One of the most Internationally Recognized and preeminent Russian Martial Art and Self Defense schools in the world, Systema St. Louis teaches the ability to survive and prevail in stressful, dangerous and violent situations in as close to actual environments as possible, in addition to states of extreme duress, and exhaustion. Our training is based on the principles and philosophy of Systema - the Russian Martial Art. With this combat system, special uniforms and belts are irrelevant. We are not fitness trainers who teach self defense. We don’t focus on learned stances and drills. We focus on teaching battle-proven skills that are quick, unsportsmanlike & lethal, and focus on a body’s natural positioning and movement to be able to efficiently strike, absorb a strike, avoid and re-direct from any position.
Our training philosophy is not to be confused with any traditional fighting arts and/or combat sports fighting systems. We are not in the business of taking years to teach a client how to incapacitate or eliminate even the most basic fighter, but rather months, comparable to the time a special ops soldier has to prepare for an operation.
There are just too many aspects of traditional fighting arts and sports-based fighting systems that are life-threateningly impractical and inefficient for the street and actual brutal violence.
All classes are instructed by members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, former Military, and U.S. State Department Protection Specialists and Internationally Recognized Self Defense Instructors. We have lived and trained in this realm for over 25 years and currently are active on the streets of the St. Louis Metropolitan area. We challenge you to find any other school in this area willing to give you that amount of knowledge and street applicability, with real world knowledge and experience to save you or your loved ones life.
Invest in knowledge and experience. Not fantasy.