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Perseverance in Systema

Perseverance in Systema helps practitioners overcome challenges, setbacks, and obstacles along their training journey. Here's how I have cultivate and demonstrate perseverance over my 40 years in martial arts


Set clear, achievable goals for your training. Any skillset can be broken down into parts and and measured by proficiency. Having goals gives you something to strive for and keeps you motivated. Start with simple ones like, showing up to class constantly, practicing at home for 10 minutes and make some notes after classes to keep a record of what you learned and liked.


Martial arts training can be physically and mentally demanding. Developing mental resilience is essential to push through tough times. Cultivate a positive mindset, focus on the process rather than just the outcome, and embrace the learning experience, even when faced with difficulties. Pushup, squat and leg raise holds for 3-10 minutes can build so much resiliency!



Regular training is key to progress. Commitment and dedication to showing up for training consistently, even when you may not feel motivated or when life gets busy. Develop a training schedule and stick to it, understanding that progress comes from consistent effort over time.

Surround yourself with a supportive community, exactly what we have at FightClub and in a broader sense what we have with the global Systema community. They can provide encouragement, advice, and motivation when you face obstacles. Lean on their support and share your experiences.


Perseverance in martial arts requires a long-term perspective. Recognize that progress takes time and that the journey itself is as important as the destination. Stay committed to your training and embrace the incremental improvements you make along the way.

Incorporate these principles into your Systema practice, you can cultivate a mindset of perseverance, enabling you to overcome challenges, reach your goals, and continually grow as a martial artist.

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