Special Thanks To:

Systema Headquarters

Toronto, ON,  Canada
for the information provided on this page.

And to:

The Founders of Systema:


Mikhail Ryabko

Colonel of the Special Operations Unit with the Russian Military, former Chief Instructor of tactical training for the Emergency Response Team, former Advisor to the Supreme Judge of the Russian Federation.

Mikhail Ryabko was trained from the age of five and involved in combative training from the age of fifteen. He was a tactical commander of hostage-rescue teams, counter-terrorist operations, and armed criminal neutralization. Mikhail resides in Moscow, holds the rank of Colonel and was a Special Advisor to the Supreme Judge of the Russian Federation. He continues to train his many students as the Master Teacher of Systema. He has been in numerous military campaigns and holds many government medals and awards.

For the link to Mikhail's website in Russian, click here: http://www.systemaryabko.ru


Vladimir Vasiliev


Director and Chief Instructor of Systema Headquarters.

Born in Russia, Vladimir received intense combative training and is the top student of Mikhail Ryabko. Vladimir moved to Canada, and in 1993 founded the first school of Russian Martial Art outside Russia - Systema Headquarters. He has since personally trained and certified well over 500 qualified Russian Martial Art instructors and schools in 30 countries worldwide, and has provided an Award-Winning instructional film collection.

Vladimir’s Website: http://www.russianmartialart.com



Image courtesy of Stephan Milne

Image courtesy of Stephan Milne

The Russian style of martial art dates back to the 10th century.

Throughout the history of this huge country, Russia had to repel invaders from the north, south, east, and west. All attackers brought their distinct styles of combat and weaponry. The battles took place on different terrain, during freezing winters and sweltering summer heat alike, with the Russians often greatly outnumbered by the enemy forces. As a result of these factors, the Russian warriors acquired a style that combined strong spirit with extremely innovative and versatile tactics that were at the same time practical, deadly, and effective against any type of enemy under any circumstances. The style was natural and free while having no strict rules, rigid structure or limitations (except for moral ones). All tactics were based on instinctive reactions, individual strengths and characteristics, specifically designed for fast learning.

When the Communists came to power in 1917, they suppressed all national traditions. Those practicing the old style of fighting could be severely punished. At the same time, the authorities quickly realized how viable and devastating the original combat system was and reserved it just for a few Special Operations Units.

In our schools and through the instructional materials, you will learn this fascinating style and see for yourself why Russian Systema is said to open a new page in the world of martial arts.

Your Instructor

Ryan Marchman


Ryan is a fully certified Systema Instructor and has had experience practicing and teaching diverse range of martial arts. Ryan has been teaching martial arts for over a decade.

With a background as an Anatomy teacher, a life coach, and a health coach, Ryan uses his unique teaching and coaching style to help students better understand the System and themselves.  He founded Systema Atlanta in 2012 in order to bring this outstanding martial and healing art to the Atlanta area.  Ryan is currently pursuing the Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University.