Systema Skills – Fight PodCast

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Skills are automated components of a person’s conscious action. An action becomes a skill when it has been internalized through practice and no longer requires conscious control.

Listen to Emmanuel talking about Systema Skills in this week’s Fight PodCast.

Systema Skill Sets 

“Skills allow us to comprehend the whole through its parts”


Change Accordingly 

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The importance of flexibility and adaptation to change can’t be overemphasized. Truly great champions are aware of this whole-heartedly which suggests not holding to a fixed plan, but rather changing according to the unfolding of events. Teach students how to adapt and adapt quickly is a big part of what I’ve been teaching at FightClub for almost 20 years now. Adaptation is learned and grasped when you are given the opportunity to react to changing situations in training, and in all kinds of day-to-day situations.

COVID-19 is not a problem too me, but rather a puzzle. It didn’t stop my life or put it on hold, I just continued right along with what I’ve always done in life – adapted and evolved.  Something that is a foundation principle in SYSTEMA.

It is impossible to anticipate all eventualities. The best way to plan for something unpredictable is to not be ‘afraid to adapt’. Is that what you are doing? Or are you waiting or someone else to tell you what to do? I cannot answer those questions for all of you, just something to reflect on I guess. What I can tell you, is its something I will be focusing on over the next few months.

“Illusion is a part of fear. You need to learn how to see through it”  

The only certainty is the uncertainty of life. Change will occur, and your Systema training will be right there to give you the courage and strength to move forward.

See you in class,




Give Meaning & Purpose – Fight PodCast

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Definition of meaning; what is meant by a word, text, concept, or action.

Definition of purpose; the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.

Listen to Give Meaning & Purpose Fight PodCast

“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


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Removing the Un-Essentials

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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





Are You Exhausted? Fight PodCast

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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 …

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