gas grenade detonates at about a meter away… 

Whether it was remaining relax as second nature and holding my breath when my gas mask seal was not properly done and my eyes and skin began to burn when they came in contact with tear gas…

Whether it was navigating the sometimes highly emotional crowd and insuring, by body language and attitude that everybody was safe and sound and remained civil.

Finally, whether it was managing one’s breath as one starts to run in the chaos composed of fires, tear gas, water cannons having a field day and riot Gear cops charging the crowd, in all these instances, moving, breathing, staying relax and keeping your posture were the key to remaining composed, relax and controlling my state no matter what the situation.

All of this all of these skills would not be a part of my personal toolbox had it not been for 5 years of training at fight club. Were it not for that haven on Donlands, I would never have such a tale to tell. 

Every time I come across a situation like this, whether it’s like the events I’m describing or any other situation that causes the mind to rush or panic, Emmanuel’s training has switched on immediately, allowing me to make the best of the situation.

I am not sure how long this crisis here will last here, it remains the city I fell in love with and I’m not planning on going anywhere… in fact, I invite you to visit… tickets will be dirt cheap soon.

And if you’re training at Fight Club, you’re in the right place.

Enjoy and make the best of your training: if you can push your partner further: do it! If your partner can push you further: let him or her.

This is training that will follow you and help keep you composed and, dare I say, safe, in various incredible situations (do you seriously think I ever thought I’d be writing something like this?), not just for the moment, but for the rest of your life.” – Janik Litalien



Power, Relaxation and Toughness

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To find your true power & strength try to relax.
To find your stillness & calmness, work hard.
Hard times if taken the right way bring peace to a person.
A peaceful person is ready for anything and very powerful

Don’t miss out on the last FightClub Seminar of the Year!


Finding Mastery (Part 2) 

Saturday, October 5th from 1-4pm 

Seminar training is an important part of your overall Systema experience. The length of time (3-4 hours) allows for deeper understanding and for learning to saturate into the mind and body. 

Training weekly is important – Seminars are equally important.

Email if you attending. 




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