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If thereís any hint that a fight about to happen in my vicinity then Iím usually the first to be walking (or running) in the opposite direction. Itís the sensible thing to do as you donít know who is concealing a weapon or which of the opponents has spent their life mastering a martial art and is eager to use it.
If you do end up in a situation where fighting is your only option, just hope the other person doesnít know Russian Systema. It portrays itself as the most efficient martial art in the world.
With just a single hit, a palm, or precise placement of the hands or arms, these guys take down every opponent, including those with weapons. Often times they reverse the situation to be in their favor within seconds. Sure, some of this will be setup as a demonstration with opponents who know whatís coming, but in a real-life situation knowing how to do this would surely be useful when protecting yourself.
I must admit, it would be great to know how to do this as most of the take-downs would cause a lot of embarrassment for the other party while not causing any serious injury. But until such a time as someone chooses to teach me these skills, Iíll be sticking with my running away tactic.
Wikipedia defines it as:
"Systema (Russian: , literally meaning The System) is a Russian martial art.Training includes: hand to hand combat, grappling, knife fighting and fire arms training as well. Training involves drills and sparring without set kata. It focuses mainly on controlling the six body levers (elbows, neck, knees, waist, ankles, and shoulders) through pressure point application, striking and weapon applications. In a sense, the name "Systema" (the system) can be thought of as a generic title comparable to "Kung Fu" ("one who is highly skilled" or "time" and "effort"). The most likely version is that the name Systema was taken from the name given in Russia to a similar martial art before that, the Systema Rukopashnogo Boya (System of hand-to-hand combat)" - (wikipedia states a major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject; this article needs additional citations for verification; and this article needs references that appear in reliable third-party publications.)