We regularly receive feedback on the quality of training, it's usefulness in application and the positive impact it has had on the lives of those training with us.
Here's what they say....
The simple truth is to deal with fear you need to relax. Systema has unique breathing methods to help you remain calm and deal with your fear. I highly recommend Systema for self-defence!
Ex Special Forces soldier
Great training, great bunch of guys, no egos! Always different and always fun.
Systema has enabled me to recover from stubborn injury's that have plagued me for years enabling new levels of freedom in my movement and thinking that I never thought were possible. As a seasoned ultra runner competing in 50+ mile events including multiple stage desert races, I learned to dig deep push though, only half listening to my body, hence injury's and miles/years of frustration. Systema develops habits of health, awareness and care. Powerful habits that have bought me relief from physical injuries, improved my posture and my ability to manage daily stressors. My work life and relationships have greatly benefited as a result!
Class atmosphere, ethos, in a word it could be best described as welcoming!
People from all walks life training together in the spirit of respect and mutual support. Indeed no one would be out of place in a systema class, its the kind environment where a power lifter might train with a ballerina and both would gain something from the experience.
Gareth is a very skilled and experienced practitioner/instructor who is both patient and intuitive, his teaching manner conveys genuine interest in his student's development. It is clear that instead of working from a text book/syllabus Gareth tailors instruction to the individual and their needs. I would say from experience that he reads his students and creatively meets them where they are.
Systema practitioner, Counsellor/psychotherapist, MBCT/MBSR Mindfulness instructor,
ex International utra runner.
I have practised and taught Chinese Martial Arts for a long time. When I decided to study Systema I found I was amazed by how simple and profound the physical, mental and breathwork exercises were. I am still continually amazed by the breadth and depth of the material taught in class.
Systema has a healthy approach to training strengthening the paticipant both physically and mentally without damaging them, The training covers all areas of fitness and has made me re-evaluate my perspective on this subject.
I have trained in a number of martial arts over the years but have found Systema to be the most open, honest and effective method. Systema has answered all my questions and has ticked all the boxes so far!
I have previously trained in both MMA and Krav Maga, and Systema offers a whole new level of challenge. Whereas MMA and Krav centre around intense physical workouts and harnessing aggression, Systema uses deceptively simple exercises which train every part of the body, while also teaching a person how to control their fear. This martial art very quickly reveals the areas (both physically and mentally) where you are weak at, and teaches you how to overcome them. Before joining, I really struggled to perform rolls and fall without hurting myself, because I carried a great deal of fear about them; but Systema showed me how to relax into the movement and use proper breathing to get rid of the fear. Since joining I feel that I have more awareness and control over myself.
Really surprised by how helpful and friendly everyone was. Great environment to train in!
Systema is a complete system that helps develop all areas of you as a person. Systema helped me in a real life situation when a group of people tried to overpower me.
All I'll say is Systema really works! Hand on heart no other martial art I have practiced comes close.
(over 25 years martial arts experience)
Can't believe the difference in how I feel after just one month - starting Systema is the best thing I've ever done!
Systema helps you to become yourself.